2018 Northern Events for Coastal Rowers

Shieldaig Regatta Start


We look forward to meeting you all in the rowing year ahead.   With our still expanding number of clubs we need more new events so that all the new St Ayles skiffs get used and our new community clubs have the opportunity to race.   If you can build a skiff, you are capable of running a good event for others who have built a skiff!

Although we have a range of competitveness within our communities, there are events for all to enjoy, and taking part in local regattas is very positive for all clubs, as it gets efficient use out of the boats that so much effort has been put into creating.  Thirty or more rowers can use one club boat in the course of a days racing, and it is an excellent way to bring on rowers new to your club and give them a focus and a target to work towards.

Boats Returning after a race at Coigach from buieboat website

So lets celebrate all the events that clubs are putting on…..what do we have coming up in 2018…………?  Check the 2018 Events Tab for a list of what is available (and please be sure to e mail Sue with your own event dates as soon as they are set.)  2018 sees the welcome return of excellent venues to the calendar, as well as some brand new regattas making their first appearance.

Among the brand new events we have a regatta at Cromarty, jointly hosted with Avoch.  This event on 16/17 June is part of the Northern Circuit of the SCRA Youth regatta series.  However there will be events for the main adult categories too.  Hopefully all the Western Isles skiffs, along with some mainland travellers,  will turn out for the brand new Uist Coastal Rowing Club Regatta on 25 and 26 May.  These events join others in the North and already in the calendar at Ullapool (6-8 July), Shawbost (12-14 July) and  Shieldaig (11 August).  There must surely be other Coastal Rowing clubs in the North planning events…..  please get them into the calendar ASAP, so your neighbours can do there planning!  Details on the 2018 tab.

Moving over to the North East another cradle of Scottish Coastal Rowing is the Scottish Traditional Boat Festival in Portsoy which takes place on 30 June and 1 July.  This is quite a big gathering of skiffs (usually around 18 skiffs) hosted by Portsoy Coastal Rowing Club, but part of a large festival with up to 20,000 spectators over the weekend, so worth looking your best.  It is usually real coastal rowing too, properly held in three dimensions.
In Argyll, Seil have already put the word about for their annual muster in Loch Melfort, an invitation event for other Argyll clubs.  The venue is somewhere that most local skiffs should be able to row to from their bases, and share enthusiasm and knowledge when they get there.

Ullapool Regatta (from UCRC website)

Thank you to all the clubs that have got events up and running, and got them into the calendar. Good luck to all for the year ahead.  Posts on events further south to follow.



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