A new racing class was introduced this year. The SCRA picnic class is a fairly open class of one person rowing boat. Thank you to Jon Gerrard of Boatie Blest for sharing all the photos in this post to the SCRA Facebook Group.
The class rules allow for any material for hull and oars, although overall length is restricted to 5 metres, and sliding seats and out riggers are not permitted. Stability is tested by having the rower stand up and turn round. The boats are not intended to be out and out racers, as they must be capable of carrying a passenger and a picnic. Do please start building for next year’s event! If numbers allow we may have one race for sleek boats, and one race for those built a bit more for comfort.
There was a fair variety among the five boats that turned up for the racing, with Ullapool CRC being victorious in both the men’s and the women’s race, and thus winning the magnificent new trophy. After the racing owners kindly let other skiffies have plenty of shotties in the peedie boats with the very fine conditions that we were enjoying.