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Seniors Week (12-17 October)

posted Sep 23, 2020, 9:48 PM by Posts Editor   [ updated Sep 23, 2020, 9:49 PM ]

This is a big opportunity for the LBT.  Nancy is ideal for getting seniors out on the water, and they (we?) love it.  The advertisement in the COTA Newsletter reads as follows.

'Cruise the Huon river aboard the historic motor launch ‘Nancy’. Explore the Egg Islands and the picturesque rural land around Franklin. The Nancy has good all-weather shelter and a few steps to get on board (but no wheelchair access). Passenger numbers (normally 12) may be limited by Covid restrictions. Tours may be postponed if conditions are extreme.'

The dates are:
  • Monday 12th October 1:00pm–2:30;
  • Tuesday 13th October 1:00pm–2:30pm;
  • Wednesday 14th October 1:00pm–2:30pm;
  • Thursday 15th October 1:00pm–2:30pm;
  • Friday 16th October 1:00pm–2:30pm;
  • Saturday 17th October 1:00pm–2:30pm;
  • Sunday 18th October 1:00pm–2:30pm. 
A number of people have volunteered to help out as deck hands and in the Shed (organising), but the more we have the more we can spread the load.  If you can help out complete the form at https://tinyurl.com/yxfsjkqp or email the secretary: sec@lbt.org.au.

President's 2020 Report

posted Sep 23, 2020, 2:07 PM by Posts Editor   [ updated Sep 23, 2020, 2:07 PM ]

Very much worth a read: https://tinyurl.com/y32sxg7g

Congratulations to Castle to Crane Crews

posted Sep 21, 2020, 3:00 PM by Posts Editor   [ updated Sep 21, 2020, 3:03 PM ]

In a previous post we reported admiringly (and somewhat enviously) that the Women's Open and 50+ teams had posted times of around 53 minutes in the 8km Castle to Crane international open boat rowing time trial.  The results are now in, and the reported times were good enough to WIN THOSE DIVISIONS.  We are now doubly envious.  Congratulations to all involved (see their pictures below).  This is a huge result.

Pics supplied by Lorrie Harrison

Meanwhile, for another perspective on the event, LBT member Sally Ward reports from Scotland.

'Congratulations to all the crews who took up the Castle To Crane 5 mile/8km challenge on 19th September. 

You were in my thoughts - and the LBT shirt was on my back - as Team Esther rowed the 5 mile course here at Nairn - completely blind as the sea haar rolled in as we set off, then cleared just in time for the team photos. Thankfully we didn't encounter any of the basking sharks that have been hanging out in our waters this past week. At 6-10m in length, they would have stopped us in our tracks!

We were chuffed just to be able to compete, given that we've only been back on the water for a fortnight, so we were over the moon when both Team Dulsie (Men over 50) and Team Esther (Mixed over 50) managed to come in sub 1 hour.'

What a great event this proved to be with 120 entries from around the world - fingers crossed we can all do it for real on the Clyde next year.'

  Pics from Sally Ward

Castle to Crane Home Water Edition

posted Sep 20, 2020, 1:16 AM by Posts Editor   [ updated Sep 20, 2020, 1:26 AM ]

Lorrie Harrison writes:

'You may have noticed 3 dedicated St Ayles crews training on the grueling 8km course, starting at the LBT and turning at the red marker just past Braeside.

 It is one hour of hard rowing, long strong strokes and no stopping for a rest or floating back with the tide. 

The Castle to Crane race comes to us from Glasgow, where it has been part of the Clydebuilt Festival for the last 4 years.  Covid has forced the organisers to think outside the box. So this year every fixed seat rowing club in the World was invited to participate via an app on their phone that would record distance and time. In communities where covid restrictions would not allow crews closer than 1.5m they were able to walk the distance. 

We had entries in the over 50's women, Castle Forbes Bay crew
Open women The 5 mile crew
Mixed - Huon 5 -O

Thanks to all those who come down to offer encouragement.'

