Nith Navigation Race and Bell Ringers’ Raid

The 2018 Nith Navigation Race was held on the same weekend as the Bell Ringers Raid, making a south west double.


On the Nith, the race was extended a bit this year, starting from Carsethorn, giving a 10 mile race.  It was combined with a long running sail and oar race over the same course.   Conditions were perfect.   Among the St Ayles skiffs,  Alnmouth came First covering the course into Dumfries town centre in a time of 2hrs 07min.   Annan were second in 2 hours 22 minutes.  On arrival in Dumfries they were met with a festival with demonstrations, live music and of course food and a lot of arty crafty stuff going on.


The sun also shone on Annan’s Bell ringers raid to England with Firth of Clyde rowing from Annan waterfoot to the beach at Bowness in an amazing 20 mins returning in 29 mins.  It is great news that  Bowness have now decided to build their own skiff as they want to be involved in the rowing as well.

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St Ayles Skiff For Sale

For Sale
“Living The Dream”

Skiff ‘Living the Dream’ is now for sale.

  • Launched 16th September 2017
  • SCRA boat register number 157
  • Kit number UK 092
  • 1,3687 hours to build over 3.5 years
  • Logged 15 hours & 1 Regatta rowing time
  • Best quality Phosphor Bronze fittings on rudder
  • Six oars in total
  • Oars use the latest “ New Zealand” method of location
  • Seats “stretched” to maximise room between rowers
  • Adjustable foot rests suitable to take straps
  • Hempel paint system throughout

Skiff is in excellent condition and ready

It was a retirement present and project .

Boats & oars only.  No Trailer.  No Cover.

Buyer to collect.

For further information, please contact and details will be forwarded to the sellers.

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Shieldaig Regatta 2018 – Report and Results

Thank you to our correspondent Janene Waudby (and to Steve Carter for the photos and video) for this report from the very well received Shieldaig Regatta:

Shieldaig hosted its 4th annual regatta on Saturday 11 August.   With the race being held on the same date as the fete, we faced a low tide this year which reduced the start line to 11 teams.

We had a competitive field featuring Avoch, Boatie Blest, Cromarty, Findhorn, Golspie, Locharron, Queensferry, St Andrews, Sutors Skiffies, Ullapool and the home team.  The  conditions were perfect with flat waters and a light breeze to keep the midgies at bay.  The picturesque course starts in front of the village, after which the fleet sprint 560m to converge at a turning mark at the far end of Shieldaig Island.    The skiffs then disappear into the “dark side” around the back of the Island, holding spectators in suspense, before emerging for a sprint finish to the beach.   The racing was tight and the usual ‘argy bargy’ at the first mark was mainly avoided with some excellent umpiring.

Boatie Blest took line honours for both the Men’s Decades and the Men’s Open and were worthy overall regatta champions.  Last year’s winners, Avoch won the Women’s Decades (only narrowly beating the home team to the local crowd’s delight) and come second overall.  Cromarty won the women’s open race and St Andrews won the Mixed Open Race.   Ullapool’s consistent performance across all categories gave them third place overall and the Shieldaig and Loch Torridon finished a creditable fourth place.

All teams enjoyed the great food and atmosphere provided by the fete, including the evening live music and ceilidh.   Due to the continuing good feedback from participants, we aim to increase the number of teams to host a slightly a larger regatta next year.   As ever, we extend a massive thank you to all teams and event sponsors for their support.  We look forward to welcoming teams in 2019.   Race results below.


A video of the racing can be viewed at with additional photos at, all courtesy of Steve  Carter.  The date for next year’s Shieldaig Regatta will be Saturday 10th August 2019

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The Busiest Ever Weekend for Coastal Rowers?

Coastal Rowers in Scotland were sharing the fun by attending at least five events over the last weekend.

