Learning the ropes

As promised, Mike McD and John H held a competent crew class in the shed on Saturday, well attended, and much enjoyed and appreciated.

As mentioned by Rachel in her weekly tides email and as advertised earlier by Anne P, this coming Saturday sees a coaching session delivered to Queensferry rowers by  Gabriel Murphy, the coach at Broughty Ferry Rowing Club.

Anne P writes: Gabriel has offered to spend the day with us from 9.30am, weather permitting. Tides are good.

He will coach us through the basics of rowing technique focusing on each element of the stroke and positioning to racing and coxing skills, techniques and tactics. This is a great opportunity for all, to help us to support and develop everyone, from our novice rowers to our experienced coxes and those who wish to develop their skills further.

We may only have one boat available but Gabriel has a wealth of rowing experience to offer, both on and off the water, having rowed for many years and represented his country on more than one occasion.

I would particularly encourage coxes to attend if they are able as it will be important, moving forward, that we do this with a consistent approach. Please come and join us if you can; it’ll be a great way to blow off any club after party headaches.

I appreciate that this is normally social rowing time, but it’s a great opportunity to have a club development day which will benefit all of us, regardless of which level we are at.

The format of the day has yet to be clarified and will depend on numbers and experience. If you know that you will definitely be able to attend could you let me know at apurcellb[at]hotmail.com. so that I can begin to get a sense of numbers. If you’re not sure yet, that’s OK. Just come along anyway.

Also featuring at the weekend: Ferry Maid’s birthday!

Liz took the photo and wrote: “We had an added treat of a raid for cakes and hot drinks by our neighbours in North Queensferry. Given their drookit appearance the refreshments were most welcome!!”

 

Tides for the week ahead

Rachel reports:  This coming week takes us into the Christmas month!! Busy  times ahead, but let’s make time for some Rowing .
Tuesday 27th 
10.12 — 1.3 m L.     17.43 — 5.6 m H
Wednesday 28th 
11.04 — 1.6 m L.     18.34 — 5.4 m H
Thursday 29th 
07.07 — 5.4 m H.     12.12 — 1.9 m L
Friday 30th 
08.07 — 5.1 m H.    13.48 — 2.2 m L    20.34 — 5.1 m H
Club Christmas Dinner 7.30pm
Saturday 1st December 
09.16 — 5.0 m H.     15.31 — 2.2 m L
Club Rowing Technique Development Day
Sunday 2nd 
10.28 — 5.1 m H.   16.50 — 2.0 m L

A chance to learn the ropes with Mike

Mike McD writes: If you click on the menu item Skills Training you will find a complete explanation of how members can gain competence in the 18 subjects that are considered relevant to our sport.

At the present time we have 18 Skipper and 5 Coxes.  All members are encouraged to complete the ‘Competent crew’ level by developing their understanding, knowledge and experience at their own pace, using the self-assessment sign-off sheet as a guide.
A copy of the Skills Training Process is on the wall just inside the ‘Captain’s cabin’ at the Shed, as well as the ‘sign-off’ sheet for Competent Crew.
From this coming Saturday, 24th, (and as many thereafter as necessary), I will be at the Shed from 9.30am to 11am to help with some of the items on the Competent Crew schedule – Parts of boat, Knots, anchor work, etc.
Cox training: steering without the rudder
Please note that also on the TRAINING NOTICEBOARD (next to the lifejackets) is a very good explanation of Cold Water Shock  taken from the latest RYA Newsletter.  Opportunities to participate in the practical ‘man-overboard’ exercise will be advertised.
If you would like to get started on the ‘Competent Crew’ or refresh you memory on anything, I (and a few others) will be delighted to see you.  Training notes will be provided.

Tides for the week of 12-18 November

We have no issues with any of the tides for the next week, so plenty of opportunities for rowing. As we are rowing with only Ferry Lass while Ferry Maid has maintenance, it’s a good idea to take advantage of good tides and spread out the rowing.

Monday 12th November
10.13 —- 1.6 m L. 17.28 —- 5.2 m H

Tuesday 13th
10.41 —- 1.9 m L. 18.05 —- 5.0 m H

Wednesday 14th
11.17 —- 2.2 m L. 18.48 —- 4.8 m H

Thursday 15th
07.34 —- 4.6 m H. 12.06 —- 2.5 m L. 19.37 —— 4.6 m H

Friday 16th
08.34 —4.5 m H. 14.58 —- 2.7 m L. 20.37 —— 4.5 m H

Saturday 17th
09.59 —4.5 m H. 16.03 —2.5 m L.

Sunday 18th
11.09 — 4.7 m H. 16.51 —- 2.2 m L

Have a good week everyone! The weather looks to be a bonus also: no wind, temperature and rain to trouble us!!

Ferry Maid was turned last week – a good turnout for that, including wee Cal
Mike B has managed to get a deep shine on the Maid’s rudder
Making sure there’s enough room for both boats. Behind Maria is new member Bill, who has done more painting than rowing since joining the club!

Christmas dinner update

Rachel writes:  Attention all 52 people who are booked in to have Christmas Dinner at Scott’s Restaurant on Friday 30th November at 7.30pm. The menu is below. It would be useful and could speed up the serving of the meal, if you were happy to pre-order. Two courses £18.95. There is an option of dessert as an extra, please take that option on the night. It would also be useful if all money was already paid, or ready to pay in a group cheque.

We have all paid a £10 deposit, so this leaves £8.95. to pay. If you are happy to round this up to £10, that will leave an excess of £54.60 ready as a tip! This makes gathering money simple also. On the night if everyone buys and pays for their own drinks as they go along, there will be no more bills.

I have a menu that I can leave available in the shed. I will also have a list printed out where you can add your menu choices, or you could email me and I can fill it out for you if you feel you won’t be around the shed. If you are not happy with these arrangements, please say so.

Please use my email address to communicate! rachelholburn (at) gmail.com

Click here for Scotts’ full festive brochure, including contact details for those with special dietary restrictions.