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Our website has retired but we're still on the go - planning Loony Dook number 6 for New Year's day - all welcome! meanwhile keep an eye on our facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ardersierboaty/

and come for a row in our boat!

 

Cheers

Lorna

 

Rowing sessions

Come and join us for a row on Sunday afternoons, weather permitting. If the weather is rubbish you'll find us in the shed! See our calendar for more details.

 

 


 

 

 

Busy busy busy - sorry I've not been up to date with this page this summer - well the weather held us back a bit, and I've got a new job - so plenty of excuses. Our facebook page stays better up-to-date so have a look and see what Boat Club have been up to - click on the tab above.

Huge thanks to Cawdor Estate for our new Boatyard space. We've tidied it up, cleared weeds and rubbish out, and painted it and it looks pretty smart. We're settling in and can now offer you a cup of tea as well as a boat trip - bring cakes!


 

Ardersier Boat Club thanks Cawdor Estates -

 

1 October 2015

Ardersier Boat Club extends its thanks to Cawdor Estates for giving the Club the opportunity to lease and rejuvenate a derelict walled garden on the shores of Ardersier Bay. The walled garden was in dire need of tidying and repair. Over the course of 2015, ABC has cleared and beautified the space, making it a usable facility for storing its St Ayles Skiff, 'Esther', and a venue for its regular club meetings.

The Club was pleased to be able to thank Cawdor Estates in person, inviting Rachel Blomley to a late summer barbecue at the refurbished boatyard, which was well attended by ABC members and also the local community.

 


Esther has new digs!

15 September 2015

Ardersier Boat Club has swanky new premises on the shores of Ardersier Bay, near the slipway. Many thanks to Cawdor Estate for our new boatyard space - we've tidied it up, cleared out weeds and rubbish, and painted it, and it looks pretty smart. We're settling in and can now offer you a cup of tea as well as a boat trip - bring cakes!

Huge thanks to Lorna, Warren, Scott and John Ross whose perserverance in meetings and communications with Cawdor Estates made it possible. And many thanks to all who helped transform the boatyard: Warren did a stellar job knocking a gap in the wall for our new gates, as well as flattening the ground inside and painting walls inside and out. Lorna also did a fantastic job in clearing the yard and the sheds, painting walls and sourcing materials. Ian, Scott, and John Orr built the gates and dug postholes, and many other members provided invaluable help with sundry other jobs, including painting walls and sheds, and general tidying of the site. Congratulations to all involved!

From this:

 

To this!

 


ABC thanks On The High Street for tips (and treats)

30 August 2015

Thanks to local coffee and cake shop 'On The High Street', Ardersier, for sharing their well earned tips with local community groups - what a lovely surprise, and what a brilliant wee village we have here! Thanks guys, much appreciated - from an expresso and brownie-fuelled ABC!


 

It's back!

     It's wet!

          It's fun!   

Loony Dook 2015 - New Year's Day!

.... join us dooking and cooking for Ardersier!

dookers and lookers say 'happy new year'

shorecrew clear the slip on hogmanay

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

thankyou audrey piping us in

 

 

 

Thank you all for supporting our Loony Dookers - Ardersier community and Friends.

Thank you to Audrey on the Pipes, brilliant sound!

 

Many thanks to those behind the scenes

- special mention to the Soup-makers (Mrs Mutch, Mrs Hourston, Mrs Clarke, and Mrs Wood) and Bacon Butty Chefs, and many thanks to Lodge St Andrew for lending us our venue.

A Brilliant way to say 'A Happy NewYear' ! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Burghead launch day - 1st November

 

Well done to all and looking forward to joining you on Saturday!

 

Check out their lovely shed - built just this week, and in the nick of time for their launch...    ARDERSIER BOAT CLUB REALLY NEED A SHED!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

SCRA AGM - Loch Insh - October 25th

 

Two thirds of clubs were represented at the Scottish Coastal Rowing Association (SCRA) AGM, and yes... Ardersier were there too.

Thank you to the hard working SCRA committee for an enjoyable and well run AGM and sprint regatta.

Minutes and notes will appear on the SCRA website, and there's some great photos HERE....  meanwhile here's a picture from Ian Mills via the SCRA website of the day of the happy crews:

 

 

 


 

Seen in Ardersier Bay in October...

