Social rowing, 27 July-1 August

Mike B writes: Next week will be excellent for evening rowing (at least so far as the tides are concerned!)

We have a full program of social rowing slots as follows:

Tuesday 27th, Slot 1, 18:00 – 20:00, Ferry Maid; Slot 2, 18:45-20:45, Ferry Lass
Thursday 29th, Slot 1, 18:00 – 20:00, Ferry Maid; Slot 2, 18:45-20:45, Ferry Lass
Friday 30th, Slot 1, 18:00 – 20:00, Ferry Maid; Slot 2, 18:45-20:45, Ferry Lass
Saturday 31st, 07:00-09:00, Early Birds, Ferry Maid; Slot 1, 09:30-11:30, Ferry Lass; Slot 2, 10:15-12:15, Ferry Maid
Sunday 1st August, Slot 1, 13:00-15:00, Ferry Lass; Slot 2, 13:45-15:45, Ferry Maid.

If you would like to join a crew for any of these slots, please let me know directly on

A blast from the past: 29 July, 2019, racing at the Skiffie Worlds

Social rowing 20-24 July

Mike B writes: The tides are not very helpful to us this coming week – only two rowing slots available in the evening during the week.

The social rowing slots are as follows:
Tuesday 20th of July: Slot 1, 18:30 – 20:30, Ferry Maid; Slot 2, 19:15 – 21:15, Ferry Lass
Saturday 24th of July: Slot 1, 11:00 – 13:00, Ferry Lass; Slot 2, 11:45 – 13:45, Ferry Maid

If you would like to take part in any of these rows, please email me directly on

If you are driving down to Port Edgar, you can park in the non-charging car park by driving up to the barrier and telling them that you are with Queensferry Rowing Club.

Rowers enjoyed some glorious weather last week

Changes to social rowing, and other news

Marianne writes: The Committee and Mike B have reviewed and discussed the current rowing arrangements.  We’ve had slots specifically for ‘limited exposure’ and ‘shielding rowers’, but those crews rarely get out together, if at all, for a variety of reasons.  We’ve decided to change this arrangement, and from this week, all social rowing slots on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays will be open to everyone.  

We hope that this will allow more flexibility and a greater number of rowers to get out.  We should emphasise that if anyone who is in these groups wants to organise a row, we will try and help that to happen.  

Photo by Rory McIntyre

Outwith social rowing times, please remember that ANYONE can call a row (including youth rowers!).  Mike B is, as ever, there to help you with your booking.  We’re all very grateful to Mike B for all his hard work in helping us book boats and get out on the water.

We want you to be out as much as possible, particularly while the weather is good (always there’s nothing quite like a frosty winter row!) and the nights are light, so we hope this will help you do just that. We’ll continue to keep arrangements under review to make things as easy for everyone as is possible.

The coming week’s social rowing slots

Mike B writes: The tides in the coming week are mostly favourable to us, with the exception of next Sunday afternoon, when low tide forces a bit of a gap in the rowing.

The slots for the forthcoming week are as follows:

Tuesday 13th July: Slot 1, 18:00 – 20:00, Ferry Maid; Slot 2, 18:45 – 20:45, Ferry Lass
Thursday 15th July: Slot 1, 18:00 – 20:00, Ferry Maid; Slot 2, 18:45 – 20:45, Ferry Lass
Friday 16th July: Slot 1, 18:00-20:00, Ferry Maid; Slot 2, 18:45-20:45
Saturday 17th July: Slot 1 (for early birds), 07:00 – 09:00, Ferry Maid; Slot 2, 09:30 – 11:30, Ferry Lass; Slot 3, 10:15 – 12:15, Ferry Maid
Sunday 18th July: Slot 1, Youth Rowing 09:00 – 12:00, Ferry Maid; Slot 2, 12:15 – 14:15, Ferry Lass; Slot 3, 16:00 – 18:00, Ferry Maid.

