Cox training – time to sign up

Rachel writes: As part of our development plan, we offer coxing training each year. Our trainers, Mike McDowall, Peter Locke and John Howell, are ready to make a date in January.
Coxing is vital to the running of the club sessions. We all love to row, but we all need a cox to allow us all to enjoy this rowing. We aim to have as many people as possible gain experience in coxing. Sharing in coxing at any time – whether on a social row or a training row  – there is always a skipper on board.
If you have completed your Competant Crew form, please consider this next step of training. If you haven’t finished that form, now is the time!!  We know we have some strong keen candidates amongst you all!! We will also have a Man Overboard session set up soon, for those who need to ‘tick that box’!! See this page for more details.
Man overboard training: Graham is in Baby Lass, positioning the ‘victim’, while Stevie coxes the crew aiming to complete a rescue. Photo by Louise Innes
The cox training will be at a weekend and will consist of interesting classroom-based sessions plus on-the-water training.
We hope to set a date for this very quickly, so please email your interest to me at  rachelholburn[at]gmail.com.

It’s beginning to look a lot like…

The excitement is beginning to build… it’s the QRC Christmas Raffle and Shed Party on Saturday at about 10:30am (after social rowing)!
Last year’s raffle prizes – this year’s are just as enticing
The raffle tickets are selling well, but there’s still time to buy more!  We have some great prizes (though more contributions, especially for the hampers, are always welcome). These include:
  •  hampers
  • Rachel’s legendary Christmas cake (please consume boozy cake responsibly)
  • a stunning cushion, hand stitched by   Barbara
  • an award-winning photo of the Forth Bridge taken by Dónal
  • bottle of malt, signed by a top celebrity
  • bottles of Christmas cheer!
Dónal’s prize-winning photo

We will have resident Soup Dragon Alistair’s delicious soup to sustain us, mulled wine to warm us and top Christmas tunes to lift the newly repaired roof off the Shed!  If the weather forecast is be believed, we may even have some seasonal weather on Saturday!

Last year Alistair made chicken and vegetable soup

So leave the car at home, wrap up warmly, look out your best Christmas jumper, pop reindeer antlers on your head, and get down to the Shed on Saturday!

Ace baker Rachel’s 2017 cake
Please bring a bottle if you wish and your own reusable cup to help reduce waste… and washing up!  The washing-up fairy is taking the day off.
The tapestry cushion

Tides for the week ahead

Rachel reports: All is well for rowing each day this coming week, and already a Monday row is planned.
Monday 10th December
09.28 — 1.4 mL     16.31 — 5.4 m H
Tuesday 11 th 
09.55 — 1.5 m L     17.03 — 5.3 m H
Wednesday 12th 
10.23 — 1.7 m L.    17.41 — 5.1 m H
Thursday 13 th
10.55 — 1.9 m L.    18.24 — 5.0 m H
Friday 14th 
07.05 — 4.8 m H.    11.36 — 2.2 m L    19.11 —4.8 m H
Saturday 15th
07.55 — 4.7 m H.    12.28 — 2.4 m L    20.02 — 4.7 m H
 Christmas Raffle draw at Social Rowing
Sunday 16th
08.50 — 4.6 m H    15.12 — 2.5 m L

Maid back on the water

Rachel writes: What a pleasure it was to row the ‘new look’ Ferry Maid to Limekilns today.
We as a crew were all positive in our opinions of how the footrests and seated positions were. We swapped about, so we got a good go at it!
Thanks all concerned, it’s good to have her back on the water, and she does move well!

Tides for the week of 3-9 December

Rachel writes: Now that we have entered December, we all have a busy month ahead, still time for rowing though!
Next Saturday, there will be a later start to rowing, sometime after 10am due to the low tide. While waiting, there will be an opportunity for a bacon roll, buy a few raffle tickets, join in Mike’s skills workshop, and even bring Christmas into the shed!!

A few members will be in Woudrichem / Holland taking part in the 45-mile charity relay row on the river Merwede with other Scottish, Irish,and Dutch rowers. We will be using the six Dutch skiffs GROOT & Grut 1, 2, 3 and 4, Zwann and Dwarsbongel. The event is raising a lot of money for the Red Cross, and is great fun!!

Monday 3rd December
05.37 — 1.3 m L.     11.32 —5.3 m H      17.53 —- 1.8 m L

Tuesday 4th December
06.32 — 1.2 m L.   12.29 — 5.4 m H      18.48 —- 1.6 m L
Wednesday 5th
07.21 — 1.1 m L.    13.20 —- 5.6 m H.     19.36 — 1.4 m L
Thursday 6th
08.00 — 1.1 m L.    14.06 —- 5.7 m H.    20.16 — 1.2 m L
Friday 7th
08.31 — 1.1 m L.   14.49 — 5.7 m H      20.48 — 1.2 m L
Saturday 8th
08.50 — 1.2 m L.   15.27 — 5.6 m H.    20.51 — 1.1 m L   No Training due to low tide.
Sunday 9th 
09.02 — 1.2 m L.      16.01 — 5.5 m H     21.11 — 1.2 m L