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: