Dónal reports: On day one of racing at Skiffie Worlds 2019 it was the chance for the Men’s and Women’s crews to put all their hard work into action.
The racing started early, with the Women’s 60+ heading out at 1040 with a crew of Maria, Cherry, Mel and Louise. They started in lane one with Anne Flannery in the coxes’ seat. Going around the buoy Cherry did incredibly well as her oar came off the pin and she managed to get the oar back in place as they turned. They raced hard against Dundrum and came in second to book their place in the Final.
The Men’s 60+ were up next and they were determined to equal the Women’s crew. The crew was made up of Alan Sutherland, Alan Duch, Keith and Alistair with Mike Breewood as Cox. They were focused on the boat and didn’t pay much attention to what was going on around them. They had an excellent turn and raced towards home alongside Sketrick from Northern Ireland. They came second as well and booked themselves into the Final.
When it came to the Finals both boats acquitted themselves very well. The Ladies went very well and were pushing for the top five coming towards the line. They had to settle for 6th in a time of 12:22. Eastern were the winners with Dundrum and North Berwick in second and third.
The Men went out to try and bring back a medal, however they found it to be the hardest race they have raced and also came in 6th, with Sketrick, Dundrum and Crail taking the medals. They finished with a time of 11:30 a very impressive time faster than four of the Men’s U40 teams.
The only other crew that was racing today was the Women’s U40 with a crew of Beth, Elana, Lois and Jennifer with Dónal as Cox. They started well but it was a strong field. There was drama at the buoy as Glasgow drifted across and turned at Queensferry’s Buoy forcing them to use the outside buoy. The race back to the line produced a race within a race as Queensferry tried to overhaul Eskmuthe. A great effort from the ladies helped them overturn the deficit and beat Eskmuthe on the line. They finished 10th of 11 in a time of 11:24. Special mention must go to Lois Thomson as she did fantastically well at the age of just 14.
There was a special visitor to the Worlds today. HRH Princess Anne arrived around 12 Noon and started the Women’s 60+ Final. She then went along the promenade meeting the various clubs at their gazebos. When she arrived at our gazebo she fell into conversation with Georgina Bark who was showing her the drawings she had done. Cameron Bark gifted HRH with two Bridge T-Shirts. On speaking with Tracey she showed a deep knowledge of the tides at Port Edgar.
Rachel writes: As the training is complete, we will pack up Ferry Maid on Saturday at 10.30 am to leave at 09.00 on Sunday, to arrive in Stranraer between 12.00 and 12.30. Note: no social rowing session at Port Edgar on Sunday.
Social rowing sessions will continue as normal next week on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. Skippers Stevie Leask and Mark will be holding the fort. Thank you to them!
Monday 8th July
07.56 — 5.6 m H. 13.43 — 0.9 m L. 20.22 – 5.5 mL
08.50 — 5.4 m H. 14.33 — 1.1 m L 21.18 — 5.2 m H
09.49 — 5.3 m H. 15.41 — 1.4 m L 22.18 — 5.1 m H
10.51 — 5.2 m H. 17.14 — 1.5 m L. 23.22 — 5.0 m H
11.55 — 5.1 m H. 18.30 — 1.5 m L
06.57 — 1.8 m L. 12.57 — 5.2 m H.
08.01 — 1.6 m L. 13.55 — 5.3 m H
Good luck to our 40 rowers heading off to join 57 clubs, from around the world to be part of 700 crews in 100 races!! Go Queensferry!
Social rowing as normal Saturday, we have a pontoon for Ferry Lass from 09.30 D17/18.
The Arran regatta was held on the 22nd of June this year and ten intrepid rowers from QRC along with partners, friends and family made the journey to ‘Scotland in Miniature’.
This year we were made especially welcome by the Arran Club as they very kindly lent us the use of their boat ‘Iolare’ – we had had problems getting a tower so Ferry Maid stayed at home!
The day dawned bright, calm and warm and, although a light breeze sprang up about 09:00, the weather remained perfect for racing, with sunshine, a very gently south westerly and lovely warm air – quite a contrast to the weather for the 2018 regatta!
Racing began with the Women’s 220+ race in 2 heats. Sadly QRC came 8th out of 8 in that race, with a time of 13:21.
We fared little better in the Open Mixed race, coming in 10th out of 10 with a time of 13:23 – the race was won by North Berwick.
Things improved in the next race, the Novices race, where QRC came 3rd in our heat with a time of 11:33 – unfortunately that wasn’t enough to give us 3rd place overall and we ended up with 6th place, That race was won by Renegade on 11:08 – overall a very tightly contested race!
We found it difficult to improve upon our performance in the Novices race, coming 10th in the Mixed Decades race , 8th in the Men’s 220+ , 10th in the Open Women’s race and 8th in the Mixed 240+ .
So, a disappointing Regatta in terms of race prizes, but a most enjoyable day was had by all and we weren’t a million miles away from the various winners! The day concluded with a superb barbeque and disco (names of those who partied till the wee sma’ hours can be obtained upon application and for a small fee….),.
Lorna writes: Unfortunately the picnic row on Sunday has been cancelled 🙁 Thanks to Anne F for organising everything. This will mean two boats available on Sunday – and remember there is always the RNLI open day from 12-4pm.
The email from the Kinghorn club:
Dear all, the news we just did not want hear. The Inchcolm picnic has to be cancelled.
I am sure everybody has been following the weather forecast as closely as me and that front coming across has not changed. I have been checking three different forecasts and they are all the came WSW x 20 knots and as all skiffies know a row is a pleasure and is to be carried out safely.
I am extremely sorry, but I will try for another date later in the summer.
Take care and hope to see you again soon.
And a photo from last year’s Kinghorn-Inchcolm row, just to encourage people to sign up again once it’s been rescheduled:
Rachel writes: Here we are into July on Monday and one week until Skiffie Worlds Championships. There are low tides in the mornings and evenings this coming week, so if extra training sessions are going on, best to double check the low tide times before time planning.
Monday 1st July
07.56 —1.3 m L. 14.40 — 5.4 m H. 20.16 – 1.2 m L No evening rowing.
08.43 — 1.0 m L. 15.28 — 5.6 m H 20.57 — 1.1 m L. Evening session finish – 19.30.
09.34 — 0.8 m L 16.15 — 5.8 m H. 21.38 — 1.0 m L Evening session finish – 20.00.
10.26 — 0.7 m L 17.02 — 5.9 m H. 22.20 — 0.9 m L Evening session finish – 20.30.
11.17 — 0.6 m L. 17.50 — 5.9 m H. 23.03 — 1.0 m L Evening session finish – 21.30 .
06.13 — 5.8 m H. 12.08 — 0.6 m L. 18.40 — 5.8 m H Pontoon requirement .
07.04 — 5.7 m H. 12.56 — 0.7 m L. 19.30 — 5.7 m H No Rowing Session at 1pm – low tide from 10.30 .