Archive for August, 2010
Well Saturday was a great day for rowing in North Berwick, sadly the wind was just too much on Sunday for any racing. Well done to the following crews for winning the round Craigleith race:-
- Men’s Open Rowing race: “Coigach Lass”, Achiltilbuie
- Women’s Open Rowing Race: “Boatie Rows”, Port Seton and Cockenzie
- Mens over 40 Rowing Race: “Boatie Rows”, Port Seton and Cockenzie.
- Women’s over 40 Rowing Race: “Chris O’Kinnard”, Anstruther
More photos here
North Berwick became the first community to have use of two St Ayles skiffs, when their second was named, launched and raced on Saturday 28 August 2010. The boat is named “Skiff John B.” in memory of the last Provost of North Berwick, John Macnair, whose family donated a substantial sum of money to allow the kit to be bought. The boat was pushed from John Macnair’s former home in Forth Street to the beach, led by the North Berwick Pipe Band. John’s son, also John, was heavily invovled in the building of the boat, and was joined at the ceremony by his brother Billy and sister Wendy, and a crowd of around 400 people.
The small community of Catterline on the Aberdeenshire coast has received its first St Ayles skiff kit. The builders are doing some finishing touches to their workshop before boat building starts in earnest. More information and contacts for the build can be found here: http://catterline.org/coastalRowing
We understand that East Lothian Yacht Club will be hosting St Ayles skiff racing at North Berwick as part of their annual traditional boat muster. The outline plan is to have long course races on Saturday morning in open and over40 categories for men and women. The intention is to race around Craigleith, which should take crews between 20 and 30 minutes. The afternoon will feature sailing events, although there is also a raft race in North Berwick bay (organised by others in aid of RNLI) starting at 4.30pm. On Sunday it is anticipated that there will be races in mixed open and 40+, and mens and womens and mixed 18-, and 55+ over a more usual 600m course involving a starboard 180 turn. Note 55 rather than 60, in the hope we can get a bit more participation amongst the baby boomers. CAn we find some womens crews in this cateroty? More details to follow when we have them.
Ian Clark and I have volunteered to organise a regatta on the Saturday of this event for the St. Ayles Skiffs. We are also planning to take some of the Royal West fixed seat boats down to allow SCRA member clubs and the general public access to them. Think Ian has phoned round most of the clubs to advise of this. If any clubs would like to take part and have not already done so please get in touch ASAP so that we can arrange a race programme. Adam Graham email@example.com Royal West of SABC
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UKCC Fixed Seat Rowing Course
Further to Ian Clark’s email around the association on 14th July there has been a small but encouraging uptake of the UKCC course being run by Welsh Rowing at Aberystwyth Rowing Club on 10th-13th September. Three members of Royal West have confirmed their attendance and there is interest from Ullapool, North Berwick and Cumbrae. Applications need to be with Sarah Hayward or Welsh Rowing by Friday this week.
The course covers
- Safety on the water
- Management of risk & incidents
- Developing technique, skill and fitness
- Planning and reviewing goals
- Checking and setting equipment
At the end of the course the participants should have a very good understanding of approved coaching policy and technique as well as a nationally recognised coaching qualification. They can use this for the benefit of their clubs and the SCRA in general.
It has been suggested by Sarah Hayward of Welsh Rowing that with enough interest, and the correct logistics, this course could be run in Scotland. It would be our intention to further this discussion while in Aberystwyth.
Royal West of SABC
Royal West in Greenock have ordered two kits. They hope to start construction on or about 16th August. They have gone into partnership with a local training trust whereby Royal West provide all the materials, boatbuilding expertise and project management and the training trust provide trainees and a workshop. The local authority and sports council are also helping with funding on the basis that once the skiffs are launched the trainees, and groups from within the community, will have access and coaching.
Having seen most of the launched skiffs the team at Royal West are interested in some of the bespoke features, primarily the gunwale and foot rest designs. In the spirit of the association they would love to trade our knowledge of fixed seat rowing, coaching and training for access to drawings, the boats and the builders! Adam Graham can be contacted at the email address below. Royal West also extend an open invitation to any SCRA club to come down to Royal West and see the types of boats they have been using for the last 143 years! Contact Adam or Ian Clark who would welcome the opportunity to show you round the boatsheds and take you out on the Clyde. Having been the beacon of coastal rowing that has been kept burning in Scotland they are very excited by the revival of fixed seat rowing and keen to get people and skiffs on the water.
Adam Graham firstname.lastname@example.org Royal West of SABC