Archive for October, 2010
For all those who are waiting to plan their holidays around Coastal Rowing events the 2011 calendar has been published here: http://scottishcoastalrowing.org/regatta-dates/ . The calendar will be updated when we are made aware of any other events.
You will all be aware that the VAT rate will be increased from 17½% to 20% from the beginning of January.
This increase will lead to higher costs for Jordan Boats and regretfully, we can no longer hold the cost of the kit at £1275 after this rise. We have also had an increase in the cost of plywood since this price was set, and the new price will reflect this rise. As it is possible that the price of plywood will change again in the next two months, we will not publish the new price until mid-December.
To purchase the full St Ayles kit at the current price of £1275 or the Plank & Frame set at £1050, we will need the full sum paid in our account by Friday 17 December so that our order can be processed and invoiced by our supplier before their Christmas shutdown. If you are fund-raising for your kit, please bear this in mind.
The first St Ayles being built in Inverclyde is taking shape. Here is a photo of some of the build team admiring their work, just after turning the hull over.
Inverclyde Community Development Trust are working in partnership with Royal West of Scotland Boat Club to build the two St Ayles Skiffs in Port Glasgow. Once completed the club will use the boats and make them available for members of the community. Local youngsters are gaining valuable work experience through the project.
I have had confirmation from Maine that there will be three skiffs built at High Schools in Maine over the winter with a target date of their first regatta for early June 2011.
The Schools building are:
- Deer Isle Stonington High School
- George Stevens Academy at Blue Hill
- Sumner Memorial High School at Sullivan
The locations of these schools can be found here.
Talking to Carl Cramer of WoodenBoat Publications on Friday, it is clear that there is a lot of interest in the USA in the WoodenBoat sponsored BARC Challenge, and it is likely that the numbers in the US and hopefully Canada will grow.
There has also been more serious interest in the St Ayles furth of Scotland in the past couple of days; I will post more news about these places when this firms up.
You might notice that I’ve installed a new comments system on this site with a view to improve the ease with which the Scottish Coastal Rowing community can engage with what’s going on. Please check it out and let me know what you think of it (through the comments!).
I intend to drop the forum from the site very soon, especially if this new system allows us to do what we need.