Avoch Youth Regatta 2017

Avoch will be hosting the last youth regatta of the season on the 21st October.  If you wish to attend please send email to blackisleskiff@gmail.com and a full race schedule will be sent to you.  Avoch will even be having a couple of adult races on the day to give the young ones a rest .

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Great Tyne Row 2017

Good luck to the St Ayles skiffs taking part in the Great Tyne Row tomorrow.  “Harry Clasper” from Gateshead Coastal Rowing Club and “Skiff John B” from North Berwick Rowing club will be going head to head in the mixed category, starting at 1pm.     They will be joined by two Celtic Longboats from Porthmadog, and three Whitby Gigs from Scarborough ARC, which should all give them some pretty tricky opposition in the fixed seat coxed fours.

The Great Tyne Row is a 25 km race,  downstream on the River Tyne, starting at Newburn, passing through Newcastle city centre, and finishing in the salt water of Tynemouth.  The rest of the 34 entries are sliding seat boats, including Gateshead’s adapted Northeaster Dory, which is being rowed by a single sculler, but with a cox (since all boats in the event require a cox, for understandable safety reasons.)

We will link to Results of the Great Tyne Row 2017 as soon as they are available.




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Ballantrae Smugglers 2017

A message from Ballantrae Smugglers festival, posted on the SCR Facebook Group:

Another great “Ballantrae Smugglers’ Chase at Ballantrae Bay yesterday afternoon with the tall ship La Malouine in attendance. We had more boats on the water than last year and more rowers so we were delighted. The overall winners of the Smugglers’ Chase trophy were the Firth of Clyde Coastal Rowing Club for the second year running. Thanks from the Ballantrae Smugglers’ Festival to Anett of Carrick for working with us before the event to plan it and Henry for commentating on the day.
If any crews have pictures their supporters took we would be interested to see them. Please feel free to post them on the Ballantrae Smugglers’ Facebook page.  Watch out for the event next year and come and join us.


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Newly Benign North Berwick

North Berwick is going to lose its reputation as a wild place to race, as for the second year running conditions were forgiving, with a 10-14 mph south westerly wind, and sunshine throughout the day.  The racing itself however was tough as ever, on what is one of the longest courses in the regular regatta circuit.  The race from the start off Platcock Rocks, round the island of Craigleith and back towards the harbour gives a variety of conditions, with a side wind at times, a rolling tailwind down the back of the island, a steep headwind on the east side as the prevailing breeze curls round the rock, and a long stretch with a the wind to port on the return, making roughly 3km of mixed pain and pleasure.


There were 16 skiffs taking part in the races, three of which were from the host club.  NB were delighted to be joined by all three of the other East Lothian clubs: Eskmuthe, Boatie Blest and Sunny Dunbar.  Other clubs had travelled much further with Coigach coming down from their Achiltibuie base, and Islay doing the ferry trip for their weekend visit.  Fifers were out in force from Crail, St Andrews and Anstruther.  The South East contingent was completed by the presence of Eastern, RowPorty and Queensferry, with Royal West of Scotland Boat Club joining us from the Clyde.  Broughty Ferry made up the compliment and started off the day in impressive style with a victory in the Men’s 50+, traditionally seen as a sacrificial event to test the waters.  As it was, the good conditions made for a very close race with the Taysiders only just holding off the challenge of Boatie Blest, with Coigach coming in just seven seconds behind the winners to take third.

Broughty’s win was followed by a series of victories for hosts North Berwick, who took the stones of glory in the women’s 50+, mens and women’s 40+, mixed open and novice.  In the women’s 40+ the win came despite getting caught on a trailing creel end close to the rock.  Broughty found themselves sitting on a rock when they tried to cut inside the stranded North Berwick crew ending their chances of being amongst the medals.  The mixed open brought the closest racing of the day for medal positions, with Broughty taking the silver, followed by Eastern and Boatie, all within three seconds of each other over the 18 minute course.

In the novice Queensferry were lunging for the line when the hosts nicked it off them.  Only two of the North Berwick boats completed the course with the third suffering an oar breakage in the first three strokes.  It was great to see 10 crews of novices taking to the start line, so well done to the rowers of Eastern, RowPorty, Dunbar, Eskmouthe, Boatie and Islay who took part.  All did well in what was a challenging first race for many.   Welcome to our sport, and we hope you get yourselves along to other regattas soon to try to lose the novice status.

The 60+ crews were sent round the full course, after last years not very successful experiment with a single buoy turn handicap.  Dunbar managed to hold off Broughty to take the bronze behind NB and Eastern.  Eastern also won the Under 19 race.  Crail got their best result of the day in the mixed 45+ with a silver ahead of Eastern but behind North Berwick.   Eastern finished the day with wins in both the Men’s and Women’s open.  In the men’s Coigach got their silver by a second ahead of the hosts, with St Ayles taking the silver ahead of Boatie in the Women’s.

For full results from North Berwick with times click here.  

All photos on this post by Steve Thompson.  Look for a picture of your favourite crew on the North Berwick Rowing Club Flickr Page.

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Queensferry Crossing Opening Ceremony – Flotilla 1030 – 1215 Monday 4 September 2017

Flotilla Joining Form 2017

Some of you have expressed an interest in the Opening of the new Queensferry Crossing. Attached is a Joining Proforma for the event if you wish to attend. I want to stress that this is not a Queensferry Rowing Club Event but I am happy to do a bit of coordinating for those of you who wish to take part. The organiser initially asked that a power boat should attend each pair of skiffs but he has now relented. He asks that we have power boat cover and the skiffs stay in fairly close formation.

