Covid Update 19 August – Beyond Level Zero

The latest guidance from the SCRA follows the move to Beyond Level Zero by the Scottish Government which came into effect on Monday 9 August. Aside from some necessity for face coverings in certain settings, and test and protect details, many of the other restrictions placed upon rowing have now been lifted. 

Should there be any changes to the overall situation, we will update the rowing community. However, we hope that this will be our last iteration of the guidance as things continue to improve.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all who are involved in the SCRA committee’s Covid subgroup for the time and effort they have put into this aspect. It is not one which was ever foreseen when volunteering to help on the board. I would also thank all the clubs, and especially your covid officer, who no doubt has had a tough time keeping up with the guidance this pandemic has provided, often changing daily. 

Details are posted below with the current Beyond Level Zero guidance, together with a useful link for the in-depth information.

Our thoughts are with all those who have lost loved ones through this pandemic. We know the coastal rowing community is strong and will bounce back as strong as it was before, and we thank you all for playing your part; enjoy the rest of the season.

Stuart Mack

Convenor SCRA

Below is a link to the Beyond Level Zero guidance provided by Sport Scotland which has the finer details. An important change is around point 13. For much of the pandemic Coastal Rowing has been classified as a contact sport due to our inability to meet a 2m social distance criteria. This criterion has been downgraded to 1m therefore we fall into the non-contact sport criteria going forward. The criterion was downgraded after our return to rowing but for future guidance this is worth noting.

https://sportscotland.org.uk/media/6845/return-to-sport-physical-activity-guidance-5-august-2021-final-003.pdf

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UPDATE TO COVID GUIDANCE

This revised guidance is being issued following the publication of SportScotland’s Return to sport and physical activity guidance on 5th May 2021 and the First Minister’s announcement on 11th May 2021.

MAIN CHANGE TO GUIDANCE

As of 17th May 2021 and in local authority areas in Level 2 or below;

· rowing in crews with multiple households is permitted.

· use of face coverings by the cox and/or Stroke is no longer mandatory.

The relaxation of mandatory face coverings for coxswains/stroke to voluntary comes as the risk can be assessed at club and individual level. The risk of exposure is dependent on several factors including (but not limited to) weather, type of exercise, potential household grouping, vulnerability, and increasingly full vaccination. It is important that people and clubs continue to respect masks to be worn where users wish to do so and therefore taper any sessions to reflect the restriction they may have on airflow. Sports Scotland guidance continues to enforce the use of face masks in indoor settings such as club houses, locker rooms and toilets settings.

Please familiarise yourselves with all the information available and take all necessary steps to maximise safety for your club situation, whilst bearing in mind the ongoing uncertainty surrounding Covid 19, going forward. PLEASE BEAR IN MIND THAT THIS IS NOT A RETURN TO NORMAL ACTIVITY.

INTRODUCTION

Some sporting activities can now be undertaken, providing all activity is consistent with current Scottish Government guidance on health, physical distancing and hygiene – you will also need to make sure that your club, facility and participants are made aware and can adapt to changes in guidance at short notice. Information on Scottish Governments approach to managing COVID-19 is available at Scottish Government: Coronavirus in Scotland .

Although the guidance now permits rowing in St. Ayles Skiffs no club member should be put under any pressure to return to rowing until they are completely comfortable with doing so.

People who are shielding are permitted to undertake activities In line with the clubs risk assessment and local/national advice.

People who are symptomatic should self-isolate as per NHS guidance. No one who is self-isolating or quarantining should attend a sports facility/activity.

FACILITIES & EQUIPMENT

Clubs and participants should be aware that the easing of restrictions does not mean that all facilities/venues will open immediately. Clubs will require time to consider all the implications of opening facilities/venues and put plans in place to set up operations that ensure the safety of participants and volunteers. This is a difficult time for everyone so please be patient.

The information outlined below is generic and should be used to inform the development of suitable SCRA club specific guidance which can be shared with participants, local authorities/trusts, third sector and venue operators.

1. Appoint a Covid Officer to consider & control activities at your Club currently. This could be an existing member of the Club’s Management Committee but must be someone willing to take on this responsibility. They may not be popular as activity commences, and they need to remind members of the procedures you all agree to.

2. It will help hugely to get the message across to your members if the procedures are demonstrated in a short video and published for members to view before they attend to row.

