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Boatie Blest Coastal Rowing Club Regatta 2018 (28th April)

The regatta season is about to begin, the “Monaco of Scottish Coastal Rowing” is back again this year for the 7th time. Boatie Blest will be hosting the short, oval course again this year where crews battle out to win in a pursuit around a tight harbor course. Races take approx 2 mins 30 to complete but in this time crews must start and complete not one but two 180 degree turns, and two “slight” long bends. The tight gap between the harbors test the coxswains and the rowers nerve: a rare race where the spectators can judge which crew is winning or loosing when the crew often cannot. The races are an unusual format for Scottish Coastal Rowing as crews race head to head to progress, with wins in up to 3 rounds of racing needed if you are to be crowned the champions. A must see day out at Port Seton where there is guaranteed to be close racing, good spectating, lots of shouting and the occasional poor turn leading to an almost inevitable race defeat for some!
Races kick off around 11am – with over 70 races planned to go ahead during the day it will be action packed and non-stop. The Boatie Bakers will be out in force again supplying the energy needed to keep the rowers and spectators going.
Clubs wishing to attend can fill in the attached entry form and send to the email address provided.
To wet the appetite below is a link to Youtube where Portobellos Intermediate crew demonstrate the course with some fine footage.
Intermediate Mixed Team in Competition at Port Seton Regatta 2017

Club Entry Form – 2018

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Who will Win at the Victorian St Ayles Championships?


A lovely skiff trophy is up for grabs in Victoria, Australia this weekend.    Along with the Australian whale boat championships the event forms part of the South West Regatta, which will take place on the Hopkins River.  More information at the following link:

Good luck to the organisers and all the rowers.


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SCRA Youth Regatta Series Returns for Second Year

The Scottish Coastal Rowing Association are excited to announce the return of our Youth Regatta Series which was born in 2017 as a concept aimed at creating specific events for younger rowers to compete in.

This year we have seven confirmed dates with three regattas in the North Circuit and four in the South. It all kicks off on 7th April with Eastern Amateur Rowing Club’s regatta at Portobello, followed by events in Broughty Ferry, The Black Isle (Avoch and Cromarty), Ullapool, The Firth of Clyde (Largs), Maidens (Carrick) and Banff.

All dates are on the poster below and full details including how to register can be found on our Event Calendar here:

Could your club be a Youth Regatta host next year? Get in touch at!


Read about last year’s Youth Regatta Series here:

Avoch –

Deveron / Portsoy –

Largs –

North Berwick –

Ullapool –

SCRA Youth Series 2017…….. and 2018?


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Round Hayling Rowing Race 2018 Sunday 17th June

round hayling race poster 2018

The 2018 Round Hayling Rowing Race… the tough race for Gigs, Galleys and Skiffs – with trophies for all is back…

So here is the date: Sunday 17th June:

High Water is around 15.00 so the Coxes Meeting will be at 12.00 and boats start racing from 11.00 onward…

As last year, there is a full range of trophies, now with an added incentive for the more mature rowers – a 60+ Supervets class!

Awards of an Adventure Shield to crews for:

1. Fastest Round the Island
2. First Across the Line on Handicap
3. Fastest Ladies
4. Fastest Vets Crew (50+)
5. Fastest Supervets (60+)
6. Fastest Cornish Pilot Gig
7. Fastest St Ayles Skiff
8. Fastest Solent Galley
9. Fastest Bursledon Gig
10. Fastest Harker’s Yard Gig
11. Juniors (Under 18)
12. Sportsman’s Trophy

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Attention Skiffies! Rowing The Waves Questionnaire

All Scottish St Ayles Skiff Coastal Rowing Clubs should now have received a questionnaire from the Rowing the Waves project at the University of St Andrews, either by email or via their Facebook page.

Please could we request that you complete and return these as soon as possible to allow the researchers, Nina and Jen, to analyse the results before the end of their project in March.

You can contact them on Twitter at @RowingTheWaves or by emailing with any queries you may have about the questionnaire, or the wider project. Many thanks!

Find out more:

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SCRA South West Challenge 2018 Dates Announced!

The South West Challenge was launched in 2017 as a series of 8 events at 6 venues over 4 weekends in September, aimed at boosting attendance across some of the regattas in Scotland’s South West. It was well attended by many Scottish clubs as well as some from Northern Ireland and the Netherlands, and was won by Sketrick Coastal Rowing Club. Now it’s back – bigger and better.

This year, the South West Challenge returns with four added events and now stretches across the Summer, finishing with Castle to Crane – Scotland’s biggest open water rowing race. All events are run independently, with results entered into a separate league and points awarded for participation as well as performance.

Any clubs participating in more that one of the events included in the South West Challenge will automatically be entered and has the chance to win the trophy – a beautiful salver, six engraved whisky glasses and of course a bottle of malt. The winning club will also be awarded a Quaich – the Scottish drinking cup of friendship – to retain. Dates and contact details to enter each regatta are below. See you there!

SCRA South West Challenge 2018

Coordinator: Cameron Hughes


5 May – Royal West Regatta (Greenock)

2 June – Troon Regatta

16-17 June – Arran Regatta

14 July – Largs Regatta (Firth of Clyde)

11 August – Nith Navigation (Dumfries)

12 August – Bell Ringer’s Raid (Annan)

18-19 August – Stranraer Regatta

8 September – Exciseman’s Chase (Carrick)


15 September – Castle to Crane



SCRA South West Challenge 2018 Poster

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Western Isles Regatta – Lochboisdale 26th May 2018

Lochboisdale on South Uist is the location where the Uists Coastal Rowing Club are holding their inaugural regatta on the 26th of May.

