Friday row CANCELLED

Rebecca writes: Sorry to inform the crew for tomorrow it has been decided to cancel tomorrow’s row due to weather . I’ve been keeping an eye all week and I’ve checked with an RP and it’s a ?
I’ll do another shout out soon .
Please can the crew confirm they got this message I don’t have everyone’s direct email/number.

Christmas party at the shed on the 15th!

To remind you how important it is to take a few tickets, here is last year’s cake, and the array of prizes also on offer (this year’s donations are building up well):

And finally, the Nifty Knotters have been busy creating wonderful Christmas pudding and holly-decked decorations/keyrings. Available in the shed, price £10 for three. Perfect as stocking-fillers or for hanging on your tree.

 

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.