3. Risk assessments should be undertaken before activity is permitted. (Andy Rendle, SCRA secretary, has sample copies of Risk Assessments if you require these). This may pick up things which mean the need to make significant changes to the way you operate.

4. Clubs should also consider the views of their members and the local community. It is worth noting that the evolving Covid-19 situation may mean that clubs in different parts of the country commence activities at different times.

5. Carefully consider what activities are appropriate and define procedures required to undertake these activities (such as washing of equipment). Once these are agreed write them up and publish to all members, making it a requirement to read and understand them prior to taking part in any activity.

6. Club committees should check with their insurance company that correct and full insurance cover is in place and valid before any activity takes place.

7. Limits on the number of participants accessing facilities should be risk assessed to ensure physical distancing can be maintained before and after being in the boat. This should take into consideration the limitations on group sizes indoors and outdoors along with the number of households allowed to meet indoors/outdoors

8. Activity ashore must fully comply with Scottish Government household and physical distancing guidance with appropriate hygiene and safety measures also in place.

THE BOAT

It is simply not possible to row, complying with 2 metres social distancing, as the diagram below illustrates.

Red circles with 1m radius

If each person has a circle around them of 1m radius/2m diameter, then to be 2m away from someone, your circle and their circle should not overlap. The latest SG & Sports Scotland guidance relaxes this requirement by the creation of a “field of play bubble”.

A ‘field of play bubble’ can be created during organised sports activity that allows contact whilst the activity is taking place, in effect suspending physical distancing guidelines for the duration of the activity. Normal physical distancing guidelines will however apply before and after the activity takes place. Participants are also encouraged to wash themselves and their clothes as soon as practically possible after the activity.

Everyone entering this “field of play bubble” should be aware that this is departure from what they have been used to and accept that this is the case. No-one should be pressured in to taking part if they are in any way uncomfortable with this relaxation of the social distancing rules.

A potential risk to be considered is the slipstream effect, involving contact with exhaled air from other crew members. The nature of our activity mitigates against this: SCRA fixed seat clubs tend to use crew boats with offset seating positions, and row on open expanses of water where the surface conditions and subsequent boat movement, combined with stronger and more erratic wind conditions, will be disruptive to potential slipstream effect. However, clubs should consider whether any further mitigation is required.

In short, from 17th May 2021, we can

· Launch, row and recover boats with up to 8 people from 8 households.

· Immediately before and after the activity we need to socially distance.

· Between uses the boat and equipment needs to be washed down.

We suggest that the boats and equipment are washed down by each crew before they are used and again after they are used. This further protects the crews where there may have been accidental contact after the boat was put back into storage, but before it is used again.

Coaches and others supporting organised activity should attempt to keep physically distant where possible, but it is recognised that this will not always be possible. In such circumstances the ‘Covid Officer’ should consider appropriate mitigating actions as part of the risk assessment.

Has your club prepared itself?

· Do you need to change some of the ways that we do things?

· Taking part in organising events will require a different risk assessment, has it been done?

· It may be useful for club committees to do a virtual ‘walk-through’ of a typical rowing session to identify and take steps to respond to potential risks.

SCRA Guidance when rowing resumes:

a. Do not attempt to go rowing if you feel unwell, or have any symptoms consistent with Covid 19, regardless of whether this may result in a row being cancelled.

b. For ‘Test & Protect’ purposes keep a log of who is out rowing in each crew and when.

c. Consider safe management of those requiring assistance to get in / out of boats and whether this is possible within current advice and personnel.

d. Use your own, clean equipment (water bottles, clothing, VHFs etc). If borrowed or club equipment is used (life jackets, seat cushions etc) this must be thoroughly cleaned between crews. (It is the soap and thorough scrubbing and then rinsing that helps to disable and remove any virus, and it does not matter if the water is hot or cold. Washing-up liquid is as good as soap for removing the virus. The soapy water should also help remove any virus from your hands at the same time). Be mindful of ‘contact’ areas on the boat such as gunwales, seats, tillers, including rope tillers, etc and ensure these are wiped for each new crew.

e. Wash your hands before and after rowing. If you wear gloves, ensure your gloves are clean each time.

f. Follow Scottish Government advice regarding face coverings (this may change over time).

g. Any ‘Test and Protect’ contact-tracing app, may necessitate personal mobile phones being carried. (People signed up to this app receive a text alert on their phone, notifying them if they have been in contact with a person subsequently testing positive for Covid 19). However, be mindful that mobile signal may be absent in some areas.

h. Be more cautions than normal as support services require more people to come into contact with each other if called out to assist you.

i. Wash down the boats and oars with soapy water and/or disinfectant after the outing, paying particular attention to the parts which you know you have touched.

j. Wash / wipe down your kit when you get home, including your gloves.

k. Wash your hands after your activity, and before you engage in other activity.

l. Further consideration will be necessary for those with club houses or undertaking boat building and routine maintenance.

