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Coastal Rowing 2017
A party of 12 rowers from Findochty Water Sports
Club descended on Porsoy on Sunday April 30th to
take part in the first ever 6 Harbours Row, in our Club
Skiff, "Morag".  It was low water, spring tides when we
started so we ferried the extra rowers out to our
support vessel, yacht, " About Time" which was at
anchor outside the harbour. At precisely 10 am Morag
set off for leg one of the course which was from
Portsoy to Sandend.  Despite the chavvy conditions
the rowers made good speed along the coast, with
both tide and wind direction in our favour.  The first crew
change took part from yacht to skiff, on the east side of
Sandend Bay.  Leg 2 of the course was a much longer distance,
all the way to the outskirts of Cullen Harbour.  We recorded
boat speeds of up to 6.7knots on this leg where there was a sea
swell but the wind was blowing a steady 22 knots behind us,
helping us along nicely.
Once we reached The vicinity of Cullen harbour we did another
crew change and set off for Portknockie, perhaps the most
challenging leg of all because of the sea state and the wind
conditions, we had lumpy water all the way.  The penultimate
crew change happened in the calm of Portknockie harbour
entrance and Morag then set off for her mother port of
Findochty where she and her crew did a row around the
harbour basin before returning to the support yacht for
the final crew change of the day.  The final leg was
rowed in more settled conditions with flatter water and
slightly less wind and the teams took the inshore route
through the Craigenroan and the 3 mucks.  We made a
grand entrance to Buckie harbour, everyone wearing
the blue colours of Findochty Water Sports club and
closely tailed by About Time.  The majority of the
rowers rowed for 2 legs of the 5 leg course and we
finished the distance of 12 miles in a very fast time of
3 hours and 10 minutes, thanks to the conditions on the
day.  Local, John Smith, kindly filmed us using his
drone and it is on utube.  Findochty Skiffs.   Here’s
looking forward to next year.
A lot of our people are sailors as well as rowers and will scoff at the next bit. You don't have to read it!!
For anybody out there who has not been exposed to tidal jargon here is a wee bit of help to understand
what we are discussing when we speak about NEAPS as it has nothing to do with fermer Muckledubs's parks.
A spring tide occurs about 1 to 2 days after the new moon and a full moon.
The high water is highest and the low water is lowest. biggest peaks and lowest troughs.
A Neap tide occurs just after the half moon. There is a LOW high water and a HIGH low water, relatively
speaking. In this part of the country, Spring tide highs are always middle of day and midnight with low water
occurring around breakfast and suppertime.
Neap tide highs and lows are the opposite. Hence when you hear us speak of "Its Springs so we will be
rowing around lunchtime into afternoon with no chance of evening rowing" or "Its Neaps so good chance of
any time of the day rowing" you will have a good idea where the thinking comes from. Hope that
helps at least 1 person.
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