 

Our St Ayles skiff 'Esther' has been out in the bay - weather and crew numbers permitting, and we have had some lovely calm days. Evening sessions came to a halt in mid September as light levels became too low, so it's likely to be weekends only really from now on.

ANY Ardersier Boat Club member can set up a rowing session on our calendar, so if you've a free hour during the week, stick a session up and get out in the bay!

 

 

As you can see we've been messing about with kayaks and dinghies too - come and join the flotilla!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Mull Regatta 2014: September 5th - 7th

 

Thank you to Mull Coastal Rowing club and Dervaig ladies for fantastic hospitality and a brilliant weekend in Tobermory.

Ten Ardersier skiffies travelled west via ferries and single track to enjoy the company of Collieston, Luing, Seil, Port Seton and Mull crews to share skiffs and compete in sprints and 2 k races. The Official Regatta report is here!

Mull hospitality was fantastic, and appreciated by all...

Thank you to John for welcoming us on Thursday and on Friday, and for taking Keith and Lorna for a sail in Tobermory Bay - our first sailing experience! (and not our last...)

Thank you too to Neil and all who gave us lifts in the RIB and looked after us all so well.

Huge thanks too for the catering team - souperb soups, cracking crab sandwiches and yummy flapjacks!

 

Highlight of Saturday was the 6k round Calve Island race. Knowing we're not racing-fit, Ardersier decided to use the course as a charity fundraiser to help cancer patients at home and abroad. Six ABC crew rowed the course - with the ladies all rowing the entire circuit. A fantastic achievement for us all and we will know how much we've raised when we get home.

 

 

Here's the 6k crew!

 

Shorecrew duties were carried out by the remaining ABC team, an arduous round of coffee and cake on the High Street - well done them too!

 

 

 

 

Sunday saw us cruising into the Sound of Mull on a picnic row. Tides were low and the narrows proved entertaining!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks to Mull Coastal Rowing 's facebook page for some of these photos. Check them out!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Having come in at the end of the points tally, we were surprised and rather overwelmed to receive the overall winner's trophy by way of us representing the 'spirit of Coastal Rowing' with our charity row, (and, we like to think, letting everyone win races!)

 

Thank you Mull for a special and memorable weekend, and for making us so welcome, and even though we won't win any races, for making us all feel winners and a part of a fantastic community.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Rowing with Dolphins! August- September 2014

 

We are so lucky here in Ardersier - when we go out rowing we can see the Moray Firth dolphins close up most days at high tide. Getting a photo isn't so easy though and there are strict rules on approaching them - so here's a link to the Moray Firth Dolphins' very own website at www.moraydolphins.co.uk.

 

Dolphin watching is popular and the webpages of WDC - Whale and Dolphin Conservation is a good place to find more information.

 

 

 

 

 

Meanwhile we've been out every week and enjoyed some stimulating cetacean sensations!The picture, unfortunately, has had to come from wikipedia..... any budding wildlife photographers fancy a skiff trip? All welcome!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

'Go Wild on the Canal' : 23rd August

 

 

An invite from British Waterways saw us back at Muirton Basin for a fun day with lots of different boats, stalls and games. We enjoyed the day, promoting 'Coastal Rowing' and chatting to the public - Avoch came too with 'Zulu' and a crew took Shetland Yole 'New Dawn' too. After a confusing start, and unable to hear or see the umpires, or the turning point, we rowed up the Basin in a friendly 'race' to show of our skiffs. Worried about turning space amongst the expensive yachts and cruisers... Lorna turned 'Esther' early - much to the surprise of the 'Ochies - but desperate times require desperate measures! So Avoch won the day, and Ardersier came second... Silver medal to us then.

 


 

Avoch launch 'Zulu' : 16th August

 

And naturally... 'Esther' and Ardersier Boat Club were there!

Great launch and party to celebrate a fantastic looking skiff - you certainly won't lose her in the waves in a hurry...

'Zulu' is named after the type of fishing boat - and her bow has a wee 'zulu' carved into the stem.

We loved the thought that had gone into the day - the hand made yellow and black bunting, the 'Zulu' blessing, speeches, and the music (including two of our own crew 'on the fiddle'), tasty BBQ and lots of rowing.

Happy day! Well done Kathy and the 'Ochies.