Remember that although what you are doing is now permitted, any negative feedback or outcome will probably affect your club and indeed the whole fixed seat coastal rowing community. Ensure that your local harbour authority is happy for you to use whatever facility you need to use to get on the water. Follow the SCRA guidance above in so far as it is applicable to your activity and always comply with Scottish Government advice re hygiene, social distancing and distance travelled to participate.

If you or your Club has any questions relating to this guidance, please email them to the SCRA Secretary. We have a dedicated Sub-group who will respond to your queries if made in this manner. SCRA is the National Governing Body for Fixed Seat Rowing in Scotland.

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It’s more than a boat

For those who weren’t able to make the film show on the 12th June in Anstruther we have now made the video available for you all to watch in the comfort of your front room.

We hope you enjoy it.

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10 Year Anniversary Film

On the 12th June in Anstruther the SCRA were delighted to be able to premiere the film documenting the first 10 years of the St Ayles Skiff, a little later that initially anticipated due to Covid bit it was definitely worth the wait. The film was made to log the events that made this project possible and to show the growth within the communities and the going worldwide all in the first 10 years.

At the Town Hall in Anstruther the rowers and non rowers who gathered from all over Scotland were welcomed with a little glass of fizz to mark this special occasion.  This gave everyone a chance to mingle and catch up with general chit chat before the introduction from SCRA Convenor Stuart Mack and SCRA rep Ali Grant. Thanks were given to RAW Film for their production of the film and time and effort they put in to produce the finished article. It was quite a task gathering all the footage and also meeting with the people involved and the rowers to get their stories and then edit all this information.

The audience were taken back to the very start of the project where it was just a little ideal that grew and grew and to where it is now – skiffs on every coast in Scotland and the 4th World Championships taking place in a few weeks – unbelievable.

The response from the crowd was of real appreciation and feeling of being part of something quite remarkable which was reflected in some of the feedback :-

“Thoroughly enjoyed it, very informative but also very entertaining in parts. Wonderful to see the past and present so well encapsulated”

“As a non rower, I found it a magical, feel-good film about human positivity and community. It was beautifully shot.”

“Definitely an excellent record of the first 10 years – a great collection of memories. I’d like to watch it again soon …. and in years to come”

Plans are being made to make this available to a wider audience and we will keep you updated on this.

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Troon Regatta 2022 – Results

On Saturday 4th June Troon Coastal Rowing Club held their annual regatta on the town’s South Beach. It was a warm sunny day and being the jubilee weekend the beach was extra busy.

Seven clubs took part with skiffs from Arran, Ayr Renegade, Carrick/Stranraer, Firth of Clyde, Prestwick, Royal West and two boats from Troon – Ailsa Lass & Marr Voyager (non scoring for fun entry).

The morning races were 2k beach starts with two buoy turns and on returning to the beach a baton (stick of Troon rock) was handed to a shore runner for a short final sprint finish.

The winners were:
Open women – Firth of Clyde
Open men – Troon Ailsa Lass
Open mixed A – Troon Ailsa Lass
Open mixed B – Troon Ailsa Lass

The afternoon races saw 500m “Monaco” style races with two 180 degree buoy turns.

The winners were:
Open women – Firth of Clyde
Open men – Troon Ailsa Lass
Open mixed – Troon Ailsa Lass

The day finished with 500m beach start coxed pair sprints with Firth of Clyde winning both the Women & Mens races.
It was brilliant to get a great day of racing in the sun amongst the skiffie community.

At the end of the day just before the medal presentation a member of the public spotted a paddle board with an adult and two young girls who had been blown out to sea in an off shore wind and were in difficulty. A crew from Troon jumped back into their skiff, rowed out, brought the girls on board and towed the paddle board back to shore. All were safe & well but it was a reminder of the dangers of open water.

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Ullapool Regatta 2022 – Results

On the 20th to 22nd May, Ullapool Coastal Rowing Club hosted its 11th regatta with rowers from 14 clubs from all over Scotland from Orkney to North Berwick.

