The North Queensferry Coastal Rowing Club are in a race to launch on 6th May 2012. New club secretary Sandra Barour explains that the groups experienced boat builder Frank is overseeing an apprentice Crew doing the painting as outgoing chairman Gordon Scobie, is running around trying to make sure everything is in order for launch date. Sandra thinks that the skiff building project has been a steep learning curve for everyone but that of those immersed in the project in North Queensferry, not one would have missed this opportunity for the world.
The NQ Skiff has been named”St Margarets Hope” after an area in North Queenferry where St. Margaret (and other members of her family) supposedly landed in 1068 while fleeing the English court. It was also an important anchorage for shipping until Rosyth dockyard was built in the early 20th century. As North Queenferry residents know, the area is the site of the new Forth Bridge.
The launch date was set a while back for 6th May to suit the tides. Launch time is 3 p.m. with some skiffies from Anstruther and Queensferry joining in with the fun to welcome the club to Fife and to the Bridges! The Sunday is the second day of Boatie Blest Regatta, and others will hopefully be able to pop by to welcome the new skiff to the water on their way home…….. all are welcome. Anyone interested in Rowing in North Queensferry should contact Sandra at email@example.com . The club has a facebook page which can also be a point of contact.
Good luck to all boat builders and rowers of North Queensferry for your launch and for the pleasures of community rowing that lie ahead.