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The process of selection for the location of Skiffieworlds 2019 is continuing.
Over the coming days, further guidelines on the formal submissions and details of the timetable will be sent to those clubs which have already expressed an interest and requested the Host Criteria document.
Any club still wishing to be be considered, must note interest with the Secretary (firstname.lastname@example.org) by the 25th March 2017.
Formal written submissions will be in the hands of the Secretary by the 30th June 2017. The Committee will make evaluations which will include a site visit by committee representatives and others, making a final recommendation to the Committee and National Associations by the end of September 2017.
The Notice of Race has now been issued for the Deveron and Portsoy Youth Regatta on 1 April 2017.
Please do try to give your junior rowers the opportunity to race in the first SCRA youth circuit regatta, being held at Portsoy on 1 April 2017. Use the On line Entry Form to enter your crews, once you have read the notice of race. The closing date for entries is 25 March 2017, but it would cheer the organisers up no end to hear from you before then! Although designated as part of the North Circuit, entries will be accepted from clubs from all corners. The regatta is suitable for newcomers to the sport, and there is still time to practice! Accommodation has been reserved and there will be a social event as well as the racing.
After seven years of talking on the beaches, followed by agreement that we would investigate the possibility of a standard oar, a survey of clubs and rowers and careful measurement of the best current oars, the international group that has been set up to report on a standard oar design has between them designed several new oars and have built or are building seven prototype oars and two prototype oarlock systems. The prototypes are being used and alpha tested and the next task of the group is to narrow the designs down to one system. Once again we thank those who have put in considerable effort to this exercise.
Members of the group will try all the designs as much as possible and then write up their views and rank the designs. The group will then choose one system to recommend for “beta” testing. Beta testing will involve some clubs attempting to build a set of oars to the standard design, and reporting back on the ease of build and consistency of the finished product. Those clubs would then be asked to use their set of standard oars and oarlocks in recreation, training and competition, and be open to hosting skiffies from other clubs to allow as many rowers as possible to try out the system under test before any decision is made around whether or not to adopt it.
Some of the prototypes have features which are currently outwith the St Ayles Measurement Rules (paragraphs 3 and 7) specifically the use of non-compliant materials in the oarlocks and the use of spoon blades. If those prototypes are put forward for beta testing the SCRA committee will grant exemption certificates for those features for the clubs undertaking the testing on behalf of SCRA. The existing measurement rules will continue in force for all oars and oarlocks that are not part of the approved beta testing. If the decision in the long run is not to approve a standard oar, it will be relatively simple to convert the oars to flat blades in which case they will meet the current measurement rules. Potential beta testers should not therefore be put off by the risk of being left with a set of obsolete oars at the end of this season. However beta testers are taking the risk that they will have to change blades, and perhaps oarlocks, if the subsequent decision goes against adopting a new standard design.
If your club wishes to be one of a small number to be involved in beta testing, please contact email@example.com . The single design decision will be made in a few weeks (the group need some time to finish and evaluate all the single oar prototypes).
Researchers Prof Nina Laurie and Jen Remnant are launching a research project in association with Scottish Coastal Rowing;
‘Rowing the Waves: Community Development and Coastal rowing in Scotland’.
Scottish Coastal Rowers are invited to join them, 7-10pm, 24th of March at the Byre Theatre in St Andrews. Musical entertainment will be provided, and some nibbles. There is a cash bar.
The aim of the project is to explore all aspects of Scottish Coastal Rowing, including its successes, popularity and history. The purpose of the launch is to introduce and explain how we plan to conduct the research, meet and engage with people who are involved in skiff building and rowing in Scotland and answer questions about the project – it should also be a fun evening to make connections and talk rowing!
To RSVP, or ask a question, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
This proud group are building The Red Boat for Iona. Read about their progress on the facebook page of The Iona Boat Association (from which this photo has been copied). Will Iona be the smallest island with a skiff?
You can never have too many clamps! Here we see Loch Carron putting gunnels on both sides at the same time in February 2017. Photo from the Loch Carron Coastal Rowing Facebook Page. Keep up the good work!
This year will see six new Youth Regattas across Scotland created to encourage participation among young rowers. Many of our great existing regattas do offer a youth category, but usually only one. These NEW SCRA Youth Series Regattas will each offer at least six categories for young rowers, so that clubs can get a group of youngsters together who will be certain to get at least one row and possibly more at these events. The ‘North’ and ‘South’ circuits will each have three regattas spread throughout the season. It is hoped that participating youngsters will be able to visit every regatta in either the north of the south circuits as day trips if they wish. Each of the events which make up this first Youth Regatta Series will be open to all clubs though, and travelers from further afield will be welcome. Contact the organisers of each event that you want to attend to make your arrangements.
Save the dates:
Portsoy (Deveron) – 1st April
North Berwick – 18th June
Ullapool – 8/9th July
Largs (Firth of Clyde) – 15th July
Portobello (Eastern) – 16th September
Avoch – 21st October
Early bird registration is now open for Ocean to City, which takes place on 10 June 2017. There are a variety of course lengths, but it is anticipated that St Ayles skiffs will head out into open waters, before racing right up into cork city centre, on the 28km Ocean course. There is a specific trophy for fastest St Ayles skiff, won by Coigach in 2015 when the 8 St Ayles skiffs present also took home trophies for second mixed crew overall, Boatbuilder of the Day, and fastest wooden boat. North Berwick also won the City Course race in a coxed double scull. All those who took part found it to be a very welcoming challenge, and well worth some considerable journeys.
This year the organisers are using a new online system by ”Active” which will make registering as quick and easy as possible – hooray! Ocean to City has been going from strength to strength with the 2016 race breaking all the records. Make sure you are part of it in 2017!