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Going Wild in Inverness

Ardersier, Avoch and Burghead rowing clubs took part in “Go Wild on the Canal” , a promotional day for outdoor activities held on Saturday on the Caledonian Canal at Muirtown Basin.

 

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Esther and Zulu had an informal race, with the Ardersier skiff winning, although we have seen it suggested that a coxing decision to make their 180 degree turn a bit early “on safety grounds” may have been a factor in the victory.    This was Zulu’s first race, and the Avoch team are happy to concede that Ardersier “technically won it”.   Good banter from all and the simmerings of a long and happy cross firth rivalry.  New Dawn, a boat built in traditional technique, was also in the basin being rowed and sailed. Many will recognise her from Portsoy.  More photos have been uploaded to the SCR Flickr page by Chris Perkins.

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Skiff Kit 100 Lift Out and Launch at St Andrews

The recently-formed St Andrews Coastal Rowing Club bought the hundredth kit in the early summer of last year, and has been building (directed by Nigel Ford and Les Hunter) over the winter in their upstairs clubroom by arrangement with the St Andrews Sailing Club (with oars being made by Clayton Hardisty in cooperation with the Fife Council Community Education Programme).  On Sunday April 6 came the great lift-out of the completed skiff, after much careful arithmetic to make sure it would clear the railing outside the picture window (already removed).

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Virtuoso fork lift handling by Roger Coultherd (of Garden Mowers and Tools Ltd, St Andrews) lowered the skiff safely to the ground, and she lies safely in the Sailing Club Boatyard, looking beautiful, and ready for her launch.

The launch will take place next Sunday, April 13, at 3 pm  (high tide at the St Andrews Harbour Footbridge Slipway), with club members, friends and major funders (Fife Councillors and Staff, the St Andrews Community Trust, the St Andrews Midsummer Ball, the St Andrews Pilgrim Foundation) all present.  Welcoming our Skiff (her name chosen by pupils of Lawhead Primary School and to be revealed at the time) onto the water will be skiffs from St Ayles Rowing Club, which has given us huge moral and practical support from the beginning, and Pittenweem Rowing Club, which provided us with the indispensable building moulds. Maybe others? If you can, do come!! The more the merrier!!

On hand with a celebratory fanfare will be the children’s ensemble of the Fife Horn Union (directed by Margaret Douglass).

A landmark day for St Andrews and the Scottish Coastal Rowing project!!
Steve Spackman
St Andrews Coastal Rowing Club Committee

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Ferry Sonnet to kiss the briny this Saturday

From North Queensferry, Lucie Macaulay writes

We’re launching our second skiff, Ferry Sonnet, on Saturday (11th May 2013) from 2.30-4.30  at North Queensferry Harbour.

All welcome to greet the new arrival! (though photos are promised too – yes please Lucie!)

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