Royal Northern and Clyde Yacht Club Regatta – 17th September 2022

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Minutes from SCRA AGM October 2021

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Orkney Rowing Clubs first St Ayles Skiff regatta

Orkney Rowing Clubs first St Ayles Skiff regatta took place Saturday 20th of August at Scapa Beach.

7 clubs made their way north to join us on this momentous day Avoch, Burghead, Cromarty, Lossiemouth, Strathpeffer & Ullapool. Racing was delayed initially due to high winds but this did not dampen the high spirits and competitive nature of all our rowers. Tug o war on the beach was now to be the introduction to our regatta with two teams from each club battling it out until racing commenced. After a review of the wind, tide and sea conditions at 12pm, the decision was made that racing would begin at 1:30. First up was our 50+ Women, Orkneys crew consisted of Audrey Cameron, Carole, Miller, Janette Rendall and Kathryn Sclater with Andy Dixon as cox. In tricky conditions the women stormed home with a time of 8:41 gaining them the first place and first medal of the day. 50+ men were up next. The crew Eddie Barclay, Bruce Davidson, Andy Dixon, Graeme Ramage coxed by Audrey Cameron kept Orkney in the medals, crossing the finish line in 7:27 gave 3rd place and another medal for Orkney. The winning did not stop there, 50+ mixed had a crew consisting of Eddie Barclay, Audrey Cameron, Bruce Davidson, Janette Rendall with Andy Dixon as cox with a time of 7:16 got them into the medals again with a silver! Open women was next, the crew Megan Drever, Rachel Drever, Ami Garriock, Victoria Speers and coxed by Audrey Cameron saw them follow in the footsteps of the previous crew, and came in 2nd with a time of 7:41.

40+ mixed was next Orkneys crew Bruce Davidson, Ingrid Groat, Sheila Sheaer, Jamie Thompson coxed by Audrey Cameron continued the winning. 6:54 being the fastest Orkney time of the day consisted of the day and gaining them a 3rd place. Next up was the Open Mixed. Our crew consisted of Megan Drever, Ami Garriock, Patricia Sinclair, Callum Wills and coxed by Andy Dixon saw them follow in the footsteps of their previous club members gaining another 3rd for Orkney with a time of 7:30. 40+ men was up next, Eddie Barclay, Bruce Davison, Jamie Thompson, Graeme Ramage coxed by Andy Dixon and a time of 7:02 got them another 2nd for Orkney Next up and Orkney’s last race for the day was 40+ women consisting of Lorna Brown, Ellie Eunson, Ingrid Groat, Sheila Shearer and coxed by Andy Dixon rowing in the once again coming in 2nd place with a time of 7:10.
The whole day turned out to be a huge success albeit started later than expected with Golspie winning overall and going home with our brand new beautifully crafted trophy.

The regatta would not have been possible without all the help of so many people. So thank you again to Holm Sailing Club, Kirkwall Sailing Club, Lewis Dunnet and the Orkney Sea Cadets, Alli Kemp, Hazel Flett, Johnny Copland and the Ladies of the Kirkwall RNLI guild
 
Big thank you also to everyone who came along to support us in which we reckon is the most northerly skiff regatta in Britain (and perhaps the world)
We can’t wait for the next one.

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SCRA Cruising Log Competition 2022- Call for Entries

Rowing is not just about racing.  Plenty of skiffies enjoy getting out in the boat just for the sake of it, and for a bit of adventure with friends. To encourage groups to share their experiences of this and to allow us all to learn from each other SCRA holds the SCRA Cruising Log competition each year.

We would like members of SCRA clubs who go on expeditions and adventures to record them in a cruising log and forward that on to us. Ideally we would like to log to be uploaded so that we can post a link to it from our website.  Logs should have some pictures or video as well as a written description of the voyage, giving details of launch and recovery sites, stop overs, and descriptions of the tidal streams and conditions.  We hope that others coming after can learn constructively so please do admit to your mistakes as well as saying what went well, and please also consider including an appendix with some thoughts on safety issues that you feel others would benefit from.

Closing date for entries this year will be 16 October 2022, but we would be delighted if you could send entries sooner than that to inspire others.  All expeditions must have taken place in the 12 months or so preceding the closing date.

The competition will be judged on how entertaining and informative the log is, rather than just how long or arduous the cruise is, so don’t be shy about recording your thoughts on a shortish jaunt.

All entries and enquiries to secretary@scottishcoastalrowing.org please.

It goes without saying that the crews taking part in this competition must take responsibility for their own safety, and ensure that their craft is seaworthy, appropriately equipped for the contemplated voyage, and that the planned voyage is within the competency of the crew. For inspiration read Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K Jerome, Ice Bears and Kotick by Peter Webb.

The roll call of previous winners can be found in previous posts – get your entries in!!

