Posted by: newhavenrow | June 21, 2011

Coigach Regatta – May 2011

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Great weekend even though 4 tents got blown down and damaged. Lovely to get to the Summer Isles on the sunday through the wild weather, hailstones and choppy seas.

Many thanks to all the locals who made us so welcome and allowed us to use the Community Hall to sleep in on the friday night. Fun was had by all and looking forward to a repeat (with better weather) in 2012.

Posted by: newhavenrow | May 28, 2011

Our first regatta – Dunbar May 2011

Leaving Dunbar harbour for the start line

Our first regatta at Dunbar was a fantastic experience – the sea was very choppy, with large waves and troughs – exhilarating but took some getting used to! Our fitness training paid off as all of our teams managed to complete the course under difficult conditions.
We enjoyed the camaraderie with the other competing teams and the warm hospitality from the Dunbar team at the BBQ at the end of the day. A great first competition.

Steady!Out in the choppy waves

Posted by: newhavenrow | April 11, 2011

A row on the wild side

Strong winds in Granton Harbour

The whole weekend was supposed to be big rowing session, getting beginners and the more experienced on the water. Saturday was for beginners and this was blown off due to high winds: 5-6 South Westerlies. A bit of a let down as plenty of enthusiasm and sunshine were present, but not a great time to be coaching with a leeward harbour wall looming.

Sunday was better, the wind had dropped a notch and with the more experienced about (wanting to go far afield to Cramond) we were able to do some rowing around Granton Harbour. We did venture outside the harbour entrance for a very short while to experience the 4ft waves and strong winds. The skiff rode the waves very well, not a drop inside, and Cath swiftly turn us around and surfed us back into the relative safety of Granton.

Oars keep sliding of the wear strips

Posted by: newhavenrow | March 20, 2011

Getting fit for the 2011 regattas!

In anticipation of our first regattas, the Newhaven Coastal Rowers are getting fit!  Under the expert guidance of Jenny Maclean from EnergyWise Health & Fitness we are attempting, with our weekly fitness regime, to be ready for action in the 2011 summer regattas.

If you would like to find out what the Newhaven Coastal Rowers are all about, come and meet us at our next fitness session.  Simply arrive in comfortable clothing and trainers at the statue in Victoria Park, Newhaven Road, on a Wednesday evening at 6.30pm – come and join in the fun!

Strengthening those rowing arms

Hup two ...

Fly and nimble!

All still smiling at the finish

Posted by: newhavenrow | February 1, 2011

NCRC Meeting Saturday 12th February 2011

This is to annouce that we will be having a meeting to discuss the year ahead on Saturday 12th February 2011.

The meeting will discuss the forthcoming Scottish Coastal Rowing regattas, our training plans, rowing schedule and party nights!

The meeting will be held at Forth Corinthians Yacht Club, Granton Square on Saturday 12th February at 7:30pm. 

 The bar will be open.

 If you are interested in skiff rowing, or want to join the NCRC then do come along.

Posted by: newhavenrow | January 1, 2011

Happy New Year 2011

Perfect day for a gentle row, ready to launch The Wee Michael.

Happy New Year and to start the year as we intend to continue we went out on the water in Granton Harbour for a training session. Over 20 people had a go rowing, or in the case of our very younger members – assist with rowing.

The weather was kind to us, with a relatively warm surface air temperature of 1degree, light wind and very little swell. Blishfully tropical compared to the weeks of winter weather we have been experiencing.

Several laps of the harbour were made, practicing rowing in sync, tight turns around the numerous bouys littering the harbour and some speed work to finish off the day.

Ladies out on a New Year's day row.

We had a number of complete novices out on the water who all managed very well and we potentially have a few more recruits for the ladies team.

David did a great job in coaching the “skiff wiffies” who were out in full force and were certainly not wanting to be left behind. The “skiff wiffies” are our other half who have endured and tolerated a year of absent spouses and are now keen to join in the fun.

Skiff out on the water with next team eager to have a go.

Posted by: newhavenrow | January 1, 2011

A generous contribution from Trinity Toddlers

We have had a very generous contribution, in the form of a cheque, from Trinity Toddlers. They were very keen to contribute to our project in the hope that as they get older they will be able to join in the fun. Trinity Toddlers is a group of wee toddlers that meet on a regular basis to socialise and have fun (accompanied by a parent or two).

We are very grateful for their donation, which came completely out of the blue . They are offcourse all very welcome to come down to visit the skiff and perhaps let they parents have a go rowing.

Posted by: newhavenrow | November 15, 2010

The Wee Michael launches at Newhaven

The Newhaven Coastal Rowers proudly presented “The Wee Michael” to the community of Newhaven yesterday morning, Sunday 14 November at 0930, at Newhaven Harbour.

Our Guest of Honour, George Hackland, who was present at the last boat launch at Newhaven in 1928, described his experience when the Reliance was launched 82 years ago.  George named our skiff “The Wee Michael” and presented certificates to Mhairi Thomson and Heather Cloete, the two pupils of Victoria Primary School who won our naming competition.  Mhairi and Heather independently submitted “The Wee Michael” as their entries into the competition, not realising the other had done so!  Both girls linked the build and launch of our skiff to another great historical ship, “The Great Michael”, the largest warship of its time, which was built and launched in Newhaven over 500 years ago.  We are proud that our “Wee Michael” treads in its footsteps.

We would like to thank everyone that made the launch feel very special – despite the early hour and rain the launch was watched by a big crowd of wellwishers – we hope you all enjoyed it and thank you for coming.  We wish to thank the crews of the Ice Breaker from Portobello and St. Baldred’s from North Berwick for providing a magnificent salute and great support.

Our launch was a huge success thanks to the support of many local people and businesses including Cammy Day, Waterfront Edinburgh, Forth and Leith Neighbourhood Partnerships, George Hackland, Victoria Primary School, Corinthian Yacht Club, Seafield Coachworks, KallKwick, Distribution Unlimited, Edinburgh Boat Charters, Forth Ports, David Brand Snr, Get Branded, Loch Fyne restaurant and Peter Mitchell, our piper.  Thank you to you all.

This launch is just the beginning as we work towards forging stronger links with local schools, community groups and businesses to encourage everyone in the community to participate.  We look forward to our first regatta in May 2011 and most of all we look forward to welcoming new people to row and have fun!

Posted by: newhavenrow | November 12, 2010

Launch and thanks to all our supporters

Our launch day is nearly upon us – this Sunday – 14 November at Newhaven Harbour at 9.30am.  We would love to see you there.

We feel we have been extremely lucky with all the support we have received from local businesses, organisations and local residents.  We would like to say a special thank you to Seafield Coachworks and SMS Engineering who have made the most fantastic trailer for our skiff.  We are absolutely delighted and both skiff and trailer will be revealed at our launch this Sunday.

We would also like to thank British Red Cross who will be attending our launch to ensure spectators and team alike stay safe.

Come and join us on Sunday – be part of our venture and have an adventure!

Posted by: newhavenrow | November 5, 2010

Skiff Launch Day! Sunday 14th Nov.

We are pleased to announce that we will be launching the Newhaven Skiff on Sunday 14th November 2010 at 09:30.

The launch will be at Newhaven Harbour.

George Hackland, Newhaven resident, who attended the launch of the last boat to go into the water at Newhaven, Reliance, in 1928 will officially launch our skiff.

Come and help us celebrate the launch of the Newhaven Coastal Rowers skiff, the first boat to be launched at Newhaven Harbour for 82 years.

The pupils of Victoria Primary School have held a naming competition and we invite you to join us as we launch and officially name our skiff.

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