In the South West, the Bell Ringer’s Raid took place.  The Raid is an event that crosses the astonishingly tidal waters on the Solway that separate Scotland and England.  Firth of Clyde Coastal Rowing Club had the honour of ringing the bell this year, having crossed the waters in the fastest time ahead of two crews of local Annan Rowers.

Also in the South West, Cumbrae Coastal Rowing Club hosted the Cumbrae Regatta, welcoming crews from Renegade, Arran, Troon, Prestwick, Arran, Firth of Clyde and Pittenweem.   This included “Castle to Keep” a 13km event which many crews welcomed as a half distance warm up for the Castle to Crane Race in September.

In the North East Findochty Watersports Club hosted their Fun Day.  It was great to see Whitehills and Lossiemouth attending for the first time among the six boats.

Findochty Fun Day

Meanwhile in the South East Eskmuthe were welcoming Eastern, Row Porty, North Berwick, Kinghorn, Newhaven and Islay to their regatta.  Top marks for the Mussel shells used as medals at this Musselburgh event.

Finally in the North West the Shieldaig Regatta and Fete took place, racing round their Island on one of the most scenic courses known to Coastal Rowing, with 11 groups taking part.

So at least 31 clubs in action at events over the weekend.  Please do let us know if we have missed anyone! It would be much appreciated if full results and a brief report (with a few photos?) could be sent to SCRA so that they are recorded for posterity, so that everyone can be astonished by how much organising goes on, and perhaps so that sponsors can be properly thanked!  Well done everyone.

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Remember Ullapool Regatta 2018

Kate from Eskmuthe has a few photographs to share, here are three of them:





Full set here:

You might want to have a check to see images of your club. If you want any of the pictures in full resolution, just get in touch with Kate directly.  Thank you for sharing!

There’s also a rather good video from Steve Gourlay.

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Langstone Cutters – Havant Council – Get Up and Go

“Langstone Cutters Rowing Club working with Havant Borough Council to encourage 55+ people to Get Up and Go. Used Skiffs for an open day on coastal rowing. Over 30 people aged  from 55 to 83 came and rowed with us.. great fun…”


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Largs Regatta 14th July 2018

Huge congratulations to North Berwick who scooped first place at FOCCRs Largs Regatta.  They were pursued very closely by Royal West and Arran who took a closely fought 2nd and 3rd place respectively. Prestwick’s Skiff and the mixed crew were proud winners of the inaugural Duncan Winning Challenge which was a 3km return jaunt to Cumbrae.

The day was only made possible by the the great humour, rowing spirit and camaraderie of the visiting clubs so a massive thank you to Arran Coastal Rowing, Prestwick Coastalrowing Club, Royal West, North Berwick, Carrick Coastal Rowing Club, Renegade, Cumbrae, Troon, Stranraer and Queensferry for taking part in our regatta and being such good sports throughout the whole day.

A special mention must go to Queensferry who had rowed over a 100 miles from Oban to Largs the previous week and then took 4th place and to Stranraer who suffered a few Skiff related breakages but which didn’t seem to hinder them.
The FOCCRS look forward to seeing you all again..

Click here for full results including the heats.




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Scottish Rowers take on Atlantic Challenge

Three young rowers from Firth of Clyde Coastal Rowing Club (Largs) and Avoch Community Rowing Club are among five Scots selected for the Atlantic Challenge Great Britain Team.

Cameron Hughes (21), Iona Macaulay-Smith 16) and Erin Lambert (16) are currently in Portland for a final training camp with the GB squad before heading to Antrim for the Atlantic Challenge International contest, which runs from 21st-28th July. It will test their rowing, sailing, ropework and navigation skills across a series of events on Lough Neagh.

The team consists of five Scottish, five Welsh and ten English rowers and sailors aged 16-26 who will take on teams from Ireland, Northern Ireland, Belgium, Denmark, France, Italy, Basque Country, Russia, Indonesia, Canada and the USA. They train and compete in 38ft Bantry Bay Gigs with a total of 13 crew and 10 oars, with some events requiring the crew to transition from rowing to sailing mid-race, and vice versa.

