Don’t fancy rowing in this weather?

They keep rowing through the winter in Finland:

Portobello High Street seemed icy enough this evening – but can we get a sled big enough for four rowers and an cox built in time?

Thanks to Rowing for Pleasure

Alternatively perhaps we could fit snow tires to these:

Perhaps we could even get a five seater version – a quindem? – and the crew could tow Icebreaker to regattas next year?

Of course there’s no need for RowPorty to remain earth- or water-bound:

Apparently this world first human-powered-flapping-wing-flying-machine uses the same mechanism as the tandem above.

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Something’s happening in the workshop

Icebreaker_and_skiff_2Ali_grant_and_the_second_plank

We have been busy lately with the building of the second skiff and doing some repairs to Icebreaker. Nik Savage has been working away with some hard core volunteers on getting the second plank glued despite the cold dark evenings. We are on target to finish the planking after Xmas and turn the boat at in January, but because the workshop is not heated or connected onto the grid we may find it too cold for the glue to set, which might set us back a month.  

At the same time Nick Johnson and Andres and others have been repairing the gunwales, which had began to de-laminate due to the inappropriate use of metal pins! We took this opportunity to reinforce our gunwales by gluing another strip of larch on the inside of the gunwales where the oarlocks are. At the same time we replaced the aft metal pin with proper wooden ones, replacing the routhes as we went.

Buy a raffle ticket: eat out, eat veg, wear wool, go to work!

Just some of the raffle prizes at our fundraising ceilidh on Saturday 20th November:

A £20 voucher to spend at Tiso
The outdoor specialists

Dinner for two with a bottle of wine at the Espy
Looking over the sands of Portobello, across the seas of the Firth of Forth to the Kingdom of Fife, the Espy has great food, a relaxed atmosphere with great service

A £20 voucher to spend on tea and cakes at the Beach House donated by Andres

Dinner for two at The Grainstore Restaurant
The very best of Scottish Produce prepared ‘a la main’ – individually cooked to order with accompanying sauces prepared on the spot

Photographic portrait session and one print, by Miles Tubb
As part of his work for the Living Memory Association, Miles photographs people and places. Miles Tubb, 07504 616369

Organic fruit and/or vegetables, East Coast Organics
East Coast Organics is Scotland’s highly awarded organic farm & vegetable delivery service

Merino clothing, Icebreaker
Award winning technical clothing from sustainable, pure merino wool

One months membership, The Melting Pot
The Melting Pot Edinburgh provides spaces for individuals and organisations to work, connect, meet and hold events

And more…

Buy your raffles tickets from Rowporty members – look out for them in the High Street on Saturday.

Thanks to all the companies and people who have donated prizes.