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