Banffshire Coast News

Rowers delighted with Soy Quine's new lease of life

The skiff Soy Quine is all ready for the Scottish Traditional Boat Festival this weekend - after a lengthy re-fit and upgrade by dedicated members of Portsoy Coastal Rowing Club.

The glamorous pink lady saw final outfitting and sea trials, with rowers agreeing that not only does the boat look really special, she handles better than ever.

Through experience, the team has learned a great deal about what works best for rowers.  So, they have repositioned the benches and designed new footrests, which makes rowing more comfortable.  Rowlocks and oars have also been re-designed to make them more efficient; and the beautifully crafted new tiller and rudder created by one of the volunteers are what makes this re-fit extra special.

The Quine's brother, Soy Loon, has been working extra hard, with rowers taking him to sea at every opportunity.  His turn for a re-fit will come later this year.

Anyone who would like to try rowing - from 16 to 80 - with or without experience - is very welcome to come along to regular Tuesday and Thursday club nights at Portsoy Harbour.

Club rowers have already rowed at Collieston, Findhorn and Catterline this year; but the first big competition comes this weekend at the Scottish Traditional Boat Festival on 4th and 5th July - with 14 teams entered.

The number of new skiffs built by communities around the Moray Firth continues to increase.  Although started in Scotland, this has become a popular enterprise worldwide.  Nearby, new boats have recently taken to the water at Burghead and Findhorn, with Findochty expected to launch very soon. 

A brand new skiff has also been built by youngsters at Banff Academy - the first by a school in the area - as part of a unique boatbuilding course under the direction of the Portsoy Organisation for Restoration and Training - a core subject, not a special project.  The launch of the vessel, together with 2 other small boats built by youngsters involved in academy boatbuilding, will take place at 1 p.m. on Friday 3rd July at Portsoy Harbour.

For more information about the club, visit Portsoy Coastal Rowing Club's Facebook page, or contact Wendy on 07717 220018.


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