Boatie Blest Regatta Results

Tight port hand turns in a race course with hard sides saw excellent coxing being rewarded at Port Seton’s Boatie Blest Regatta on Saturday.  After a bit of a damp start the harbour filled with sufficient water to allow racing to start.  There were 70 races all together as head to head pursuit style matches, led to the fastest four crews in each category going through to knock out semi finals.  Broughty Ferry won the first event, mens open ahead of North Berwick.  The home club won the women’s open, and indeed had the best of the rest of the day.

 

There was a great turn out of clubs clustered around the small harbour.  North Berwick and Eastern had both rowed their skiffs from their respective home bases to Port Seton Harbour.  As well as Broughty and Boatie they were joined by Newhaven, Row Porty, Eskmuthe, Anstruther, Firth of Clyde, Royal West, St Andrews and Portsoy.

To get more of a feel for the day see the Stunning Set of photos from Allan Robertson,  from which any photos of crews on this post are drawn.

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Queensferry Regatta Saturday 26th May 2018 – Notice of Race

Queensferry Regatta 2018 Notice of Race

Hello all,
A reminder that the participants in our Regatta on Saturday 26 May 2018 are:
Dunbar
Portsoy
Rowporty
North Berwick
FOCCR
Broughty Ferry
Eskmouthe
Anstruther
Wormit
Arran
North Queensferry
South Queensferry
I attach the Notice of Race and a diagram of the course. I would be grateful if you could all confirm receipt of this email and tell me which skiff you are bringing with it’s number in the SCRA Fleet and if possible the graphic as per the Worlds Chart with the diagram of the bow with colours.
I realise that some of you are not doing the same job as you were in September when I received your emails so kindly pass on to the relevant person in your Club.
We all look forward to seeing you. Please give me a list of which events you will compete in.
Any questions don’t hesitate to give me a shout!
Kind regards,
Peter Locke

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Portobello Youth Regatta – Report & Results

The SCRA Youth Regatta Series 2018 got off to a fantastic start this weekend.  Eastern Amateur Coastal Rowing Club just managed to avoid the Beast from the East’s hangover and was delighted to host a successful event on flat seas – particularly having had to cancel the planned competition in 2017.

In total, 31 rowers from 5 clubs descended on the stunning (and just-about sunny!) Portobello seafront, with pretty much a 50:50 gender split. Hosts Eastern welcomed rowers from nearby South Queensferry, West-coasters from Prestwick and Firth of Clyde (Largs) and Deveron (Banff High School), who set off early for the long drive and borrowed a skiff for the day, courtesy of Eskmuthe.

South Queensferry (+Lucy from Eastern) won the first race, the Mixed U17, which was a brilliant victory for a first regatta appearance by 4 young rowers ably coxed by Louise.  The Mixed U19 race went to the FOCCRs with Eastern 8 seconds behind.  The hosts then took gold in the M U17 with the SQ team hot on their heels – just 4 seconds behind.

FOCCRs (+Amy from Eastern) won their second gold in the F U17 race, with Eastern in 2nd place and Deveron coming in 3rd.  The fifth race was a ‘two in one’ affair with both M and F teams racing at the same time. The FOCCRs (+William from Prestwick) won the male category with a female Eastern team coming in 1st for the women but also second overall.  Go girls!

The overall winners of the day were Firth of Clyde, who came out on top with 5 Golds and 2 Silvers. Well done!

The Winning FOCCR Team

The day just would not have been the same without the excellent crowd from Deveron who travel far and wide to have fun on the water.  Hats off to Roisin for her dedication and to the whole crew for their smiles and ready-for-anything attitude.  Huge thanks to Eskmuthe Rowing Club for lending them Steedie for the day – a lovely crew from Eastern’s neighbouring club rowed her round in the morning before everything got going and another appeared later in the day to row her back home.  Fantastic generosity.

The last race was an ‘Andy’ race which has become an excellent feature of many regattas, providing an opportunity to mix crews up in a friendly race.  Peter from South Queensferry – one of Andy’s best friends – was very pleased to cox Ferry Lass for that one.  Everyone who took part went home with a medal (or 5? Cameron…!) with some added ‘endurance’ medals for very young attendees for ‘being there all day’! Medals were handed out round a warming bonfire, intended to be an opportunity for folks to have a chat – however our luck with the weather had run out by that point.

See below the scores, the camaraderie and the bonfire – sums it all up really!  A big thanks to everyone for coming, and to Laura and her team at Eastern for putting on a great premier event – here’s to the rest of the series! See you all next time in Broughty Ferry for the next Youth Regatta on 19th May!

