Launch of Sprite – Mon 7th May 6.30pm

Eastern Amateur Coastal Rowing Club will launch their second skiff off Portobello beach on Monday 7 May at 6:30pm, thanks to funding from National Lottery Awards for All.

Six women will name and launch the new boat – named SPRITE – and take her out on her maiden voyage. All the women are members of the club and compete regularly in this fast-growing and hugely popular Scottish sport. Their ages span six decades: teens, 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s and 60s. Few other sports are so inclusive.

EACRC are named after the original Eastern Amateur Rowing club that was based in Portobello from the 1890s to the 1970s. SPRITE was the name of one of the original club’s boats, linking the past with today.

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Members update April 2018

Since the last update, the club has had its second AGM and the 2018 committee has met with its new members for the first time – here are the highlights:

Boat bookings

  • All members are reminded again that the club encourages self-organised rows outwith the rotas – see the link for details about how to book and our policy around longer adventure trips or read Maddy’s recent post on Teamer for additional information:
  • Please do remember to put all rowers & cox’s name into the calendar for any outings you book – this can be edited right up until you go onto the water – we just need to know that we can identify who is out on the boat at any time.
  • For bookings and rota sessions, it’s suggested that where the assigned cox is on the captain’s list, that they take on both roles. A separate captain should be assigned where the cox is not on the captain’s list.

Training & racing

  • We are hosting a race training evening in the Dalriada on Sunday 22nd April from 19.00 where we’ll talk about race preparation, race coxing and give feedback on a recent SCRA weekend of workshops. All members are welcome. See Alison’s post on Teamer for more information.
  • Circuits (now outdoors on Monday) and ergs (indoors on Thursday) will continue – look out for details on Teamer.
  • The committees are considering options for a couple of ‘away weekends’ in Autumn – more details to follow.

EACRC is officially a two-boat club

  • SPRITE has arrived and will be launched at 18:30 on Monday 7th May – more details will follow but we hope that lots of members will come along.
  • This means we have two boats snugly taking up space in our shed, so please keep it tidy – keep an eye out for water bottles and stray clothing you take out of bags during your row, dispose of rubbish etc.
  • We hope to move both boats into Bellfield later in the year but details are still being worked out.


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AGM 2018 minutes

Eastern’s 2nd Annual General Meeting was held on 21st February 2018.

Draft minutes are available at the link below:

EACRC AGM minutes 2018

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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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Members update Sept/Oct 2017

Dates for your diaries: 

  • EACRC’s Christmas Social will be on Tuesday 12th December with similar format as last year subject to booking.
  • Next year’s AGM will be held on Wednesday 7th February at the Dalriada.
  • There will also be another informal end of season social in the Skylark at the end of October incorporating a session on feedback from this year’s rowing– date TBC.

EACRC is now a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO): This is a form of charitable organisation, regulated by the the Scottish charity regulator OSCR. The main driver for this was that being an SCIO will allow us to access some sources of potential grant funding which we could not have done as an unincorporated association.

Members of a SCIO have some limited duties – to act in the interests of the SCIO, and to seek to ensure that the SCIO acts in a manner consistent with its charitable purposes. OSCR recognises that members may not be involved in the day to day management of the SCIO (in our case, this is undertaken by the EACRC committee), and at a practical level the members are most likely to be involved when considering changes to the constitution or electing charity trustees (in our case, the EACRC committee elected at the AGM).

Members of a SCIO are not liable for the debts of the SCIO if it is wound up. So registering as a SCIO has had the effect of excluding any liability for members in the event that the club incurred any financial liability which could not be met from club funds.

OSCR has produced a guide to SCIO’s which is available here: 

Funding for 2nd boat: With the help of Fiona (many thanks) we have put an application in to Awards for All to cover the costs of buying a second boat (plus everything that goes with it). We hope to hear in early December if we have been successful. We hope to have a second boat on the water next spring.

Policy: lifejackets for non-swimmers – please make sure you are aware of the rules around Personal Floatation Devices (PFDs) in particular for anyone who cannot swim. The rules can be found on the Health and Safety page. Please note that lifejackets (as opposed to buoyancy aids) are available for non-swimmers in the shed, but anyone who cannot swim is responsible for making sure that there is a lifejacket in the boat every time they go out.

There will also be some small amendments made to the Captains Assessment Checklist shortly – further information to follow.

Coastal course for rowers: as per previous members update – watch this space for further information and dates.

Fresh Water Sprints and SCRA AGM: to be held at Loch Tummel on 28th October – watch this space for further information.

