Archive for July, 2010
A full report and results can be found on the rowporty weblog: http://rowporty.org.uk/porty-regatta-results-private
we have also come accross a photo blog of the day here: http://scotland4thesenses.blogspot.com/2010/07/return-of-portobellos-rowing-regatta.html
After a quiet couple of months on skiff sales, I’m very happy to say that the total number of kits sold has now reached 28.
These have come from…
Royal West at Greenock who have ordered two kits,
Eyemouth’s 2nd, to be built in the High School,
Catterline, who finally have the space in which to to build,
South Queensferry, adding another to the many on the south side of the Forth,
and finally Fife has woken up, with Pittenweem and Crail getting in on the act.
Other places in Fife are getting clubs going, and it seems possible that the spring of 2011 will see another 8 skiffs built in the Kingdom.
There has also been new interest from Helmsdale and Lochgilphead. My spy in Stornoway tells me that there there is renewed interest in Lewis and Harris and at Gairloch.
With the way the numbers are building up, I think it is very likely that by the first regatta in 2011, there will be something in the order of 40 skiffs on the water.
Thank you all who have purchased the kits.
The Eyemouth community rowing Project Launched their first boat officialy on Sunday 11 July. Immediately after the offficial launch she was rowed around to Eyemouth Beach by what I think was the heaviest and powerful crew I have seen in a St Ayles. When those young men get practiced, any other men’s open crew had better watch out!
Radio Scotland sent a reporter to cover the event, and the piece on the rowing can be found at BBC iPlayer at 38:00 or thereabouts.
You can view the results of the Eyemouth Regatta here.
GalGael are hosting a festival on the Isle of Cumbrae on the weekend of 14/15th August. They would love as many skiffs as possible to attend this international event, which is the first of its kind to be held. There will be visiting traditional coastal rowing boats visiting from Spain,Portugal, Ireland and we hope france and this will provide everyone with an opportunity to meet likeminded people from far and wide.The visiting international crews are all keen to have a go in the skiffs and would love folk to have a go in their boats. If any skiffies would like to take part then could you please let Martin Hughes at Galgael know asap.
At Portobello’s suggestion, I’ve uploaded the full results from Portsoy – the only thing was that I cannot remember whether it was Cockenzie or Port Seton that won the Mixed Open on the Saturday!
Eyemouth are very confident, and are challenging local skiffs to take them on within 45 minutes of their launch! Eyemouth are putting on skiff races in the three categories: mens, womens and mixed open crews. Enjoy their Herring Festival on 11 July:
1:15pm Launch by the newly crowned Herring Queen followed by a blessing by George Shaw
2pm Races commence either in the bay or a time trial in the harbour if weather is not good. http://www.berwickshirecoast.org.uk/