Serious Request Row Tour

On Saturday 8th December, Woudrichem Watersports Association will host a long distance row challenge for WSV rowers and guests from England, Scotland and Northern Ireland, alongside their neighbours from Heusden and Gorinchem.

What is Serious Request?

Every year, in the lead up to Christmas, there is a national fundraiser for the Red Cross known as ‘Serious Request’, organised by radio 3FM. This year the money will be used to re-unite parents and children who lost each other in a war or a disaster. The challenge will raise money by rowing for this charity.

What is the challenge?

There will be a row around the island Altena – 45 miles in one day! But don’t worry – the row is a relay.


8.00am – Start at Arkade WSV Woudrichem.

The event starts with 5 NL skiffs escorted by partyship ‘Princehof’ and a RIB. They row on the river Merwede, Hollands Diep, Amer, Bergse Maas, Afgedamde Maas, pas a lock, and back to Arkade.

Bad weather scenario: River Merwede, pas a lock at Werkendam, row by the Biesbosch (national park), Bergse Maas, Afgedamde Maas, pas a lock and back to Arkade.

Lunch includes free tea and coffee on board (drinks and alcohol on own account). Crew changes will take place on the water by RIBS so all participants can row at least two times on the day.

5.30pm – Finish

5.30pm – Free dinner at the WSV clubhouse Arkade (drinks and alcohol on own account).

6.30pm – Visit to historic marina where all ships will be lit for Christmas. Skiffs will participate.

8.00pm – Christmas market ‘Winter Wonder Woudrichem’ in town.

10.00pm – The clubhouse reopens for a party ’til late.


The hosts try to keep costs for rowers very low by having sponsors for lunch and dinner during the row tour. There is a tip jar for hiring the partyship.  A minimum of €10 donation for charity is expected from each participant.

Where to stay:

UK participates are expected to fly in on the Friday evening and return on the Sunday (daytime or evening). WSV members will host rowers for free, as per previous events. Die-hards are welcome to camp.

Want to take part in this spectacular challenge?

Enter now! To enter this row tour, email with the subject line: Registration Serious Request 2018. Closing date for entries is 1st December.


If you have any questions, please get in touch using the contact details below.


Emiel Versluis

(mob +31 (0) 6 517 911 85)

WSV Woudrichem


4285 XA Woudrichem

The Netherland

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Calling Picnic Class Boats for the Freshwaters

The main focus for the Scottish Coastal Rowing Association is and will remain the St Ayles Skiff, a class of rowing boat for four rowers and a cox  which has brought a great deal of pleasure to many who have built or rowed one.   However the recent Caslte to Crane race is a reminder that other boats are in the Scottish Coastal Rowing fleet and for the interest of skiffies and skiffbuilders  we will once again arrange races for  the SCRA “Picnic Class” of one rower skiff at the Freshwater Sprints.

The Picnic Class is a development class and a wide variety of craft will qualify under the class rules.  Essentially the constraints are that the boats should be “fixed seat” and no more than 5 meters long.  The rowlocks should be at the gunnel (no “outriggers”).   The beam should not be too narrow, both because a really narrow beam will mean that only peedie oars can be used, and also because insufficient beam will compromise stability, all entertainingly tested on the day by the “Stability test”.    More details can be found in the Picnic Class measurement rules .   Some boats that already exist will be deemed to meet the class rules even if they are outwith the exact measurements.  These include the  Royal West of Scotland Boat Club’s historic “Sixteens”, and RowPorty’s Drakes.

There will be a race for Men and a race for Women in the Picnic Class at the 2018 Freshwater Sprints.  Picnic class races will be over a straight “drag race” type course of around 300 meters.  Competitors need to be members of an SCRA club  and all boats will require to have third party insurance in place for the event.  If entries permit there will be heats, and A and B finals.

Closing date for entries for the picnic class races  is 19 October.  The Freshwaters are on 27 October.  We really hope that we get a number and variety of these one rower boats turning up, so get your entry in early.

See the Freshwater Sprints Notice of Race (published shortly) for more details.

See previous years’ report from the picnic class races.

