At last! A Return to Rowing

Mike B writes: As of this weekend, we are back on the water.

Several crews enjoyed clear skies for their return to rowing at the weekend

Some weeks ago a survey was carried out to ask how members categorised the COVID risk level they were prepared to accept when rowing – the results of that survey allowed us to create three categories of rowers from whom to draw crew members when scheduling rowing slots. If you missed the survey, or preferred not to reply to it, but would now like to take part in rowing once more, please could you email me directly on to confirm which category of rower you would like to row with.

The three categories of rower are:

  1. General rowers (rowers who are happy to go out and about in the community and have no especial COVID risk factors to consider)
  2. Limited Exposure rowers (rowers who have been limiting their exposure to the wider community)
  3. Shielding rowers (rowers who have been in shielding or in a defined bubble and wish only to row with others who have been shielding or bubbling)

As rowing slots are scheduled, we will ensure that slots are available for each category of rower in proportion to the numbers of members in each category. The RPs have been separately surveyed and grouped in the same way, so as to ensure that the entire crew fits into the same category for each row.

If anyone has any questions, please feel free to contact me.

And we weren’t the only club out on the river! Photo by Rachel Holburn

For more photos from the weekend, click here.

Nominations for committee 2020-21

Click on the links below to view a copy of the nominations for the QRC Committee for 2020/2021.  Postal voting slips with a self-addressed envelope will be sent out on Wednesday the 30th of September for members to return to the Secretary by Thursday, the 22nd of October.

Please note that there have been no nominations for the  position of
Treasurer, so please let me know if anyone would like to stand for this
position (with a proposer and seconder). Please also note that any unfilled committee spaces can be nominated on the night – a maximum of 7 committee members and 4 office-bearers.

Nominations for office-bearers
Nominations for committee members

ON THIS DAY – Episode 10

On 24th Sept 2010 we formally took possession of the empty retail unit next to Scotmid for £10 per month. I have attached the Journal and Gazette picture. John Brodie, CEO of Scotmid, who lives and sails in Queensferry, was as pleased as we were for the publicity. A couple of weeks before this official handover we had organised a reception to launch the project with our guest of honour, Tommy Wemyss, Queensferry’s stroke rower in the 50s.

Having procured the kit, Peter, with Mike and Graham finalised the ‘Awards for All’ grant application to pay for the rest of the boat timber, a trailer, oars and a cover while the rest of the committee contacted various people to organise more fund-raising events which would include coffee mornings, music nights, ceilidhs and various competitions to name the boat and decide it’s colours. (The first idea was a top strake of Queensferry tartan!)

The Queensferry tartan

The build, in the rear loading bay area at the back of the unit, had already started with the hull formers supplied by Alec Jordan sitting, on the build frame, all squared off and levelled with string lines.

Fear not – we’re exempt

Covid Officer Marianne – ‘making none of your dreams come true’ – writes: As most of you will know, the First Minister has announced further Covid restrictions, but happily they don’t affect coastal rowing, in so far as it is part of specific organised sport exemption. Fingers crossed this continues.

Fourteen RPs now up to speed with our club Covid precautions – thanks everyone!

Mike’s busy working on a booking system and Tansy’s rowing survey will help inform this – thanks to everyone who filled it in. Making sure everyone is able to book a row, not just discrete groups (hands up from me – part of the W50+!), is very important because we’re a community club.

Otherwise, the updates from the last message still apply – see the previous post.

RtR – getting there

Marianne writes: A wee update on where we are with the return to rowing …

Twelve RPs have been out and had the full-on ‘return to rowing’ protocol experience. Thanks to all of you for stepping up and providing valuable, positive feedback. We’ll hopefully have two more RPs out today, as grand total of 14 (12+2=hard sums).

Industrial quantities of sanitising/cleaning supplies are either in the Shed, or on order, but there’s plenty to be going on with. The delivery guy thinks I have a cleaning festish… or I’m planning a crime.

Washing down the Maid with soapy water post-row. The boat has never been so clean.

This website now has a Covid page, where you’ll find the most up-to-date information as it comes out. When changes happen it may take a day or two to be updated.

Tansy has sent out a short questionnaire on behalf of the Committee which should help inform us about how members feel about getting back to rowing. Please fill this in.

Anne F has sought the views of RPs.

Risk assessment complete. (What a fun night that was).

Reflecting the community club we are, Mike B is investigating a booking process to allow us to return to rowing as fairly and equitably as possible, i.e. so everyone who wants to has a chance to row in a group they are comfortable with, e.g. with others taking extra health precautions.

Some of the actions sit with the RTR subgroup, some with the Committee. As ever, everyone is working incredibly hard to make this happen!

We’re obviously seeing a move to greater lockdown at the moment. There’s currently no suggestion that organised sport is going to be impacted. It does makes it all the more important that we ALL follow the ScotGov and QRC guidelines the Committee have approved to keep everyone safe.

Finally, it’s obviously a bit disappointing we’re not able to take part in C2C, but no reason why we can’t do it in a few week’s time when we’re fully back on the water – something to look forward to! … And we can love-bomb social media with photos of us with our beautiful bridges!