Archive for January, 2012
John Irvine of North Berwick Rowing Club gave the slide seat rowers a bit of a fright at the Scottish Indoor Rowing Champs held at Heriot-Watt University. Despite the lack of waves Big John managed a magnificent second place in the over 50 heavyweight category. The racing is held on concept 2 rowing machines over distance of 1000m. With 200m, to go John was down on leader Milos Hunek of Czech Republic. However the live feed from the event showed him coming back strongly from then to the finish, where Hunek just managed to hold on by one tenth of a second. Hunek posted a time of 3:08.1, with Big John registering 3:08.2, and the third placed competitor coming in 2 seconds further back. A magnificent effort from the big man, as anyone who has ever checked their time on one of these machines will know!
Full results here: http://www.scottish-rowing.org.uk/applets/11SIRC_Results.pdf
Slightly less than a year ago, I posted that an order for St Ayles skiff kits had been placed with our agents in Australia. Unfortunately, it transpired that this was alcohol fuelled enthusiasm on the part of the prospective customer.
I have now had confirmation from our Australian agent that he finally has a cheque for a St Ayles skiff kit. This is being purchased by a group in Franklin Tasmania called Women on the Water. Having seen some of the emails regarding the purchase, it is very evident that there is a high level of enthusiasm about their project.
With one group having made the commitment to build, we are expecting two or three more kits to be ordered very soon from other groups who have expressed strong interest.
Rowing is not just about racing. Plenty of skiffies enjoy getting out in the boat just for the sake of it, and at the end of last year many of us enjoyed the social cruise in company up the Tweed organised by members of Dunbar Rowing Club.
This year we suspect that some groups will be using their skiffs or other rowing boats for exploring the Scottish coastline beyond their home waters. To encourage groups to share their experiences of this and to allow us all to learn from each other SCRA is pleased to announce the SCRA Cruising Log competition.
We would like members of SCRA clubs who go on expeditions and adventures to record them in a cruising log and forward that on to us. Ideally we would like to log to be uploaded so that we can post a link to it from our website. Logs should have some pictures or video as well as a written description of the voyage, giving details of launch and recovery sites, stop overs, and descriptions of the tidal streams and conditions. We hope that others coming after can learn constructively so please do admit to your mistakes as well as saying what went well, and please also include an appendix with some thoughts on safety issues that you feel others would benefit from. The competition is not just for expeditions in St Ayles skiffs. We would love to hear about expeditions in any boats powered primarily by oars.
Closing date for entries will be 20 October 2012 (edited- a couple of weeks earlier than originally announced) , but we would be delighted if you could send entries sooner than that to inspire others. All expeditions must have taken place in the 12 months preceding the closing date.
We would be delighted to hear from anyone who would like to sponsor the competition or donate a trophy. The competition will be judged on how entertaining and informative the log is, rather than just how long or arduous the cruise is, so don’t be shy about recording your thoughts on a weekend jaunt.
All entries and enquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org please.
If you feel you could do with brushing up your navigation and seamanship, watch out for details of the course being run by the National Centre at Cumbrae in Essential Navigation and Seamanship. A big discount is going to be available to SCRA members, details of which will be posted shortly. It goes without saying that the crews taking part in this competition must take responsibility for their own safety, and ensure that their craft is seaworthy, appropriately equipped for the contemplated voyage, and that the planned voyage is within the competency of the crew.
For inspiration read “Three Men in a Boat” by Jerome K Jerome, ”Ice Bears and Kotic” by Peter Webb or perhaps RowPorty’s log of their row down the Tay:
Several rowing groups in Scotland have been invited to take part in the Queens Jubilee Pageant on the River Thames in London on 3 June. For those who do not know of the Pageant, Her Majesty is going to travel down London’s River on a royal barge, accompanied by a flotilla of 1000 small craft from all over the commonwealth. The accompanying boats will travel 10 miles downriver from Putney to Docklands.
From Scotland, the Monarch’s Lord Lieutenants have been asked to identify craft to represent their counties and some of those Lord Lieutenants have looked to members of Scottish Coastal Rowing Association to do the honours.
Berwickshire will be represented by one of the County’s St Ayles skiffs, with a crew hopefully made up of members from both Eyemouth and St Abbs. Ross is to be represented by a crew from Ullapool rowing club in Ulla. Stornoway Rowing Club are going to be representing the Western Isles, with their crew to include local youngsters being recognised for their sporting success. All three of these SCRA member clubs have a fair amount of training, fundraising and organising to do, and we wish them luck with that.
In addition Aberdeen Boat Club have had their application to take part in the Pageant accepted. The Club intend to use a St Ayles skiff for the event. The Moray Gig is also going to be taking part, representing the County of Moray. http://www.moraygig.com/ At 38′ this sailing and rowing gig, rowed by 10 rowers with a total crew of 13, will dwarf the St Ayles skiffs. She was built in Findhorn where she was launched in 2001, and where she is still based.
The Glasgow Humane Society will also have a rowing boat, “George” taking part in the event and the Sheltand Isles will be sending down Dim Riv, a half size replica of a viking long boat.
