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News from the SCRA AGM (26.10.2013)

After a miraculously rain-free regatta (well, nearly) the heavens opened, and a slightly bedraggled Association convened early in the evening in the nearby  Kirk Hall, Callander – splendid radiant heating beamed at us from practically every direction – for the 2013 AGM.

Edited highlights and access to the main reports here for now – a full and exhaustive (and possibly exhausting) report on proceedings to follow.

The Minutes  of the 2012 AGM  were accepted as a true & correct record
Robbie Wightman narrated us through his Convenor’s Report
as did Topher Dawson with his Treasurers  Report
Existing Officers and Committee offering themselves for re-election were confirmed in post:
  • Robbie Wightman (Convenor);
  • Topher Dawson (Treasurer);
  • Adam Graham (T&D);
  • Ali Grant (Rowporty) (coaching programme development);
  • Peter Ashe (Rowporty) (Secretary);
  • Stuart Mack (C&PS);
  • Barbara Waughman (Anstruther);
  • David Todd (Scottish Fisheries Museum).

(and Sue Fenton from Seil kindly allowed herself to be co-opted, subsequently.)

Then we got stuck in to the Measurement Rules Resolutions (voting record available here). This took us some while…

Perhaps strangely, there was no Any Other Business.
The Committee had booked the hall until 8.00 p.m., thinking that would be plenty enough. In the event, we concluded the business at five to the hour!
With thanks to all for their contributions, whether verbal, or by card-waving at the appropriate moments.

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Proposed Resolutions for SCRA 2013 AGM re measurement rules:

Update (20th. Oct): Thanks to those who have contributed various suggested alternative forms of words.  These are published below, in bold, beneath the relevant clauses.

So, voting will need first to identify which form of words is preferred as a proposed clause, then whether or not the chosen form (as part of a Resolution) should be accepted.

Building upon the work of the Measurement Group over the summer, and taking account of the online consultation on their findings, the SCRA Committee has collated a series of Resolutions, for consideration and voting on, at the AGM at the end of October.

Clubs reps will be asked to vote on the Resolutions below. Alternative forms of wording may be proposed, though please note these must be provided to the SCRA Secretary by October 19th, to allow time for publication and consideration by Association Members, before the AGM.

Update (04th. Oct): voting is planned on each individual clause, rather than simply on the Resolutions as three wholes. Clauses are grouped into Resolutions just because there are three distinct themes:

  1. changes to the detail of the measurement rules
  2. compliance approach, and mechanisms
  3. reminders of various rules

Resolution 1: (printable copy from Dropbox)

This meeting resolves that the SCRA committee revise the St Ayles Skiff measurement rules in the following ways:


  1. By inserting a minimum hull weight of 150kg


  1. By specifying that plywood may not be used as a material for the keel or hog.


  1. By specifying that polypropylene and other plastics be allowed as a material for keel bands.


  1. By specifying that the planking for the St Ayles skiff can be BS1088 marine ply “or equivalent” ( a footnote commenting on equivalence should be introduced after consultation with kit suppliers in other countries)


  1. By specifying minimum dimensions of 1.125 inches for the width of the outer face of the outer stems.


  1. By specifying that geralds should not be longer than 250mm and banning the fairing of plank edges to a radius of more than 3mm

 From NBRC:  “The geralds should be no longer than 250mm and the fairing of the plank edges in this area should be no greater than to a radius of 3mm”.

  1. By specifying that if gunwales are hollow that they must either (a) contain a volume of timber equivalent to the gunwales shown in the plans or (b) be of a dimension at least as great as the gunwales shown in the plans.

 From NBRC:  “The gunwales should be of a dimension at least as great as the gunwales shown in the plans”.

From the SCRA Measurement Group:  “The cross section of the gunwale should be a minimum of 20 square cm, including any rubbing strip as long as it is glued in place, but not including the thickness of the planks.

The gunwale may be reduced to 10 square cm (not including the thickness of the planks) for the forward and aft ends.

Scuppered or hollow gunwales are allowed as long as the same cross sectional area of timber is maintained as described, not including the spacers.”

  1. By specifically allowing a departure to the St Ayles skiff plans with regard to the spaces between seats, fore and aft.


  1. By specifying the maximum fore and aft width of a thwart to be 10 inches.


  1. By specifying that thwarts must be a uniform width on the fore and aft plane for the whole span of the seat between the points where it is fixed to the sides of the boat.


  1. by specifying that if plywood is used for thwarts that it must be of at least  5 mm ply and supported at its for and aft edges by timber framing spanning the width of the boat


  1. By clarifying that the floorboards, shown in the plans are not required for racing craft, and that dispensing with them is a reasonable departure from the plans.


  1. By specifying that footrests, where used, should be made of timber or plywood, with other materials allowed for fixings such as screws and nails but not for adjustable parts of the footrests such as sliders or runners.


  1. Allowing the use of plastic facings or wear strips on oars to protect wooden parts from wear.

 From NBRC: “…the use of plastic sleeving, plastic facings or wear strips on oars…”

  1. (a) by specifying a standard rudder profile, in line with the design drawn by Mr Iain Oughtred or in the alternative (b) by specifying a minimum underwater wetted surface area of 850 cm squared, calculated against the expected waterline of a skiff with a normal weight crew rowing in salt water and that rudders must be attached to the sternpost at two points.


Resolution 2 (printable copy of Resolutions 2 & 3 from Dropbox)

This meeting resolves:

  1. That the existing measurement rules should be enforced more vigorously


  1. That clubs should lodge a certificate from time to time as required by the SCRA committee certifying that their skiff has been tested and complies with the measurement rules.


  1. That the SCRA committee should seek to appoint a class measurer or a measurement group to oversee the application and enforcement of the measurement rules and provide assistance to regatta organisers in scrutineering.


  1. That the SCRA committee is authorised to issue an exemption certificate to clubs, excusing a specified skiff from compliance with a specific rule for specified reasons, and for a specified period of time; and that the committee may delegate that power to any individual or group appointed in furtherance of resolution 2.3 above. The committee or their delegate should only issue such a certificate where requiring the club to adapt their skiff prior to racing in order to comply fully with the measurement rules would cause hardship or be impractical.


Resolution 3

This meeting resolves with reference to the resolution above that clubs should be reminded that:

  1. A rocker is not allowed on keels (per current rule that the hull is to be constructed as faithfully as possible to the St Ayles Skiff plans produced by Mr Iain Oughtred.)


  1. Spoons and asymmetric oars are not allowed under the rules, and oars must be made of timber, although plywood blades are acceptable.


  1.  Crew members must not be secured to the craft by any part of their body (unless as a necessary and reasonable adaptation to allow a rower with disabilities to participate). If foot restraints are fitted, they should be easy to slip the foot out of without using hands. (rules of racing 2013 edition rule 5.3)

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