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  • Tides for the week of 12 to 18 November
    We have no issues with any of the tides for the next week, so plenty of opportunities for rowing. As we are rowing  with only Ferry Lass while  Ferry Maid has maintenance, it’s a good idea to take advantage of good tides and spread out the rowing.

    Monday 12th November
    10.13 —- 1.6 mL.      17.28 —- 5.2 m H

    Tuesday 13th 
    10.41 —- 1.9 m L.      18.05 —- 5.0 m H

    Wednesday 14th
    11.17 —- 2.2 m L.     18.48 —- 4.8 m H

    Thursday 15th
    07.34 —- 4.6 m H.      12.06 —- 2.5 m L.       19.37 —— 4.6 m H

    Friday 16th
    08.34 —4.5 m H.        14.58 —- 2.7 m L.        20.37 —— 4.5 m H

    Saturday 17th
    09.59 —4.5 m H.       16.03 —2.5 m L.       

    Sunday 18th
    11.09 — 4.7 m H.       16.51 —- 2.2 m L

    Have a good week everyone! The weather looks to be a bonus also: no wind, temperature and rain to trouble us!! 

    Ferry Maid was turned last week - a good turnout for that, including wee Cal

    Mike B has managed to get a deep shine on the Maid's rudder

    Making sure there's enough room for both boats. Behind Maria is new member Bill, who has done more painting than rowing since joining the club!

    Posted 11 Nov 2018, 08:13 by Queensferry Rowing
  • Christmas dinner update
    Rachel writes:  Attention all 52 people who are booked in to have Christmas Dinner at Scott’s Restaurant on Friday 30th November at 7.30pm. The menu is below. It would be useful and could speed up the serving of the meal, if you were happy to pre-order. Two courses £18.95. There is an option of dessert as an extra, please take that option on the night. It would also be useful if all money was already paid, or ready to pay in a group cheque.

    We have all paid a £10 deposit, so this leaves £8.95. to pay. If you are happy to round this up to £10, that will leave an excess of £54.60 ready as a tip! This makes gathering money simple also. On the night if everyone buys and pays for their own drinks as they go along, there will be no more bills.

    I have a menu that I can leave available in the shed. I will also have a list printed out where you can add your menu choices, or you could email me and I can fill it out for you if you feel you won’t be around the shed. If you are not happy with these arrangements, please say so.

    Please use my email address to communicate!! rachelholburn (at) gmail.com


    Click on image for larger size, or click here for Scotts' full festive brochure, including contact details for those with special dietary restrictions.
    Posted 11 Nov 2018, 08:35 by Queensferry Rowing
  • Just in for Christmas!!




    Monkey fist knots with bells on for the festive season - buy soon to avoid disappointment! See Tansy, Maria, Anne P. 

    Posted 8 Nov 2018, 10:47 by Queensferry Rowing
  • Minutes of Race Training group meetings
    The sub-committee formed to look at the club's race training activities has met three times this year, and the minutes of those meetings are now available to read clicking on "Resources" in the menu. To give a flavour of the discussions, here are the minutes from this month's meeting:

    Item

    Action

    Coaches/ Training Plan


    Eastern visit –

    Is there an opportunity to observe from shore/ boat

    2-3 people to visit

    discuss training plan


    Broughty visit

    - last weekend in November


    EF to record teaching points

    Share with all coxes/ skippers

    Initial training session for coxes

    Roll out programme to all coxes/ skippers


    Instruction for new rowers


    John Howell has suggested Faithful to video rowers

    Analysis session in PEYC


    Anne P to contact Trevor @ Eastern


    Approach the following to see if they would be interested in visiting Eastern

    Anne F

    Donal

    Mike B

    Louise








    Anne P to speak to John

    Training Programmes

    Competent crew

    Cox

    Skipper (twice a year)

    - succession planning

    - how do you move from competent crew to cox

    - suggestion of finding a mentor to experience coxing before training

    - update club handbook to include progression pathways

    Formalise/ clearer pathway

    Terminology

    Communicate pathways to members


    New members contact


    Training Day - one day every quarter

    - Man overboard

    - Towing a boat

    - Knots

    - Pontoons

    - Rafting up

    - set up the boat

    - Anchors

    - Year planner – shed and website

    Checklist – renewal of skills (Every 2-3 years)


    Training page on web-site




    Anne F & Mel to draw up a year plan to outline training schedule




    New members pack to be updated – Marianne, Maria & Rebecca



    Anne F and others to be identified


    Mike to overview text for MOB


    Anne F to incorporate into year plan







    Anne P to ask Barbara


    Skiffie Worlds


    Information to club members about format, procedures, commitment required

    Add info to website



    Anne F to organise


    Information sharing

    Pilot Team App for managing calendars etc



    Mel to set up TeamApp – pilot within training group

    Boat modification

    Floorboards to be removed; new footrests –



    Mike, Mark, Stevie, Anne F, Maria – willing to help

    Oars

    Frank to build 2 new oars to replace broken clenshaws

    Discussion with Frank about re-working the new oars


    Anne F

    Next Date

    Sunday 2nd December @ 3pm








    Posted 5 Nov 2018, 12:06 by Queensferry Rowing
  • Forthcoming tides, 5-11 November
    Rachel reports: Hello everyone, here are the tides for this coming week.