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Green and Blue Flag Awards

Dear all, in advance of the AGM, please advise us of any activities your club undertook
which may be worthy of a coveted SCRA green or blue flag. Green flags are awarded for
environmental efforts which benefit your club and the surrounding community and blue
flags are in recognition of efforts which benefit others e.g. fundraising for the RNLI,
MacMillan etc. To ensure that you don’t miss out, please share your stories with us by 14 th
October.

Send stories to: secretary@scottishcoastalrowing.org.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Buckie Lifeboat skiff racing and open day

A blustery easterly wind was the forecast of the day, marquees needed holding down with lots of ropes and an abundance of cake! The lifeboat open day had returned to Buckie after several years of absence on a smaller scale than before with the hope of building it back up in future years. The event this year included a small number of stalls and food outlets and the St Ayles skiffs rowing in the basin in Buckie harbour providing close racing for spectators to watch.

The races took the form of a pursuit style event around 4 red buoys in the corner with 2 start/finish buoys (yellow)  in the middle of the leg for each boat to start on.


Figure 1 – Race course

The races were short and there was time for novice crews to practice before heading to the line. 6 Categories were raced for during the day with a 7th being a blue light event. This entailed the police, fire brigade, coastguard, lifeboat, and ambulance services battling it out to get there first. The ambulance crew of 4 novices even went to the effort of fancy dress – Or at least we hope they don’t usually look like that! The fire brigade and police both had 2 novice rowers, the coastguards had 1 novice rower and the lifeboat crew had 3 novice rowers. The final was won by just 0.69 of a second by the lifeboat crew who narrowly piped the coastguard.

In the open category the men’s race was won by the lifeboat crew rowing in Boatie. Lossimouth won the women’s, and the mixed was won by Uisege. In the 40s category the lifeboat crew won the men’s race, Lossiemouth won the women’s and Banac won the mixed.

Buckie lifeboat would like to thank all crews for supporting the event and hope to have it running again in future.

The full results are shown below.

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Wigtown Bay Regatta

Fabulous weather, fabulous racing.

Fantastic weather gave perfect conditions for fierce competition at the Isle of Whithorn this weekend, 27th & 28th August 2022.

What began as an event for 7 clubs became a local derby, with Stranraer coming to the Isle to provide competition. It was ferocious competition between well matched clubs over the weekend and it gave our dedicated timekeepers a real challenge. Nothing that they couldn’t handle under the watchful eye of Andy Rendle lending SCRA support to our second regatta.

La Malouine arrived early in the Isle of Whithorn Bay on Saturday morning.

The Houston Quaich coastal race on Saturday launched at Garlieston and finished at the Isle, with Stranraer covering the 6.4NM in 71mins 33secs chased the entire way by Wigtown Bay crossing the line in 72mins 21secs. Supported by Newton Stewart Sub Aqua Club as safety boat.

The Mundle Trophy for Endeavour was won this year by WBCRC’s Pete Smith.

Sunday 1k  single buoy turn sprints had the two teams head to head. The fastest two crews of the day were the mixed open teams with Stranraer crossing the line in 6mins 17secs and Wigtown Bay in 6mins 21 secs.  Other results were Men’s 60+ Stranraer (Stn) 6’45, Wigtown Bay (WB) 7’18; Womens 60+ WB 8’12; Men’s 50+ Stn 6’36, WB 6’55; Women’s 50+ umpires’ decision dead-heat 7’31; Mens 40+ WB 6’50 Stn 7’01; Women’s 40+ WB 7’28, Stn 7’36; Mixed 60+ WB 7’25’45 Stn 7’26’27; Mixed 50+ Stn 7’38, WB 7’43; Mixed 40+ WB 6’30, Stn 6’50; Mixed 220 WB Breagha 7’57, WB Lady Bay 8’50.

Alongside the racing, Wigtown Bay CRC worked with the support of Isle of Whithorn Community Council, Isle Futures, Wigtown Community Shop, Emma Louise Dance Club, Isle of Whithorn Youth Group, Isle of Whithorn Rural and Heritage groups to create a family fun weekend. Including local business stallholders on the village green, with free children’s activities, a treasure hunt, donated cakes and cuppa stall, tombola, Tattiebogle competition and an evening social.

This was a great weekend at the Isle of Whithorn.

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Dunure Regatta

Jamie’s Jaunt was our first regatta with a nod to Outcast filmed at out historic harbour.  The race began at the harbour with Skiff and a runner leaving at the daw time and to meet at Port Shuchan to collect a token. The skiffs then made their way down to Croy beach and straight back to the harbour. The course was 5nm with some large swells. Prestwick Coastal Rowing Club took up our invite to the Regatta and went out second.

Both teams did exceptionally well in the inaugural event at Dunure. We are delighted to say that Dunure won the race with great pride and look forward to many more competitions in the future.

