Boat Handling Video 1

 

It’s the middle of May. The early spring flowers are nearly over. The blossom is out on the cherry trees. It should be gently warming up towards summer.

But instead, a snell Nor’ Easter blows in from the North Sea, whipping the waves up into a frenzy of surf, spray and foam. The crews, instead of getting out into the water, spend their time staring forlornly out into the Firth and wondering when the good weather will actually reach this part of the world!

What better time to think about making a safety video.

 

It’s been talked about for a while – but finally Margaret O’Neill (the words) and David Calder (the pictures) got together to make it happen. Margaret brought together a skilled Boat Handling Team: Catherine Scott, Calum Macdonald, Mhairi Sumner, Pam MacDiarmid, Patsy James, Suzanne Connolly.

This video – the second in the series – focuses on manoeuvring the skiff, lifting it off and on to trolleys and stowing it after use. Look out for more as the weather (hopefully) improves!

Success at Eskmuthe Quiz Night

 

We won! This “silver” trophy was the prize won by “The Sea Dog’s Rollocks!” – a RowPorty team made up of Margaret O’Neill, Ian Campbell, Mhairi Sumner and David Calder.

We all had a thoroughly enjoyable time at the Eskmuthe Quiz Night in Musselburgh. The RowPorty crew joined teams from Boatie Blest and the home club in a thoroughly enjoyable evening, a mix of friendly competition and excellent curry!

There were six rounds in total, with subjects as varied as “sea areas and sea lanes” and films and television programmes where the sea played a significant part. Each team could play a “Joker” and gain double the points. The winning team scored 19/20 in the first round, one where they had played the Joker, and that set the pattern for the rest of the evening.

There was however more than just a quiz. There was also a game of bingo which another RowPorty team, made up of Max and Jess Blinkhorn and Michael Reville, won. Max also won a bottle of malt whisky in the raffle.

The trophy may look impressive on the table – but as you can see below, it is a somewhat less impressive prize when put into context!

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And thanks to Max for this picture of the winning team!

The Winning Team

Drogue Training

RowPorty has just invested in drogues (a device attached to the stern and used to slow the boat down in a storm and to keep the hull perpendicular to the waves). Alex Martin gave a demonstration of how to deploy them. Hopefully, we’ll never need to use them!