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SCRA Youth Series 2017…….. and 2018?

2017 saw the introduction of a new series of regattas for Scottish Coastal Rowing Clubs.  The SCRA Youth series was aimed at encouraging junior rowers, from ages of around 15 to 18 to take up coastal rowing and meet up for friendly competition and more.  Each regatta in the series was organised by an SCRA member club, and guaranteed to have races for boys, girls and mixed crews at under 19 and under 17 age groups.  The series was divided into two circuits, North and South, although clubs could enter any of the regattas they wished.

The regattas were organised at POrtsoy by Deveron and PortsoyNorth Berwick, Ullapool, FOCCRs at Largs, Portobello ( by Eastern ARC) and Avoch.

Sadly the event at Eastern had to be cancelled in light of a poor weather forecast.  However all the other events went ahead and reports of each can be reviewed by clicking on the name.  One of the pleasing things about the events was that the young rowers were so heavily involved in organising them as well as rowing in them.  We are very proud of our young rowers, and would really like to see clubs supporting them and this regatta series for another year.  Most regattas struggle to put on more than one or two junior races, just because of the need to fit races into a tight schedule.  The youth series has allowed clubs to bring much larger numbers of juniors along to events.

If your club would like to host one of the youth series regattas for 2018, please get in touch with Cameron Hughes of the SCRA committee on .  The wider rowing community and the juniors in particular will appreciate your support.  Guidance on involving youngsters in your club is available elsewhere on the website.  We want to publish the Youth Circuit before the new year, so please do get in touch sooner rather than later.



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Another Century reached.

We have had an interesting time over the past couple of weeks, with several invoices out for payment, and waiting with great anticipation to see who was going to get their money in to be the proud owners of the 300th St Ayles Skiff.

I am very pleased to be able to say that this milestone was reached this morning by a new club, on the isle of Tiree. We are expecting an order very soon from Coll, so before they get to race on the water, they will be racing to get their boats on the water.

It is a major achievement that after eight years we have this many skiffs either launched or in build. There are now skiffs in 12 countries, with more to come in the near future.

Thank you once again to all of you who have bought a skiff.

Alec Jordan
Jordan Boats & CNC Ltd

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Ullapool Regatta – 6th, 7th and 8th July 2018

Greetings from Ullapool CRC:   Ullapool Regatta – 6th, 7th and 8th July 2018

To those of you who attended in 2017, thanks for helping to make our 2017 regatta so enjoyable and successful. To those who didn’t, welcome!

Because of the sport’s growth and popularity, we have extended the Ullapool regatta starting from Friday evening until Sunday afternoon, but because of logistical pressures, we now need to limit entries.

Race categories will be as follows: U17, U19, Open A, Open B, 40+, 50+ and 60+ for Women’s, Men’s and Mixed crews.

The U17 and U19 (6 races – Male, Female, Mixed) will take place on Friday evening from 1800 (after ferry departure at 1730) till 2030. The remaining races take place on Saturday and Sunday.

We will run the three most popular categories, (Open A Mixed, 40+ Mixed and 50+ Mixed) as two heats of up to 15 boats and a final. This means that in these categories only we can take up to 30 entries.

The other 18 races will be a straight 15-boat final, so we will take 15 entries maximum for those races. Sorry, but only one boat per club per category, and no time trials.

Please confirm by email direct to UCRC Convenor Jonathan Reid ( whether your club will attend, and in which categories you will race.

We need your replies as soon as possible – certainly by Friday 19th January 2018 – to secure your club and race places. Because of pressure, when we reach our maximum number of clubs and races, we will close entries.

We look forward to seeing you in 2018.

Jonathan Reid

Convenor UCRC – 2017.

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Tawe Nunnugah – Log by Murdo

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Another Book for Skiffies: “The Shetland Boat”


“The Shetland Boat: South Mainland and Fair Isle” was originally published in 1984 by the National Maritime Museum.  This book will be of great interest to students of the skiff, as it really describes the whole heritage behind shetland derived boats.