On Friday night the 6 local youth teams got a chance to race Avoch’s youth teams, and for many of them it was the first real race they had done. 21 of our youth rowers are coming to Kortgene in the Netherlands at the end of June, so our regatta was an important stage in their training. They rowed well and took the Youth Trophy.

On Saturday, Ullapool opened with a win in the Open Men in breezy and exciting conditions. Avoch followed by winning the Open Women. Eastern took both the 40+ Men (in the regatta’s fastest time of 12 minutes 11.4 seconds) and the 40+ Women, Orkney the 50+ Women, and the current World Champions at 50+ Mixed, Golspie, prevailed again. North Berwick beat us to take gold in the 240+ Men and Nairn scored a convincing victory in the 240+ Women. The 240+ category is for crews whose 4 rowers add up to more than 240 years of age, and for every year past 240 they get one second taken off their time.

Sunday was calm but very wet, and by Sunday night the umpire gazebo collapsed under the weight of its rainwater puddle. The calm conditions allowed some fast times, with Ullapool winning the U40 Men in 12 minutes 15.1 seconds. Strathpeffer’s strong U40 Women won their race and Gairloch got a creditable second place in the U26 Women.

Ullapool got 90 points in total with joint second place going to North Berwick and Eastern at 89 points, and Golspie and Orkney joint 4th at 81 points.

We thank all the above clubs plus South Skye and Lochaber, Eskmuthe, RowPorty, Cromarty and Bunillidh for taking the time and effort to come to Ullapool. Covid has affected all our social activities but it is great to host our regatta and welcome clubs from all over Scotland. Roll on Skiffieworlds 2022!

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SCRA 10 Year Anniversary Film

When we set out to make a documentary film to celebrate 10 years of Scottish coastal rowing, we didn’t factor-in a pandemic which would put the project on hold, mid-way, for the best part of 2 years. However, we are delighted to announce that the film is now complete and there will be a preview screening of this on Sunday June 12th , in Anstruther Town Hall, Cunzie Street, Anstruther, KY10 3DF. starting at 3.30pm.

There is limited capacity at the venue, so if you would like to attend, please email events@scottishcoastalrowing.org and request a space. Tea and coffee will be provided also.

If you are intending to come to Anstruther, we would recommend a visit to the Scottish Fisheries Museum, which is strongly connected to the St Ayles skiff story and an all round treasure trove of exhibits.

The film features rowers from across the country as well as the international community. In recognition that not everyone can be in the same time zone even, the film will be made available online, in the near future, for clubs to enjoy at their leisure for years to come.

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Skiff Rot

Skiff Maintenance

It is worth considering the importance of skiff maintenance now that boats are reaching more advanced years.

Many of our boats are painted but few are varnished and this means that it can be difficult to monitor for signs of deterioration of the wood in the boat or even find the onset of rot.

This is an example of a boat that needed extensive repair where a sound paint / varnish finish had been applied but where the water had managed to seep under a break in the varnish. The result was serious and could have been disastrous. The varnish finish had separated from the timber and a film of fresh water had managed to seep underneath, saturating the wood and leading to extensive rot. The result was that about 4 feet of stem had to be replaced and the timber removed could have all fitted into a shoe box.

One of the advantages of salt water is that it does far more to prevent the rotting of timber though in the end the rot can still win through. By contrast, fresh water supports the conditions promoting rot very well indeed and for that reason if a boat is not kept dry and under cover then it is important to sheet it properly when not in use – including the ends of the stems and aprons. In addition we should prevent an accumulation of fresh water inside the boat and always do what we can to keep boats dry – not easy to do in Scotland, but to preserve our boats as best we can, we must try. This is particularly important for clubs where most of their rowing is done on fresh water.

Anyway, on inspecting this stem, rot was found from the stem head to the waterline and a little further. Fortunately the rot had not extended into the apron as between the stem and the apron there was a sound layer of epoxy put there at build. Fortunately neither had the water penetrated down the apron from the stem head. Had that been the case then an additional repair would have been necessary to replace a length of apron as well.

That said the original intention was to use CPES – (clear penetrating epoxy sealer) to harden the wood and allow it to last until the end of the season before doing a proper repair – but that turned out not to be an option, so the whole thing was replaced.

