Archive for May, 2012
A thousand boats will form a flotilla on the Thames this weekend to celbrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, and rowers from Scotland will be represented in that number.
The man powered division of about 300 boats is going down the river 9 abreast. There will be two St Ayles skiffs in the parade. Ullapool Rowing Club’s “ Ulla” is third from the left, i.e. the North bank, and 14 rows back from the front. Eyemouths “Unity” is right behind her in row 16 . If you are able to watch the parade it may help you to spot the skiffs to know that the 11th row back from the front will all be Australian surfboats, which will be quite distinctive, and Ulla is in the third row after them.
The Queen will be taking the salute from the North bank so she should be lucky enough to get a good view of both skiffs.
Royal West of Scotland ABC’s heavy four Whiteforland will also be taking part, representing Renfrewshire. Her crew will be made up of members of both Renfrewshire rowing clubs, being Royal West and Castle Semple. The three newly elected provosts from East Renfrewshire, Renfrewshire and Inverclyde recently joined the Lord Lieutenant and his wife and lady Lucinda Shaw Stewart to inspect Whiteforeland and wish the crew well.
The Moray Gig, Bien Trouve, pictured below flying the Moray Flag, is centre column, 9th row back from the front. Unfortunately despite putting in a lot of effort, Stornoway have been unable to join them. We hope to welcome Stornoway to a coastal regatta sooner rather than later.
Jubilee Pagaent website: http://www2.thamesdiamondjubileepageant.org/
Moray Gig website can be found at http://www.moraygig.com/
An astonishing amount of skiff activity this weekend:
- Unity and Ulla are on the Thames to take part in the Jubilee Pagaent
- Helmsdale Launch their Skiff
- Byker Launch their Skiff
- Royal West Regatta has skiffs racing by Greenock Esplanade on Saturday
- Social row at Greenock on Sunday
- Boatie Blest Skiffs at the Three Harbours at Festival, Port Seton.
Good luck everyone and enjoy the weekend.
Bunillidh Rowing Club – Helmsdale – are pleased to announce that their skiff will be launched on the 2nd of June at 3pm. Anyone in the area please go along and cheer them on. The club is planning their attendance at Portsoy, so other clubs can look forward to welcoming them there.
The Helmsdale builders have the advantage of a fantastic location for their shed, right on the harbourside at Helmsdale. However they have probably had the smallest space of any builders, with the shed only being 21 feet long. As you see the boat has been built and stored on the diagonal. The clear advice is get a bigger shed if you can. 30 feet by 10 feet is good.
We look forward to welcoming the new boat, club and rowers to Scottish Coastal Rowing.
Under a cloudless sky, and with Pittenweem’s Fisher Lass and Anster’s St Ayles in attendance, the appropriately coloured Partan took to the water on Saturday afternoon. A big turnout of rowers and vistors to Crail watched as she was piped onto the water, and then rowed by many.
With five skiffs now on the water in Fife, and another to join the fleet shortly in Newburgh, it will not be long before we are able to rival the fleet on the south side of the Forth.
The fifth US skiff “Valkyrie” was launched on Friday 25 May at Vinalhaven in Maine, with the whole school attending the ceremony.
Gardner Pickering, the US agent for Jordan Boats tells me that “These guys are going to smoke everyone else” – they already have plenty of practice rowing in other craft.
Good luck to the rowers of Vinalhaven.
Crowds gathered in Maidens on the Ayreshire Coast last Sunday under clear skies to celebrate the launch of a beautiful Ayrshire maid. The conditions could not have been better, the company was great and the skiff was stunning.
Christened by the former Rector of Carrick Academy, using some Old Putney, Carrick Maid became the 31st St. Ayles Skiff launched in Scotland since the start of the project. She was built by pupils and staff of Carrick Academy over the last year, some of the team can be seen below.
