Welcoming Ten New Skiffs to the Fleet

We would like to welcome ten new skiffs to the UK St Ayles Skiff Register this spring.  Hopefully everyone will get a chance to say hello to them on the water:

161 Gunty Plucker, Portaferry Coastal Rowing Club

162 Grace Darling , Bamburgh and Beadnell, black with white sheer strake

and see the report and video in the Northumberland Gazzette.

163 Roon Roak, Portavogie Coastal Rowing Club. Sapphire blue with red sheer strake

164 Loxa, Lossiemouth Coastal Rowing Club. Light blue hull with yellow sheer strake

Loxa Launch. Photo from Lossiemouth CRC facebook page

165  The Witches of Morvern. Morvern Sailing Club

Morvern Sailing Club Skiff rowers group launch of their first skiff, “The Witches of Morvern” : PHoto shared by Miles Welsh to the SCR facebook group

166 Sprite, Eastern ARC. Light grey hull and yellow sheer strake

Sprite on the beach at Porty

167 , Lady Bay,Stranraer, yellow/blue and white

Lady Bay about to hit the water for the first time. Photo from Stranraer Watersports Association Facebook Page.

168, Patrick O’Rouke .Carrick Coastal RC, White Hull; Light and Dark Blue Sheer Strake

169, Black Raven,  Loch Carron Coastal Rowing Association

Finally there is a new skiff built by a private owner which will be rowed mostly on Loch Awe.  Details of that launch to be added here soon.    Well not “finally” really……  there will be more along soon we are sure.

Full listing of the register of skiffs is found on our “Craft Register” tab.

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Entries Open for Castle to Crane 2018

 

Castle to Crane is a 13 mile open water rowing race from Dumbarton Castle to the Finnieston Crane in Glasgow.  Entries are now open for the 2018 Race which takes place on 15th September 2018.  Entries are limited to 100 boats, so get in early to guarantee your spot.  Entry this year is through:

Webscorer Castle to Crane Race

The race is part of the Clydebuilt Festival, and is held under the Rules of the Scottish Coastal Rowing Association.  It is open to fixed seat coastal rowing boats with at least four oars and a cox.  The greatest celebration of rowing in Scotland.

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New St Ayles Skiff for Sale May 2018

Due for completion on at the end of May, this boat is a prototype for a St Ayles version with fitted buoyancy tanks.  She is going to be used for stability and buoyancy testing before sale.  She may therefore be of particular interest to those who are thinking of expedition in more out of the way places, or perhaps for groups who live and race in France,  where our build method is not considered sufficiently “traditional” for the derogation from RCD.

She can be purchased as a bare boat – primed, no floorboards, oars or rudder for £9,950.00. Or  complete to the purchasers specification with footrests, floorboards & rudder painted inside and out to the purchasers choice of colours for £11,800.00.  Available from:

Solent Rowing Boats Limited, Unit 19, The Tanneries, Brockhampton Lane, HAVANT, Hants, PO9 1JB. Contact Mike 077 673 50512; Dave 077 755 17831; Tom 077 429 61444

 

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Boatie Blest Regatta Results

Tight port hand turns in a race course with hard sides saw excellent coxing being rewarded at Port Seton’s Boatie Blest Regatta on Saturday.  After a bit of a damp start the harbour filled with sufficient water to allow racing to start.  There were 70 races all together as head to head pursuit style matches, led to the fastest four crews in each category going through to knock out semi finals.  Broughty Ferry won the first event, mens open ahead of North Berwick.  The home club won the women’s open, and indeed had the best of the rest of the day.

 

There was a great turn out of clubs clustered around the small harbour.  North Berwick and Eastern had both rowed their skiffs from their respective home bases to Port Seton Harbour.  As well as Broughty and Boatie they were joined by Newhaven, Row Porty, Eskmuthe, Anstruther, Firth of Clyde, Royal West, St Andrews and Portsoy.