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North Berwick Rowing Club – Annual Regatta – 25th August 2018

NORTH BERWICK ROWING CLUB – ANNUAL REGATTA

This is scheduled for Saturday 25 August 2018. Eleven clubs have expressed interest, so far. They have been emailed today. If you have not received an email or wish your club to attend please contact me by Messenger or at sandywallace@msn.com

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SCRA Club Development Weekend Venues

SCRA DEVELOPMENT WEEKEND

Registration is at the Anstruther Town Hall 1030-1130

Cunzie Street , Anstruther KY10 3DF

TIME

SESSION

Location

Number of Delegates

Facilitator

Remarks

Saturday

1030-1130

Registration

Town Hall

Registration by Region – West & Rest of World/ NorthEast/Fife / SouthEast

1130-1230

RowingTheWaves

Town Hall

All

1230-1330

Lunch

Town Hall

1330-1400

RNLI Demo

RNLI

All

Shona

1400-1500

RNLI Workshop

RNLI

28

Shona

1400-1500

Growing Your Club

Erskine Hall

25

1400-1500

Fundraising

Sun Tavern

9

Andy

1400-1500

Safeguarding

Education Room

19

Ali

1400-1500

Adaptive Rowing

Town Hall

20

1500-1600

Rowing Techniques

Town Hall

42

Sue

1500-1600

Growing Your Club

Sun Tavern

12

1500-1600

Racing Cox

Erskine Hall

35

Elsie

1500-1600

Safeguarding

Education Room

11

Ali

1600-1700

First Event

Education Room

14

1600-1700

Ump/Cox Incidents

Erskine Hall

59

1600-1700

Metafit

Town Hall

28

1700-

Irish Rowing

Sun Tavern

14

TIME

Sunday

SESSION

Location

Number of Delegates

Facilitator

Remarks

0930-1030

Rowing Techniques

Erskine Hall

42

0930-1030

Fundraising

Sun Tavern

23

0930-1030

Setting up SCIO

Education Room

10

Andy

0930-1030

Metafit

Town Hall

16

1030-1130

Risk

Town Hall

38

1030-1130

Adaptive Rowing

Sun Tavern

21

1030-1130

Umpiring

Erskine Hall

28

1130-1230

Regional Get-Together Discussion

Town Hall

All

Regional Groups West and Rest of World/ NorthEast/Fife/SouthEast

1230-1300

Lunch

Town Hall

All

1300-1345

AskTheExpert

Town Hall

All

1345-1415

WhatWeHaveLearned

Town Hall

All

1415-1500

Vote of Thanks/Disperse

Town Hall

All

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Cork: Ocean to City Race 2018…… Join the St Ayles Fleet

 

Cork Ocean to City Race takes place on Saturday 2 June 2018.  For those not in the know, this is one of the greatest single day races for rowing boats in the world.  The Ocean course, which is suitable for boats like St Ayles skiffs, gives a huge variety of rowing conditions from sheltered harbour, out into the open sea, then back up through harbour narrows, across a potentially exposed sea loch, past a castle and up the river into Cork City centre.

We know that at least 10 St Ayles skiffs will be taking part in the 2018 Race, with the early bird entries coming showing crews from Down Coastal Rowing Association clubs being joined by crews from Eastern ARC (Edinburgh), St Ayles RC (Anstruther),  RowFlo (Lewis), Renegade (Ayrshire) and FOCCR (Ayshire).  This will make the St Ayles one of the biggest classes is this prestigious event.  There is a trophy for fastest St Ayles skiff, as well as various other awards open to the competitors.  Any St Ayles skiff taking part must comply with the international measurement rules for the class, including the need for wooden oars without spooned blades, and wooden fittings for the oarlocks.

A St Ayles is currently being built in Cork, so hopefully we will see a local entry from them too.  Please do think about joining them.  A good testing ground for the Castle to Crane Race, as well as being a fabulous event in its own right, and a grand road trip, worth phoning home about.  Regular entries accepted up until 13 May.  For more information and to enter go to the race website:

www.oceantocity.com

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Lochboisdale Regatta 25th and 26th May 2018

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SCRA Green Flag Awards

In a new initiative, SCRA clubs can apply to be awarded a splendid green flag to recognise initiatives that reduce the impact of our events on the marine environment……  if possible leaving it in a better state than we find it.

If your club wants to get their hands on one of these prized trophies, the procedure is very simple.  After your event submit a report (with results and a few photos) for publication on this website.  In the report just give us a couple of sentences on the steps taken to reduce your impact on the environment, and how successful they were.  Send your report to secretary@scottishcoastalrowing.org .  Lovley green flags will then be awarded at the discretion of the SCRA committee.

By way of an example and to kick matters off Green Flags are going to be awarded to St Ayles Rowing Club of Anstruther and to Isle of Seil Coastal Rowing Club for innovations at their 2017 events.

Anstruther have always taken care to minimise their impact, and have been asking visitors to bring their own mugs with them to share in the Anstruther cake and tea splendour**.  They went further in 2017 by specifically putting one of their members in charge of recyicling any waste that was generated at their regatta. Rather than buying in any plastic they went to their local charity shop to buy up mugs, plates, cutlery really cheaply on the promise that they would donate it back after the event! 