Youth – Laura has been working very hard to keep the youth afloat. Unfortunately, the Youth Regatta was cancelled due to conditions but it will be re-run in the spring. Laura is keen to expand the pool of coxes and helpers to run the youth arm of our club – please consider helping out if you can.

Come and try session: this will be re-run on 7th Look out for posts about this and again, please sign up to help out if you can.

Finance update: Over £2000 in the bank, no concerns in this respect. New fees for towing the boat to regattas agreed. (<25 miles – £0; 25–100 miles – £15 e/w; 100 miles + £25 e/w).

Bosun: NJ to organise additional storage in shed then post on Teamer about generally keeping shed tidier. Tiller and keel Strip have been fixed.

Training Sub-Committee: a short survey will be posted soon for feedback on the years events and training programme. Please give us your feedback to help shape the club’s future. A plan for the winter will then be devised. Note that the ERG sessions start again on Thursday 5th, 8pm – please see post on Teamer.

Membership: The club is open for an intake of new members from now until the end of October 2017. See the joining page ( for information about categories in which we have space to take on new members and our principles which lead us to these decisions (it’s not as straight forward as you might think!)

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Members Update – Aug 2017

A brief update following an EACRC committee meeting on 25/07/17

Eastern hoodies & T-shirts: Saz has recently received an order of eastern t-shirts, if you would like one please get in touch with her. We understand that she is also happy to do a new hoody order, subject to their being enough requests, so again get in touch with her. Thank you Saz for organising this.

Coastal course for rowers: The SRA in partnership with the royal yachting association are putting together a course for coastal rowers to help them learn about the sea/conditions. They are interested in our feedback before putting the course together and then would like to pilot it on our club. Ailsa is in communication with the associations regarding this and will post any updates to teamer.

SCIO application: We have applied to OSCR to become a SCIO and should receive this status in the next 6-8 weeks. Sean will keep members up to date on this.

Funding for 2nd boat: With the help of Fiona, we are putting in a funding application to Paths For All for a second boat. We think the club’s second boat will be built by professional boat builders as we don’t feel we have the time resources within the club to build another boat. We would like to have the second boat for the start of the 2018 season.

Finance update: over £3000 in bank. Agreed to buy a new gazebo for the club.

Bosun update: Most pressingly the tiller needs to be re-glued onto the rudder. A few other things which can be looked at over winter (keel strip, new stroke footrest).

Any thoughts on improving the stroke footrest (particularly from those who row stroke regularly) would be welcome.

If you notice anything else, please get in touch with Nick or Sean.

Regatta season so far: Good season so far. Generally finishing within the top 4 in races. Solid ‘pools’ of rowers as opposed to strong individual crews.

Ullapool incident: Eastern were involved in a hull to hull collision during the men’s open race in Ullapool. No-one was injured. Claire has written an incident report from which we can all learn (especially coxes). This will be made available shortly.

Forthcoming regattas:

  • 5th Aug: Broughty Ferry
  • 26th Aug: North Berwick
  • 23rd September: Castle2Crane – 13 mile race down the Clyde. The crew we are entering is a men’s open: Nick, Geoff, Mark, Adam, Adam,
  • 24th September: Glasgow cup regatta – sign up on Teamer if you’d like to race.

Training: Land based training has been great and we hope to pick up both the circuits and ergs again in September. Thanks Emma and Brock for organising this to date. Wednesday evening and Sunday morning rotas have been well attended throughout the summer.

Feedback from members: Training committee to put together a survey to get feedback on training/team selection etc. from EACRC members at the end of the season.


  • Junior Regatta Saturday 16 Sept 12-4. Laura to organise a small sub-committee to help facilitate this event. Look out for a post about this.
  • Going forward we would like to expand the youth membership focusing on 15 – 18 years. It has been suggested that we could approach a local school to recruit some more youth.
  • Laura is happy to continue as CPO and to coordinate youth outings but feels we need more drive behind the youth rowing if we want to grow it. Therefore we would like to develop a continuing youth sub-group. Laura will post about this, but anyone interested in getting involved and helping develop our youth, please get in touch with her.

Membership: We will open to new members in September focussing on recruiting more 50+ members, especially men.

This will be initiated by an open morning on the 16th September (before the youth regatta). We will be looking for help running the open morning so keep an eye out for posts about this. Please spread the word about this!

Tuesday 29th August – Social in the skylark.

Rowing and mental health: Maddy would like to investigate the possibility of offering rowing experiences to local mental health charities with the aim of setting something up next summer. Any ideas and information relating to this would be welcome.

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Committee meeting 14th March 2017

Minutes now available at the link below:

EACRC Minutes 140317.


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