To get more of a feel for the day see the Stunning Set of photos from Allan Robertson,  from which any photos of crews on this post are drawn.

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Queensferry Regatta Saturday 26th May 2018 – Notice of Race

Queensferry Regatta 2018 Notice of Race

Hello all,
A reminder that the participants in our Regatta on Saturday 26 May 2018 are:
Dunbar
Portsoy
Rowporty
North Berwick
FOCCR
Broughty Ferry
Eskmouthe
Anstruther
Wormit
Arran
North Queensferry
South Queensferry
I attach the Notice of Race and a diagram of the course. I would be grateful if you could all confirm receipt of this email and tell me which skiff you are bringing with it’s number in the SCRA Fleet and if possible the graphic as per the Worlds Chart with the diagram of the bow with colours.
I realise that some of you are not doing the same job as you were in September when I received your emails so kindly pass on to the relevant person in your Club.
We all look forward to seeing you. Please give me a list of which events you will compete in.
Any questions don’t hesitate to give me a shout!
Kind regards,
Peter Locke

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Portobello Youth Regatta – Report & Results

The SCRA Youth Regatta Series 2018 got off to a fantastic start this weekend.  Eastern Amateur Coastal Rowing Club just managed to avoid the Beast from the East’s hangover and was delighted to host a successful event on flat seas – particularly having had to cancel the planned competition in 2017.

In total, 31 rowers from 5 clubs descended on the stunning (and just-about sunny!) Portobello seafront, with pretty much a 50:50 gender split. Hosts Eastern welcomed rowers from nearby South Queensferry, West-coasters from Prestwick and Firth of Clyde (Largs) and Deveron (Banff High School), who set off early for the long drive and borrowed a skiff for the day, courtesy of Eskmuthe.

South Queensferry (+Lucy from Eastern) won the first race, the Mixed U17, which was a brilliant victory for a first regatta appearance by 4 young rowers ably coxed by Louise.  The Mixed U19 race went to the FOCCRs with Eastern 8 seconds behind.  The hosts then took gold in the M U17 with the SQ team hot on their heels – just 4 seconds behind.

FOCCRs (+Amy from Eastern) won their second gold in the F U17 race, with Eastern in 2nd place and Deveron coming in 3rd.  The fifth race was a ‘two in one’ affair with both M and F teams racing at the same time. The FOCCRs (+William from Prestwick) won the male category with a female Eastern team coming in 1st for the women but also second overall.  Go girls!

The overall winners of the day were Firth of Clyde, who came out on top with 5 Golds and 2 Silvers. Well done!

The Winning FOCCR Team

The day just would not have been the same without the excellent crowd from Deveron who travel far and wide to have fun on the water.  Hats off to Roisin for her dedication and to the whole crew for their smiles and ready-for-anything attitude.  Huge thanks to Eskmuthe Rowing Club for lending them Steedie for the day – a lovely crew from Eastern’s neighbouring club rowed her round in the morning before everything got going and another appeared later in the day to row her back home.  Fantastic generosity.

The last race was an ‘Andy’ race which has become an excellent feature of many regattas, providing an opportunity to mix crews up in a friendly race.  Peter from South Queensferry – one of Andy’s best friends – was very pleased to cox Ferry Lass for that one.  Everyone who took part went home with a medal (or 5? Cameron…!) with some added ‘endurance’ medals for very young attendees for ‘being there all day’! Medals were handed out round a warming bonfire, intended to be an opportunity for folks to have a chat – however our luck with the weather had run out by that point.

See below the scores, the camaraderie and the bonfire – sums it all up really!  A big thanks to everyone for coming, and to Laura and her team at Eastern for putting on a great premier event – here’s to the rest of the series! See you all next time in Broughty Ferry for the next Youth Regatta on 19th May!

