Tides for the week of 19-25 August

Dónal writes: My humblest apologies for the lateness of getting this out. It completely slipped my mind, it’s been so busy this month. Best of luck to all our rowers in North Berwick on Saturday, and Gabe and Julie, I hope nobody needs to be “stretched” off Cramond this week 🙂

Monday 19th August
0553—5.4 m H. 1106 — 0.9 m L. 1816 – 5.3 m H

Tuesday 20th August
0630 — 5.3 m H 1131 — 1.1 m L 1855 — 5.2 m H.

Wednesday 21st August
0710 — 5.2 m H 1156 — 1.2 m L. 1934 — 5.1 m H

Thursday 22nd August
0750 — 5.0 m H 1229 — 1.4 m L. 2016 — 4.9 m H

Friday 23rd August
0833 — 4.8 m H. 1310 — 1.7 m L. 2100 — 4.7 m H

Saturday 24th August
0923 — 4.7 m H. 1401 — 2.0 m L. 2152 — 4.6 m H
Ferry Maid away at North Berwick

Sunday 25th August
1023 — 4.6 m H. 1716 — 2.2 m L. 2255 — 4.6 m H

Shieldaig Regatta report

Maria writes: Friday the 9th of August, and after some rowers had unfortunately had to withdraw, nine of us braved the heavy rain conditions for the drive up to Shieldaig, Alistair with the Maid in tow. We were greatly cheered by his message at around 5 pm that the gazebo was up and the sun was shining!

With the skiffs securely parked up in the trailer park, the regatta warm-up event that evening in the village hall was well attended and one-pot food, drinks and a live band was only the beginning of great hospitality that would be on offer throughout the regatta.

On Saturday morning the conditions looked pretty windy,  but manageable. Skiffs were launched from the slip end on the village and some crews took advantage to row around the island that would be our course, on to the pebble beach in front on the grass area where the gazebos were pitched.

The 2km course was explained at the coxes briefing, as in previous years with a start between the island and the village, a mad dash northwards to the shared turning mark at the north end of the island, around the back of the island ( the “dark” side) and a final sprint to the finish line.

The only difference this year was that the shared turning buoy was moved 0.6 km northwards which should reduce the number of skiffs arriving at the same time at this turn, making it less fraught for the coxes and umpires alike…

Racing commenced at 13.00 hours, and as this regatta forms part of the village fete, the six races are interspersed with lovely activities like a pet show, best of six legs dog show, up the hill races, raffle prize tables, etc. Lovely street food is on offer with all seafood donated by local fishermen for fundraising.

Because most of our rowers apart from Jennifer were in their 60th year or over, we did not expect great results, but we sure enjoyed the glorious setting and races within a race. We came 9th out of 13 in the overall results, which was actually quite surprising, and a special mention can be made of the women’s 230+ who came 6th , after successfully overtaking a strong Avoch team just before the finish line. The Men 230+ also did well and came 7th in their race.

The skiffs were launched from the pebble beach, which became smaller and smaller as the tide came in, and scrambling over breakwater rocks before helping the crew out of their boat and the new rowers in, was at times tricky, and great skills were also shown by all our coxes during the day. We all helped each other, and in Andy’s spirit we accommodated requests from Kenny (Newhaven) and Isla (Broughty Ferry) to row with our club. Monkeyfist keyrings were made and sold, also by the ever helpful partners. (£35 raised!)

We all rowed hard and we all rowed well! We were cold and tired at the end of the afternoon, but well pleased.

After the customary raffle prizes were announced and the fundraising auction completed, at prizegiving Golspie were the overall winners, followed by Shieldaig in second, and Avoch in third place.

Our rowers and partners then all went out for a fabulous meal at the local hotel bistro, after which some continued to enjoy the band, burgers and live music from 8 pm in the street around the lorry stage. One good thing of the windy conditions was a lack of midges, something we were extremely thankful for! We all had a fabulous regatta, it was very well organised and the communication from Janine, organiser of the event, was excellent.

Unfortunately we did not come away with any medals, as they really are very beautiful indeed.

So let’s keep our eyes on next years event, hopefully we can attend with great strong, age-appropriate teams, as this surely is one of my favourite events. With local hotels, B&Bs, and a now even better free skiffie campsite, it will be well worth us booking early.

And you could, like quite a few of us did this year, add an extra couple of days to your stay for kayaking, hillwalking, wild swimming at beautiful sandy beaches, and generally exploring and enjoying this gorgeous part of Scotland.

Tides for the week of 12-18 August

Dónal writes: Here are this week’s tides. We will need a pontoon on Saturday as we have a very low tide. Hopefully the weather will be better than it has been over the weekend.

Monday 12th August
0756 —1.7 m L.   1340 — 5.1 m H.   2007 – 1.8 m L

Tuesday 13th August
0847 — 1.5 m L.  1433 — 5.2 m H    2048 — 1.7 m L.

Wednesday 14th August
0929 — 1.3 m L   1519 — 5.4 m H.   2118 — 1.5 m L  

Thursday 15th August
1002 — 1.2 m L    1558 — 5.4 m H.   2109 — 1.4 m L

Friday 16th August
1017 — 1.1 m L.   1633 — 5.4 m H.   2141 — 1.2 m L

Saturday 17th August
1002 — 0.9 m L.   1706 — 5.4 m H.   2217 — 1.1 m L  Pontoon needed

Sunday 18th August
1036 — 0.9 m L.   1740 — 5.4 m H.   2249 — 1.2 L

(Apologies from Barbara for not having posted Dónal’s tide reports recently – overtaken by events!)

Tides for the week of 29 July to 4 August

Dónal reports: This week we are into August already, nearly the end of the summer. Rowing may be curtailed on our designated days. We need a pontoon on Saturday, I will organise that. If there is race training on Sunday there might be a bit of difficulty as low tide is at 1121 of 0.3m.

