It’s that time of year again when you all get to show off how clever you
are. Once again the much heralded Boatie Blest trophy quiz night has come
around and it’s your chance to win the amazing trophy designed by our very
own Caroline Doney,although unlikely if you are so named Stuart
but never mind there’s plenty of challenging games to play too (minor
Date is the SAT 7th DEC in the Church hall . Doors open at 19.03 with the
first questions at 19.34
entry is £2 per head, all those that don’t come ready formed in a team will
be allocated members.
There will be a bar that will accept donations but corkage will be charged
This event was oversubscribed last year so please contact myself or Shelly
with team name and or numbers asap.
The judges ruling (Isabel) will be final.
There are a few nice jobs to be allocated so if you could help on the night
please let me or Shelly know.
ah thank you.
Four Boaties and a Jenny Skylark left the boat shed for Loch Lomond at 8.30 last Sunday. On a morning of dull weather we were still all grinning and gleeful at our ‘gang of five’ jolly….no races just pleasure, and that’s just how it turned out.
We got to the loch side just after ten to see it cheeringly flat, and only the odd breezy scud ruffling the calm surface now and again. The sun had a go at edging through the cloud for most of the day, and eventually after a couple of wee showers, it shouldered its way through, bringing with it a warmth left over from July, we felt blissful and lucky.
Setting off from the Park Ranger’s hut just beyond Balmaha, our plan was to row past and round a couple of the Loch’s Islands; so we had high hopes of spotting a Wallaby, or even a nudist, the latter left over from the island naturist camp in the ancient 1960’s. We would work toward our landfall at Luss (remember Take the High Road anyone?) and the reward of lunch. With a plan in mind we arranged ourselves in the boat, (this was to be a four cox journey by the way) and decided to heck, we’ll just cross over and have lunch first off. Well that’s what you can do on a jolly.
About an hour rowing across one of the bonniest Lochs in Scotland, surrounded by hills and beauty had us feeling; ‘chust sublime’, as Para Handy from the Vital Spark would say. The feeling in the boat was of sheer happiness and pleasure; in the day and in one another’s company.
On landing we made the boat safe and rolled along the tea room lined roads like mariners. Looking to find food for four, and cakes and juice for Stuart, we came across a wee restaurant that met our needs, and sat outside on wet chairs, (we’re pretty hard after all) speaking of, oars and cakes, proper rowing talk.
After scran, it was back to Boatie Rows and the promised tour of the islands. We landed on Wallaby Island and managed to get some great photos, not of wallabies sadly, but the boat was looking great, as was Ali from Rowporty. We marched through the moss sprung interior to the far beach which we reached after about eight minutes, and talked about how fab it could be to have a big camping jolly to Loch Lomond next year. Back on board we made way together, back across the Loch in hot afternoon sun, what a treat, and came back to shore where we had started.
A talk with the extremely friendly and helpful Park Ranger, let us see that there are real possibilities for both casual and competitive jaunts that would be welcomed on this lovely Loch. So it might be worth watching this space.
Back at our harbour around six o’clock, I knew we had spent a ten hour gem of a day together, bonded and happy in the pleasure of the doing of it all. Thanks gang of five, it was a lovely one off.
Martine Robertson for Boatie Blest.
Hard to believe, but the week, that has dominated the world of us Skiffies’ for as far back as we can seem to remember, has come and gone……..whether life will ever be the same again, who knows. The sun beamed down on us, the water sparkled and for some teams gods and Goddesses were created. What am I on about, oh aye, the World Skiff Rowing championships in Ullapool. What a week, one Boatie team mate could only manage the words ‘I am blown away’ on our post event flurry of e mails. I think that pretty much summed up the Fest that was Ullapool for a lot of us.
Princesses talking about cake’s (how did she know?), a boat with a twangy whale harp, a Dutch team who travelled with two three seater settees, beach BBQ’s, old friends and new, bonds forged within, and between clubs, Winning clubs who cracked on they ‘hadnae practiced at all’, and silver medalists who really had just stepped into a boat together. The beach was a mass of coloured ant colonies, from which every so often 5 or so would break away, jump into a boat and row off somewhere ‘out there’ as if their life depended on it. When a head ant with special binnocular eyes witnessed a bouy turn the rest of the colony would be called to rush to the water front and give displays of demonic dancing and wild howling to encourage their own ants to bring their boat in first ..… strange, but often it did seem to work.
The week was huge fun and full of warmth from beginning to end. The racing was serious and hotly contested, the races proved to be nail biting and the statistics attest to the tightest of margins between the first boats home in each race…we are all getting better folks! The long hard training over the Winter and Spring months, was evidenced in the stamina shown as team after team dug deep, and slumped hard at the end, knowing that they had rowed as hard as they could, and had done their best.
