Youth rowers are green to go!

Marianne writes: If you’re aged 12-17 you can be a real life on-the-water rower soon!   

The fabulous news is that from 05 April our youth rowers, aged 17 and under, can once again go out with an adult skipper at the helm.  The announcement came rather leftfield, but we’ve checked in with the SCRA and have been given the green light for youth rowing at QRC.

QRC’s Youth Regatta in 2019

There are a few things to do first.  Dónal is speaking with skippers, John H will be checking the all-important lifejackets, inspections of the boats and equipment will take place, and the Covid subgroup will be checking cleaning supplies – yes, Covid boat hygiene rules are still very much in place and will remain an important part of us being able to get out on the water.

We’re also speaking to our youth rowers and parents of course, but don’t be surprised if you see a boat out on the water shortly.  Give our wonderful youth rowers a wave on the waves, but do remember that social gathering rules remain in place, so please don’t congregate around the Shed, EXCITING THOUGH.

It still looks like it’s mid-May before the rest of us will get out on the water, but it’s a fast-moving picture, so if there are any indications it will be earlier, we’ll let you know.  Lesley, our new-member co-ordinator, will be contacting newer members to encourage them to rejoin the club when the time comes, while I’m sure the rest of you will simply be enticed by the prospect of bacon rolls and cake at a future date, oh and maybe a bit of rowing….

Tenth Anniversary Book

Dónal writes: After consultation to gauge interest from club members in the idea of marking QRC’s tenth anniversary with a book – not necessarily on the History of the Club but members’ reminiscences and stories that stand out for them – I am happy to say that we are good to go. 

Queensferry Regatta 2019

If you would like to, get your thinking caps on and see what stands out for you as a memory of the Club along with any photos that you think might go well with it. 

The club’s Flickr collection has a vast array of photos to choose from. Plenty of memorable moments to choose from!

Rowing on the Clyde in 2016

Any written submissions should be no more than 800 Words and can be emailed to me at dferrie74atgmail.com The deadline for submissions is Monday May 31st.

Marching in March update

Beth (on behalf of the committe) writes: Just a quick note to keep you in the loop about our Club’s Virtual Adventures: Congratulations! We have now hit a total of 1,749.31 miles… awesome efforts by all!

We’ve also had 192 entries to date!

We have also received some great ideas for our next virtual location – to name but a few: Venice, Lake Geneva, a Viking Tour of Scandinavia and Canada (an outlier but piqued our interest nonetheless!).

So it is 1,221 miles from our beloved SQF to Kortegene. We decided it was only right to head on to Venice, for carb loading and yet more rowing. We had surplus miles so hopping across to Lake Garda for yet more Italian food, rowing and scenery was the only thing for it!

Rachel H was among several QRC members who took to the Venetian canals in 2017

Once we had our fill of Italian food, weather and rowing we dashed over to Lake Constance. Although a little early for the Moos Water Procession we created a floral decoration for the Lass and Maid and have now started on our way to Goitzsche – which is 1,923 miles from our Club. We haven’t quite made it to Goitzsche yet so please do continue to add those miles travelled to make sure we don’t end up stranded…

Goitzsche … Photo by Falko Heidecke/Friends of the Earth Germany

Look in the group emails for a link to the form you can use to input all those miles!

Just a little house keeping: please remember to just input any distance travelled in miles, without the units and without any other details, e.g. If I Fosbury Flopped 4.5 miles l I would only pop ‘4.5’ into the appropriate answer box… Possibly after I’d had the chance to tut at other inferior high jump techniques… If you want to make your own running total of miles and input this once a week, or even if you want to do a new entry for every mile you travel, you’re most welcome – whatever suits you best.

Thank you for all the community effort and fun we’ve had – it is already warming the cockles of our salty-sea-dog hearts! Happy RPM Classing, hopping, indoor rowing, spinning, kayaking, rock-climbing, skipping, walking, crawling, jumping, Ministry of Funny Walking, or simply dashing round the ‘big shop’ in March.

P.S. Please reply to bethchristie1@gmail.com with any quibbles, queries or quandaries. Or even if you just fancy a quick e-chat.

Save the date!

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Marianne writes: Tony Bacon has very kindly agreed to run a  virtual club quiz over Zoom!   So get Friday 09 April in your diaries.

More details to follow, but teams should set up WhatsApp groups for conferring on answers. Team captain will be responsible for recording answers and self-marking.  

Hope to see you there!

Marching in March Week 2

Just a quick update on our Club’s Virtual Adventures:

  • Congratulations, we have now hit a total of 614.56 miles… awesome efforts by all!
  • We’ve also had nearly 80 entries to date!

Any eagle-eyed among us may have spied that we have now reached Kortgene in only one week of this challenge. Therefore, the form will look a little different from now on. We’re now taking recommendations for our next destination and can’t wait to see what you think…

Click here to find the shinier, edited, form (the exact same link as last time)!
Just a little house keeping: please remember to just input any distance travelled in miles, without the units and without any other details, e.g. If I rolled 2 miles down the nearest hill I would only pop ‘2’ into the appropriate answer box… Possibly after I’d made my way dizzily home… If you want to make your own running total of miles and input this once a week, or even if you want to do a new entry for every mile you travel, you’re most welcome – whatever suits you best.

Thank you for all the community effort and fun we’ve had – it is already warming the cockles of our salty-sea-dog hearts! Happy cycling, hopping, indoor rowing, kayaking, rock-climbing, skipping, walking, crawling, jumping, sauntering, galloping, or simply dashing round the ‘big shop’ in the second week of March.

The women’s 50+ crew at the Skiffie Worlds on Strangford Lough in 2016