Archive for August, 2012
As you may have seen in the email from the Association Secretary Denise Havard last week, the SCRA AGM is planned for Saturday 27th October at Castle Semple Visitors Centre, Lochwinnoch ( http://www.clydemuirshiel.co.uk/park-sites/castle-semple/ ).
It is our intention to run a sprint regatta in the morning, using this as a practical session for umpire training. This will then be followed by the AGM in the afternoon, time to be circulated when race programme confirmed.
The racing will be multi-lane, possible with a combination of straight line sprints and bouy turning events. Anyone wishing to take part in the umpiring at this event should email myself or Robbie. Formal notice of the regatta, categories etc., will be out shortly.
Training & Development
Following the face to face sessions held at Royal West in April the aspiring coaches are going to undergo assessments of thier work at thier own clubs this Autumn. These assessments will be carried out by an external British Rowing approved assessor, David Thompson of Welsh Sea Rowing. One of the first to be assessed will be Ali Grant of RowPorty, pictured above at two during one of the sessions in Greenock. Ali was awarded a grant (pardon the pun) by Edinburgh Leisure to help towards her course fees and has been working hard over the last few months. She writes:
“I will be sitting my assessment on Friday 14th Sep at 2pm in Portobello. I am REALLY hoping for friendly seas! I have worked through a 5 step progressive lesson plan from inducting complete novices to sessions on cox commands, buouy turns, timing and racing starts. My final session will be looking at building up power and stamina.
The main thing I’ve enjoyed continues to be coming up with new exercises and activities to ‘coach’ particular things – everything from singing to waltzing! I’ve had some really willing victims who have not only let me try things out – some of which worked and some of which didn’t- but have also given me great feedback and helped me figure out how I could do things differently. I’ve really appreciated that.
I think the key thing about the coaching award is that it just makes you ‘think’ through from start to finish how a session should look and understand in your own mind what you are trying to communicate. More importantly, it challenges you to come up with activities which are going to achieve that – and make the sport of rowing fun! I think it’s important to never stop learning.
I’m happy to expand on all of this for the SCRA website once the 14th is over! I’m also really keen to get a SCRA coaching group established who can share training ideas. I think you need to keep coming up with those to avoid becoming ‘stale’ as a coach.”
All club coaches should be thinking along the same lines as Ali. Keep it fresh and fun. Lets also be thinking about sharing our knowledge to smaller and newer clubs near us.
There is a cluster of assessments happening in the Lothians over the weekend of 14th-16th September before David travels through to Lochgilphead on 21st Sept. to assess Ian Sinclair (in the coxes seat above) at Mid-Argyll RC, then to Troon CRC on 22nd Sept. to assess Alan Farrell & Mick Boden.
As Ali says, once these coaches are in place we will try and form an SCRA coaching group to support clubs without qualified coaches, both to get qualified but also to just get started.
Training & Development
The Race Programme for North Berwick regatta has now been published and can be downloaded here: http://nbrowingclub.com/regatta-2012/regatta-2012-program.html
Cox Briefing is at 0900 and racing goes from 10am through to 4pm. The most popular race categories have been split into two races, with prizes being awarded on time.
The racing leaves from a line off North Berwick harbour, with crews racing round the island of Craigleith, before racing back to a line close the Platcock rocks and the old pier.
The Scottish Seabird Centre has two live stream cameras on Craigleith. They are normally trained on the local wildlife but on Saturday 1 September 2012 they will be directed to give views of crews racing their St Ayles skiffs as they approach and round Craigleith. The finish line is covered by the East Lothian Yacht Club weather cam (regular updates rather than live stream). Pictures from all three cameras can be found on this page of the North Berwick Rowing Club website. The intention is to post results as they happen.
There is a press report in the East Lothian Courier
The quest for a St Ayles skiff to serve the people of Wick in Caithness is very much back on. There is to be a public meeting on Friday 31 August 2012 at 7pm. The venue for the meeting is the Herring Mart at Wick Harbour. If you can make it along to hear about the project and how you might get involved please do. If you want to find out more or are not able to make it along please contact Malcolm Bremner at Wick Harbour Office on 01955 602030.
Lets give Helmsdale some local opposition, and get come practice in before Thurso becomes involved.
Crews were met by lumpy conditions as they left Dunbar harbour for the racing at Dunbar Coastal Rowing Club’s regatta. The course was from a transit off the Battery Park, North West towards a single turning bouy which was turned to Starboard. The Crews then turned the Scart Rock, beforeheading back to the original buoy, and back to the start finish line.
Queensferry, Newhaven, Row Porty, North Berwick, Dunbar and Boatie Blest were all represented.
Portobello got off to a great start, winning the first two races of the day being Men’s Open and Ladies Open. The Mixed Open was brought home by North Berwick, before the increasingly lively conditions caused the course to be shortened. The Mixed under 21 went to a Dunbar crew in a row over. Boatie Blest took home the honours in ladies 35+ and mixed 50+, but were narrowly beaten, very narrowly beaten, by North Berwick in the Novice Race. To qualify for the novice race crew members had to have been rowing for less than a year. (Note that North Berwick Regatta has a different definition of novice, where none of the rowers in the race are to have won a rowing race before.)
