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.

There has already been a very positive response from our rowing 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: We will have more info as the planning progresses, but idea of classes and numbers of participants is critical to various aspects. In order to ease the passage of the flotilla through the locks there is an upper limit of 18 skiffs, so please do register your interest with Robin ASAP, to ensure your club does not miss out on a space. Bob Fleet of Dunbar Coastal Rowing Club has kindly joined the organising committee, and is the SCRA representative for the purposes of the event. He is an experienced canal transiter and will be in touch with all clubs once they are registered. Very positively the usual fees for use of the locks on the canal are being waived for the purpose of this event.

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