Happy birthday QRC!

Club captain Dónal writes: I felt it would be remiss of me to let today go without putting out an email regarding the foundation of our Club. Thanks to Mike McDowall for posting the on-this-day emails, they have been very interesting.

With today being the Birthday of the Club it has been a shame that we haven’t been able to get the boats out on the water to have a proper celebration with a Row under the now three Bridges.

The Zoom “virtual shed” back in March – still held every Saturday at 10am

We should thank the founding members of the Club and the first Committee for getting the Club together and making sure that the Community were involved from the outset. On a personal level the Club gave me the opportunity to feel part of the Community shortly after I moved to Queensferry, for which I will be forever grateful.

Early members at the very start of the QRC project

The Club has given us the opportunity to travel the length and breadth of Scotland competing in many Regattas with varying degrees of success, this has also included three World Championships, one of which was overseas.  

The last ten years has seen the Club grow with members coming and going as the years progressed. Unfortunately we also lost some of the members and great characters of the Club. Founding member and first Vice Captain, Alan Meldrum, Andy Jarvis and John Gray, RIP.

Andy, second from left, on a jaunt on the Forth back in 2016

We look forward to the next ten years of Rowing in our idyllic spot on the Forth and reacquainting ourselves with the Skiff Community throughout Scotland and beyond, of course the Next World Championships are in the Netherlands so that is something to mark in the diary.

Competing at Woudrichem in the Netherlands in 2017

The strength of the Club at present is testament to the members and their desire to see it succeed. We have a vast array of talent capable of promoting the Club and raising funds when necessary and for this we are very lucky.

Of course I couldn’t let this email go without mentioning that QRC shares its Birthday with a member of the Club, as it’s Sharon Homan-James’ Birthday today too. Perhaps next year we can have a joint celebration on the day. 😊    

Happy Rowing everyone (Eventually)