We're looking forward to some Inverness Firth rowing: after Ardersier and Avoch, next to launch are Burghead, Findhorn and Fortrose. (Also, pleasingly, alphabetically correct - Lorna). Bring it on!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

August 2nd - Inverness Rowing Club hit the waves!

 

Keen to show off our Coastal Rowing to the 'slidey seats' at Inverness Rowing Club, we invited them along as and all went out together in 'Esther' for a jaunt around Ardersier Bay.

We were delighted to welcome their very own 'sea dogs' - doggies always welcome at ABC...

Thank you all who came - and thank you too for your top tips from the 'other' rowing perspective. You're always welcome to come along - our rowing sessions are on the calendar and often advertised too on facebook. See you soon!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Nairn Seaside Roadshow: July 18th

 

Highland Council Countryside Rangers invited us along to their 'Seaside Roadshow' on the links and we enjoyed a beautiful sunny day showing off 'Esther' and promoting Coastal Rowing (and Ardersier!).

It was hot! and Lorna and Ossian filled the paddling pool and cooled off with the rubber ducks and squirty bottles... Older types raced on our rowing machine and we were able to give some kindly donated fiz as prizes for our Treasure Hunt.

We didn't raise many funds, but a good time was had by all! Thanks to everyone who came and helped out at our gazebo stall - and to all who came and visited us on the day.

 


Loch Broom Regatta: July 11 - 13th

 

Twenty Ardersier Boaties headed west to Ullapool for a fabulous weekend of rowing, socialising and dancing the night away...

 

As always, Ullapool Coastal Rowing were fantastic hosts and the racing was fun and well organised. 20 Communities took part, with the furthest travelled being a Gig from Falmouth.

 

We weren't the fastest crew, but what fun! Everyone made new friends, enjoyed the midgies, and vowed to come back again next year... we just need some racing practice - come and have a go!

 

Full regatta report here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Burghead Harbour Day: July 5th

 

 

 

Burghead Coastal Rowing Club invited 'Esther' and Ardersier over for Harbour Day - and we took Boat Trips out around the harbour and enjoyed the day.

 

 

 

 

Many Ardersier fisher families settled in Burghead 'in the old days' and it's a great harbour for events.

 

Thanks to all for the invite - and hope 'Esther' has press-ganged a few more members for Burghead Coastal Rowing Club..... See you on launch day!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Chanonry RNLI Day: June 28th

'Esther' was invited across the water to officiate at the naming ceremony of the Fortrose new St Ayles skiff, and took potential skiffies out for a wee try-out round the harbour.

 

As well as the excellent naming ceremony for 'Chanonry Maid' - there was plenty fundraising for RNLI with boat trips, the Kessock lifeboat, fast rib trips, stalls, and races : the Cruiser Regatta and Nessie Cup.

 

Thanks Chanonry Sailing Club for inviting us over - a great day out and looking forward to launch day!

 


 

Summer Solstice: June 21st

Around 20 rowers from near and far around the Firth made the best of the longest day with trips around Ardersier Bay with 'Esther'. The sun came out at 9.30pm, and it was the perfect end to a busy day.

Most of us had been helping out all day at the community garden, where local environmental volunteers, JAPES and SAPES, held a Fun Day to celebrate 10 years of 'Pocket Garden-ing'. Ardersier locals turned out in force and, as always, gave generously to the gardeners - raising nearly £700.

Well done Ardersier!

 


Nairn: June 14th

Big thank-yous to Nairn Sailing Club for inviting us to their annual Open Day.

 

We splashed out on a bright red gazebo, hitched up Esther, and had a great day with some fundraising and fun!

 

Best of all, we met Nairnites keen to build their own skiff, and hopefully that can happen soon. There's plenty of enthusiasm - they just need a shed! (Does this sound familiar?)

 

So, sheds now being sought in Nairn AND Ardersier for community boat building. If you can help in any way, get in touch with us here and we'll pass on your details.

Meanwhile they have joined in with us here at Ardersier - we thank them for their support and give a warm welcome to our future skiffy rivals from the east!

 

 

 

 


Sail Caledonia: May 24 - 31st

 

After some (not very many) training sessions in Muirton Basin and Fndhorn Bay, Shetland Yole 'New Dawn'  completed the challenging 'Sail Caledonia' tour of the Caledonian Canal, gained new friends and blisters, and raised money for RNLI.