Isle of Seil Coastal Rowing Club’s 2017 event was all about improving the local environment.  Rather than organising a regatta, for the last three years the club and visitors have mustered on local islands to clean them up.  The club are assisted in this endevour by a grant from a local trust, to whom the club sends in before-and-after pictures with coordinates, number of bags filled,  and number people involved.

** for those of you attending the SCRA development weekend at Anstruther, if you forget to bring your own mug, you will be able to purchase for the bargain price of £5 an SCRA mug for you to keep and impress your friends and family with when you get home.

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SCRA DEVELOPMENT WEEKEND SATURDAY 31ST MARCH/SUNDAY 1ST APRIL

Our thanks to all clubs who have responded in such a positive manner to the Development Weekend and to the speakers who have been so willing of their time.

We have had to make a small change to the scheduled programme and the “Irish Perspective” given by members of the Irish Coastal Rowing Federation  will now take place from 5pm on the Saturday.
Would those club members who would wish to attend this re-arranged session , please advise secretary@scottishcoastalrowing.org
To those who had chosen this session for the Sunday morning please advise which alternative session you would like to attend.

Now that all but a few original interested parties have made their selections – we are pleased to announce that there is sufficient space to invite an additional 20 club members. This will be on a first come first served basis…….. and that includes submitting the payment and making the session choices. (And you can count it as part 1 of your initiative test to work out how to do that……  ask your own club secretary if necessary.  If your club is a member of SCRA they will have received and e mail about it).  Please do not delay.
In all instances please advise the SCRA secretary at address above.

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English St Ayles Skiff Series 2018

20 May 2018:  Hanseatic Festival Regatta King’s Lynn, (North Norfolk)

3 June 2018 Blyth Maritime Regatta (North East)

8 June 2018 Langstone Harbour Sprints  (Solent)

9 June 2018  Cockleshell Challenge from Eastney (Solent)

17th June 2018:  Round Hayling Rowing Race (Solent)

 

 

 

English Skiffies would like to invite St Ayles skiffs from England and beyond along to some racing events in the first half of the season.

First up we have the Hanseatic Festival Regatta at Kings Lynn, celebrating the maritime history of the area and the links with other members of the Hanseatic league an organisation which showed that the sea is something that unites us, rather than divides us………….. a concept that is really at the heart of what we do with our St Ayles skiffs.

Use the links above to contact the organisers or try admin@klcrc.club and get your entries in promptly (as there is a cap on entries)  There are three races, one each for men, women and mixed.  The races are each 2 miles along the waterfront, around and under a bridge starting and finishing off the historic Purfleet Quay and Customs House.    Crews are welcome to launch and use skiffs the day before for a bit of exploration.  The Norfolk Broads are fairly near at hand too, should there be a desire for a water borne tour before or after.

Blyth Coastal Rowing Club, to the North of Newcastle are running St Ayles skiff races as part of the Blyth Maritime Regatta.  We will add more details here when we have them, or contact the club through facebook.

Next up we have two days of rowing at Eastney on the South Coast, under the auspices of Eastney Cruising Association.

On the 9th June 2018 there are short sprints in Langstone Harbour for the one design classes, Cornish Pilot Gigs and St Ayles Skiffs, and on the 10th there is a multi class 7 mile race around one of the Solent forts in the “Cockleshell Challenge”.  Details in the poster above…..  please get in touch directly.

Finally in the same area and on the following weekend we have the Round Hayling Rowing Race on Sunday 17 June 2018:

Round Hayling Race

This is a testing 13 Mile race, where St Ayles Skiffs will have the chance to meet up with other classes of boats, including Pilot Gigs, Solent Galleys, Bursledon Gigs and Harker’s Yard Gigs.  It is organised by Langstone Adventure Rowing, Langstone Cutters Rowing Club and Langstone Cutters Gig Club.  The Round Hayling ‘Flag’ Rowing Race Starts and Finishes will be in the ‘New Cut’ on the North Side of the Hayling Island, proceeding in a clockwise direction around the Island, in order to row with the tidal flow along the sea front. Because the race is rowed over a course that includes 5 mile Solent Seafront section,  should the  wind speed and direction create safety issues a shorter (11 mile) ‘in harbour’ course is rowed inside the Chichester Harbour. Whatever the weather the race is rowed! Each boat must be equipped with a VHF radio and Competent Cox (age 18+) experienced at open sea rowing.  For fun, to provide a spectacle and for safety reasons, each boat is required to fly a 3’x2’ flag.  The Record Time for a St Ayles Skiff is held by CRA Blakeney. Full details are up on the website: www.roundhaylingrace.co.uk , contact the organisers directly to express your interest.

It would of course be great if Dutch, Scottish and Irish Crews could support some or all of these events as well as fellow English skiffies, in the hope that we can build up a widespread calendar of one design St Ayles Skiff racing events in England.  Please contact the SCRA secretary if you would like your St Ayles skiff event advertised as part of the series.

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