    Monday 5th November
    06.55 —- 0.9 m L.    12.51 —- 5.7 m H.     19.07 —- 1.3 m L

    Tuesday 6th
    07.43 —- 0.7 m L       13.40 —- 5.8 m H.     19.52 — 1.1 m L

    Wednesday 7th 
    08.22 —- 0.7 m L.    14.25 —- 5.9 m H.       20.32 — 1.0 mL

    Thursday 8th 
    08.56 —- 0.7 mL.     15.06 —- 5.9 m H.      21.05 —- 0.9 m L

    Friday 9th
    09.22 —- 0.8 m L.    15.45 —- 5.8 m H       21.31 —- 1.0 mL 

    Saturday 10th 
    09.39 —- 1.0 m L      16.21 —- 5.6 m H       21.36 —- 1.1 m L

    Sunday 11th 
    09.51 — 1.3 m L.      16.55 — 5.4 m H

    There are some very low tides this week, but we can still get some rowing in. If a training row is out by 07.30 on Saturday, we can hopefully have a pontoon ready for social rowing. Further details will come. 

    Pictured: Ferry Maid on Inchcolm last month, photo by Louise Innes
    Posted 4 Nov 2018, 10:01 by Queensferry Rowing
  • SCRA Freshwater Sprints 2018 - A Novice's View!
    Marianne writes: 

    SCRA Freshwater Sprints - A Personal Perspective

    Saturday morning, it’s still dark when the alarm goes and for a moment you have no idea what’s going on.  And then you remember…you’ve signed up for the SCRA Freshwater Sprints at Loch Tummel. A hasty breakfast, you throw your kit into the car, and you and your equally bleary-eyed team mates are off.  

    The skies gradually lighten to reveal a cold, crisp, clean Autumn day.  The green rolling hills of the south give way to a glorious golden cloak of birch and oak covered slopes of the Highland Perthshire. The mountains in the distance reveal they have had their first dusting of snow, and a shimmering loch unfolds.  Your heart lightens and you being to anticipate the day ahead.  
     

    The organised chaos of the start of racing.  You realise with a gulp that you’re in the second race.  That gives way to horror as you find your unfamiliar boat has been sitting on the loch all night and is now covered with a full centimetre of snow and frost, coating the seats, the oars, everything.  No time to clear up, so you, Mel and the rest of your crew have to jump in and defrost the boat as you row out to the start line.  Within seconds you can’t feel your fingers, your backside is already wet through and stays that way for the day.  You come sixth out of sixth and wonder if you should take up a nice indoor sport like badminton.

    Retiring to the clubhouse to warm up, you start chatting with the team, admiring the view and watching the racing.  You’re still wet right down to your..er..’foundation garments’, but the usual array of homebaking helps you to forget about your discomfort.


    It’s your second race.  Val grabs you, you jump in the boat, and spurred on by some encouraging grunting noises from Ben at stoke, you come a respectable third.  You remember never really enjoyed badminton.  Your racing for the day is over.  Time to reward yourself with one of those delicious looking pies you saw earlier.

    Then suddenly you’re diving out to a boat to replace someone and find yourself in the Women’s Novice race, with the familiar friendly faces of Anne P and Rachel coxing.  You hastily make friends with two women from RowPorty and you’re on the water waiting to race…and waiting…and then  suddenly you’re off!  It’s a short sprint so you can afford to give it everything.  A decent buoy turn and during Rachel’s encouraging coxing, you think she’s said something about being ahead…ahead?  Quite a bit ahead.  And suddenly it’s all over, you’re being high-fived and then it hits you, you’re in the winning crew!  You vow to burn your badminton racquet.



    Soon it’s time to come home, but you’re coming home with a medal and you vow never to take it off.  Indeed you wear it to meet friends in town later, and although you don’t actually wear it in bed, you do have it on the pillow next to you.


    In the end, though medals are nice to have, it’s a transient moment.  What stays with you is the excitement of taking part in a new sport, learning new skills, being active outdoors in the natural environment (even though ‘eyes in the boat’ is frequently aimed at you as you sneakily watch birds and seals).  Most of all, though, it’s the fifty or so new friends you’re making through the club and rowing.  Nothing beats that feeling.  The badminton racquet is no more.

