Sunday, 11 July 2010

A tough days rowing at Aith

After Saturday being so nice I knew it was a bit much to expect today to be the same for the SYRA (Shetland Yoal Rowing Association) race at Aith.

It was warm, but the drive there was with full fog lights on and when we arrived for all it wasn't foggy the wind wasn't the best, strong and offshore. Atleast it was running straight down the course and with a short fetch things weren't to choppy. That changed as the day went on and by the final veteran mens races white caps were clearly seen along the voe and the race was pretty wet.

Bunting straining in the wind, but not a bad day really

This was Clare's debut race and the pressure was on as she was sitting in starboard stroke position. This means she has to keep time with the lead (port stroke) and keep the pace for the other two rowers behind her. Not an easy job and certainly not an easy one for a first race, but she did well.

On the way to the start...

At the finish

Here's Vidlin's Open Mens team (red boat and me) in the mix

It was a long, but good day out. Beren enjoyed himself and was keen to get in a boat himself. Will that be the case when he's big enough to row though?

We had a pretty mixed bag of results over the day, but the under 21 lasses got us a second place, if memory serves me right. To be honest I don't take too much notice of the placings, but a first would be nice!

Every placing gets points, so it's not really until the end of the season you know, for example, how Vidlin have done over all. Having a team for every class and getting points could leave us a head of teams that get better placings in individual races, but can't field a team for every race.

Anyway, I just enjoy the rowing and the social side of things, very friendly, competitive but not overly serious (honest!)

Next week Whiteness and Weisdale...

P.S. Here's the rules for yoal size and construction and an interesting page on Shetlopedia about the yoal


  1. Great to see you've got into the rowing. A yoal is a fantastic boat to row, even in choppy conditions.

    A question that me and Peerie Trowie have just been pondering over is, what length are the rowing yoals, from stem to stern? The longest yoal I ever knew of was one which my brother owned, which was 23ft 10in. She was a bit of a rarity, built by Johnson of Skelberry, from driftwood, and hence named the 'Oceans Gift'.

    I'm getting nostalgic about boats now, must be getting old. LOL

  2. Hi Auld Een, I'll find out and let you know,I know there are standard dimensions determined by SYRA.

    See you?

  3. Here ya go...