Archive for February, 2011
“Chippy McNish” was christened by the wife of the club’s Vice-President, Mrs Marion Taylor. She was assisted by the great nephew of Chippy McNish, Mr John McNish. The ceremony was carried out in front of a crowd of approx 100, including visitors from Cockenzie & Port Seton, Anstruther, Millport, Troon and South Queensferry.
Following the ceremony, “Chippy McNish” was launched and taken round the bay in front of the club by a variety of Royal West and visiting crews. We will post photos of the event at a later time but would welcome any taken by our visitors to add to those taken by club members.
All at Royal West would extend our heartfelt thanks to those who attended today and to those who sent messages of support for the event. It is the first St. Ayles Skiff launched on the Clyde and we should be announcing the launch of our second skiff before the end of April. We would again invite all in the SCRA community, thier friends and followers to join us for that event.
We would also re-iterate our open invitation to anyone within the SCRA community to visit Royal West and try out “Chippy McNish” and our existing fleet of fixed seat boats.
The Organisers of the Dalriada Games have extended an invitation to all members of the Scottish Coastal Rowing Association to take part in the Dalriada Games, which will feature a rowing regatta on Saturday 18 June 2011.
The 2011 Dalriada Festival Rowing Regatta is being organised by the Antrim Coast Rowing Association, comprising three local clubs: Glenarm, Cairndhu and Carnlough. It will form a central part of the Games weekend, with traditional rowing boats creating a wonderful spectacle in Glenarm Bay.
There will be two events:
- The Dalriada Challenge, a 7km endurance race for the Dalriada Cup.
- Categorised 800m sprint races with a turn.
The events are open to crews aged 18 or over, rowing any boats which are 4 oared and up, with a cox or steerer. Further details and some background information on the regatta and organising clubs is available at http://www.dalriadafestival.co.uk/content/rowing-regatta . Entry forms require to be returned by 6th May 2011 at the very latest, final instructions will be issued to competing crews nearer the event. You will notice that one of the other sports events offered is horse swimming, so the challenge has to be there: can your St Ayles beat a race horse over 4 furlongs?
The official launch of the games will be March, taking place in Belfast city centre and Glasgow city centre . The games orgainsers wish to have Scottish rowers and Irish rowers taking part in the launch. If your club could help with this please e mail email@example.com
P&O are the main sponsors of the event so assistance with travel will be available for SCRA clubs: Boats and trailers go free, as will foot passenger competitors…. but only if you register soon!
The news in from Robert Ayliffe, the Jordan Boats agent in Australia, after exhibiting at the Australian Wooden Boat Show in Hobart over the past few days is that two kits have been ordered for construction in Victoria, and one definitely, possibly two in Perth, Western Australia.
There was also strong interest from Kiwis attending the show, so it is likely that before too long they will be on the go there as well.
As soon as I get more detail on the builders I will post more.