Closing the Circle on Virtual RowAround – September 2020


Just as the St Ayles Skiffs of the Scottish Coastal Rowing Association are able to get back on to the water for real, the chronicle of our cyber circumnavigation “Rowaround Scotland” is now complete. Virtual RowAround Scotland has connected clubs and communities across the country, and introduced coastal rowers to new stretches of coast, albeit as a remote reconnaissance. VRAS has shared clubs’ stories, achievements and aspirations. A fantastic resource, showcasing the coast of Scotland, coastal communities, and thriving community clubs has been built up. Please do read all about it at rowaround.scot. A very big thank you to everyone who contributed.

This resource is also, of course, preparation for the REAL row next year in 2021! The log is something which can help us look forward to rowing in the future, as well as reflecting on ten great years of St Ayles Skiffs and the Scottish Coastal Rowing Association. The closing section reflects on rowing in scenic glory, spectacular coastlines, hidden islands, lochs, and rivers and turns to the words of Robert Burns to reflect on the beauty of Scotland:

“To see her is to love her,
And love but her for ever;
For Nature made her what she is,
And never made anither!”

Cruising on Lcch Shiel with the Jacobite Muster. Photo Jon Gerrard

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