 

  Well done crew! Fantastic work.

 

 

 

 

 


 

Achiltibuie: May 16 - 18th

 

Ignoring dodgy weather forecasts, Ardersier Boat Club camped out near Achiltibuie for the Coigach Regatta, and what fun! 

It rained - it was sunny - and it rained again - but no-one really noticed...

 

 

 

 

 

 

More pictures on facebook - including highlight of the day - Pip the dog, who paddled out after her humans, and ended up taking part in the race. Big thank yous to Coigach Rowing Club and all at Achiltibuie for hosting. Generously, our crew took last place - making us popular opponents for anyone placed against us in Ullapool in July!

 

 


 

April, May: Ardersier Bay

We've been out in the bay most weeks, usually a Friday and a Sunday, with the Dolphins off Fort George, wee common seals, and the swans at Petty. Nairn Sailing Club invited us along to Whiteness in May, where we had a great row - spotting Eider, Seals, and Optimist Dingies by the score!

Dates of activities are on our calendar - and members can add in their own rowing sessions etc.

Membership and more info on the tab "All Aboot Us"

Come and have a go!

Email us on ardersierboatclub@yahoo.co.uk if you'd like a go in the holidays - and weather permitting, we'll arrange a trip out.

 


 

Beach Clean: Sunday 16th March 2014

On Sunday 16th just gone past

A Wild West Wind did fiercely blast

But luckily for Ardersier

We have some hardy Volunteers!

 

So huge big thanks to every critter

Who came in droves to pick the litter

And clear up all the package mess

Blown on the wind, from Inverness?

 

Along the beach and through the common  

They cleared all paths with litter on ‘em

By special request they too did go

Along High Street and Fisher Row

 

Then back for burgers – nice and hot

Donated by our new Spar shop

Well done to all – thanks for your time

And cheery smiles whilst fighting grime

 

We filled a trailer with bin bags

Of rubbish, bottles, butts of fags

All poisonous to our sea creatures

And causing us unsightly features

 

We love our village – Ardersier

And welcome you to snack while here

But litter louts we can’t condone

So Bag it, bin it, take it home!

 


Many thanks to all who came picking, bagging, barbequing, catering, capering, and generally contributing to our windiest beach clean ever!

The weather stats say Force 6 to 8 at times over the afternoon, so well done us all..

Many thanks to John at Spar for donating beefburgers and rolls - they were much appreciated and quickly scoffed.

We filled a whole trailer load and more - an amazing amount and thanks to the nice man at the dump who helped unload it all!

Lorna

 

 


Moray Firth Partnership AGM

Wed 19th February 2014

We were honoured to be invited to make a presentation at Moray Firth Partnership's AGM - and couldn't leave Esther behind, so straight after her weekend away with Soy Loon at Loch Insh, she had a two night sleepover at Great Glen House in Inverness.

Thank you to Moray Firth Partnership for the invite, and to the crew who helped Esther get moored  safely in the building.

 

We enjoyed the day, met some brilliant people, and heard some really inspiring and interesting presentations.

Maybe best of all - we met more potential skiffies and skiff builders. We already have 11 communities with skiffs either launched or on the way around the Moray Firth, and a 'Moray Cup' is already in planning.

Bring it on!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Esther's days out January and February

Feb 15-16 - Loch Insh

Forty folks met at Loch Insh for a weekend away at the Scottish Coastal Rowing seminar on Event planning - culminating in an exercise to plan a mini regatta for the participants on Sunday 16th Feb.

Ardersier's 'Esther' paired up with Portsoy's 'Soy Loon' to run some close and exciting races.

 

Esther did us proud, and Keith, Lorna and Pam all won their first ever races! - only to all be knocked out in the next heats.

 

More on Ewan Kennedy's Blog http://scottishboating.blogspot.co.uk/ 

 

 

Ardersier Bay

Some flat calm days in Ardersier - and an experimental session at low tide has made for some enjoyable trips out this winter. Low tide was a hoot! Too shallow for the rudder to be used, and requiring punting out to get afloat. We're planning making ourselves a 'lifting' rudder now for such occasions - our friends at Rowporty use one to get them out from Portobello beach.