More information on the pageant on their website: http://www.thamesdiamondjubileepageant.org/
Posted by in News on 22 January 2012
This is a preliminary notice to gauge interest.
A tutor from Welsh Rowing is willing to run the course while in Scotland on a family holiday. It would be run over the middle two weekends of April, dates as follows:
7th/8th April & 14th/15th April
Please note that the first weekend is the Easter Weekend.
A very rough estimate of the cost is £ 300.00/person. This is for the course only and does not include accommodation (if required) or the pre-requisite qualifications such as personal affiliation to British Rowing, First Aid or Safegaurding & Protecting Children courses.
There will probably be only 10 places available. The venue will be at Royal West in Greenock to minimise any costs for use of facilities or launching.
Anyone interested should get in touch with myself asap, either via email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted by in News on 17 January 2012
Hello Everyone and a Happy New Year to you all.
It is that time of year to start planning for attendance at regattas in the coming year. I hope after the success we had with the Dalriada Regatta you will all be interested in attending this year to try and win the Dalriada Challenge Cup. (in better weather)
The dates for Dalriada Festival 2012 is the 13th -21st July, the rowing regatta will be held on Saturday 21st July. This year we will have hopefully more races for juniors and we will be starting at 12.00 midday. All along the marina will be a funfair and attractions for all the family. After the awards there will be a Fancy Dress Parade for everyone to take part in, with a free Barbeque and live music. This will be set along the beach front, followed by a fireworks display ending the regatta and the Dalriada Festival. There will be a Disco for all the Rowers and friends and family in the Bridge End Tavern Pub in the centre of Glenarm.
There is a free camp site and caravan park in Glenarm castle for all competitors and family, so please contact me with your clubs entry and accommodation needed and I will secure these bookings. SCRA clubs have been offered use of the Still Waters Bunkhouse on the hill overlooking Glenarm. It can accommodate a large number, has a kitchen and showers so that little bit more comfortable.
For those travelling from Scotland this year there will be travel discounts. I will confirm in the next 2-3 weeks exactly what P&O is offering, hopefully it will be the same as last year. The bookings for 2012 will be secured through me as I will be the contact for the bookings with P&O. So please remember first come first served.
Please notify any Rowing clubs in your area that you think might be interested in taking part. You can e-mail me or my contact numbers are as follows.
Bookings should be made to Elaine via one of the routes below but as Royal West attended last year you can also contact them on email@example.com with questions.
Tel. no. 02828841184
Mob. no. 07727235047
Address. 9 Channel Vista, Glenarm. Ballymena. BT44 0AG.
The Dalriada festival website is being updated at present so for any other information for the festival week please log on.
In the next 2 weeks Dalriada Rowing Facebook will set up, again we will keep everyone informed about registration forms etc.
Good Luck Everyone
Since early December, when skiff No 49 was ordered for construction in Newcastle upon Tyne, various candidates have presented themselves for the purchase of the 50th. Almost every time I emailed Robbie Wightman to let him know that I had had another “Note of Interest”, he would reply telling me that he had received some interest from another group.
We also heard through the grapevine that another community had received its lottery funding for a skiff, adding to the list of possibles.
Tonight, after much anticipation, I can reveal that the 50th skiff in the UK and 70th around the world, has been ordered by North Queensferry Boat Club.
I went over to NQ to receive the cheque, and have a look at the progress on their first skiff. Pictures will be posted in the morning, but I would say that the real competition with South Queensferry is starting now, as the quality of their build is of a very high standard. If they can carry on as they are, then SQ are going to have to raise their game in the boatbuilding stakes.
It says a lot for the enthusiasm of NQ that they have found the money for a second skiff already. They are aiming for a launch date of 6 May for the first skiff. Will six weeks practice be sufficient for them to seriously challenge SQ at their regatta? Will the Queensferries become the real “needle match” in Scottish Coastal Rowing?
Posted by in News on 11 January 2012
The Rollicking Rowing Club was formed in the second half of 2011 and is based in the Lochgilphead Joint Campus.
The club includes pupils, staff and parents. It has been raising money and working to restore two small skiffs that we were gifted by a local boat builder, Adam Way. In December 2011 the club received word that its application for a grant from Awards For All Scotland had been successful, this money will be used to fund our first St Ayles Skiff build. We are currently in the process of seeking new community members to get involved with the restoration and the new build.
If you are in the Mid Argyll area and wish to get involved in the project please contact Alec Ohnstad at the Joint Campus on 01546 602598 or email to Alec.Ohnstad@lochgilpheadhigh.argyll-bute.sch.uk
Happy New Year to all in the Scottish Coastal Rowing community. Good luck with all the boat building and rowing in the year ahead. There are currently 25 St Ayles skiffs launched in Scotland and Northumberland, and there are 24 kits in the process of being built, the most recent being despatched to Byker in Newcastle and the Isle of Islay. Hopefully we will welcome many more of those boats onto the water in time for the main regatta season, which is currently due to start on 5 and 6 May 2012 at Port Seton. We eagerly await finding out which community will order the 50th kit!