    More photos of the day on Flickr. Keep them coming, folks! 
    Posted 29 Oct 2018, 06:12 by Queensferry Rowing
  • Freshwater Sprints 2018
    Keith writes:

    Freshwater Sprints 2018 - An Old Codger's View!

    ALARM - 6am - pitch black, Up, Teeth, Shave, Breakfast, Check bag. First passenger arrives sharp at 7. Collect others en route. How prompt and reliable Club members are! - Quickest part of the journey - Perth by just after 8 - Into the Highlands.Trees lovely (not quite as good as last year). Leave A9. Slowly along the hilly winding North side of Loch Tummel. Left then left again and we are there 8mns from cut-off time for arrival for our South East team (otherwise treated as "not attending"). It's literally FREEZING. Help put up Port Seton gazebo. Alistair's warning about the open side ignored! And it's time for Coxes briefing/general briefing. Standing literally shivering - spare a thought for Eleanor and Alistair, who stayed onsite in their campervan, suffered a heating failure and had a really cold night during which there was a light fall of snow!!!


    Mike B & Alistair attended the Umpires' course on Friday night - so we are hoping for as much helpful feedback as they can give us. The impact of the snow was not apparent on the green grassy site of the 
    Loch Tummel Yacht Club, our hosts for the day, BUT came sharply into focus when some of our early rowers had to clear it off the seats of the Port Seton skiffs which had been onsite overnight. Cold frozen seat pads meant wet bums of jeans for quite a few folk! Not great when the air temperature is hovering around freezing!!!

    The South East region (this is a regional competition) had the most rowers, which meant that they could enter two skiffs in most races. The A boat had crews which counted for the overall competition, whereas the B boat (rowing for "St Kilda") allowed others to row in the races without their results counting!  The course was 500 metres, with a stretch to the turn & a shorter run from turn to finish. All over in three minutes! We rowed in both skiffs over the day - more later!


    Back when we arrived we found that the"Nifty Knotters" had set up two tables in the lovely warm clubhouse showing their range and with a great view of the races. They were soon picking up business, helped by their "undercover sales agent" who was rowing for the ultimately victorious NE region!!! As the Captain has already said, the"Knotters" had a record day, raising £249 for the Club including
    making from scratch an order of 16  "Monkey Fist" key rings received that morning! Brilliant work ladies (including the nimble fingers of our new Captain! )

    Meanwhile the racing programme was going on with great efficiency but initially without much success for our rowers. Then in the afternoon we hit a purple patch, with Louise & Rachel both getting winner's medals. But most heartening, Val, Marianne and Captain Anne all lost their "Novice" status in consecutive races. What a week for our new Captain! We all hope this run of fortune will continue!



    During the morning "Flan" & Barbara arrived with their pride and joy, little "Otter", a picnic class boat owned by a consortium of club ladies. A number of us managed a row in her, including Mike B who is contemplating building one himself, opening the possibility of picnic races. Talking of which, Gabe was talked into rowing "Otter' in the men's picnic class race which he finished very creditably.


    Ben had his first taste of sprints rather later in the day than expected after a mishap with his earlier race!!!! It remained bitterly cold all day made worse later by an increasingly strong Northerly wind, which, following Alistair's prediction, lifted the Port Seton gazebo up in the air like a balloon and was dangerously close to several parked cars before it was caught and brought back to earth & promptly taken down and bagged. (Saving that job from later, when it would have been carried out in the sleet that happened just after the medal presentation.)


    Some of our men had a disaster in the last men's 2K race, when, after 10 strong strokes to get them off to a great start, one of the pins sheared and left them unable to continue - a shame as it was a strong crew. The weather, which had been mainly clear all day went downhill just as the day ended but with a proud group of Queensferry rowers who got safely back to Edinburgh with much to celebrate - and in time to see most of "Strictly"!!!!!


    More photos on Flickr, and yet more to come tomorrow. There's also this Facebook album from An Eathar, a rowing club based in Shawbost, Lewis. 
    Posted 28 Oct 2018, 17:07 by Queensferry Rowing
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Queensferry Rowing Club is an affiliate of the Scottish Coastal Rowing AssociationThe SCRA was formed on the 29th of May 2010 to restart Coastal Rowing and Racing across Scotland. Communities are invited to form a club, which will then build a skiff from scratch, before joining the wider community of clubs for a range of friendly and competitive rowing across Scotland.

Queensferry Rowing Club is home to two skiffs: Ferry Maid and Ferry Lass. We are based out of Port Edgar and hope to welcome anyone who is interested in taking part. If you wish to have a go, please feel free to just come along at one of our usual times or contact a member of the committee. See the menu on the left for links to more information.


            

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