The AGM will be held at 8pm on Thursday 30th March.

As of the AGM there will be two vacancies on the Management Committee. We will be looking to fill the following posts:
Honorary Treasurer
Rowing Convenor

Anyone interested in either post should contact the Vice President or Honorary Secretary

Adam A. Graham
Honorary Secretary


As part of the wonderful series of talks and workshops organised this year by Tom Kater, there is a talk on Thursday 9th March by Hugh Kerr covering the famous (or infamous) Long Rows.

These were unsupported privately organised rowing trips, normally outside the Mull of Kintyre, predominantly undertaken in Zebra. They ranged from simple circumnavigations of Arran up to trips to Ireland and even an attempt to reach St. Kilda.

During his research Hugh has spoken to some of the participants, gathering first hand accounts, photos and other relevant materials. These will all combine to create an interesting insight into a period of the Club’s relatively recent history when adventurous spirits and self reliance were at the fore.

We are expecting a number of the participants of the 18-20 Long Rows to be in attendance. No doubt keen to share their memories of time spent in Zebra and other boats. Anyone interested in understanding this period of our history and maybe considering similar trips in rowing boats, kayaks or dinghies, would be advised to take this opportunity to meet the folk who did it in the ’60s, ’70s & ’80s.

The photograph above was taken in 2011 and is of the 40th anniversary reunion of the squad that rowed Zebra to Skye and back in 1971.

Adam Graham
Hon. Sec
(Long Row ’84, ’86 & ’88)

The 200 club winners drawn by John Bruce on Friday night are:

December 2016

1st – Marie Paterson
2nd – Jimmy Crawford
3rd – Sandy Disseldorf

January 2017

1st – John Taylor
2nd – Rose Sloan
3rd – George Carson

February 2017

1st – John Phillips
2nd – John Mathies
3rd – E Morman

One of our members has kindly donated new and unused Vango camping equipment to be auctioned to Club members. We are going to hold a blind auction for all of the equipment. Just put your bid amount into a sealed envelope with your name and contact details, mark the envelope “Camping equipment bid” and leave in the bar. We will open the bid envelopes on Saturday the 1st of April, after the opening cruise

Highest bid wins..

There’s a reserve price of £60 as the value of the equipment is around £300.

Vango Ark 200+ tent (retails at £90)

Vango sleeping bags X2

Campgaz two burner folding stove

Vango cooking kit

Vango thermos flask

Trangia Kettle

Electric 12V pump

Tarp / ground sheet

Single inflatable bed

Tent pegs and ropes

Good luck..

 

Start of first leg (Bob Dawson Troon CRC)

Hi All,

On Thursday night Ian is going to be giving a talk on rowing, aimed at members who do not currently row but would like to. This is programmed for 8pm.

Saturday afternoon at 3pm, those who are interested in racing this year should meet at the Club to discuss the coming season. Which event you can or would like to attend.

For anyone interested in learning more about the history of long distance rowing trips from the Club, there is a talk on Thursday 9th March at 8pm.

Regards

Adam

There have been a few improvement projects ongoing over the last few months. The latest update on them is as follows;

1. As some of you may have noticed we have been installing a new fire detection system within the clubhouse. This has extended the detection to the upper part of the clubhouse and into the attic voids. This was undertaken voluntarily by a small number of suitably experienced members, with the Club covering the cost for materials. Over the last couple of days we have had an external contractor working to test, commission & certify the system. There will be a system test on the evening of the AGM so that members can hear the sounders and to comply with statutory requirements.

2. Our broadband and subsequently the Wifi has been upgraded. You should find connection a lot better, even during busy events in the clubhouse.

3. Plans for the new boatshed on the foreshore, to replace the container, should be available shortly. In case you were not aware, our new neighbours (Ogilvie Homes) have offered to help us improve the appearance of this area of the foreshore. Their contribution is a new boatshed in line with the top of the middle slipway, big enough for the rescue boat plus the same again.

4. The telecoms mast was due to have been removed about now but CTIL have asked for an extension to the lease for at least 3 months with an option to roll that forward on a month-by-month basis following that. The Committee has agreed to this as the income from the mast has provided the funds to undertake a number of projects on the fabric of the clubhouse. This has included the external fire escape stairs refurbishment, main door entrance stairs & bridge replacement, now central heating boiler and hot water tank.

There was a boatshed tidy last weekend. We will arrange another session before the start of the season to tidy the beach and gardens. Watch out for the dates on this website and the social media sites linked to the Club.

Adam A. Graham
Hon. Sec.

The AGM will be held at 8pm on Thursday 30th March.

Minutes of 2016 AGM and accounts for the year 2016-17 will be posted on the Club noticeboard in advance.
Any Committee vacancies will also be posted in advance of the meeting.

Adam A. Graham
Honorary Secretary

Our rowing coach Ian is holding a talk on basic rowing skills and techniques on Thursday the 16th of February at 8pm.

This is aimed at those new to rowing and anyone interested in getting into a rowing boat this season

Hope you can come along

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