It was reprinted this year by Shetland Heritage Publications, in association with the National Maritime Museum to mark the occasion of the first Shetland Boat Week in August 2016.  It can be purchased from the Shetland Heritage Shop.   Unfortunately I have misplaced my own copy somewhere in the house, so my ability to review and print extracts is somewhat limited.  It is absolutely jam packed with information about the building and using of double ended yoles and skiffs, and the small differences which distinguish the different types.  There is an explanation of the various seating layouts for rowing (one layout you will not see is four rowers, with one oar each, sitting behind each other in a row…….  as per the St Ayles).  Those with a single oar tend to be sitting double banked (two to a thwart).  There are a couple (contradictory) of accounts of rowing style, and there is also plenty of information on oars, including I recall some folk leaving them in the sun the same way up, so that the blades would warp into a scoop….  although I am not convinced by the weight that should be given to that story!


2017 Shetland Boat week  took place from 7 to 13 August 2017, and the next event will be well worth a visit, as is a trip to Unst Boat Haven, where more information about our type of craft can be gleaned.

Shetland Boat Week

Shetland Museum

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Dunbar’s 110 Miles Rowing the John Muir Way

The Dunbar entry for the Cruising Log is by video.  Please click the following to see the full video……  put it on full screen.

Dunbar’s Video Log



The following is an “action log” for more information:


The​ ​John​ ​Muir​ ​Way,​ ​110​ ​miles,​ ​40​ ​locks,​ ​20​ ​bridges.
Dunbar CRC has become the first to complete the John Muir Way by boat.
Over 20 local rowers took part in the challenge which paralleled the 134 miles by foot on the John
Muir Way stretching from Helensburgh to Dunbar.
WATCH​ ​THE​ ​VIDEO​ ​: “Rowing the John Muir Way”,
music The Hebrides, Fingal’s Cave – Overture. Use full-screen.
Action log of Black Agnes: The John Muir Way row:
Up the Clyde, along the Forth-Clyde Canal, down the Forth, into the North Sea.
Date July 17th — 23rd.
Place Helensburgh to Dunbar
Distance travelled 110 miles = 180 kilometers
Canal 35 miles, 40 locks, 16 bridges.
Weather 6 good days, 2 heavy rain (we waited those out).
Boats Black Agnes skiff
Crew members: 23 lazy sods from Dunbar CRC.
Special commendations:
Christine who rowed the most, Pamela who manned the chuckwagon, Bob who fashioned 5
great paddles, Di who dragooned her 2 grandkids in for one leg.
We decided that with 2 rivers, a canal, and 1 sea we should make some priorities:
1 Safety
2 Adventure
3 Eating and Drinking.
● Canal license: approx £120 gives you 10 days plus the side-fun of a quick up/down
on the Falkirk Wheel. Also a charge of £30/day on the western half of canal (be
● Bowling to Southbank Maryhill: 20 locks are opened by the canalmen over a 7-hour
leg, starting at 9am, finishing at 4pm
● Sea-locks at Bowling and Carron are VERY tide-dependent (read the guide)
● Canal is narrow at some points and the oars will touch the side. Use paddles.
● Bridges are narrow and a speed-up is needed before folding the oars back; we used
5 strong, wooden paddles.
● Passing other vessels, although on the canal traffic is very limited. Use paddles.
● Beware the mussel-banks on the Clyde
● Tidal dependent on Clyde & Forth.
● On the rivers, our coxes were qualified sailors (day-skipper ticket min.)
● On the canal our coxes were experienced with lock-systems.
● Spectacular way to transit Glasgow!
● Skiff is in the canal overnight so no need to launch/retrieve. Luxury!
● Every day is a new view, so turning round. A continuous adventure
● Extra crew can run, cycle or walk along the canal towpath.
● Tidal/river flow dependent; calculate correctly for the benefit.
● You’ll transit the Dalmuir Drop-Lock (unique in Europe)
● Weather dependent on the rivers; the canal is more sheltered.
● Eating and drinking en-route is very good, if you plan well.
● Chatting to surprised locals at lock-gates along the way (“Whit? Ye’re rowin’ that wee
thing frae Helensburgh tae Dunbar? Ye must be bloody mental.”
Useful​ ​info:
a) Scottish Canals Skippers Guide (detailed, read VERY carefully)
b) Tidal Flow charts for Clyde + Forth rivers, copied from a friendly sailor.
c) Tide tables.
d) Nautical charts for Clyde & Forth
e) www.john for a nice map.
You’ll​ ​need:–
Flashlights, bearing-compass, mobiles, VHF, horn, 5 paddles, a simple cox’s loudhailer, plus
the usual skiff safety-stuff, flexibility & good humour.
More info from Kenny Maule (, 01368 860 852)