The GB boat ‘Intégrité’ under sail

GB Head Coach, Gavin Sim, said: “The team has been put through their paces with an intensive final 10-day training programme in Portland, both on and off the water. With a mix of rowing and sailing backgrounds, everyone is able to learn from each other and improve their techniques to row and sail more efficiently. There has been a lot to get through but we have a brilliant team and can’t wait to get to Antrim”. Gavin is also a member of Burghead Coastal Rowing Club and took part in last year’s Castle To Crane race with them.

Best of luck to Cameron, Iona, Erin, Gavin and the rest of the GB Team!

Keep updated by following the Atlantic Challenge GB Team online:

Facebook – @AtlanticChallangeGB

Twitter – @AC_GreatBritain

Instagram – @AtlanticChallangeGB

Cameron’s Sponsors: Edinburgh Napier Students’ Association; 6 SCOTS (Army Reserve); Largs Yacht Haven.

Iona’s Sponsor’s: Fusion Marine; Skretting; Northern Marine Services; Scottish Sea Farms; Largs Yacht Haven.

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Ullapool 2018 Results

Well done to Ullapool CRC and their helpers from other clubs for once again running an excellent regatta.  27 clubs made the journey to be on the town’s beach for the weekend including several clubs who were there for the first time to experience Scotland’s leading regatta.  Furthest travelled were WSV Woudrichem from the Netherlands with West Side from Lewis and Orkney Coastal Rowing club also making ferry journeys to join the fun.  Results from the 3 days of racing were as follows:
















Eastern won the points competition, Ullapool were best local club, and Orkney were best new club.  There were excellent performances throughout the fleet, with crews working hard in very hot conditions on the Friday and Saturday, and slightly damp conditions on the Sunday.  The course is such that excellent coxing is rewarded with the turns being crucial when boats are close.  The umpires did an excellent job in guiding boats as to how to race safely and enjoyably.  Well done to all concerned.


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Information from HM Coastguard about your CG66 membership

Dear CG66 database member,

We are pleased to tell you that we have some exciting news about our voluntary safety identification scheme (currently CG66). In partnership with the Royal Yachting Association (RYA), HM Coastguard will be introducing the world-leading RYA SafeTrx as our new official safety identification scheme.

RYA SafeTrx builds on the advantages of the CG66 scheme to assist HM Coastguard with Search and Rescue in UK territorial waters and it provides enhanced functionality if used together with the optional mobile app. RYA SafeTrx is free, and you do not need to be a member of the RYA to register. You can get more information about RYA SafeTrx here.

If you choose to register, there are two ways to do this:

You can enter your details via the RYA SafeTrx App, which can be downloaded from the Apple app store or Google Play.
If you do not wish to use the mobile app, there is an option to register your details online at

With RYA SafeTrx becoming our new official safety identification scheme, we will stop taking new registrations to CG66 on 11 July.

Existing data:

The information currently held on our CG66 database will be retained and used by our Search and Rescue (SAR) teams alongside the SafeTrx data for the next two years. If your information is no longer valid the best course of action is to register on SafeTrx as this will supersede information held on CG66.

CG66 data will continue to be held securely and not shared with any third parties or used for any other purpose other than for the MCA to carry out its SAR function.

The Coastguard will be able to access the RYA SafeTrx database and check boat records in exactly the same way as we do now with CG66. There is no requirement for existing users to remove or update their data in CG66. However if you do wish to remove your information from our existing CG66 database, please contact us at

Please do take the time to have a look at RYA SafeTrx and sign up to the app. It will only take a couple of minutes and could be invaluable to you in an emergency at sea.

To find out more about how the MCA look after personal data, your rights and how to contacts our data protection officer please go to

Thank you

HM Coastguard

Safer Lives, Safer Ships, Cleaner Seas

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