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North Berwick Rowing Club – Annual Regatta – 25th August 2018

NORTH BERWICK ROWING CLUB – ANNUAL REGATTA

This is scheduled for Saturday 25 August 2018. Eleven clubs have expressed interest, so far. They have been emailed today. If you have not received an email or wish your club to attend please contact me by Messenger or at sandywallace@msn.com

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SCRA Club Development Weekend Venues

SCRA DEVELOPMENT WEEKEND

Registration is at the Anstruther Town Hall 1030-1130

Cunzie Street , Anstruther KY10 3DF

TIME

SESSION

Location

Number of Delegates

Facilitator

Remarks

Saturday

1030-1130

Registration

Town Hall

Registration by Region – West & Rest of World/ NorthEast/Fife / SouthEast

1130-1230

RowingTheWaves

Town Hall

All

1230-1330

Lunch

Town Hall

1330-1400

RNLI Demo

RNLI

All

Shona

1400-1500

RNLI Workshop

RNLI

28

Shona

1400-1500

Growing Your Club

Erskine Hall

25

1400-1500

Fundraising

Sun Tavern

9

Andy

1400-1500

Safeguarding

Education Room

19

Ali

1400-1500

Adaptive Rowing

Town Hall

20

1500-1600

Rowing Techniques

Town Hall

42

Sue

1500-1600

Growing Your Club

Sun Tavern

12

1500-1600

Racing Cox

Erskine Hall

35

Elsie

1500-1600

Safeguarding

Education Room

11

Ali

1600-1700

First Event

Education Room

14

1600-1700

Ump/Cox Incidents

Erskine Hall

59

1600-1700

Metafit

Town Hall

28

1700-

Irish Rowing

Sun Tavern

14

TIME

Sunday

SESSION

Location

Number of Delegates

Facilitator

Remarks

0930-1030

Rowing Techniques

Erskine Hall

42

0930-1030

Fundraising

Sun Tavern

23

0930-1030

Setting up SCIO

Education Room

10

Andy

0930-1030

Metafit

Town Hall

16

1030-1130

Risk

Town Hall

38

1030-1130

Adaptive Rowing

Sun Tavern

21

1030-1130

Umpiring

Erskine Hall

28

1130-1230

Regional Get-Together Discussion

Town Hall

All

Regional Groups West and Rest of World/ NorthEast/Fife/SouthEast

1230-1300

Lunch

Town Hall

All

1300-1345

AskTheExpert

Town Hall

All

1345-1415

WhatWeHaveLearned

Town Hall

All

1415-1500

Vote of Thanks/Disperse

Town Hall

All

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Cork: Ocean to City Race 2018…… Join the St Ayles Fleet

 

Cork Ocean to City Race takes place on Saturday 2 June 2018.  For those not in the know, this is one of the greatest single day races for rowing boats in the world.  The Ocean course, which is suitable for boats like St Ayles skiffs, gives a huge variety of rowing conditions from sheltered harbour, out into the open sea, then back up through harbour narrows, across a potentially exposed sea loch, past a castle and up the river into Cork City centre.

We know that at least 10 St Ayles skiffs will be taking part in the 2018 Race, with the early bird entries coming showing crews from Down Coastal Rowing Association clubs being joined by crews from Eastern ARC (Edinburgh), St Ayles RC (Anstruther),  RowFlo (Lewis), Renegade (Ayrshire) and FOCCR (Ayshire).  This will make the St Ayles one of the biggest classes is this prestigious event.  There is a trophy for fastest St Ayles skiff, as well as various other awards open to the competitors.  Any St Ayles skiff taking part must comply with the international measurement rules for the class, including the need for wooden oars without spooned blades, and wooden fittings for the oarlocks.

A St Ayles is currently being built in Cork, so hopefully we will see a local entry from them too.  Please do think about joining them.  A good testing ground for the Castle to Crane Race, as well as being a fabulous event in its own right, and a grand road trip, worth phoning home about.  Regular entries accepted up until 13 May.  For more information and to enter go to the race website:

www.oceantocity.com

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Lochboisdale Regatta 25th and 26th May 2018

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