Archive for March, 2012
Entries have opened for the Boatie Blest regatta to be held in Port Seton Harbour on 5 and 6 May 2012. The Race course will take a similar shape to the 2011 regatta, involving a pursuit style race course where both boats start side by side heading in opposite directions. The boats round their own buoy before passing each other over the start line again. They then round the 2nd buoy and finish facing their initial direction at the start line. The entire race takes place within Port Seton harbour, making an excellent spectator sport, and very close races. The other added attraction is that crews only know whether they are winning or not when they pass at the half-way stage.
Saturday will feature an opening ceremony and the annual Port Seton v Cockenzie race. There will then be races in Mixed open, Women’s 40+, Men’s 40+ categories. Sunday’s Races will be for Men’s open and Women’s open. For more information contact club captain Stuart Mack: firstname.lastname@example.org,
All rowers and families are invited to a ceilidh in the Auld Kirk hall on the Saturday night.
Boatie Blest also featured in the Edinburgh Evening News this week. They have assisted Preston Lodge High School in Prestonpans with the building of a St Ayles skiff. The report on the High School Boat Building can be found here: http://www.scotsman.com/edinburgh-evening-news/edinburgh/pupils-build-skiff-to-show-off-rowing-skills-at-regattas-1-2198375
There is a full list of this year’s regattas on the “Events 2012″ tab above.
Ardersier Boat Club were formed with a view to building a St Ayles skiff in their community, and joining the other communities in Scottish Coastal Rowing. They have done fantastically well, raising over a thousand pounds, much of it through their New Years Day Loony Dook. Now able to buy a kit, they have one major stumbling block, they have not secured somewhere in the town to build the skiff. The club have resorted to verse, as published on their facebook page. So if you can help with a space or even a termprory building, please help this community group. Their poetic plea goes as follows:
We’ve raised enough for our community boat kit – can you help us find a space to build in ?
We’ve raised a thousand pounds so far –
but can’t yet get ‘afloat’
because we’re still out looking for
a space to build our boat
We’ve made a start with oars and ply
But really need a hut
To borrow for a month or two
To take us out this rut
We’ve said yes to a garden
But no to Piperhill
We wanted to stay somewhere close
And out the winter chill
Our hull needs to stay fixed and dry
While we glue up her seams
She’s twenty two feet long by six
Feet wide across the beams
Too big for all the sheds we know
We’ve asked both man and bairn
We dinnae want to go away
And Build our boat in Nairn!
We’d like a place near Ardersier
That’s ok for the spring
So if you have a space you know
Give ABC a ring.
Scottish Coastal Rowing would love to see a St Ayles skiff built in Nairn……. but not this one! If you can possibly help Ardersier Boat Club, please get in touch with them direct.
…are the two latest launched St Ayles in the USA.
Completed in February at Lake Champlain Maritime Museum in Vermont, they could not be launched immediately due to Lake Champlain being the way it always is in February – frozen.
Their actual launching took place at the Snow Row at Hull, Massachusetts on the 10th March.
Perseverance took to the water a few minutes before Resilience, then were almost immediately rowed in the Regatta. For nore info, go here and scroll up the page for this year’s detail.
The sity in the background is Boston.
Thanks to Nick Patch for the pics.
Following a blessing delivered by skiff supporter and local minister Rev Laurence Twaddle, Dunbar’s second St Ayles skiff was named “Black Agnes” by young Dunbar Coastal Rowing Club member Claire Denholm.
Black Agnes , Countess of Dunbar, was a true Scottish heroine who defended Dunbar Castle against the English Commander, the Earl of Salsbury. At the naming ceremony, Andy Wishart of DCRC expained that as befitting a woman from Dunbar she used a combination of strength and guile to outwit Salsbury who finally gave up the siege after 6 months..and she did this with some panache. She had her maids dust off the marks left by the rocks catapulted at the castle, she had boulders dropped on Salsbury’s secret weapon, the battering ram, and when she had fresh stores delivered by boat through a secret doorway she sent Salsbury some fresh bread and wine!
Taking inspiration from the lady herself, Dunbar’s coastal rowers will use strength, guile and panache when campaigning their stunning new skiff Black Agnes in regattas around the Scottish Coast. As with most of the St Ayles skiff fleet her building was a community effort, and the town of Dunbar will be proud of what they have produced.
The community turned out in force to see the skiff take to the water , with young pipers opening the celebration and the local sea scouts parading down to the harbour to honour the new boat. The thick mist swirled round the remains of the castle ramparts, and we could easily imagine Black Agnes peering down through the mist to the quayside to see her namesake. Local singing group “Dunbar Sings” gave us Michael rows the boat ashore, including the line “Black Agnes is a fast boat”. We hope so, and we look forward to finding out.
We have heard from the SCA and RYA that the above consultation is underway. You can read more about it on the following webpage:
In short there is a significant risk that every watersports club conducting any form of training may need to be inspected by a government agent and pay a license, unless the consultation that is now open provides clear opinion to the contrary.
Other that the financial implications, this would place further pressure on the volunteer coaches within clubs. Please look at the webpage and register your opinion before 30th March 2012.
Please see attached the Rowing information pack for the Festival Regatta
Have also been asked by the Antrim Coast Rowing Association if there are any SCRA clubs interested in a charity row across the Irish Sea, probably May or June, in support of a cancer charity I think. It will probably be televised and may have a fairly major Irish celebrity participant (one of the Boyz that can sing a bit).
The route being discussed it to Portpatrick from a point on the Irish side that suits the tides on the chosen date. It should be somewhere in the regions of 20 miles. Logistics are being arranged at the moment and a selection of dates are to be submitted to the Celebrity’s “people” for them to work out when he is available.
P & O are going to cover the ferry costs.
If you are interested as a club or as an individual please contact me on email@example.com.
The St Ayles skiff being built in Design and Technology Department of Carrick Academy is now nearing completion. It has now been announced that the skiff will be launched on the 20th of May at Maidens harbour, South Ayrshire (Time to be confirmed)
In further news a new rowing club has been formed to ensure that the boat is used. Carrick Coastal Rowing Club will be holding its first meeting on Monday the 19th of March at Maidens Bowling club. Anybody interested in rowing the skiff either for pleasure or competitively is encouraged to come along to the meeting. The builders and potential club members are excited by the news that a skiff is now being built in Girvan to give them a bit of friendly local rivalry.
But Tam kent what was what fu’ brawlie:
There was ae winsome wench and waulie
That night enlisted in the core,
Lang after ken’d on Carrick shore…..
Pittenweem is a near neighbour of Anstruther in the East Neuk of Fife. Their skiff is now painted and ready for action, and is going to be shown off to the local community shortly. As reported on the Pittenweem Rowing Club facebook page:
“Come and meet the Fisher Lass! Pittenweem’s rowing skiff, built by village volunteers, is taking her first outing to meet the community. She’ll be on display on Saturday 24th March at Market Square from 10.30am and at the Harbour from 1 pm. So become a member of the club – learn to row -or just take an interest and support her and your village team. See you there!”
Congratulation and Good Luck to Pittenweem Rowing Club.
I have several communities coming close to having the money to hand for ordering their kits (I’ll say who when they have actually ordered!).
If possible, I would like to see mould sets that have been used for one build being re-used by other communities.
So, if you have your moulds still sitting in the back of your building shed, and wish to make them available to someone else, saving a bit of a tree, and the new club a bit of money, please let me know so that I can put them in touch for private negotiation.