Basic details I have are that it will be a truncated version of the 2014 50th Anniversary Flotilla just circumnavigating the new crossing 2 or 3 times dependant on weather and number of participants.
Timings will be dictated by the arrival of the Royal Party as the flotilla will be providing a salute as the ribbon is cut and then providing the backdrop to the flypast of the Red Arrows. Vessels should be in the vicinity (afloat) of Port Edgar no later than 1045hrs. High water is 1441hrs.
Visiting skiffs will need to pay the £10.00 launch fee to Port Edgar. If you intend to join us will you please let me know.
Kind regards,
Peter Locke

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rowingthewaves – Shieldaig and Ullapool Surveys

when things get confusing…

Because we like a challenge, we’re running two surveys simultaneously.

The first, is for Ullapool Regatta attendees, the second is for Shieldaig Regatta attendees.

What makes it worse is that the surveys include the same questions!

To help keep things clear, the surveys have different links, and different passwords:

for those who attended #Ullapool regatta in July the link is:   and the password is ‘rowing

for those who attended #Shieldaigregatta in August the link is:  and the password is ‘shieldaig

We would be very grateful if you would spare the time to complete the surveys – they should each take around 10 minutes to complete!

Thank you very much for your support with this – hopefully see you soon!
Nina and Jen,

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SouthWest Scotland Challenge – The Trophy

South West Challenge 2017 the trophy (1)

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SCRA Picnic Loch Lomond 24 September 2017

While some take the High Road, and others take the Low Road, we will be taking to the water to meet you at Luss on the Bonny Bonny Banks of Loch Lomond.

The day after Castle to Crane, we have the 2017 SCRA Picnic, which will be held on the beach at Luss on Loch Lomond between 1230 and 1345 on Sunday 24 September.  We hope that many coastal rowers will migrate inland to enjoy the company which is being assembled.  It is a grand opportunity for those who prefer a life less competitive, for those who did not manage to get a seat in their club boats for C2C, clubs who sadly missed out on a spot for their St Ayles in the Glasgow Cup, and those who have travelled a long way to row in Scotland, and rightly feel they should get as much rowing in as they can while they are in the area!

Luss, looking SE. Photo from Ian Mills

As illustrated by Ian Mills’ photos the Loch is a stunningly beautiful place which has to be explored by boat.  The Loch is the largest body of fresh water by surface area in Great Britain, so there is plenty of scope for exploration.

The SCRA picnic is self supported on the water and each crew is entirely responsible for getting themselves safely to the picnic site by water, and for that matter determining that their boat is suitable for the trip and the conditions are bearable by the crew.

Boats should launch at the Duncan Mills Memorial Slipway, Pier Road, Balloch G83 8QX (tel 01389 722030, Ch16 and Ch80).   A fee will be payable if the slip is used, but will not be payable if you are able to lift your boat off its trailer and carry it over onto the beach at Loch Lomond shores.  It is approximately 12km to row from there to Luss.

Loch Lomond Sailing Club are a friendly bunch but are very busy that weekend with a big dinghy championships, so please don’t try to launch at the sailing club, as you will very much get in the way.


Bring your own picnics, and impress other crews with your culinary excellence.  If you have forgotten the mayo there is a shop in Luss, and there are cafes for the purchase of hot drinks.  Non rowing friends can of course catch up with you in Luss which is just off the A82, and it is of course possible to change crews for the return journey, or indeed swap crew members with other clubs.

Meet on the beach North of the pier (leaving the pier clear for the ferry).  We should try to make a spectacle of a mass depart together at 1.45.


Be Aware of the Loch Lomond Bye-Laws, which include a chapter on navigation.

OS Map:  Landranger Sheet 56 covers the whole loch at 1:50000

Admiralty Chart:  5077, if you are lucky enough to find a copy, covers the Loch.

Loch Lomond Guide to Navigation:  This is the most useful resource, a series of chartlets with all the information you will need to navigate.  We are looking for it online, but have not found it.  Try ordering a copy by phoning the national park on 01389 722030

VHF:  Channel 9.  Keep a listening watch on this channel and use it to call other craft in the fleet

Most importantly, please make sure you make a good impression on behalf of all coastal rowers, and leave the beach and loch at least as pristine as you find it, or more pristine than you find it if it needs it.



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Ullapool Survey by rowingthewaves

Dear Ullapool regatta attendees!


We were hoping that you could spare 10-15 minutes to complete a short questionnaire about how much you spent attending the regatta. Please share with team members who also attended.

Don’t worry – this survey is entirely anonymous, and we do not ask for any personal information. We’re asking these questions because we are interested in the economic impact of hosting/attending a regatta.

We are interested in your individual costs – not group costs. For example, if you got a lift and paid £20 petrol money we only want to know about the £20, not what a whole tank would cost. Feel free to write down any additional bits of information in the comment boxes such as the additional costs of bringing children, towing the skiff…etc. Estimates are fine!

Here is the link to the survey: https://survey.zohopublic.eu/zs/68BBdw

Please contact us for the access password!

Please remember that this survey relates to ULLAPOOL REGATTA, 8th-9th of July, 2017.

If you have any queries about what we are doing you can contact us on twitter: @RowingTheWaves, on our project email: RowingTheWaves@gmail.com or you can email Jen directly: jkr6@st-andrews.ac.uk, information on the project can be found here;  https://rowingthewaves.wordpress.com/


Thank you very much for your support with this – hopefully see you soon!


Nina and Jen,

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Broughty Ferry 2017 Regatta Results

Results from Broughty Ferry regatta are in the link below.  The above photo from Ian Mills is of the mixed open.

Results – Broughty Ferry Boating Regatta 2017 (1)

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