ON THIS DAY – Episode 12

Mike McD writes: The very first organised fund-raising event for Scottish Coastal Rowing Project – Queensferry (SCRP-Q) was ‘Music to Rock your Boat’, held on 12 November. Organised with the help of Queensferry Boat Club we had the Q-Beats: Brian White, Joan Umpherston, Calum and Janet Finlayson and special guest Pete Colinson. Not sure if Pete had written his song by then, since it includes the line “and Ferry Lass is her name“, but we all enjoyed a good evening of music and cheer.

ON THIS DAY – Episode 11

Continuing his series marking the tenth anniversary of QRC, club historian Mike McD writes: Bit of a catch-up, I’m afraid!

On this day – 24th October, SCRP-Q played host to the 2nd AGM held by the SCRA, in our premises at Units 4&5 the Loan. It is therefore opportune that our own Anne Purcell should be elected this year on to the committee.

November 2010 was quite a busy month – on the 1st a big article (see below) was written up in the Sunday Herald about Coastal Rowing featuring a picture of work in progress on Ferry Lass. On the 9th we held our 8th committee meeting to discuss a whole range of issues from a Saturday rota to welcome visitors, flyers, the logo, the colour and name for the boat, Ceilidh on launch night and our first regatta with the RNLI in June. To say nothing of the up-coming ‘Music to Rock your Boat’ and the famous Conker Competition!

Watch this space!

Update: Don’t get too excited

Club Covid officer Marianne writes: In the first of her weekly reviews, the First Minister has announced that Edinburgh will remain in Level 3 from next week.   In short, no rowing for us.   

She did, however, cite some cautious notes of optimism that some areas, including Edinburgh, may move to Level 2 at some point in the ‘near future’.  Fife, Perth and Kinross, and Angus will join us in Level 3 from next week.
Any questions, please email covidreturntorowing@queensferryrowing.org
Keep safe and keep looking out for each other.

Lest we forget… a year ago this crew was bundled up for an outing to the Forth Bridge. Photo by Denis Findlay

Committee members 2020-2021

Club secretary Lorna writes: For those of you who were unable to attend the AGM on Thursday night, the following members were elected for QRC Committee 2020/2021:

Office Bearers

Captain – Dónal Ferrie
Vice-Captain – Marianne Sandison
Treasurer – Anne Purcell
Secretary – Lorna Bark

Committee

John Howell
Alan Sutherland
Douglas Carse
Lesley Jones
Gabriel Levy
Stevie Watson
Beth Christie

A very warm welcome to our new Committee members, and congratulations to
all of the newly elected Office Bearers.

I will let know when our first Committee Meeting is, as soon as we have
decided on a date, and ask for agenda points at that stage.

Rowing suspension extended

Club Covid officer Marianne writes: The current Central Belt restrictions are being extended until Monday 02 November, so we’re off the water until at least then. This date is advisory, but as ever as things change. I’ll keep you up to date.

Mike B has kindly set up an email address for any Covid queries – covidreturntorowing@queensferryrowing.org. Any questions, that’s the route to go through.

So, with envious eyes we must continue to gaze wistfully across the water at the Free Independent State of the Republic of the Kingdom of Fife where the denizens are free to row. 😢

Those were the days… June 2018, the fleet lands on Inchcolm after rowing from Kinghorn. Photo by Vicki Locke