 

 

Rowing sessions

We've been lucky with the weather so far over the winter, and managed a few sessions out in Ardersier Bay.

 Here we are - in November, while below, here's Rowporty surfing their beach - also in November - brave!

 

We have two regular slots - weather and tides permitting - the ladies have earmarked a session on a Friday 12:30 to 14:30 (finishing in time for the school run), and we usually meet on a Sunday - usually about 2pm, but all sessions are weather and tide dependent.

ABC members can set up their own sessions or join an existing one on the website calendar. Anyone is welcome to come along to give it a go - whenever suits you best - just check the calendar for dates and we will welcome you with open oars.

 

 

 


Loony Dook 2014

New Year's Day

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

ABC say a huge thank you to all who came and dooked, cooked, or just looked!

We raised enough to pay our club insurance for 2014, so well done and thank you everyone x

Ship's engineer Scotty took lots of Arderseirians for their first row, and the galley crew, led by Granny Skye, fed all dookers and supporters with home made soup and butties.

A good time was had by all and can't wait now till next year!

Meanwhile, come and have a go at a row in 2014 - we'll be doing some beginners' fitness groups too, so watch the website, facebook or local noticeboards for news.

See photo gallery for some pics, and facebook for lots more.

Happy New Year to all!



 

Launch Day!

Launch Day came and went in a flash!        

Thank you to all who came to support us and wish our Esther well.

We raised £300 from our raffle and donations, which helps pay our bills this month: annual accounts (£68), SCRA fees (£60), boat seat materials (£30) and the costs of the event itself.

Thanks must be said to Christine for soup, to Lodge St Andrew for the hall, and to all who contributed such fab baking and goodies for everyone to enjoy. Our raffle sponsors are listed on the tab above, and we are always grateful for our raffle prizes, and the lucky winners enjoyed receiving them!

 

 

 

Launch day was made all the better by Ardersier's own celebrities, and thank you to them for helping us out! Ardersier Primary School made posters and posed for publicity shots in the freezing cold!

On the day, Dennis led us off with pipes from the school to the slipway. Junior members from Nairn Pipe Band welcomed Esther to the shore and kept the tunes going while we got her ready to launch and dished out the mulled wne.  Rev Bob Logan gave Esther a lovely blessing, and Mary Douglas performed the launch ceremony.

Esther was joined on the water by 'New Dawn' - which Adrian and Nicky brought from Inverness. The two boats then took everyone aboard for a trip or a shottie rowing, and thanks to Andy, Scott, Adrian, Shane and all for staying out in the cold to do this while everyone else scoffed the goodies in the hall and caught up with each other.

Many thanks to all - brilliant!

We're now saving up for our insurance (£400) due in January, then hopefully that's the bulk of the spending done for a while...and then we can get rowing!




 

 

What’s afloat? – We are!!


Launch of our ‘Esther’ is planned for November 24th at about 2pm – more details to follow, so watch this space…

Everyone is welcome and it’s a chance to catch up and say a big thank you to everyone who has helped us build Ardersier’s first St Ayles skiff.


Before that weekends are busy–

it’s the SCRA AGM on the 24th and we’re visiting Avoch on the 9th and then a wee break to watch the slide seat folk on the canal, Inverness, on the 16th and 17th.

 

In the meantime, here's a wee video of Port Seton folk talking about how their boat project has made a difference to them and to the village.

 


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Ardersier skiff nearly afloat
 

30 September 2013
 

It’s taken us over a year, to turn a pile of ply into Ardersier’s first St Ayles skiff - ready for anyone to come coastal rowing, for fun, fitness and competition!


Over the year, Ben’s lost his carport to us - for which we can't thank him enough!; we’ve had to defrost the glue, laminate boat parts in the living room, and jump into the sea for fundraising.
We’ve learnt new skills, made new friends and visited new places.

 

Despite distractions of work, holidays, health hiccups, house moves and attending all those brilliant skiff regattas.... Ardersier’s first boat is nearly launched.


We’d like to have a launch party - with a parade to the slipway and a boat naming and blessing - so looking for nominations for people to carry out these important tasks.


