A chance to learn the ropes with Mike

Mike McD writes: If you click on the menu item Skills Training you will find a complete explanation of how members can gain competence in the 18 subjects that are considered relevant to our sport.

At the present time we have 18 Skipper and 5 Coxes.  All members are encouraged to complete the ‘Competent crew’ level by developing their understanding, knowledge and experience at their own pace, using the self-assessment sign-off sheet as a guide.
A copy of the Skills Training Process is on the wall just inside the ‘Captain’s cabin’ at the Shed, as well as the ‘sign-off’ sheet for Competent Crew.
From this coming Saturday, 24th, (and as many thereafter as necessary), I will be at the Shed from 9.30am to 11am to help with some of the items on the Competent Crew schedule – Parts of boat, Knots, anchor work, etc.
Cox training: steering without the rudder
Please note that also on the TRAINING NOTICEBOARD (next to the lifejackets) is a very good explanation of Cold Water Shock  taken from the latest RYA Newsletter.  Opportunities to participate in the practical ‘man-overboard’ exercise will be advertised.
If you would like to get started on the ‘Competent Crew’ or refresh you memory on anything, I (and a few others) will be delighted to see you.  Training notes will be provided.

Tides for the week of 12-18 November

We have no issues with any of the tides for the next week, so plenty of opportunities for rowing. As we are rowing with only Ferry Lass while Ferry Maid has maintenance, it’s a good idea to take advantage of good tides and spread out the rowing.

Monday 12th November
10.13 —- 1.6 m L. 17.28 —- 5.2 m H

Tuesday 13th
10.41 —- 1.9 m L. 18.05 —- 5.0 m H

Wednesday 14th
11.17 —- 2.2 m L. 18.48 —- 4.8 m H

Thursday 15th
07.34 —- 4.6 m H. 12.06 —- 2.5 m L. 19.37 —— 4.6 m H

Friday 16th
08.34 —4.5 m H. 14.58 —- 2.7 m L. 20.37 —— 4.5 m H

Saturday 17th
09.59 —4.5 m H. 16.03 —2.5 m L.

Sunday 18th
11.09 — 4.7 m H. 16.51 —- 2.2 m L

Have a good week everyone! The weather looks to be a bonus also: no wind, temperature and rain to trouble us!!

Ferry Maid was turned last week – a good turnout for that, including wee Cal
Mike B has managed to get a deep shine on the Maid’s rudder
Making sure there’s enough room for both boats. Behind Maria is new member Bill, who has done more painting than rowing since joining the club!

Christmas dinner update

Rachel writes:  Attention all 52 people who are booked in to have Christmas Dinner at Scott’s Restaurant on Friday 30th November at 7.30pm. The menu is below. It would be useful and could speed up the serving of the meal, if you were happy to pre-order. Two courses £18.95. There is an option of dessert as an extra, please take that option on the night. It would also be useful if all money was already paid, or ready to pay in a group cheque.

We have all paid a £10 deposit, so this leaves £8.95. to pay. If you are happy to round this up to £10, that will leave an excess of £54.60 ready as a tip! This makes gathering money simple also. On the night if everyone buys and pays for their own drinks as they go along, there will be no more bills.

I have a menu that I can leave available in the shed. I will also have a list printed out where you can add your menu choices, or you could email me and I can fill it out for you if you feel you won’t be around the shed. If you are not happy with these arrangements, please say so.

Please use my email address to communicate! rachelholburn (at) gmail.com

Click here for Scotts’ full festive brochure, including contact details for those with special dietary restrictions.

Moving right along…

Who moved my cheese?

Queensferry Rowing Club’s website is undergoing a sea change – Google Sites is no longer fit for our purposes, so we are shifting to WordPress. It’s something of a learning curve – Who Moved my Cheese? – so please do be patient! If you see anything amiss, please contact me on bjagnew(at)gmail.com and let me know.

A couple of things that won’t be available right away are a PayPal link and the facility to download documents. We may have to revert to old-fashioned methods – cash in an envelope, membership forms in a box in the shed. For the time being www.queensferryrowing.org still points to the old site, but in due time it will bring you here.

Without further techno-waffle, here is Rachel’s listing of  the tides for the coming week.

Monday 10th September
10.09 —— 0.2 m L.      16.03 —- 6.1 m H.    22.15 —- 0.7 m L
Tuesday 11th
10.50 —- 0.1 m L.      16.50 —- 6.2 m H.     22.54 —- 0.6 m L
Wednesday 12th
11.25 —- 0.2 mL.      17.35 — 6.0 m H.       23.29 — 0.7 m L
Thursday 13th 
11.57 — 0.5 m L.        18.19 — 5.8 m H.      23.58 —- 1.0 m L
Friday 14th 

No rowing available as both boats are going to Glasgow.

Saturday 15th 
No rowing available as both boats are competing in Castle to Crane event.
Sunday 16th 
08.12 —- 5.1 m H.      13.14 —- 1.8 m L      20.25 —- 4.9 m H
Rowing as normal.
The last evening rowing session is coming soon: Thursday 20th September.