A rather belated report from the Paxton picnic row. Here is a picture of the fleet setting off up the Tweed, with the walled town of Berwick on the other side of the River, and the magnificent Royal Border Bridge to the left of the photo. The row upstream was hard work, as can be seen from the video of Dunbar rowing in their “infinity pool”. As ever however it was a sociable day enjoyed by the crews, so big thank you to the organisers.
(photo and video from Max Blinkhorn)
Portsoy Coastal Rowing Club are launching their second skiff on Sunday 13th October. “Soy Loon” will join Portsoy’s first skiff Soy Quine. The first boat was built by the women of Portsoy, this one has utilised male labour. Once again the community has eschewed modest colour schemes. The boat builders and the community will meet at Ross’s shed and parade the boat through the village, launching at the New Harbour at 2.30pm. If the weather permits there will be an open rowing session followed by a celebration in the Salmon Bothy. The Portsoy Skiffers and Skiffettes ask that you come and support them if you are in the area!
Until now there have only been two skiffs (Soy Quine and Spirit of Catterline) on the long coast between Inverness and Dundee. However the launch of Soy Loon is only the start a massive expansion of skiff building, rowing and racing on this section of Scotland’s shoreline. Ardersier will be launching their first skiff in November. Finishing touches are now being applied. Burghead will be starting their build soon. Findhorn are going to become involved, and are ordering their kit. Collieston Offshore Rowing Club has been formed and will be picking up their kit in the near future. They believe that neighbouring villages of Cruden Bay and Newburgh (at the mouth of the River Ythan, not the one in Fife) will surely get involved to give some local opposition. Catterline have already launched, and will be taking part in their first races at the SCRA Freshwater Sprints. Their enthusiasm has encouraged neighbours Gourdon to become involved. The builders from Gourdon will be building a skiff through the winter.
As at 6th October the dates already submitted are as below. Please get your dates to Adam Graham at email@example.com prior to 19th October.
|10-May-14||Anstruther||St Ayles RC|
|6-Sep-14||Queensferry||QCRC / NQCRC|
|13-Sep-14||Queensferry||QCRC / NQCRC|
|4-Oct-14||Various TBC||Regional groups|
The electronic entry form for the 2013 Freshwater Sprints is now available on line. We are delighted that Waterston and Groves have agreed to sponsor the regatta. If you get the chance please support this company which is supporting us!
LAST DATE FOR ENTRIES IS 19 OCTOBER 2013.
Royal West of Scotland Boat Club invite coastal rowers along to their Halloween party, which takes place on the night of the Freshwater Sprints/ AGM. Their lovely clubhouse is in Greenock, about a 90min drive from Callander for anyone coming down from the AGM. Accommodation may also be available in the Clubhouse for those with a sleeping bag and camper mat. Contact Adam Graham on firstname.lastname@example.org to make arrangements.
A meeting will be held in Girvan Academy to officially set up a Girvan Coastal Rowing Club on Tuesday 8 October 2013. All interested folk are invited along to the meeting, which is to start at 7pm. Even if you don’t want to be an oarsman, you’ll be just as welcome if you’re interested in boat-maintenance, club administration or even photography.
Update (20th. Oct): Thanks to those who have contributed various suggested alternative forms of words. These are published below, in bold, beneath the relevant clauses.
So, voting will need first to identify which form of words is preferred as a proposed clause, then whether or not the chosen form (as part of a Resolution) should be accepted.
Building upon the work of the Measurement Group over the summer, and taking account of the online consultation on their findings, the SCRA Committee has collated a series of Resolutions, for consideration and voting on, at the AGM at the end of October.
Clubs reps will be asked to vote on the Resolutions below. Alternative forms of wording may be proposed, though please note these must be provided to the SCRA Secretary by October 19th, to allow time for publication and consideration by Association Members, before the AGM.
Update (04th. Oct): voting is planned on each individual clause, rather than simply on the Resolutions as three wholes. Clauses are grouped into Resolutions just because there are three distinct themes:
- changes to the detail of the measurement rules
- compliance approach, and mechanisms
- reminders of various rules
Resolution 1: (printable copy from Dropbox)
This meeting resolves that the SCRA committee revise the St Ayles Skiff measurement rules in the following ways:
- By inserting a minimum hull weight of 150kg
- By specifying that plywood may not be used as a material for the keel or hog.
- By specifying that polypropylene and other plastics be allowed as a material for keel bands.
- By specifying that the planking for the St Ayles skiff can be BS1088 marine ply “or equivalent” ( a footnote commenting on equivalence should be introduced after consultation with kit suppliers in other countries)
- By specifying minimum dimensions of 1.125 inches for the width of the outer face of the outer stems.
- By specifying that geralds should not be longer than 250mm and banning the fairing of plank edges to a radius of more than 3mm
From NBRC: “The geralds should be no longer than 250mm and the fairing of the plank edges in this area should be no greater than to a radius of 3mm”.
- By specifying that if gunwales are hollow that they must either (a) contain a volume of timber equivalent to the gunwales shown in the plans or (b) be of a dimension at least as great as the gunwales shown in the plans.
From NBRC: “The gunwales should be of a dimension at least as great as the gunwales shown in the plans”.
From the SCRA Measurement Group: “The cross section of the gunwale should be a minimum of 20 square cm, including any rubbing strip as long as it is glued in place, but not including the thickness of the planks.