One weekend afternoon in the next few weeks, when times and tides are right. We need to invite all our supporters and skiffies from other communities so posters will be posted, and facebook and websites updated We can’t afford to feed everyone, so it will be “bring a plate” and we’ll do the teas - a proper village do,  to thank those who have helped us and welcome everyone to our first community rowing skiff.
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More Moray Firth skiff builds - competition for Ardersier!


14 September 2013
Spent a fine morning at Burghead - it was Caroline’s birthday and skiffs “Soy Quine” and “Boatie Blest” had travelled west/ north to be in the harbour to celebrate the day and support the start of the Burghead Coastal Rowing club.


Here they are on the right setting off
And a fine bunch they are too!
More good news : Findhorn and Avoch are going to build their own skiffs too - so hopefully a wee Moray Firth league can get going when we’re all out on the water....Wick, Helmsdale, Cromarty (interest started), Avoch, Fortrose (also interest here), Ardersier, Findhorn, Burghead, Portsoy - any more???
SCRA have a brilliant ‘club finder’ map for contacts and boat clubs - http://scottishcoastalrowing.org/club-finder


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New Dawn for Ardersier
 

24 August 2013
ABC members joined in the fun at the Sea Scouts Fun Day at Muirtown Basin. Brilliant activities and good grub made for a perfect event - recommended for next year and well done those Sea Scouts and their leaders
We had a chance to row and sail the Shetland yole ‘New Dawn’.  She’s very like our own skiff - about the same size, but built in larch on oak, so much heavier. We were bailing as fast as we were sailing - but we had a great day, met new friends, and learned some more boaty skills
We’re making plans to take New Dawn to visit Ardersier soon, so dust off your Viking gear and come aboard.

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St Ayles Skiff World Championships


14th July 2013
Hard-core ABC skiffie groupies camped for the week in glorious sunshine for the inaugural skiff World Championships. New friends, great fun, ceilidhs and craic, and rowing http://skiffieworlds.com/about/
The official World Championships site
is worth a look. And well done to local teams and helpers who hosted such a fantastic week of events
Huge cheers for Achiltibuie – their own club Coigach Community Rowing are officially our World Champions! Watch out Coigach – we’ll be right behind you! Meanwhile for Ardersier, happy memories, and back to the sandpaper and paint for a wee while longer - see build blog and facebook tabs for latest build progress.

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Scottish Traditional Boat Festival


22-23rd June 2013


Several Ardersier skiffie hopefuls were spotted in Portsoy over the weekend at the  Scottish Traditional Boat Festival.


Saturday racing was underway all day, with ceilidhs and cake to follow. The Sunday rowers showed us just how seaworthy our skiffs are - braving 3m swells – before racing was cancelled for the rest of the day! Congratulations to the Portsoy Skiffettes with ‘Soy Quine’ for winning a well-deserved newcomers award. The Skiffettes are brilliant ambassadors for the camaraderie and sport of coastal rowing.


 

 

 

 

 

 

Respect and congrats too go to Rowporty as overall winners - brilliantly well done!


Thanks to the Portsoy Skiffettes and to Robbie for showing us how the Umpiring is done, and to all who gave out their top boat-building tips! See you next year!
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Wick Harbour Day
 

15th June 2013

 

An ABC famous five trundled up the A9 to support ‘ee Wickers at their Harbour Day, catch up on news and see ‘Spirit O’Wick’ - their first St Ayles skiff...


What a beautifully built boat! Those Wickers should be rightly proud...see pic left.


Coigach and Helmsdale brought boats - and there was some Harbour rowing, and general bonhomie!

 

It was raining (did anyone notice?) and we found indoors boaty entertainment through Wick Heritage Society’s film shows in the old Market, and enjoyed a couple of hours in the amazing tardis-like museum.


Thanks to Wick Coastal Rowing for their chat and boat-build advice - Spirit O’Wick looks fantastic – beautifully made - and we look forward to seeing her out in the Firth soon.

 

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Mayday! Radio Training Day
 

25th May 2013

Eight of us attended training and passed exams to obtain our Marine Radio Short Range Certificates. Thanks to MacLeod Organics for use of the cafe for a venue, and to Findhorn Marina for hosting the course and getting us up to speed. Foxtrot Alpha Bravo!
 