I hope you will indulge me and let me talk about my own team, The Boatie Blest. We named and launched our new boat, Boatie Lodge; bodging, building, painting and whining about our Heath Robinson footboards to the very last minute. Those who rowed in her did us proud. We were true to our community ideals and everybody in the club who wanted to row, got into a boat and raced at Ullapool, and I am sure in this we were not alone. One great comment after our team won a bronze medal in the Open Forties B race was ’not bad for two asthmatics, a giant and a (self styled) fat git’. The under 19s won a silver, and we are so proud of them, then two of our gals went on to win another silver in a composite crew with lads from Newburgh, how good is that for our future. The Men in our 40+ team drove the boat on to a nail biting finish, that was almost too hard to call, but the effort was supreme and they and us were ‘really chuffed’ with their bronze medal. Our Womens 40+ team are the first skiff rowing world champions in their class. They dug deep when the power babes from Anstruther looked to be closing in, they dug in and rowed for life, the powerful lungs of the whole club, by this time jumping up and down on the beach’ sang out ‘The Boatie Rows’ the effort almost matching that in the boat, and then it was over, their forms slumped and shaking; ‘you’ve got it’, quietly from Stuart to the four women. We had seen it, the beach screamed and we sang them in….they are our famous five, we are so proud of them.
We came close in the sprints and second on the quiz night, and very far up the partying medal list. We had a lovely group of supporters who followed us from Port Seton, and as always we had the great moral boosting advantage of the fabulous home bakes from Jane Johnston. So, all in all a really brilliant week.
We are very pleased we came to Ullapool; we want to thank everyone who worked so hard to make it possible, and so good; from the SCRA and radiating out. Thank you to the organising team in Ullapool, what a job, from the great organisation over the week to choosing really great ceilidh bands, and especially, to Topher who did so much to set the culture and the ethos which allowed these championships to flourish in such a happy atmosphere.
Thank you from the Boatie Blest Rowing Club.
Our 2013 Regatta, features; full on adrenalin pumping sprint races in Port Seton Harbour, great for spectators looking for high action, as the crews in the traditional wooden boats battle it out for the medals, or for those coming to enjoy the beautiful boats in all their colours.
We also have the best tea tent in Scotland, offering; homemade soup, teas and a fantastic range of delicious home baked scones and cakes.
Friday 24th May 16.00 to 18.00 Racing in and around Port Seton Harbour
Saturday 25th May 12.00 to 4.00 Racing and Tea Tent
The long range weather forecast for the weekend is for wall to wall sunshine! So, whatever else you do, get to Port Seton Harbour for thrills, teas and tans, we look forward to a seeing you there.
The early Season social event of 2013 will be the Scottish Coastal Rowing Ceilidh on Board the Glenlea on the River Clyde in Glasgow. Not only will it give everyone the chance to catch up with other communities around the coast and what they have been up to over the dark months, but as a bonus any profit from the night will be applied towards making the First St Ayles Skiff world championships a safe, enjoyable and sparkling event that we all want it to be.
Numbers are strictly limited to 200, so to reserve your position on board please tell Carmel you wish to go so that she can compile a list of names which can be emailed to the organisers. Followed up by a cheque in the post. Cheque and e mail to Barbara Elliot: email@example.com who will then be able to check availability and will email back Carmel with a confirmation number. Once you have your confirmation number simply send your cheques, along with a hard copy of your list to: Barbara Elliot at 9 Burnside Terrace, Anstruther KY10 3EJ. Remember places are limited and it’s first come first served. (carmel will probably do this in one go).
Any questions about the Event please ask Andrew Doney or Stuart
The Boatie Year in 2012, What has happened?
Well the early part of the year seen many people daft to row at silly times of day in the cold and wet with the “new oars” Homemade by Gareth, lots of positive praise was heard from them and most rowing between January and April was done using these. A second set was made due to their popularity and practices for our annual regatta in May had begun.
The regatta came upon us in a flash and the regatta season began, 4 golds and 2 silvers out of a possible 6 seemed like an excellent start to the promised 2012 at the Monaco Circuit. No one could argue who looked the best that day! A Revival of cakes and old chums was made and a after party to suit the occasion was had. A Relay race then progressed as a fun event and positive feedback about the regatta was again on hand. Our regatta out the way where next!
Achiltibuie! – the furthest to go in the race season and isn’t it worth it, better weather than last year and a better race course; a bit shorter but dubious start line! Races were done and many were lost! However no one could deny the ever present Boatie Dancers at the Ceilidh. A particular highlight of mine; being in a mini bus with 18 people, bagpipes playing and sheep on the road. Where else?
A short trip round the banks of the south side for the next regatta, a cold day at South Queensferry, The usual object to race round was replaced by a mammoth bridge, This made an exciting spectacle but a race which was a bit out of our comfort zone for length. The Tug boats and the RNLI/Coastguard display did however put a smile on even the youngest faces.