All photos by Jon Gerrard.

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SCRA AGM Saturday 27th October 2018

Scottish Coastal Rowing Association AGM
27h October 2018
5.00 p.m. start (Coffee/tea & biccies available)

Location: Loch Tummel Sailing Club Clubhouse

1. Apologies
2. Minutes of Last Meeting (SCRA AGM 28th October 2017)
3. Matters Arising
4. Treasurer’s Report (TD)
5. Report on Junior Events (CH)
6. Convener’s Report (RW)
7. Election of Officers and Committee
8. Skiffieworlds 2019
9. Any Other Business

Election of Officers and Committee:
Nominations for Election to the Committee – Clubs are requested to submit any nominations for the Committee to the Secretary by the 12th October 2018.

Clubs are requested to submit agenda items to the Secretary by the 15th October under Any Other Business.

Submission of Cruising Log entries – these shall be submitted to the Secretary by the 15th October 2018.

Club Nomination for Green Flag Environmental Awards shall be submitted to the Secretary by the 15th October 2018.

Training Notice
There will be a Regatta Course Laying Course on Friday 26th October from 2pm until 4pm.
There will be an Umpiring Course held on Friday 26th from 4.30pm until 6.30pm.
Both the above events will take place at Loch Tummel Sailing Club.

The AGM is a meeting of clubs.
We can only guarantee space for two representatives per club.
Anyone speaking at the AGM is speaking on behalf of and as instructed by their clubs.
It is therefore helpful if clubs have discussed any of the issues that are going to arise in advance of the AGM.

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Castle to Crane Results 2018

Congratulations to everyone who completed Castle to Crane Race 2018.  The full results can be found by clicking on:

Castle to Crane 2018 Results

The individual winners were as follows:

Bonniest Boat:  St Maur, Fingal Rowing Club

Youth Trophy:  Atlantic Challenge in Ralph Bird

St Ayles, Mixed 50+ :  WSV Woudrichem,  Grut & Groot 3

St Ayles, Men 50+ :  Orkney Gold

St Ayles, Women 50+ :  St Ayles, Chris O’Kinnaird

St Ayles, Mixed Open :  St Ayles (Anstruther), “St Ayles”

St Ayles, Men Open: Eastern, Sprite

St Ayles, Women Open:  Boatie Blest

Double Scull / Randan*:  North Berwick, Flossie (Teifi Skiff)

Shetland Yole*:  Orkney, Frideray

4+ Oars General*:  Royal West of Scotland ABC, Najad (Jolly Boat)

Pilot Gig*:  Ralph Bird, Atlantic Challenge-Wales

*times adjusted for age and gender before awarding the prize

The premier prize at Castle to Crane is the Median Trophy, which is awarded to a crew that represents the whole fleet.  The winners of the Median Trophy finish in the middle of the fleet.  We are delighted to announce that the winners of the Median Trophy in 2018 are:

Collieston Offshore Rowing Club in Admiral Redsocks

We look forward to welcoming back clubs, and saying hello to new clubs at Castle to Crane in 2019.  The provisional date for the Clydebuilt Festival in 2018 is…….

21 and 22 September 2019


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Great River Race 2018 pictures

The Woudrichem Mens Open crew receive the Trophy for the Fastest St Ayles in the GRR from GRR organiser Stuart Wolff.

Anyone wanting Hi-Res copies of the following, please get in touch via


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Launch of Strathpeffer and District Skiff “Grebe” 15th September

SDCRC poster for Launch


Strathpeffer and District Community Rowing Club




The “Grebe” will be launched by Clan Chief Hector Munro of Foulis and Alpha Munro MBE


New members welcome – contact Secretary : Rod Richard :

or Treasurer : Bill Arthur :

More information on Strathpeffer & District Community Rowing Club website

We’ll be arranging some “Come & Try” sessions in due course as well as cox and crew training – a crew is 4 rowers and a cox – aged 15 +

Soon there will also be an online booking system and we’ll have a list of approved coxes – one will always have to be on the skiff

After the launch the Storehouse of Foulis stays open until 6 p.m. for refreshments

