Coxing and Sharks

SCRA is an association committed to sharing knowledge and improving standards. Every club within the association is of equal status, and we want all clubs be included in our community, even where they are slightly more remote. Another of SCRA’s successful coxing courses was held on the Hebridean Island of Tiree in August, with SCRA coaches from Portobello and Ullapool travelling to the island to meet with coxes from Lochaber and the Island. In a first for highly experienced coxes Topher Dawson, Jan Dawson and Ali Grant the skiff was followed by a basking shark. The photo below gives some idea of the scale of these beasts….. both those fins are on the same fish, one being a dorsal fin and the other the tail. A magnificent creature to share the water with.

Thank you to the coaches for giving freely of their time, and to all the participants who want to learn and share skills. Skiff rowing is on the up in Argyll. There was regatta at Lochaline recently, and five more Argyll skiffs will be joining the fleet soon: Port Appin is turned and painted; KIDs second skiff for Loch Awe is complete and being painted; Glencoe Sailing Club’s skiff has been turned; Achnamara is progressing; and the Lochaber skiff at Fort William is at the building frame stage, although the club currently have use of a Wemmyss skiff, which is hopefully not distracting them too much from their build.

Thanks to the Dawsons for the shark pic, and to John Ireland for the other pics.

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