Who are we?
The Newhaven Coastal Rowing Club is based in Newhaven, Edinburgh. In 2010 we built and launched a skiff “The Wee Michael”, named after the famous “Great Michael” launched at Newhaven in 1511. Since then we’ve become a regular sight rowing out on the Forth.
When do we row?
We row all year round, weekends in the winter and also during evenings in the summer. We hold all sorts of social rows from a leisurely row to Cramond for coffee, picnics at Inchcolm, a row along the River Tweed to family beach BBQ days. We get involved and race at rowing regattas all around Scotland from Dunbar to Achiltibuie.
Who can join?
Anyone! We are a community based voluntary group, run by local people. You do not need to be an athlete or have any previous rowing experience. Just lots of enthusiasm! We are always looking for new members, so get in touch.
We regularly run newcomers rows, to introduce complete novices to rowing, to familiarise you with “The Wee Michael” and basic rowing techniques.
We understand that many people have never been in a rowing boat before. Never mind a seaworthy boat that can ride the waves of the Forth!
So we operate a trial period before you decide to become a member. This gives you two rows, your first being our newcomer row in the safety of a sheltered harbour, and after that you can venture out on one of our “Beyond the harbour wall” rows.
If you enjoy the fun and excitement of being out on the open waves; the peace and tranquility of being the only boat on the water; the closeness to nature seeing seals and birds; or perhaps just the general banter, then you can join our crew!
We have junior, adult and family membership options starting from just £20 for the year. We also charge £2 per row which helps to cover maintenance, materials and insurance costs.
If you are interested in becoming a member contact us at Newhavencoastalrowers@gmail.com
Reviving an old sport
The Scottish Coastal Rowing Project is an initiative supported by The Scottish Fisheries Museum to encourage inter-community rowing competitions around Scotland. All the communities who race the boats have built them as well!
Newhaven [see photo’s of Newhaven] has a long maritime history and the traditional activities of the area are sadly now in decline. The Newhaven Coastal Rowers wish to recreate and commemorate this heritage – we think it fitting that “The Wee Michael” was built, launched and is rowed here.
We think it is important to further nurture and grow the once vibrant community spirit that was evident in and around Newhaven. We hope a rekindled sense of belonging will promote a pride in the area which will benefit the whole community.
If you would like to have a go then please contact us at Newhavencoastalrowers@gmail.com or join our facebook group and get in touch!