A huge thank you to everyone that participated and helped with safety boats and the bbq!

               

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Safety Equipment – Offer

One of the most vital pieces of equipment you will ever carry in a skiff is a VHF radio and we have found that many clubs have had issues finding a suitable one which floats and is waterproof. So for this one time only offer we have negotiated a discount on a certain range of radios and safety equipment to help make this choice easier.

Many clubs are now taking on longer expeditions round the coast and boat users are choosing PLBs as safety devices, this is highlighted by the kayaker story of Dominic Jackson who was sadly lost from Portsoy harbour in Feb 2017. We have also obtained a discount code for these should clubs wish to go down this route for expedition rowing.

If clubs wish to purchase through Echomaster marine please contact Secretary@scottishcoastalrowing.org for a discount code.

The range of products on offer are:-

IC-M25 Buoyant Handheld VHF
IC-M37E Buoyant Handheld VHF
IC-M73EURO Professional Handheld VHF
IC-M94D DSC VHF with AIS Receiver

Alligator style belt clip for M25, M37E and M94D VHF’s
Alligator style belt clip for M73EURO
Swivel belt clip for M73EURO

Waterproof speaker mic for M25 and M94D
Waterproof speaker mic for M73EURO

Ocean Signal RescueMe PLB1
Ocean Signal MOB1
GME MT610G PLB
GME MO520 AIS MOB

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Arran Expedition

A group of 19 rowers from Dundee have travelled to Arran to circumnavigate the island in a St Ayles skiff. They were following in the wake of an epic round Arran row accomplished by the Arran Coastal Rowing Club (ACRC) in 2018.

The group based themselves at the Arran Outdoor Education Centre in Lamlash and began and ended their row at the centre over 21 and 22 June.

The rowers formed into teams of six and rowed in relays round the island. The row was broken into six stages. Whereas the Arran club rowed clockwise round the island in a single day, the Dundee group rowed in the opposite direction over two days to make best use of the wind and tide conditions.

The distance covered was around 55 miles and the row took approximately 15 and a half hours, slightly exceeding the ACRC “world record” time of just under 15 hours.

The boat used was a St Ayles skiff commissioned and owned by Dundee Sailing Club. The club is a dinghy cruising club that sails on the River Tay between Perth, Arbroath and St Andrews. Club sailors have also sailed further afoot, including round Arran, Mull, the Small Isles and even to Lindisfarne, so it was only a matter of time before the club’s rowers also started to look beyond the Tay. Once they became aware of the Arran rowing club’s circumnavigation of Arran the challenge was afoot and the Dundee rowers became only the second club to take their St Ayles skiff around Arran, probably? If you know otherwise please let us know.

Dundee Sailing Club only took delivery of their skiff and began a rowing section just over a year ago. Even more remarkable is that some of the rowers that took part in the round Arran row had been rowing for only a few months. The skiff has a sixth seat in the bow which is useful for taking out “passengers” unable to row, those who are new to rowing or a strong sixth “spare” rower to swap in to the crew on longer trips.

The 19 rowers prepared for Arran by attending focussed technical training sessions that took place on a weekly basis, often in rough and testing conditions, and doing longer recreational rows on the Tay. In the event, the weather for the Arran row was mostly benign and always warm.

The Arran Coastal Rowing Club was called upon for advice and guidance during preparation for the trip, which they gave generously. Master boat builder Rory Cowan, from Kildonan on Arran, was invaluable to the Dundee effort when he stepped up to help with some repairs and refurbishment the day before the trip began. He also just happened to be on hand to help at a tiny beach when the Dundee skiff, called Eider, was nosing her way through the rocks looking for a soft landing.

Rory also arranged for the Dundee group to go out in the Arran skiff to experience the slightly different set-up and oars in that boat, from which they took some useful learning points and potential modifications to their own boat.

Whilst no two rows on the Tay are ever the same and our scenery is a delight, the Dundee rowers found much to thrill them during their circumnavigation of Arran including sightings of dolphins, porpoises and seals, the challenge of and slight unease at rowing in unfamiliar, sometimes choppy, waters, gliding along the shore of Holy Isle looking at the shrines and the Soay sheep and leaving their beloved skiff nestled on a beach overnight and returning to find it still there next morning!

During their stay on Arran the group was based at the Arran Outdoor Education Centre. A spokesperson said: “We were looked after beautifully and fed so very well after our strenuous days at the oars. The centre is a stunning base for Arran adventures and we hope to return with more rowers and perhaps some sailors in future. We can’t recommend highly enough that other coastal rowing clubs should come and circumnavigate Arran.”

Dundee Sailing Club, former RYA Club of the Year, is a community-based sailing and rowing club. The club is located at Grassy Beach, Broughty Ferry. More information can be found on the club website at www.dundeesailingclub.org.uk. The club can be contacted at dundee.sc@googlemail.com

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