This weekend in September may need to be commemorated in some way. Clubs and individuals with a passion for Coastal Rowing have, over a period of 48 hours, demonstrated what can be done with some community spirit, team work & common sense.
On Friday Ali Grant of RowPorty passed her final assessment for a UKCC Level 2 Fixed Seat Coaches Award. Success follows success and on Saturday Jon Gerrard and John Curtis of Cockenzie & Port Seton also passed thier assessments. Ali is the first Scottish Female UKCC Level 2 Fixed Seat Rowing Coach.
Above is a photo of the aspiring coaches during thier face-to-face weekends at Royal West in April. Next weekend Iain Sinclair of Mid-Argyll RC, Mick Boden & Alan Farrell of Troon CRC and Robbie Wightman of North Berwick RC are being assessed. We all hope that the SCRA “light of success” shines on them.
Yesterday Coigach came second in the mixed category at London’s Great River Race, a race featuring 300+ fixed seat boats, over 22 miles of the Thames. They were joined by RowPorty & North Berwick in representing SCRA in this race.
Yesterday one of the newest clubs to the association, Newburgh, ran its first St.Ayles Skiff regatta.
Yesterday Crail, another new club to the association, won two of the five races at Newburgh and are second in another two. What a result for this new club.
Today any potential Northern rowers, that wants a wee trial row or just a chat, are invited to meet in Helmsdale at 12 o’clock. ‘Ulla’, ‘Baile an Or’ and crews will be in town and delighted to meet you.
What a weekend for the individuals involved, the clubs that they represent and the Association we are all members of. As Robbie said in an earlier article, “Scottish Coastal Rowing has a lot to be proud of”, especially this weekend.