A short updated on Skiff building on Arran. Above is a picture of the Arran Junior Sailing Club skiff which is being built following a grant from “Awards For All ” to cover the build and a double-decker trailer. As was the case with the Arran Coastal Rowing Club boat it is being built in the Arran High School with help of the usual skilled adults and 6 of the pupils. By the start of next week it will be fully planked and a start made on fitting the keel with a hoped for launch date late June. Once completed the plan is that both boats will be available for both the Junior Sailors and the Coastal Rowers and allow for a bit of competition.
Following the success of the initial demonstration of All Aboard’s St Ayles Skiff at Lydney on the Severn Estuary in March, Alec Jordan will be delivering a talk at Lydney Sailing Club (GL15 4ER) about the St Ayles and the development of community coastal rowing.
Alec produces the kits for the St Ayles.
The talk starts at 7.30pm for about 40 minutes. There will be ample time for questions and general chat afterwards.
The event is open to anyone who wants to find out more about the St Ayles and coastal rowing, so if you live elsewhere along the Bristol Channel, please feel free to attend.
Once again coastal rowers are being invited to attend the Annan Harbour Festival with their St Ayles skiffs, and recreate in a race an attempted cross border raid from 1626.
This will be a raid on England, leaving 1 hr before high water from Annan Harbour, racing the 3 miles over to Bowness on Solway, landing on the beach. Members of each crew will proceed to pub in the centre of village to recover a bell, the first crew arriving at pub have privilege of bringing bell back to Annan and the second crew will bring the stand. Crews will start together for the return leg. At Annan (estimate return 1 hr after high water) the bell will be reassembled and rung by the winning crew.
The race partially recreates a raid in 1626 when some men from Annan raided and stole the bell at Bowness which was the maximum insult in those days. We do however hope that our skiffs do better than those historic raiders who sadly, due to a combination of heavy bell, small boat and a lot of alcohol lost the bell in the Solway. The missing bell has never been found but apparently its watery ring is still heard from time to time.
For more details of this race on 7 May, and how to enter, see the 2016 Notice of Raid
On the weekend of 19th-20th March, Carrick Coastal Rowing Club organized and hosted a well attended and extremely informative SCRA Coxing Course for coastal rowing clubs in Ayrshire. On the Saturday morning, 15 members from Arran, Carrick, Cumbrae, Girvan, Firth of Clyde, Prestwick and Troon met at Dolphin House in the stunning grounds of Culzean Castle on the Ayrshire coast.
The two very experienced instructors, Ali Grant (Portobello) and Barbara Elliot (Anstruther), shared their knowledge in an interesting, lively and interactive way with mostly inexperienced coxes. Saturday was given over to theory and, although it lasted from 11am to 5pm, everyone thoroughly enjoyed the relaxed and playful style of learning and the day flew by. One could really see what a difference it makes when Powerpoint is banished and how effective interactive learning can be (thanks Ali for all the creative and imaginative props).
It was not only cox’s tasks and responsibilities which were covered, but also a wide range of topics which are of importance to the whole crew, such as boat and crew safety, common terminology, launching environments and conditions, racing rules, the basics of VHF radio usage and much more. The delightful sight of Babs demonstrating with a model skiff and five Barbie dolls brought a smile to many faces and won’t be forgotten in a hurry.
On the Sunday, everybody was really eager to go out and practice what they had learnt the day before. The weather god smiled on the participants, who had ideal conditions for their outing in Maidens harbour: sunshine and a sea as flat as a millpond. Three Skiffs from Carrick, Troon and Irvine we available, so Ali, Barbara and Fergus Forsyth (Carrick) went on board as passengers and supervised the other crew members, who all coxed and rowed and had loads of fun building up their confidence in steering and guiding the crew. All of the would-be coxes soon noticed if their commands were clear and precise – or not!
All of the participants would like to extend a very big thank you to Ali, Babs and to Fergus, Henry and the team at Dolphin House for an excellently run and led course in an easy-going, friendly and enjoyable atmosphere. If you have the chance, don’t miss the next one!
Photos and report: Friederike and Stuart (Arran CRC)
Rowers from Troon, St Andrews, Newburgh, Pittenweem, Broughty Ferry and Queensferry joined hosts Wormit on a row down the tidal River Tay from Perth to Wormit. The crews stopped off in Newburgh for crew changes and Balmerino for coffee and cake. Broughty Ferry even rowed home from the finish. A great way to spend Easter Sunday.
Following the successful staging of the inaugural Shieldaig Regatta, entries are open for this years regatta to take place on Saturday 6th August.
The regatta is staged over 5 around the island races over a distance of just under 2km. Races comprise Men and Women’s Decades, Mixed Gender Open and Men and Women’s Open- with the overall regatta Champions decided by a cumulative points total after the 5 races.
The regatta is the centrepiece of the villages fete weekend, with Live music, beer tent, seafood, BBQs and various other events happening throughout the day and culminating in an open air street ceilidh on the seafront.
This years event is restricted to 10 boats and entries should be made to email@example.com
All being well the village will have their own skiff for the event. Their skiff build is well underway with the aim of being on the start line by the 6th August. Good luck with that.
Saturday 19th March saw the launch of Deveron Coastal Rowing club, which was formed in October 2015 with the aim of working alongside Banff Academy to encourage the pupils and members of the wider community to take up rowing. The club’s skiff, Banac, was built by senior pupils within the academy with the help of Vice Chairman, Pete Banks.
With a couple of members having attended the SCRA’s recent regatta organiser’s course, Deveron CRC hosted their first regatta at Banff harbour with great enthusiasm.
Conditions were not ideal…
Although dry, the wind was from the north, making the sea a bit exciting, but all 6 parties agreed to go ahead. The club would like to give a big thanks to Portsoy CRC, Avoch Community rowing club, St Andrews CRC, Findochty WSC and Burghead CRC who all attended, braved the conditions and provided much support and help.
The day consisted of 4 races, Mens open, Womens open, Mixed and mixed club, with a mixture of experienced and new junior rowers taking part. The atmosphere and enthusiasm from the clubs spurred the Deveron pupils on and the day was thoroughly enjoyed by all. Between the races there was soup and home bakes within the Banff Sailing Club house, which went down a treat on a chilly day. Afterwards around 10 people had their first taster row in a skiff.
The course was approximately 1km, with the boats rowing leisurely across the bay to MacDuff harbour to the start. Lining up was challenging, but chief umpire Roisin kept everyone in order – an admirable performance for her first attempt at the role! The racing was at times exciting, with second place in the women’s open being too close to call
The results from the day are as follows with medals for the first and second places.
|Mens open||Womens open||Mixed||Mixed club
|Portsoy and St Andrew
The club would like to say a big thank you for everyone’s support and attendance and can’t wait to attend and support other clubs regattas. Special thanks go to the pupils who attended and participated.
Photos: Allan Robertson Photography
Keen rower Sue Llewellyn and amateur boatbuilder Steve Brown have teamed up to start a skiff build at Lydney. Yesterday saw a good number of people turn out in a biting north-easterly wind reminiscent of Fife to watch the Bristol boat go through its paces on the Severn Estuary.
About thirty people added their names to the interest sheets, so the next stage will be a meeting at Lydney Yacht Club on Thursday 14th April at 7 for 7.30pm to listen to Alec Jordan present the story of the St Ayles, and plan how to move forward.
All will be welcome; people from other nearby communities are also welcome to attend.
See also the Lydney Facebook page