Members update Nov 2017

Christmas social – Wednesday 13th December – Skylark, Portobello

All members (plus guests) are invited to join us for a Christmas social next month. Invitations have been sent out via Teamer and you can pay directly there too – £10 per person for tapas and a glass of fizz. Contact Claire if there is any problem with the invite or payment. We plan to hold a quiz, review the year in photos and hand out awards for members who have made exceptional contributions to the club this year. If you have any nominations you would like to make please contact Alison.

Skelf is going to be a big sister!

Our Awards for All funding bid to allow us to buy a 2nd boat was successful! Huge thanks to Fiona Leishman and everyone else who assisted in putting the bid together. We will keep you posted on developments in the coming months. If anyone would like to propose a name for the club’s 2nd boat please send them to Sally and we will announce the selected name at the Christmas social.

We continue to look for suitable storage for the medium and longer term. If anyone is aware of potential locations where we could rent space, please get in touch with anyone on the committee.

Skelf’s winter maintenance will be postponed until the 2nd boat is ready to allow us to maintain regular rowing. The planned work will include some new & improved oars, and a consultation on the stroke footrest.

Welcome to new members

A very warm, wintry, welcome to our new members who have joined us since our latest “Come & Try” session. This might be a good opportunity to remind all current members when coxing (or rowing) to support new or inexperienced members by sharing useful tips about staying safe in and out of the boat – this includes taking care when lifting and entering or leaving the boat.

Club updates

We are beginning to prepare for our 2nd AGM which will be held on Wednesday 7th February 2018. An agenda will be circulated a couple of weeks before the meeting date. If any members wish to put themselves forward to join the committee for next year or to raise any items please get in touch with any current committee member (Maddy Corbin, Nick Johnson, Sean Watters, Sally Champion, Ailsa Cook, Alison Carlyle & Claire Tochel).

We have updated our captains’ checklist to include a minimum amount of skiff experience we think is appropriate before being added to the list.

Training & regattas

The training committee reported positive feedback from the survey and the findings are informing plans for winter training plans. These will include some focussed groups for training at weekends in Portobello (see Alison’s Teamer post on 15th Nov for details) and a trip away to take advantage of special facilities elsewhere. Various options are being carefully considered and will be announced in the next week or two.

We have already been invited to RowPorty and Ullapool regattas in 2018. We intend to attend both events. The training committee will consider optimal participation among other potential regattas to allow adequate time for crew selection and practice. With a 2nd boat there will be more opportunity to attend other events with scratch crews, or crews picked with a development or social focus.

At the SCRA AGM race coxing was raised as an issue due to more incidents occurring this year, perhaps as result of more new clubs and more inexperienced coxes. It is expected that SCRA race rules may be more strictly applied next year. We plan to hold some more race coxing training sessions in advance of the season – more details to follow.

 

 

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