Forth And Clyde Canal Flotilla 24-26 May 2019



We are delighted that the Forth and Clyde Canal is going to be opening for full transit again this year. There is going to be a flotilla to celebrate this in the summer and we are very grateful that the organisers would like to include Coastal Rowing Clubs in the celebration plans.  They write “To re-open the Forth & Clyde canal on the holiday weekend of 24 till 26 May this year, a grand flotilla is being planned, with sociability at the Falkirk Wheel on the Friday evening , at Auchinstarry near Kilsyth on the Saturday evening and parting lunch with the provost in full regalia at Kirkintilloch on Sunday.”

The canal between these places incorporates only 3 locks We would suggest that crews take generally shorter oars. but also take a couple of paddles for close quarter maneuvers.  The F+C has been transited by St Ayles skiffs before.  See Dunbar Coastal Rowing clubs account in their previous cruising log entry.
https://scottishcoastalrowing.org/2017/11/15/dunbars-110-miles-rowing-the-john-muir-way/

We really hope that this will be of interest to some clubs. Robin Fryer is in charge of coordination and registration of everyone who aims to have a boat there. Please contact him directly if you have a boat and a crew to take part:  robinhedf@hotmail.co.uk We will have more info as the planning progresses, but idea of classes and numbers of participants is critical to various aspects, so please do register your interest with Robin.

Boatie Blest on the Union Canal
Boatie Blest on the Union Canal

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