Social rowing, 11-12 December

Mike B writes: After a dreich day this Saturday, let’s hope that the weather is a little kinder next weekend.

On Saturday the 11th of December, the tides will be suitable for social rowing to begin at 09:00. On Sunday the 12th of December, the tides are suitable for Youth rowing to begin at 10:00 and for Social rowing from 13:00.

Wrap up warm!

Pot of gold spotted at Port Laing! Photo by May

In other news, Scott has set up a public Facebook page for the club: Queensferry Rowing Club – Home ( and an Instagram page as well: @queensferry_rowing_club • Instagram photos and videos Like the pages and share the links!

Social rowing tomorrow

Mike B writes: Given the Red alert for very high winds along the East coast tonight and tomorrow morning, I suggest that we should cancel social rowing tomorrow morning.

Our normal operating limit is a wind of 21mph and the forecasts are for gusts much higher than that, so I think we have to take the prudent approach and not risk it.

Portsoy regatta, 2014. Yes, that is Ferry Maid. No, she didn’t sink!

Happy confusion of dates

Peter noted on Tuesday that it was Ferry Maid’s 9th birthday, and that the occasion would be marked by a celebratory row by the men’s 60+ crew. Good timing, because much-needed maintenance work starts on the boat on Wednesday. Sheena, who saw off the Maid on her launch back in 2012, was at the harbour to greet the crew, and sent the club this message: “The weather nine years ago was lovely too and a day to remember. Happy rowing everybody.”

Sheena greets the Maid and crew on Tuesday

Let’s have Peter take up the tale: Some of you who have done training with me may remember me saying “If you are going to make a mistake, do it confidently.” Now, this is mainly for the potential archivists/historians of the future.

Sheena called me last night – and remember, it is Sheena who graciously set Ferry Maid off into the Harbour. She said, “Peter I have 24th November in my diary as the launch of Ferry Maid.” Well, of course she is correct! I can only apologise for my confident mistake. I could not have asked Mr Meredith and team for another day and as one of the ladies said yesterday morning, “Forecast is not good for tomorrow.”

So, the date for next year’s diary: 10th Anniversary of Launch of Ferry Maid, 24th November, 2022!!

Sheena launches the Maid in 2012

Social rowing 27-28 Nov

Hardy souls head out for a row on Saturday. Photo by May Macleod

Mike B writes: Next weekend the tides are favourable for us; social rowing on Saturday the 27th can begin at 09:00, as usual, and on Sunday the 28th, it can begin at 13:00, again as usual.

One thing to note, though, is that only one boat (Ferry Lass) will be available, as Ferry Maid will be receiving some much needed TLC from Wednesday the 24th of November until Tuesday the 14th of December.

If you would like to assist in applying that TLC, please contact Mark Meredith, our chief gang-master, to let him know!

Mark at work on the Maid in November 2019