8 Hebridean skiffs will be there, plus Ullapool and possibly a few other lucky mainland clubs.

Entry is by invitation, but if you are feeling adventurous and want to undertake the difficult journey to Lochboisdale, give Robert Taylor a call on 01870603754

You can cross in the ferry pictured from Mallaig to Lochboisdale, or take the shorter crossing from Uig on Skye to Lochmaddy in North Uist and drive down to Lochboisdale.

The scenery is astonishing.

The venue is a very sheltered bit of water with a modern marina to launch from and a friendly group of people who are keen to see what skiff racing looks like.

The Lochboisdale Hotel which overlooks the harbour is where the evening Ceilidh will be.

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Meeting to Set Up the Loch Tay Skiff Rowing Club

Meeting to Set Up the Loch Tay Skiff Rowing Club

30th January 2018

7.30 P.M.

Upstairs at Birks Cinema

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St Andrews CRC – Adaptive Rowing – Letter from Disability Sport Fife

St Andrews Coastal Rowing Club received the following letter from Disability Sport Fife – Adaptive Rowing

Coastal Rowing – a Sport for All

Disability Sport Fife recognises the St Andrews Coastal Rowing Club as a strong partner with members who are fully committed to inclusive practice. There are 300 affiliated boats all over the world. The St Andrews club is affiliated to the Scottish Coastal Rowing Association (SCRA).

The St Andrews club attracts members of different abilities from a range of backgrounds. Members build and maintain club boats and have the responsibility of lifting their equipment in and out of the water at every session. Members had their first introduction to adaptive rowing through the Newcastle Gateshead Club when the two clubs met up at the Great Tyne Row and shared their experiences.

The St Andrews Club members built their skiff, named the Blue Bay, to accommodate an adapted / removable seat. Key supporter, the St Andrews Harbour Trust installed the first phase of pontoon development that crucially provides open access for those with mobility challenges. The club also acknowledges support received from the Fife Countryside Trust and the University of St Andrews through the “rowing the waves project”.

Normally all equipment has to be made of wood but the SCRA committee waived the rules to offer full and free participation for adaptive rowers in regattas. Several non rowing disabled individuals volunteered to trial the adapted equipment and skiff modifications were carried out accordingly. An adaptive rowing group was formed of members with different skill sets. Access training was established for individuals and also as members of a 5 person crew. Club members learned by trial and error. They must be congratulated for their commitment and determination to include all communities, regardless of ability.

The St Andrews Coastal Rowing club members already include members with double leg amputations and progressive medical conditions that result in loss of power and balance challenges. Equipments modifications have to made to accommodate different members. In some instances the only modification that will have to be made is to schedule entry at high tide. The St Andrews Harbour Trust plan to install a winch and when that happens, skiff access will be so much easier for members with mobility difficulties.

Club members with disabilities have already competed in regattas and one member was part of the team that completed the great river race

Members hope to encourage more adaptive rowers to join the club and experience the thrills and pleasures associated with the sport. Access may take a little longer for some but members are patient and committed to an inclusive ethos and practice. I was informed by the club adaptive rowing coordinator Julie Hardisty, that a sense of humour is essential and that St Andrews Coastal Rowing Club hopes to encourage other clubs to set up local programmes. Julie can be contacted for further information at

Richard Brickley MBE – President Disability Sport Fife

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Frostbite Regatta Kinghorn

Preparations started way before the day with willing volunteers within the members who agreed to made it a” good social day for everyone “with a bit of a competitive edge “.  So we had to have Andrew Rendle there to ensure scoring was spot on!  The crunch came the day before with a “Pitch Inspection”.  There was NO ICE on Kinghorn Loch on Saturday…… great!….. and so we let the other clubs know that we are good to go ahead with the mini regatta.

Thanks to Wormit, Pittenweem, North Queensferry and Newhaven Coastal Rowing Clubs for joining us in our first ‘frostbite’ regatta.Kinghorn

Everyone had a great day at Kinghorn Loch where Kinghorn Coastal Rowing Club held their first regatta of the year…under the snow.

It was great to see the clubs braving the cold and snow for a great day on Kinghorn Loch, an ideal venue for this kind of winter event with easy launching and relatively sheltered water. It is a well-used community asset enjoyed by the rowers, the sailing club, canoe club, model radio-controlled yachts and open water swimmers. On the banks can be found carp fishermen, bird watchers and a number of attractive walks.

All things came to pass and we had a splendid afternoon – in the snow!

Five boats in the water plus another club who sent oarspersons to join in the rowing.  Five timed races on a circuit of the Loch and two straight sprints. A very jolly afternoon.  The general opinion is that we must make it an annual event.

The skiffs were

The Flying Boat Wormit –

Yolande Kinghorn

Wee Michael Newhaven

Ferry Sonnet North Queensferry

Catalina Wormit

Also with Pittenween Rowers

The winners of the time trial of the day were Newhaven who declared

“What a fantastic day we have had today. It was an intrepid crew of 6 that headed north to Kinghorn loch and some friendly time trials and sprints. It was very cold as we set off – but we were met by the friendly faces and fantastic catering of Kinghorn Coastal Rowing Club. An easy boat launch thanks to a loan of their launch trolley (i could get on board with the idea of a system and slipway that works on the principle of tilt trolley and shove boat !) and we were off! A well organised event meant everyone who wanted to row – did – even those who came boatless! There was a limited amount of hanging around in the blizzard and short, sharp sprints meant we all kept as warm as possible. In the end – it turned out – we won! Cheesy grins all round from a surprised Newhaven crew who had rowed their thermal socks off and we are now very proudly in possession of a fantastic glass trophy – hand made by a very talented member of their club. Many thanks to Kinghorn to inviting us – racing in a blizzard is hugely invigorating and we’ve all had the best day! at Kinghorn Loch.


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