Happy New Year Scottish Coastal Rowing

Scottish Coastal rowing wishes all its clubs, participants and supporters a Happy New Year for 2020.

What a fantastic year 2019 was…. but let’s firstly celebrate the end of a fabulous decade. Ten years ago the Scottish Coastal Rowing Association did not exist, although the project that proceeded it was well established by Hogmanay 2009, with the prototype “Chris O’Kanaird” (Skiff 00) launched, and community builds underway or about to start in Ullapool, Coigach, Portobello, Port Seton, North Berwick, Eyemouth, Dunbar, Inverclyde, St Abbs and Newhaven. Thank you to all those who had faith at the start and put so much effort into starting their clubs and inspiring others to do likewise. Thank you to those that have come on board with Scottish Coastal Rowing since, making a fabulous and welcoming community. There were six skiffs at the first Regatta at Anstruther in May 2010. Thanks to the hard work and enthusiasm of many, first around Scotland and then around the world, there are now over 250 skiffs launched. If you have built a skiff, and are aware of the effort involved in building your skiff and building your community, and of course aware of the rewards that come with that….just take a moment to multiply that by 250, and reflect on what a massive amount has been achieved in the last 10 years!

So how was 2019 for you? Welcome to the new clubs and Skiffs. Montrose Coastal Rowing launched their first skiff this year, and further skiffs were launched by Glasgow, Deveron, Collieston, Renegade and KIDS (Loch Awe). Internationally the first St Ayles skiff for Africa was launched at Hout Bay Yacht Club, and the first Californian Skiff also took to the water. Welcome to those who have been building but not quite yet launched. We look forward to seeing you on the water in 2020.

2019 gave plenty of opportunity for Scottish clubs to take part in competition, with a youth series as well as plenty of club regattas, which are the main building blocks of what brings us together. Thank you in particular to Strathpeffer and to Morvern who each organised events for the first time. Many favourites were back again for us to enjoy in 2019, including Ullapool Regatta, the Black Isle Regatta, North Berwick, Arran, Port Seton. So many that we cannot mention them all and it is not possible to attend them all. However they are all appreciated by those who take part. There are over 30 events in our diary for next year. We will publish a preview soon. Where will you go to make new friends, pull hard with and against old ones, and generally have a great time?

SkiffieWorlds 2019

There was of course one stand out event in 2019, which was SkiffieWorlds 2019 at Stranraer. Over 1500 athletes from all around the world, racing in over 700 crews, in over 100 races in a packed schedule on Loch Ryan. The economic impact was estimated at between £3.5million and £4million, but even that is less than the social impact. We were made to feel so welcome by the town of Stranraer. And of course we celebrate the (accepted) marriage proposal which was the icing on the cake of a fantatic week.

So thank you all for making 2019 a special year. We raise a glass with you to 2020.

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