On Tuesday and Thursday if people want to start early and monitor the water that would be great. If this is the case can you let me know and I will message the club. Happy rowing.

Monday 29th July
Low: 0654 —1.7m High: 1315 — 5.1m Low: 1921 – 1.6m

Tuesday 30th July
Low: 0746 — 1.4m High: 1412 — 5.4m Low: 2009 — 1.4m
Social to be finished by 1930

Wednesday 31st July
0841 — 1.0 m L 1504 — 5.7 m H. 2059 — 1.1 m L

Thursday 1st August
0939 — 0.7 m L 1554 — 5.9 m H. 2149 — 0.9 m L
Social to be finished by 2045

Friday 2nd August
1033 — 0.4 m L. 1643 — 6.1 m H. 2236 — 0.8 m L

Saturday 3rd August
1121 — 0.3 m L. 1731 — 6.1 m H. 2318 — 0.8 m L
Pontoon needed

Sunday 4th August
1204 — 0.3 m L. 1821 — 6.0 m H. 2356 — 0.9 L

Monday’s row to Blackness and back

Skiffie Worlds 2019- Day 6 – the final day of the Championships!

QRC Finish 15th in the World

Saturday was the last day of the Skiffie Worlds and there was still racing to do. Again, it was another very blustery day with white horses on Loch Ryan which were to prove challenging for all involved.

The first race of the day was the Girl’s U17 Final where we had two of our Rowers rowing for a different Club. Olly and Lois joined the Deveron boat. Conditions were so bad that even though they were hugging the shoreline to get to the start at the turning buoys, some of the boats had to be towed there by the safety boats. The boats had been told to perform a starboard turn around the turning buoy before the race started and as Deveron were in the process of doing this the hooter went with no other clubs performing the same manoeuvre. Coming down the course involved a lot of surfing.
Two boats failed to start as they decided that it was too rough to go out. These were Killyleagh and Portsoy. Remarkably Strangford had a crew made up of a 12-year-old, two 13-year olds and a 14 year old. Despite the best efforts of Olly and Lois they finished sixth in a time of 06:59. A fine effort considering the conditions.

The first race that Ferry Maid was involved in was the Mixed Open B with a crew of Tansy, Gareth, Alan and Marianne, ably coxed by Keith. Getting the boat launched was a mission in itself, we have video footage of the attempt and this will be posted to the website at a later date. Having eventually made it off the shore into a severe swell the crew headed for the start line. They started in what could arguably be classed as a tough lane as it was the outside lane 10 where the worst of the chop was. They powered up the course and turned in third position. It has been discovered in these Championships that Queensferry Row very well into the teeth of a gale but less so using the waves to surf. Heading back down the course they were doing very well and getting mentions by the commentator, so shore support knew we were in with a chance here. Unfortunately, they were overtaken by Bunillidh and Ullapool but still qualified for the Repechage. They beat North Queensferry by the smallest of margins with only 1.4 seconds between the two crews.

The crew returned to shore exhausted but loving every second of their row with the knowledge that they had to do it all again.

Our Youth members took the water again, this time in the Mixed U19 Final with three different clubs. Olly rowed for Killyleagh, Lois for Portsoy and Alexander for Deveron. In previous races they had raced over 1km distance but as it was U19 they are classed as adults, so it was a 2km race. Of the three, Olly fared the best as she came home with Killyleagh in 7th position with Alexander in 9th with Deveron and Lois in 10th with Portsoy. A great effort from them all and in the words of Marianne “We are all so proud of all our young people this week! You have greatly enhanced the Club’s reputation in the coastal rowing community with your positive attitudes and sportsmanship! And hopefully made a few new rowing friends!” Our own Youth Regatta on September 7th promises to be memorable with displays like we have seen over the last week.

The final race of Skiffie Worlds 2019 for Queensferry was the Mixed Open B Repechage. Launching was slightly easier this time around as the wind had decreased by the slightest bit. The race started well and Queensferry again were getting mentioned by the commentator. Those of us on the shore were getting very excited as it was announced that Queensferry had turned first, this was short lived as it was a case of mistaken identity as it was actually Port Seton that had turned first but our boats look very similar. They raced for home and came in 11th place just ahead of Stranraer. They improved hugely on their time from the Heat. In the Heat it was 17:19 but in the Repechage it was 16:38 a brilliant effort.

This ended our racing involvement for the week and what a week it has been. It started off with the Men’s and Women’s 60+ both finishing 6th in the World with the Men’s crew posting the two fastest times of the week for Queensferry. In the Final they rowed it in 11:30.7 but had gone faster in the heat with a time of 11:28. On the Tuesday the 40+ Men made it to the Repechage. On Wednesday the Men’s Open made it to the Repechage and on Thursday it was the turn of the 50+ Women to make it to the Repechage. Also on Thursday our Mixed U17 crew came tantalisingly close to a medal as they finished in 4th, less than a second behind third position. Friday was a red-letter day for the Club as our Men’s U17 took home Bronze in the Final and Charlie then picked up a Silver in the U19 Men’s Final with Strangford. Finally, Saturday saw our Mixed Open B reach the Repechage.

At the evening event on Saturday the overall standings were announced, and Queensferry Rowing Club finished in 15th place in the World, six places better than last time and (not that there is any rivalry between the Queensferry Clubs!) we finished a full 30 places above the North in the standings. A great effort from all involved and one that we can be rightly proud of. Our aim in three years time should be to break in to the Top 10. The training starts here!

It feels somewhat strange that this is the last report I will be writing for the Worlds but I hope that you have all enjoyed reading them as much as I have enjoyed writing them.

Report filed by Dónal.

QRC’s Flickr photo album of the Worlds

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