It does not matter whose boat this is, we did manage to catch the damage in time and it is a timely lesson to us all to ensure that we do look at our paint finishes regularly and carefully and do keep those finishes tidy. It is worth probing the timber a bit with a bradawl too and taking off some of the paint to check the condition of the wood underneath. Remember that what appears to be a sound paint or varnish finish can be separated from the timber and trapping a dangerous rot cell underneath. The photos show some of the damage but whilst it suggests the use of CPES, as stated above, the stem was too far gone.

It is also worth noting that as these boats get older they put on weight – not just water seeping in, but a coat of paint adds something like 2 kilos each time. So for those of us who have managed to get the boats into maintenance each year, we tend to put two coats of paint / varnish on inside and out and that adds weight – two pots of finish per coat – that’s getting on for 4 kilos! Multiply that by 10 for a 10 year old boat and you’ve just added maybe 40kgs – or an additional half crew member!! Yes we do tend to sand some of that weight off, but seldom all of it – so it’s worth having a serious maintenance programme occasionally aimed at making a really good job of the finish and taking off some weight first. This will also enable you to check for rot at the same time.

Another point worth noting is that the keel / hog / apron timber specification at build is for Larch – however do note that there are three main forms of larch in Scotland – European and Japanese – and the hybrid. The European larch is the one we need to go for in our boats as the cell structure is much better for boat building. The cell structure of Japanese and hybrid larch is different and as a result that timber is not as resistant to rot. That said, it is difficult to discern between the types of larch in the plank and the only sure way to tell the difference is by having a look at the cones and twigs – not quite so easy in the timber yard! So I suppose you need to find a reputable timber yard and trust that they are selling you what they say. Even then just take the time to get a really good coat of finish onto your boat and monitor it. Obviously a good option is to go for a bright finish and then you will be able to see any discolouration of timber early if it does get attacked by rot.

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Cockenzie & Port Seton CRC Regatta

Saturday 30th April saw the return of the Boatie Blest Cockenzie and Port Seton Coastal Rowing Club Regatta. 9 clubs took part: Boatie Blest, Dunbar, North Berwick, Eskmuthe, Row Porty, Eastern, St Ayles, Royal West and Troon.

All races were 350m head to head sprints around two buoys, on in each section of the double harbour with the two fastest times going in the final, watched by a good crowd enjoying the return to skiff racing. The morning was sunny and bright, the afternoon turned cool, breezy and drizzling but nothing dampened the enthusiasm of seeing good racing and clubs meeting up again. The tea tent did excellent business and sold many of our new ‘Boatie Blest Bake Book’ of recipes.

 

The day started with the traditional Cockenzie versus Port Seton race, followed by 7 more categories of racing. Results were as follows:

Cockenzie v Port Seton: Port Seton:

Open Mixed: 1. St Ayles 2. Boatie Blest
Open Men; 1. Boatie Blest; 2. North Berwick
Open Women: 1. North Berwick 2 St Ayles
Men’s Novice: 1 Royal West; 2 Boatie Blest
Women’s Novice: 1 St Ayles, 2 Eastern
Mixed 40+: 1. North Berwick 2 Boatie Blest
Mixed 50+ : 1. Troon 2 St Ayles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was a great pleasure to see racing again, particularly to see new rowers who have joined clubs during lockdown enjoying the camaraderie and competitiveness of skiff racing.

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Strangford Spring Series Regatta

The Strangford Spring Series Regatta held in Strangford by Strangford CRC.
   
The first leg were two 8k races from Strangford to Killyleagh and back (for Over50mixed and Under50 mixed crews) and the second leg (two weeks apart) were two 6k races from Strangford to Mill Quarter bay and back to Portaferry (this time for Open crews Women and Men).
The times of the four races were added up to determine the winner of the Regatta.
The recently reformed Ardglass Coastal Rowing Club were the clear cut winners ahead of Sketrick, Dundrum, Strangford and killyleagh.
Many thanks to Strangford CRC for organising the event and to all clubs that took part in it!

 

 

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It is with great sadness

David Tod, BEM

The SCRA committee are sad to intimate the death of David Tod, one of the founders and biggest supporters of the massive resurgence in coastal rowing in traditional boats around the Scottish Coast. He passed away peacefully on Monday 14th February after a long battle with illness and we pass on our heartfelt condolences to all the family.