Conditions improved sufficiently by the later afternoon to allow the endurance race to take place. This race round the Dunbar Poo Bouy was won by Skiff John B of North Berwick in 32 minutes 28 seconds, followed by Boatie Blest, Rowporty, Dunbar and North Berwick’s St Baldred.
Sorry for not having a photo of Baile an Or in our original report from the Loch Broom skiff regatta. So here is one, with many thank to Angus Foote for the picture.
Crail, Newhaven, Portobello, North Berwick, Cockenzie /Port Seton and South Queensferry are joining host club Dunbar this Saturday for the next edition of St Ayles skiff racing.
Cox’s briefing is at 9.30, with the following races then taking place:
10.30 Lothian Printers Mens Open,
11.00 Belhaven Aeroservices Ladies Open,
11.30 Belhaven Smokehouse 16-21 Mixed
12.00 Volunteer Arms Mixed Open;
12.30 P.J. Design Ladies 35 and over;
1.00 Bowe Sports Mens35 and over;
1.30 Tippecanoe Gallery Novice Race ( for skiffies in their first year of rowing);
2.00 The Rocks Mixed 35 and over;
2.30 Graze Coffee and Chocolate House Mixed 50 and over;
3.00 The Tablers Endurance Race (Poo Buoy) event.
“Lady Danger” became the latest St Ayles skiff to be added to the Scottish Fleet when she was launched this weekend at the Sail and Oar Festival on the Isle of Cumbrae. She is the second St Ayles Skiff built by Ben Duffin, Gal Gael and Schools in Glasgow. ben Duffin says “We had a great day’s racing with other St Ayles skiff’s of the Scottish Coastal Rowing Project at Millport’s Sail and Oar festival. “
Posted by in News on 18 August 2012
Saturday’s Sail & Oar Festival on Cumbrae included a Skiff Regatta in Kames Bay. It was hosted by the local club assisted by members from Boatie Blest & Royal West.
In attendance were crews from Boatie Blest, Royal West, Pittenweem, Troon, Galgael and of course Cumbrae. Racing started at 12:00 and continued until approx 15:30. It include nine categories; first, second & third places as follows:
Mixed 40+. Boatie Blest, Royal West, Cumbrae
Ladies open. Boatie Blest, Pittenweem, Cumbrae
Men’s Open. Boatie Blest, Royal West, Troon
Ladies 40+. Boatie Blest, Pittenweem
Juniors. Cumbrae/Boatie Blest, Cumbrae
Men’s 40+. Boatie Blest, Royal West, Cumbrae
Mixed 50+. Boatie Blest, Pittenweem
Mixed Open. Boatie Blest, Pittenweem, Royal West
New Clubs Event. Pittenweem, Cumbrae, Galgael, Troon
The course was South from the beach at Kames Bay, straight into the incoming tide, waves & wind. Approx. 700m out the course turned to Starboard round a bouy and then headed for the next bouy 300m West. This leg was at 90 degrees to the incoming waves and resulted in a few folk falling off thier seats. The last leg was straight from the second mark back towards the finish line off the Kames beach. With the tide, waves and wind at thier backs the skiffs flew back to the finish line.
In the Men’s Open event there was a close race going on between Galgael and Troon for third place during the last leg. Galgael were coming back strongly when they had an equipment failure and lost an oar, Troon powered on and took third place. Galgael’s oar was returned to them by the rescue boat and they finished fourth.
The Juniors race was contended by a composite Cumbrae/Boatie Blest crew and a Cumbrae crew. The composite crew used Chippy McNish from Royal West and performed remarkably bearing in mind that they had never rowed together or used the boat before. They rowed over a shortened course. The composite were in the lead as they turned the mark but were caught by the local crew as they came out of the mark. On the return leg the composite managed to recover a boats length of a lead before crossing the line. The local cew then challenged them to a race back to the beach. It was encouraging to see 6 local kids very keen to get afloat and race.
The Mixed Open event also saw a major equipment failure. Within 100m of the start Royal West broke an oar, unlike the British Olympic double scullers they did not request a restart. The crew continued rowing with only three oars and managed to finish third out of five.
Following a suggestion from Boatie Blest a race was run at the end of the day for the newer clubs. Each was invited to enter thier best crews. This resulted in a much tighter pack round the course and a closer finish. Pittenweem performed very well leading the pack back from the seond mark.
The organisers also ran a scoring system in order to award an overall trophy. This was won this year by Boatie Blest with 28 points. Remarkably there were three clubs in equal second, Royal West, Pittenweem & Cumbrae with 15 points. Third was Troon with 9 and fourth was Galgael with 6.
The event was very well supported and the organisers in Cumbrae thanked all those who attended and assisted on the day. This event should see an increase in rowing activity on Cumbrae as well as further afield on the Clyde Estuary.