The gunwale may be reduced to 10 square cm (not including the thickness of the planks) for the forward and aft ends.
Scuppered or hollow gunwales are allowed as long as the same cross sectional area of timber is maintained as described, not including the spacers.”
- By specifically allowing a departure to the St Ayles skiff plans with regard to the spaces between seats, fore and aft.
- By specifying the maximum fore and aft width of a thwart to be 10 inches.
- By specifying that thwarts must be a uniform width on the fore and aft plane for the whole span of the seat between the points where it is fixed to the sides of the boat.
- by specifying that if plywood is used for thwarts that it must be of at least 5 mm ply and supported at its for and aft edges by timber framing spanning the width of the boat
- By clarifying that the floorboards, shown in the plans are not required for racing craft, and that dispensing with them is a reasonable departure from the plans.
- By specifying that footrests, where used, should be made of timber or plywood, with other materials allowed for fixings such as screws and nails but not for adjustable parts of the footrests such as sliders or runners.
- Allowing the use of plastic facings or wear strips on oars to protect wooden parts from wear.
From NBRC: “…the use of plastic sleeving, plastic facings or wear strips on oars…”
- (a) by specifying a standard rudder profile, in line with the design drawn by Mr Iain Oughtred or in the alternative (b) by specifying a minimum underwater wetted surface area of 850 cm squared, calculated against the expected waterline of a skiff with a normal weight crew rowing in salt water and that rudders must be attached to the sternpost at two points.
Resolution 2 (printable copy of Resolutions 2 & 3 from Dropbox)
This meeting resolves:
- That the existing measurement rules should be enforced more vigorously
- That clubs should lodge a certificate from time to time as required by the SCRA committee certifying that their skiff has been tested and complies with the measurement rules.
- That the SCRA committee should seek to appoint a class measurer or a measurement group to oversee the application and enforcement of the measurement rules and provide assistance to regatta organisers in scrutineering.
- That the SCRA committee is authorised to issue an exemption certificate to clubs, excusing a specified skiff from compliance with a specific rule for specified reasons, and for a specified period of time; and that the committee may delegate that power to any individual or group appointed in furtherance of resolution 2.3 above. The committee or their delegate should only issue such a certificate where requiring the club to adapt their skiff prior to racing in order to comply fully with the measurement rules would cause hardship or be impractical.
This meeting resolves with reference to the resolution above that clubs should be reminded that:
- A rocker is not allowed on keels (per current rule that the hull is to be constructed as faithfully as possible to the St Ayles Skiff plans produced by Mr Iain Oughtred.)
- Spoons and asymmetric oars are not allowed under the rules, and oars must be made of timber, although plywood blades are acceptable.
- Crew members must not be secured to the craft by any part of their body (unless as a necessary and reasonable adaptation to allow a rower with disabilities to participate). If foot restraints are fitted, they should be easy to slip the foot out of without using hands. (rules of racing 2013 edition rule 5.3)
Scottish Coastal Rowing Association
26 October 2013,
- Minutes of Last Meeting (get SCRA AGM 27-10-12 – Minutes from Dropbox)
- Matters Arising
- Chairman’s Report
- Treasurers Report
- Election of Officers and Committee
- Measurement Rules Resolutions (see separate post for details)
- Any Other Business
Election of Officers and Committee:
Existing members offering themselves for re-election are:
- Robbie Wightman (Convenor);
- Topher Dawson (Treasurer);
- Adam Graham (T&D);
- Ali Grant (Rowporty) (coaching programme development);
- Peter Ashe (Rowporty) (Secretary);
- Stuart Mack (C&PS);
- Barbara Waughman (Anstruther);
- David Todd (Scottish Fisheries Museum).
Andrew Doney (C&PS) is standing down.
Please pass any alternative nominations to the Secretary by 12th. October.
NB. No more than two members of the Committee should come from any one Club.
Measurement Rules Resolutions:
The resolutions will be offered to the Meeting for votes for and against. Alternative forms of wording for any resolution (for voting on, on the day) should be passed to the Secretary by 19th. October.
This was the inaugural meeting for Carrick Coastal’s running of the Exciseman’s Chase, over eight kilometres, around the foot of CulzeanCastle on the Ayrshire coast. We were delighted to have the company of our neighbours, near and far. Boats were launched in the harbour and after a briefing at 1230 the “second” crew began their walk through the grounds of Culzean estate, carrying the contraband. Meanwhile, just after 1300 the boats left at two minute intervals, heading north to GasHouseBay to rendezvous with their team-mates.
The skiffs were pushed along by a moderate swell and following wind, everyone making good time. After a swift turnaround on the beach there ensued a hard and keenly fought return leg. As the crews pulled into harbour and after a short dash to the timekeeper, bottle in hand, the clock stopped.
The results were as follows:
|Club||Start time||Culzean arrival||Culzean departure||Finish time||Lap times(mins)||Overall time||Overall position|
With all safely returned, hospitality of beer and burgers was enjoyed and presentations made. Each crew received a commemorative certificate and bottle of malt whisky.
Royal West were awarded the Exciseman’s Quaich and were worthy winners.
Our sincere thanks goes out to all who participated, including the visiting teams, Maidens Harbour Trust, Carrick Round Table and many other individuals who made this a truly community event.
We hope this will be the first of a regular feature on the SCRA calendar.