In 2009 Davie was Vice Chairman of the Scottish Fisheries Museum and was keen to introduce the concept of community boat building to use the Museum’s workshop facilities. In discussion with Alec Jordan, he agreed that the boat to be built should be a rowing boat which could be used to recreate inter-town rowing races around Fife. He was responsible for the Scottish Fisheries Museum commissioning Iain Oughtred for the design of the rowing boat which eventually came to be known as the St Ayles Skiff. (The Scottish Fisheries Museum buildings incorporate the site of the chapel of St Ayles). As the germ of the idea started to take off, he and Alec Jordan welcomed Robbie Wightman aboard and formed the “Scottish Coastal Rowing Project”. Under David’s Chairmanship, and very much under the wing of the Museum, the Scottish Coastal Rowing Project burst upon the world in 2009 and 2010. It promoted the concept of and helped with the practicalities of a new community sport, combined with a new boat building project. Word of the initiative was already spreading around the world.

Many of the first communities involved were fishing communities which were well known to Davie. He had spent most his working life at sea and he built on his contacts with the work of the Scottish Fisheries Museum. As well as promotion, the Project was the organisation under which the Measurement Rules for the St Ayles Skiff, Rules of Racing suitable for Coastal Rowing in Scotland, and the constitution for the Scottish Coastal Rowing Association were drafted and revised. The culmination of the Project under David’s Chairmanship was the first St Ayles Skiff regatta held in May 2010 at Anstruther, and the formation of the SCRA on the same day. David sent the sport on its way, and then handed over its organisation to the clubs who were actively taking part, and in a position to spread the word further. He was latterly Honorary President, after being Chairman for the first 10 years of St Ayles Rowing Club (Anstruther), one of the founding member clubs of the Scottish Coastal

Rowing Association. He also held various senior positions in the Scottish Fisheries Museum and served on the SCRA committee as the representative of the Scottish Fisheries Museum.

Davie was, it is fair to say, taken aback by just how quickly and how far the St Ayles skiff coastal rowing movement spread. He would often say that we had “caught a tiger by the tail”. He recognised that it was the enthusiasm and inspiration of many people forming many clubs that had led to rapid and comprehensive spread of the sport. He attended all three of the St Ayles skiff world championships that have been held to date, as well as attending many other regattas, often in his yacht “Braveheart”.

 

Davie came to Fishing from an engineering background. He was a very successful fisherman and introduced engineering solutions which made fishing safer and more efficient and which was then adopted very widely by the fishing fleet.  In retirement he was heavily involved in the Scottish Fisheries Museum. He was a great mentor to a wide and diverse range of people, who will all have reason to remember him kindly.  We all have reason to thank him very much for the contribution that he made to our sport of Scottish Coastal Rowing.

Thanks to Robbie Wightman, Alec Jordan and Richard Wemyss for their input in composing this tribute to David Tod on behalf of the Scottish Coastal Rowing Association Committee.

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Covid Update

As we sit on the cusp of another new year, there’s a new kid on the block – Omicron, which is presenting us with new challenges and a constantly evolving flow of information. As always, the SCRA committee will endeavour to update members on any specific advice that comes to us via Sport Scotland.

At this point in time, outdoor contact sports, such as rowing, can continue bringing both mental and physical health benefits at this time of year. The advice is to take measures which are reasonably practicable to minimise opportunities for the virus to spread. It is still a requirement for clubs to maintain a record of who goes out in a boat and when, to assist with Track and Trace, should a case of Covid emerge.

Clubs should consider re-visiting guidance issued earlier in the year, such as sanitising hands, cleaning boats, gaps between sessions etc. With the First Minister urging people to limit the number of social contacts and households mixing indoors, we ourselves should be mindful of indoor activities such as boat maintenance sessions, gathering for meetings, fundraising events etc.

Clubs with clubhouses and sheds will have their own policies regarding the wearing of masks indoors, social distancing etc and now is a good opportunity to revisit these and make sure protocols are communicated to everyone.

On a positive note, we now have the benefit of vaccinations and access to lateral flow tests.
These tests are simple to carry out and government advice is to test yourself regularly, whether you feel unwell or not.

Finally, news has reached us of more than one club who have reworked popular Christmas songs in response to Omicron, which helps keep safety at the forefront of our minds.

“Oh the virus outside is frightful, but the sea is so delightful, so if anyone plans to row, do a flow, do a flow, do a flow”

Credit: Katie McLean FWSC.

The challenge is on. Can your club come up with something better?

Please stay safe.

 

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