Archive for January, 2010
- Letting other people see the boat – looks like West Wemyss may be building!
Well it’s not far and it was a beautiful day. The boys from East Wemyss came for a row, a couple came from Kinghorn for a look, and the folk of West Wemyss were able to see her rowing past their windows.
There was a bit more sea than we have had before, and she rode the swells very comfortably. Next step is to get the stretchers fitted and a proper set of oars.
One day I will work out how to embed video in here, in the meantime, click on the link to see her in action.
Winter Sunshine at West Wemyss
The Ullapool Skiff Syndicate have glued their Garboards in place, Plank 2 and the rest of the plank scarfing are scheduled for a full day in the cowshed on Sunday. Amazingly epoxy is curing overnight in temperatures that were thought to be impossible. Apart from the hot air generated by the debate on Ply versus ‘Real wood’ the cowshed has no heating so the Ullapool Skiffies are mightily impressed.
Visit the Ullapool Skiff Website for more detail on planking progress including a rather natty plank bearding gauge
We are pleased to welcome Ian Clark onto the Steering Group.
Ian is a long time member of Royal West of Scotland Amateur Boat Club and is bringing his expertise on the organisation of coastal rowing events, and will be helping draw up the rules of racing. He will also be a contact point for interested parties & groups on the Clyde.
Contact details will be published in a few days.
Please note that the dates of the North Berwick Regatta have changed (an error in posting here) and the Great River Race in on the Thames (The date has been changed to the 25th Sep 2010).
The Ullapool 1 syndicate seem to be in the lead in their build, and are documenting it on their Blog. Until we get the full build instructions up on this site in PDF files (with the help of Ullapool 1), please have a look at what is happening in Adrian Morgan’s cowshed.
For one week only, listen to the Topher Dawson & Adrian Morgan of the Ullapool syndicate describing the boat kit.
Their piece starts almost prceisely at one hour into the program.
Link is no longer available.
Articles in the Courier about the display at the Scottish Parliament and the Press & Journal on the Catterline group this past week.
As the Courier has not added the article to their website, we’ll get it scanned and loaded here later.
The discussion forum has been set up, and Alec has invited replies to a test post, but nothing yet.
The facility is there, so please can we give it a try – it will help get news and views being exchanged.
The number of boats continues to rise – last night saw orders confirmed for the second kit for North Berwick Rowing Club, and a private individual near the East Coast.
These bring the total to 14.
Courtesy of Marilyn Livingstone MSP, the prototype Boat braved the icy road conditions and spent two days at the Scottish Parliament last week.
A display team drawn from the Fisheries Museum, Robbie Wightman, Cornel Neil, and Alec Jordan talked to a large number of MSPs about the project, which has further increased the publicity around the project.
There was huge interest from a large number of MSPs, and hopefully they will take that interest back to their constituencies and talk to groups who may be interested.
There is even the mutterings of a Parliament boat!