Please remember to turn up at the Shed at the start of the slot time, not before, and please be ready to row, as we cannot use the Shed for changing currently.

As ever, please email me directly on to book your place on any of the rowing slots. I will normally confirm your booking and then, closer to the time of the rowing slot itself, I shall confirm with you whether there is a complete crew for the row or not.

Outwith social rowing times, the boats are available for self-selecting crews to book – again, just email me directly on .

Finally, if you want to view the current state of play on any slots or bookings, you can view the calendars for Ferry Maid and Ferry Lass on . The calendars update in real time, so whenever I make a change in any entry it shows at once.

The weather looks good for the week ahead so please do make the most of the rowing slots available!

Other news

Marianne writes: In other news, congratulations to Alan Sutherlandour newest RP!  Having completed the course and buddy rows, Alan can now skipper the skiffs.  Well done Alan!

And well done to the Men’s 60+ for taking part in the Five Miles from Home virtual race, with a time of just over 53 minutes for the row. 

Men’s 60+ crew cross the finish line
The crew after their five-mile race. Photos by Barbara

Great to see new members continue to join!  It’s a shame we can’t show you the more social aspects of the club, but hopefully that day is coming.  No one makes a Saturday morning bacon roll quite like Peter!

New rowers Holly and Ruth in the old harbour with Donna and Lesley. Photo by cox Rory

Social rowing 6-11 July

Mike B writes: The tides have moved back into a period of awkwardness for our social rowing, but we can get a few evening sessions in the coming week:

Tuesday 6th July: 18:00-20:00, General rowers, Ferry Maid; 18:45 – 20:45, Limited Exposure rowers, Ferry Lass
Thursday 8th July: 17:30 – 19:30, Shielding rowers, Ferry Maid
Friday 9th July: 18:00-20:00 General rowers, Ferry Maid
Saturday 10th July:11:00-13:00, Limited Exposure rowers, Ferry Maid; 11:45-13:45, General rowers, Ferry Lass
Sunday 11th July: 11:30 – 13:30,Youth Rowing, Ferry Maid; 13:45 – 15:45, Shielding rowers, Ferry Lass; 16:00-18:00, General rowers, Ferry Lass

As ever, if you wish to take part in any of these rowing slots, please email me directly on

Louise coxes a crew on a row to Inchcolm and back on 30 June – “Easy row for us there 1hr 25mins. A lovely picnic and easy row back 1hr 30 mins,” writes Rachel, seen here in stroke.

Regatta 2021 cancelled

Club captain Dónal writes: It is with regret that I have to bring you this news, but unfortunately after consultation between the Committee and the Regatta Sub Committee it has been decided to cancel this year’s Regatta on 22 August.

We weighed up the factors that are involved, and due to the ongoing uncertainty surrounding Covid it would not be feasible to have a regatta. Our biggest issue was the numbers of rowers that would attend, along with the crowds that would already be in Port Edgar on the day. We would also not have been able to use the shed as we have done in the past. 

It was also felt that we need to focus on our own Club in the short term and get rowing back to some kind of normality.  Hopefully the easing of restrictions that are due to come towards the end of next month will help us do that.

However, we do intend to have a very small Youth event in the form of a return fixture with North Berwick and Eastern, following last week’s successful event. As the rules pertaining to youth rowers are more flexible, it was felt this would be the best option.  The provisional date is 22 August, and will be a row in company with a route yet to be finalised.

QRC’s Youth Regatta in 2019 attracted crews from all over Scotland, and from Northern Ireland

Sadly ours is not the only fixture to be cancelled this summer: We have received word that Shieldaig’s Regatta on  the weekend of August 7th and 8th has been cancelled. The organisers cited the uncertainty around the Pandemic as the reason for cancelling. 

They have pencilled in August 6th and 7th 2022 for next year’s Regatta. 
I know many of you had bookings made for accommodation in Shieldaig, I hope this gives you enough time to cancel if you so wish. 

The Maid at Shieldaig in 2018. Photo by Christine Thomson

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