New Year, new bills 🙁

Membership fees (£10 for over 16s) are now due. Three free trial rows then pay up! The forms may be downloaded from this website (see the menu bar above) and returned to the surgery with your cheque.

It was agreed at the AGM that additional fundraising (a ceilidh on 31 May for instance) will seed a ‘trip fund’ for regattas etc so that we can keep the basic membership rate as low as possible.

Vote for the St Ayles skiff!

Classic Boat Magazine, which is usually several levels upmarket of where Skiffing probably lies, run a series of awards at the end of each year. This year some kind soul has nominated the St Ayles Skiff in the Spirit of Tradition – less than 40′ category.

So Skiffies, you now have an opportunity to express your view of the outstanding little craft that Iain O and Alec J have conjured up for all to play with. Just visit the Classic Boat awards 2014 web page and register your vote, if all involved in Skiffiedom act in concert it should be a walkover ;-). You are looking for Category 4.

The January 2014 issue, which has just dropped through the letterbox, has a brief write up on p36 with a cracking snap from the Ullapool 2012 Regatta.

Classic Boat Awards 2014 – Voting closed

SCRA Cruising Log competition – Ewan wins!

From the Scottish Coastal Rowing website:

30 Miles Round Argyll’s Slate Islands under Oar

Congratulations to Ewan Kennedy of the Isle of Seil Rowing Club for winning the 2013 Cruising Log Competition! The competition is open to all members of Scottish Coastal Rowing Association clubs.

Ewan’s log, published on his Scottish Boating Blog, describes a four day expedition in the Seil Skiff, Selkie. The adventure starts and finishes from Selkie’s base on the Isle of Seil, taking in visits to the Islands of Seil, Luing, Shuna and Insh. Sailing was experimented with, but most of the 30 miles of so of travel was conducted under oar, in company with a three other boats of diverse type. As well as a passage under the ‘Bridge over the Atlantic’, and through the exciting tidal waters of the Cuan Sound, the crew fit in a poignant visit to a beautiful bay in Seil Sound which is about to become part of an industrial scale fishfarm development.

The log will inspire others to plan carefully and look at ways in which the St Ayles Skiffs be used to explore our coastline.

Thank you to all the rowers and clubs who submitted entries. If you are planning an expedition for 2014 remember to record it for the benefit of others, and as a reminder for yourself of good times, and of course to submit as an entry to the 2014 Cruising Log Competition!