It should be noted that two of the teams came home in around 53 minutes.  That's an AVERAGE of 5 knots over the course.  Not bad.  Your secretary was not in one of these teams.  See pics sent in by Lorrie below.

A new committee

posted Sep 20, 2020, 12:56 AM by Posts Editor   [ updated Sep 20, 2020, 12:59 AM ]

Peter Laidlaw's presidential address alone was worth the price of admission to the AGM on Saturday night,  but it was only one of the highlights.  Mixed with other excitements was the election of a new committee.  Here it is.

President: Peter Laidlaw
Treasurer: Rod Macfarlan
Secretary: Richard Forster
General Members:  Jane Johnson;  Endra O'May; Michelle Crawford; Mike Hewitt; Tom Stevens;  Martin Riddle;  Andrew Ritchie;  Paul Woodcock. 

Castle to Crane Five Miles From Home

posted Sep 17, 2020, 4:06 PM by Posts Editor   [ updated Sep 18, 2020, 6:37 PM ]

The race is THIS SATURDAY 19th. We now have 3 crews!!! I know you all want to be standing along the bank cheering loudly, taking photos and joining us for a post race coffee at Franks. You're all invited.  

Crews Racing: 

8am Castle Forbes Bay;  

9am The 5 Mile Crew;  

4:00pm Huon 5-O.

The race will start and finish about the LBT shed.

World wide over 100 crews have entered this 5 mile race. The only other Australian team is Mordiallac, who are still under strict Covid restrictions and not permitted to row. So they are in the alternative event. Walking 5 miles along a beach, each person maintaining the 1.5m distance. Mordy has managed to organise 8 crews!

Monday afternoons

posted Sep 17, 2020, 2:12 PM by Posts Editor   [ updated Sep 17, 2020, 2:13 PM ]

The team are making steady progress working on our fleet - sealing seams, installing a keel, fixing a mast bracket, building a new rudder and more. See pics below.  Come and join in the fun from 3pm before dinner.

On the Water Program 2020

posted Sep 13, 2020, 3:59 PM by Posts Editor   [ updated Sep 13, 2020, 4:01 PM ]

As all those who have been involved know, one of the best things the Living Boat Trust does is the On the Water Program for primary school students.  For many of the children it is a first opportunity to be in a boat. Many start out very timorous, but by the end of the program are confident and ready to take responsibility and take charge. One of the reasons is that our Grebes are ideal for this introduction. 

To find out more see the program overview at https://tinyurl.com/y42etqys

In order to make it happen we need LBT members as skippers and safety boat drivers. 

We have delayed organising this program because of the 'you know what', but we have been speaking to the relevant authorities and can now go ahead.  If you can help out please add your name to the list using the form at https://tinyurl.com/y5wae2zn .

Nominations for LBT 2020-21 Committee

posted Sep 13, 2020, 3:29 PM by Posts Editor   [ updated Sep 13, 2020, 3:33 PM ]

The following nominations have been received.

Peter Laidlaw (president); . 
Rod Macfarlan (treasurer);
Richard Forster (secretary). 

General Committee:
  • Jane Johnson; 
  • Endra O'May;
  • Michelle Crawford;
  • Mike Hewitt;
  • Tom Stevens;
  • Martin Riddle;
  • Andrew Ritchie;
  • David Pittaway;
  • Paul Woodcock.  
As there are 12 nominations and only 11 positions on committee there will be an election at the AGM.

Opening your computer - how not to be afraid

posted Sep 12, 2020, 2:37 AM by Posts Editor   [ updated Sep 12, 2020, 2:38 AM ]

David Moore writes:

Like everyone I am having to reinvent how I work and make a living.  To this end I am running my first workshop out of my home office in Franklin: 'Opening your computer - how not to be afraid'.  Bookings and info' here:  https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=657942  and here:

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