The RYA site describes the course, which includes the topics of:


• the basics of radio operation
• the correct frequencies (channels) to be used
• distress, emergency and medical assistance procedures
• making ship to shore telephone calls
• Digital Selective Calling (DSC) using simulators
• Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS)
• Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRB)&
• Search and Rescue (SART)

 

The course will be taught using radio simulators and will be examined by a short written test.
We passed! Congratulations to Ali, Alison M, Alison Mac, Julie, Lorna, John, Keith and Scott. The girls, of course, beat the boys overall.

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Open Farm Sunday
 

9th June 10am - 4pm
 

Come and join the fun at MacLeod Organics, Ardersier
Activities include: Farm Trail, Treasure Hunt, Metal Detecting, Seed Identification + lots more fun!

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Coigach Regatta
 

19th May 2013


Some young and not-so-young Ardersier rowers had their first ever row at Achiltibuie at the weekend - thanks to Topher and ‘Ulla’ from Ullapool.

It was also a first outing for our new lifejackets - purchased with help from Inverness Area Sports Council - so big thanks to IASC too.


Coigach Regatta provided the venue for a great couple of days (and nights) out - and not a drop of rain or a midge in sight - perfect!


More pictures and race results on the Coigach website
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A Big Turnout for Boat Turning!

21 April 2013

A Big Thank you and a pat-on-the-back to all who helped our boat see light of day for the first time on Sunday (21st April).

 

 

An enthusiastic JAPES crew helped lift her out of the shed.........
 

 

 

and then turn her off the build frame and onto her keel......................


Scary stuff - but everyone helped take the weight, and plonk her down gently on the drying green.
 

 

 

 

 

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Big Boaty Thanks to all who helped out -

Come and sand her bottom -

Sundays at 2pm
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Beach Clean and BBQ
 

Sunday 21st April
Wild, windy and wonderful!


125 people came along to help with our first Beach Clean and BBQ, which we held in conjunction with the Highland Council Ranger Service, Moray Firth Partnership, and local community groups JAPES and the Youth Club.


We filled a large trailer piled high with bin bags of beach clean rubbish from the bay, the paths, and the common. A big thanks to everyone that joined in - special mentions to Scott, our resident Aussie BBQ chef, and to Andy for the use of the Hall for shelter from the gales.


Special thanks and a big ‘well done’ to all who helped out - and proving once again, what a brilliant community we have here in Ardersier.
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Name our Boat!
 

What shall we name her?
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/C79BDSZ; Click here to join in the survey.

We've asked at the school and the senior citz club.  Suggestions so far are many and varied! Will post a vote-with-a-like poll on facebook soon


Our build is progressing - see build blog and facebook for pics. Sessions are also on the calendar - some midweek and some on a Sunday - all at 1pm February and March. Come and join in, have a look, or just bring some cake - all welcome!
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Portsoy Quine launch & lunch!
 

Saturday 2nd March 2013

Eight abc boaties ventured east to Portsoy for the Skiffettes boat launch on Saturday - a big thanks to them, brilliant fun event, and fabulous hospitality.


Pics on facebook, and here’s one with ourselves in the parade...


Weel done the lassies, Pete and Alex!

 

 

 

 

 

 


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What’s afloat? We are!

We may not have our boat quite yet, but we have lifejackets!


Big thanks to Inverness Area Sports Council for helping with funding for our new lifejackets. They will be much appreciated - for visiting other community events out and about, before using at home when we are launched here in Ardersier!
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Winter FUNdraisers:
 

A big thank you to all who supported our New Year’s Day Loony Dook.


Spectators outnumbered dookers at about 10 to one: (Ardersier locals are obviously not as daft as the dookers)...


Hot bacon butties and soup resuscitated crowd and dookers alike, and a huge THANK YOU to Christine and John Wood for providing this emergency service! And many thanks too, to Ali, Andy and all at Lodge St Andrew for hospitality and shelter.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our first ever Winter Raffle was drawn following the Dook.

Local businesses and individuals generously donated prizes, and are credited on our sponsors’ page on this website.

Please have a look and support them in turn, by shopping locally and recommending them to friends!

 


The Dook and raffle raised about £500 for the local church, and the same for our boat build.

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

Outstanding dook sponsorship award should go to our Heather for raising the most, dooking the furthest and dragging Lorna back in with her.
 

 

 

 

Well done to all dookers and supporters – see you next year?
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