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Clydebuilt Sunday PhotoRow – 16 September

As a special treat this year, there is a chance to have a non-competitive row in company on the Sunday of the Clydebuilt Festival:  Welcome to the Clydebuilt Photo Competition Row. Your goal is to photograph each of 10 notable historic and cultural features visible from a boat on the Clyde. Crews will row to the designated sites and take a photograph to prove they did indeed visit the location. There will be prizes given to following categories of photograph:

  • Best overall photo (awarded on the basis of artistic and aesthetic quality)
  • Funniest photo
  • Best photograph of a fellow boat and crew
  • Best selfie (photograph must include at least part of the photographers face)
  • Best photograph of Clyde wildlife (Believe it or not, there is an abundance of wildlife along the Clyde)

Boats that are asked to Enter in Advance through the Clydebuilt Page  and we can then allocate some pontoon space to that boat at the end of Castle to Crane, and allow the crew to skip merrily away from the boat rather than having to lift it out.

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Great River Race Results 2018

Several St Ayles skiffs took part in the Great River Race, which is a 21.6 mile race on the River Thames through London.  Crews from CRA Blakeny, St Ayles of Anstruther, and Burghead were amongst the hardy finishers.

Special mention though must be made of the Skiffs from WSV Woudrichem, who once again proved that they are getting the very best out of their crews and their boats.  Woudrichem’s Men’s open crew came third overall on handicap, and were the fastest four oared boat.  Their Junior U18 crew racing in G&G1 came third overall in their category, after just over three hours racing.  Their Veteran women also came third in their category.  Excellent results, in an event where completion is itself a huge achievement.

The provisional results are found here:

We will post a link to the full results when they become available.

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Tasmanian Skiffie Adventure 2019 – Get Involved

Every two years since 2007, the Living Boat Trust in the small town of Franklin in southern Tasmania organises a fully supported small boat expedition timed to arrive in Hobart for the start of the Australian Wooden Boat Festival. The Tawenunnugah Raid is on again in 2019 (30 January to 8 February) and the LBT invites skiffies from all over the world to join them.

You don’t need to bring your own skiff – the LBT can source skiffs for a group or find places for rowers on a skiff with an experienced skipper. The Raid goes for 10-days but it is not an endurance event – you don’t have to row all the way unless you want to. Options offered include rowing only, sailing and rowing on a skiff with a sail or even sailing all the way on a whaleboat or another of the LBT’s fleet of small boats.

The organisers say the spirit of tawe nunnugah is all about good seamanship sailing or rowing in small open craft. Throughout the journey the fleet is accompanied by yachts and fast-response safety boats ready to stand-by, tow or assist if any of the fleet is in trouble.

The tn19 expedition is catered, with a chef and land-based support crew setting up the site to welcome the fleet after their day on the water. Tents and spare clothes are carried by truck so even if hit by a southerly squall everyone can get warm and dry. Each night shared experiences of the day are exaggerated over a hot meal and a convivial glass at spectacular campsites, many on private land and otherwise inaccessible.

Lunch and fresh coffee at Smokehouse Bay

Many skiffies from the UK participated in the Raid in 2017 and were a great addition to the fleet. The LBT hopes more will come in 2019. You might think it’s a long way to go for10 days on the water but there is more to it than just the 10-day tn19 expedition. The full program is:

29 January – Welcome Dinner at the Living Boat Trust

30 Jan to 8 February – 10-day tawe nunnugah tn19 Raid

8-11 February – Australian Wooden Boat Festival in Hobart, the largest wooden boat festival in the southern Hemisphere

11-14 February – 4-day Return Raid RR19 (Hobart to Franklin)

14-15 February – Franklin Homecoming Regatta including the 2019 Tasskiffie St Ayles Skiffs Championships (Tasmania)

If you want to learn more about it contact international St Ayles Skiff coach and tawe nunnugah regular, Ali Grant (

To join the tn19 Raid or Return Raid go to the LBT web-site and submit an Expression of Interest:

Sails are raised at Kaiarara Bay

Photos: Murdo Macleod

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Nairn Skiff Joins the Fleet on 22 September

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