The races came thick and fast and a trip to Cumbrae was on the cards, followed by a Portobello regatta, Cumbrae was lovely as usual, Weather was nice, Race length was perfect and the social row around little Cumbrae on the Sunday is a memory to cherish. A clean sweep of race wins and a trophy was had, We did concede we ruined the races for the new clubs however!
Portobello regatta had arrived, a biggie on the Boatie Calender and a big turnout. Our rivals in Porty and North berwick were back and always capable of putting us in our place. We did or best in the long races and tough conditions and a 3rd for the womens open and a 1st for the 40s was an excellent achievement.
Another Weekend, and a 3 and a half our drive to the moray coast to our beloved Port Soy, What would it bring us this year. In the past it’s been a good hunting ground but not this year, With Saturdays challenging conditions and Sundays racing cancelled i suppose some silver medals were as good as it was going to be. Maybe a damp weekend for racing and camping but that never stopped the party in the Boatie Marquee!
Ullapool- Another long trip to the North West highlands, the venue for the 2013 worlds. After a promising year in 2011 only a small number of around 9 made the trip. Pound for pound of flesh we must have been close to winning since we were doing 2 or 3 races each on a long course, Silver and bronze medals were in abundance but can we swap them all for gold next year?
A trip to the Antrim coast called, You best ask someone else who went for most of it but a few memorable highlights, The races were good, Cafe was excellent and Andrews driving was … erratic.
Another trip around the banks of the Forth, this time to Dunbar, A newer venue on the coastal Calender. A tough course in tough conditions, however for once this seemed to suit. 2 Wins and several very close second places ment a good day of rowing. Then, A long race, Gareth, Jon, Lucy and Eilish stepped up, sort of. This race turned out to be more of a battle of the fittest and after a half the race we gave up chasing, Settled for third and sang our way home.
A trip to the Tay, Twice in fact, Once on a social row from Perth to Wormit and once for medals. The trip down the Tay was enjoyed by many and the 20 odd miles was covered in good time and in good spirit. should be on the calender next year. The races at Newburgh were a new one on the calender this year, A odd shaped course and some strong wind and tide meant a difficult race. One the open men would love to forget! The 40s ladies did however beat the elements and bring home the gold, Albeit this time helped by 3 Anster women!
Two more to go. A trip to North Berwick and to see the Craig, some like it some like to see the back of it and some just want to get away from it as fast as possible. A Breeze of wind on the day a a crew from Ullapool stopped the ladies by a few boat lengths. Time and time again the Boatie went round consistent in our position as one of the leaders.
Castle semple – a rare chance to row on fresh water, calm water, 4 feet deep water. Boring? Surprisingly not because the races were close in the short sprints and the starts were immaculate. A lot to be desired! a Win for the novice men and notably Dave who had been 2nd so many time but finally got gold!
A rare chance for a breather and a social row down the tweed. Cancelled the night before, quick plans were drawn up and a trip to the union canal was on the cards, Quick trip to Avon Aquaduct which seemed like you were on top of the world. A broken oar to round of the year! True Boatie Style Flying high and Breaking oars!
Winter season has arrived everything has calmed down and people want to know when it all begins again, Can you take another year at this pace! The fundraisers have begun and the usuals were on the calender, Along with an unexpected arrival. A film night ? – Row it like you stole it.
Shot at the regatta the film was an instant success jean gerard and his production team did a great job to round of the years social events where many Prada, Armani and primark costumes were on show. The Preston lodge build is now a priority for our club, With Boatie Blest needing repairs, Boatie Rows in need of a freshen up a new boat cannot come soon enough. You cant rush an upgrade though!
3 quick stats for you –
17 races won in 2012
Cockenzie are claiming to be the winning side of the town after beating Port Seton.
Andrew and Lucy have won the most races of 2012.
To 2012 and the Boatie!
Stats have been collected for the site for the year 2012, some interesting facts and information is in the report.
Here’s an excerpt:
4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 15,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 3 Film Festivals
The Preston Lodge boat has had mixed rates of progress but recently work has been steady and today in a festive light entrance the first coat of undercoat was applied to the new skiff. The entrance to the school has been decorated for the seasonal events and today the builders were allowed in to apply some paint which can be done when pupils are not around (Health and safety madness!) The boat has been built as part of the Scottish Coastal Rowing Project and near by community group Boatie Blest which currently have 2 St Ayles skiffs on the water. Experience in the build is coming from some of the builders which built Boatie Rows and Boatie Blest which have been used extensivly around Scotland to row socially and also race against other clubs since May 2010. If you would like to know more about Boatie Blest, the Preston Lodge build or get involved please contact Stuart or Alex. Boatie Blest is always keen to hear from people who are building boats, starting builds or would like to become involved in the wider project.