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Skiffies at Illumination: Harbour Festival of Light

Clubs are invited to attend the Scottish Maritime Museum’s ‘Illumination: Harbour Festival of Light’ in Irvine on Saturday 2nd December.

The festival, which returns for its second year, features an Illumination Trail, a Lantern Parade and a Light, Fire and Aerial Art Spectacular, but most importantly – skiffs! Last year, a number of clubs enjoyed a casual row on Irvine’s rivers before dressing their skiffs with lights and parading in their illuminated skiffs for onlookers to enjoy.

This year, there will be a number of informal pursuit-style races from 11am-5pm and a BBQ ahead of another bigger and better illuminated row past. Fancy joining in? Email to register for free. All participants will receive a 20% discount (via a code) on tickets for the Light, Fire and Aerial Art Spectacular.

For more information on the festival, visit

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New coxes learn the ropes (and charts and VHF) and all things Skiff at Buckie

On a beautiful Saturday morning in November a gang of 25 novice coxes gathered at Buckie RNLI lifeboat station for an introduction to Coxing from the SCRA. That first day was filled full of ice breaking exercises, introductions to Charts and VHF, equipment and much more. The weather lessons were used to give us an understanding of the weather before our Sunday sessions which mainly would be afloat.

Sunday came and as predicted was a wee bit windy with rollers hitting the wall surrounding the Harbour and showering those nearby with spume, so no leaving the safety of the harbour today. The day started with a session identifying the component parts of a Skiff. We then covered race rules, lifejackets and man overboard drills.

A quick brew then it was time to split into crews and go learn the dark art of practical coxing. We rowed forward, backward and in some cases sideward but all mastered the art of manoeuvring skiffs. After a quick warm up in the lifeboat station it was back outside for a session of man overboard training with Stuart Mack and his colleagues from the RNLI repeatedly throwing themselves off the Skiffs while we then chased around the harbour trying to fish them back out.

So there you have it a fantastic introduction to coxing. Now we need to practice the skills we have learnt. Thanks to the SCRA for running the course, Ali, Gareth, Stuart and Dave, and thanks to the RNLI Buckie station.

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At the going down of the sun….

………. and in the morning,   We will remember them.



We have the good fortune to enjoy the sea for leisure and recreation.  The sea joins our communities together, along out coasts and internationally.

As Armistice Day approaches, it is time to spare a thought for those who went before us, and who faced dangers on the sea so that we can enjoy our freedoms today.   Many required to go to sea during war.  A large number of men from our communities served in the Royal Navy.  Others served in the Merchant Navy, supplying the country and transporting troops and evacuees.  Some continued to fish, putting food onto tables, with some extra duties added in.  All faced the risk of attack from above and below to add to the perils that they already endured in challenging conditions.  Some went to sea and did not come back, making the ultimate sacrifice.  Those who did come back made sacrifices of their own.  All required courage and fortitude.  Think of them all, lest we forget.

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