Club Update August 2021

Rowing Events

Spirit has been entered into a longer distance rowing event, Monster the Loch (Sat 18th Sept).

This is will be a well-attended event, which involves rowing the length of Loch Ness (with a crew change halfway).

Both legs are a 2-3 hour row at a steady pace.  Being part of a big fleet is a great experience.  You do not have to done a long row before.

Could you please indicate if you would like to row in the Monster the Loch.  It does involve some logistics, including overnight accommodation the night before, so please let us know soon.

We have invited our neighbouring clubs (Collieston, Gourdon and Montrose) to row from Stonehaven to Catterline and back on Sat 4th Sept.  High tide is at 12:40, so the provisional plan is to leave Stonehaven at 12:00 to take the last of the flood tide down to Catterline.  After a picnic at the beach, and a crew change the boats will return to Stonehaven.  Ice creams and refreshment can then be had at Stonehaven.Another event to note for next year is the Skiffie Worlds in the Netherlands.  This will take place  27 June to 2 July 2022.  There will be lots of racing with many different categories :- Men’s Women, Mixed, Over 40, Over 50, Over 60 etc.  Us oldies, will be hoping that we can send a big squad, so that we don’t have to row too much.

Spirit has attended the last two Skiffie Worlds and we had a lot of fun. 

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Boat Building

Construction of the second boat (named the Little Bustard, ask Rob why…) will start very soon.  As many of you know, we bought a kit to build a two person boat a year ago, but have been held up by covid restrictions.  We hope to get plenty of members involved.  And do not fear, previous boatbuilding/woodworking experience is not required.  The aim is to share much of the experience that already exists in the club. 

We will organise boat building sessions in a similar way to rowing.  Although there is no minimum number for a session. For the sake of efficiency, we need to know how many people are coming to plan jobs etc.  

On Sunday afternoons, anyone can turn up and we envisage these as being a bit of a social with tea and biscuits, with the fire on in the shed.

Social Events

It has been great to welcome lots of new members this year, with our numbers swelling to over 30.  In the past, we have had curry and games nights in the boat shed.  Due to the building of the second boat this will not be possible this winter.  But it would be great to have some social events over the winter.

Rather than relying on those who organise all the rowing, it would be great if we could form a social committee to arrange a couple of events.  Please contact Rob, if you would like to be on the social committee.