Woudrichem charity row

Several club members travelled to Holland last weekend to take part in a fund-raising row organised by the Woudrichem club.  The annual row raises money for the Red Cross, this year specifically to help reunite children and parents separated by war or disaster.

Rachel reports: While Schiphol Airport cancelled 100 flights due to wind, we, as part of over 100 rowers, rowed our hearts out on a 45-mile river row in our sturdy St Ayles skiffs to help raise at least £3,500 towards a wonderful charity. A wonderful weekend – Dutch, Scottish, Irish, English.

More photos on Flickr


Agenda for tonight’s committee meeting

13TH December 2018
PEYC – 7pm

  1.  Apologies
  2. Matters Arising
  3.  Consideration of Policies (carried over from November):
    Code of Conduct
    Vulnerable Groups Protection Rachel
  4. New Rudder (carried over from November) Rachel/Anne P
  5. Survey Results – Anne P
  6. Continue discussion regarding access to resources (printer, laminator etc)
  7. Treasurers Report – Marion
  8. Group Updates:
    Welcome Pack/Book
    IT (including update on office bearer email addresses)
    Cox/Skipper Training
    Technique/Race Training
  9. Calendar of Events – Anne P
  10. Any Other Business

Cox training – time to sign up

Rachel writes: As part of our development plan, we offer coxing training each year. Our trainers, Mike McDowall, Peter Locke and John Howell, are ready to make a date in January.
Coxing is vital to the running of the club sessions. We all love to row, but we all need a cox to allow us all to enjoy this rowing. We aim to have as many people as possible gain experience in coxing. Sharing in coxing at any time – whether on a social row or a training row  – there is always a skipper on board.
If you have completed your Competant Crew form, please consider this next step of training. If you haven’t finished that form, now is the time!!  We know we have some strong keen candidates amongst you all!! We will also have a Man Overboard session set up soon, for those who need to ‘tick that box’!! See this page for more details.
Man overboard training: Graham is in Baby Lass, positioning the ‘victim’, while Stevie coxes the crew aiming to complete a rescue. Photo by Louise Innes
The cox training will be at a weekend and will consist of interesting classroom-based sessions plus on-the-water training.
We hope to set a date for this very quickly, so please email your interest to me at  rachelholburn[at]gmail.com.

It’s beginning to look a lot like…

The excitement is beginning to build… it’s the QRC Christmas Raffle and Shed Party on Saturday at about 10:30am (after social rowing)!
Last year’s raffle prizes – this year’s are just as enticing
The raffle tickets are selling well, but there’s still time to buy more!  We have some great prizes (though more contributions, especially for the hampers, are always welcome). These include:
  •  hampers
  • Rachel’s legendary Christmas cake (please consume boozy cake responsibly)
  • a stunning cushion, hand stitched by   Barbara
  • an award-winning photo of the Forth Bridge taken by Dónal
  • bottle of malt, signed by a top celebrity
  • bottles of Christmas cheer!
Dónal’s prize-winning photo

We will have resident Soup Dragon Alistair’s delicious soup to sustain us, mulled wine to warm us and top Christmas tunes to lift the newly repaired roof off the Shed!  If the weather forecast is be believed, we may even have some seasonal weather on Saturday!

Last year Alistair made chicken and vegetable soup

So leave the car at home, wrap up warmly, look out your best Christmas jumper, pop reindeer antlers on your head, and get down to the Shed on Saturday!

Ace baker Rachel’s 2017 cake
Please bring a bottle if you wish and your own reusable cup to help reduce waste… and washing up!  The washing-up fairy is taking the day off.
The tapestry cushion