Marr Voyager made the trip down from Troon with a couple of crews. Amongst them was David Sutherland who has provided the photos in this article. Marr Voyager was afloat awaiting the arrival of Carrick Maid into Maidens Harbour. Once afloat both boats had a few trips out of the harbour mouth with different crews. Royal West was also in attendance and managed to blag an outing in Marr Voyager.
I am writing to you as a member of the Dalriada Festival Rowing committee to ask you as club secretary to pass on this info to your club members.
• The Fundraising Virtual Row has been confirmed for Saturday 16th June. It will take place in the centre of Victoria square. The virtual event will raise funds for the RNLI with members of the Larne & Red bay lifeboat with us on the day. It will also raise the profile of the upcoming Dalraida festival as there will be extensive media coverage of the event. The event will consist of two teams one from N Ireland and one team over from Scotland racing each other on the concept 2 machines to cover the distance across the Irish sea. There will be large TV screens showing the two teams racing to complete the distance. Please encourage your members to come up and take part in this event. If you could draw up a list of those interested in your club and forward them to myself or another member of the Dalriada committee please.
• The Dalraida Festival Rowing Regatta is taking place on 21st July with entries already received from Scottish and Irish teams. Please remember that the closing date for entries is the 1st June ( one week away) so please gather up your crew entries and send them in. If you require an entry pack please visit www.dalriadafestival.co.uk & click on competitor registration or send me an email and I can send one through. There will be a free BBQ and live music in the evening following the regatta.
There are a veriety of other events across the week long festival from 13th July to 21st July so I would encourage you to check out the dalriada festival website: www.dalriadafestival.co.uk.
Any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
While many skiffies were up in Coigach, Pittenweem rowers were delighted to have a dry, sunny day for the launch of their first St Ayles skiff. Rowers from North Queensferry, Crail, Anstruther and Queensferry were able to join the locals to help them celebrate.
Pittenweem’s own Fisher Lad and Fisher Lass, supported by two talented pipers, christened the new community built skiff ”Fisher Lass”. The boat was allowed some whisky from a quaich as part of the ceremony, and the event was also clebrated with a fabulous skiff cake featuring a couple of builders as well as the hens who had shared the barn with the skiff in build. The cake was a wonderful surprise organised by Bev Whittome.
The Lad and Lass and then joined the local rowers for their inaugural row around the harbour. Everybody who wanted got a birl. The club would like to thank everybody for coming and making the day a great success.
The two nautical-looking chaps beside the skiff in one of the photos are Jim Morrison and Pete Wilcox, the main builders.
Photos by Jeff Wilcox and Anna Kucharska (cake).
Rowers from Anstruther, Cockenzie/ Port Seaton, Loch Broom SC, Portobello, Newhaven, North Berwick and Ullapool joined hosts Coigach Community Rowing Club for a stunning weekend of coastal rowing in the remote Coigach peninsular in the North West of Scotland. Saturday saw a sprint course of 1000m without a turn. Up to nine boats were on the start line for each race, with the stunning backdrop of Islands and snow covered mountains. There was a tail wind for the race, which reduced to a pleasant breeze after about noon.
Anstruther won the first race, women’s open, before the Coigach lass started her winning habit, bringing home line honours in the Men’s open. North Berwick took the next race, women’s 45+. The visitors from Anstruther brought home a victory in the over 50 mixed and were joined by North Berwick youngster Patrick Waite to win the in the under 30 mixed. However the home club swept the boards in the remaining five races.
After the Saturday Night Ceilidh and scrummy scran, slightly bleary eyed rowers were woken up on the Sunday for a stunning row out to the Isle of Tanera. Four boats raced, the rest simply cruised the 2km out to the largest of the Summer Isles, where the winning team, Coigach, were treated to silver service in the cafe, whilst the rest of the crews and their supporters, who travelled mostly by ferry, enjoyed a light lunch on much more practical wooden trays. The scenery was fantastic, the weather was kind, the welcome was first class, and the rowing community were all very happy.
Full results available at http://www.achiltibuie.net/regatta/Coigach%20Regatta%20Results.html