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 cameronhjhughes@gmail.com .  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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