June update

Club captain Marianne writes: We didn’t manage a Committee meeting this month (though still lots of hard work going on behind the scenes as usual). This is a short update on general news, with a focus on health.

Photo by Cheryl White

Avian Flu

You might have heard in the news that we’re in the grip of a significant outbreak of avian flu, particularly on the east coast of Scotland. While the threat to human health is low, if you find dead birds, please do not handle them. You can report finds to DEFRA 03459 335577. There’s more information on the Scottish Government’s website.

Locally the inner Forth hasn’t seen the same level of bird mortality as the outer Forth because the main species affected aren’t present. However, tides and winds may bring us the evidence of what’s happening further out.


It’s jellyfish season again and between now and the end of summer, you’ll see mainly lion’s mane and moon jellyfish around the marina and on the slip. Launching and recovering the boat is where we might come into contact with them. Jellyfish can still sting even when stranded or dead.

But what to do if you are stung? As Alan S and I learned on recent first aid training, it’s NOT what you’re probably thinking!

  • Flush the area with SEA WATER – use the boat bailers
  • Send someone up the Shed to boil the kettle while you’re doing this
  • You can pull out stings with tweezers, NOT your hands
  • Put the affected area in as hot water as you can stand – use tea towels if it’s too awkward to bathe the area
  • Paracetamol can help with pain

Alan and I are going to look at our current first aid kit in the Shed and in the grab bags to check we have what we need to cover small incidents.


Please take a moment next time you’re down to make you know where the defibrillator is – on the wall of the red brick laundry building at the top of the slip. If you’re ever sent for it, take your mobile phone as you’ll need to call 999 and get a code in order to open the box it sits in.

Club first aiders are: Alan Sutherland, Alexander Thiboutot, Dónal Ferrie and Marianne Sandison. Staff at the Watersports Centre and the Coastguard Station are also trained, would be happy to help. The Coastguard Station has access to equipment we can’t carry.

And that’s it for June. Enjoy your rowing!

One more wee addition: in case you haven’t seen it, here is the St Ayles 10th anniversary film. Well worth a watch, with some familiar faces.

Agenda for 2021 AGM

Club secretary Lorna writes: Click here to view or download the Agenda for the 2021 AGM, to be held via Zoom on the 28th of October.   

Click here to view or download the minutes from the last AGM. 

If anyone has anything further to add to the agenda please let me know by Thursday the 14th.  If in doubt, please email Dónal, who will be sending the Zoom details out nearer the time.

Note: The agenda has been updated. Click on the link above again if you downloaded the earlier version.

Gentle reminder for subs

Club treasurer Anne P writes: Thank you to those who have sent their updated membership details and new subscriptions.

We hope to have everyone’s subscription and an up to date membership list by the end of May.

Click here to download the membership form. It has been updated to take account of associate members (£20) and add the fee for junior rowers who are on an individual membership (£20). Thanks to the eagle eyed members who spotted the omission. We’d be grateful if Honorary members could also complete the update form. Please use the email address treasurer@queensferryrowing.org.

If you’ve already sent in your form, there’s no need to send it again.

(Barbara also thanks the eagle eyed members who spotted that the form on the website was already populated! All fixed and updated now.)

Membership subs now due

Club treasurer Anne P writes: With the prospect of rowing almost upon us, the committee have agreed that it’s now the right time to renew subscriptions.

Along with subscriptions we are asking that members complete an updated member information sheet for the season ahead.

Please click here to download the form (it’s in an editable Word format). Return it, along with fees, either electronically or by snail mail as you prefer. Details are in the document.

If you are renewing your membership, please aim to do this by the end of May. If you decide not to renew your membership and would like to tell us why, the committee would find this helpful for future planning.

Good news – return to rowing

Marianne and Dónal write: The possibility of rowing is now becoming imminent, with a likely return date of Monday, 17 May. The Committee, Return to Rowing subgroup and Mike Breewood have met to discuss what processes should be followed for those who wish to row.

Peter, Lois, Oisín, Aaron and videographer Alexander on a recent row. It was part of Oisín’s Higher PE practical assessment.

The Committee has decided to continue with the processes used last summer, when we had a brief period of rowing. This includes the hygiene protocol we used before, during and after rowing.  There will continue to be no access to the Shed.

Mike has kindly agreed to continue to help us organise rowing.  Mike will contact all members to ask you to confirm which of three Groupings you wish to be part of.  These are 

  • Direct contact with public 
  • More limited public contact/working from home 
  • Shielding

Social rowing slots will be offered for these groupings (depending upon the tides on any given day) and members in each group will be offered the opportunity to put their name down for a particular slot – with crews being filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Committee has decided that social rowing will be offered on three evenings during each week (whilst we have the long, light evenings) as follows, subject to tides:

  • Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays
  • Saturdays between 09:00 to 13:00 
  • Sundays – 13:00 to 17:00
  • Sunday mornings from 09:00 to 12:00 will be reserved for the Youth Team rowing.  Youth members can row at all other club times too of course.
Covid-safe coxing last year

Outwith these social rowing times, the boats will be available to book by self-selecting groups, for the slots available during each week day and on Monday and Wednesday evenings.

Sessions will continue to be separated by half an hour.

As we’ve said, the Committee has asked Mike Breewood to manage the booking process on their behalf. He will be contacting the membership to confirm the grouping that they would wish to be part of (for social rowing) and will advise each grouping of the slots available during the social rowing times. Members should then contact Mike directly to put their name down for any particular slot. He will post the crew list for each boat/slot in the relevant Google Calendars. Please do not try to insert details into the Ferry Lass and Ferry Maid calendars directly – you won’t be able to!

A representative of each self-selecting group should contact Mike directly if they wish to book a slot during week-days or week-day evenings outwith Social Rowing evenings.

These plans, as always, remain subject to change.  The Covid situation continues to evolve and we need you to continue to be patient while we process further Scottish Government and SCRA advice as it comes out.  It does, however, look as if rowing is something we’ll be able to enjoy very soon!

We ask you all to have a read of the Return to Rowing Protocol, to refamiliarise yourselves with the guidelines. If you have any questions can you email me or Marianne at the following addresses:  captain@queensferryrowing.org  and  vice-captain@queensferryrowing.org

All the best and we look forward to welcoming you back on the water.