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World Skiffies Women's over 50 event

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First thing to mention is that the organisers brought the final of the women's over 50s event forward a day because Friday's weather was forecast as rubbish meaning that the race, repercharge and final were all within a few hours. Our heat was at 12 and was the heat from hell with 4 of the 5 favourites to win the event in it and only 3 going straight through to the final. Also it was quite squally at the time. Result - we came in 5th - so into the repechage . Any other heat and we would have gone straight through based on our times.

2.5 hours later we were backing up for the repecharge in much friendlier conditions- even had sun. We rowed really well and actually won the thing in our best time ever - 11.50 which won't mean a thing to most of you but caused much squealing in our boat and big cheers from the shore. The final was less than an hour later so into the bananas and Gatorade. We were under no illusions about the final. We were probably the oldest crew in definitely the heaviest and oldest boat which belonged to another club against a number of clubs with over 100 members which hand pick each crew. Also 13 of the 16 finalists had not had to flog themselves in a repecharge less than an hour hour before. All this sounds like we came last which was certainly not the case. We rowed really well, had a rubbish turn then blasted our way to the finish line to come a creditable 10th in 11.56 which was 36 seconds behind the winning boat. Everyone was surprised by the Tasmanian ladies team in the borrowed boat.

The regatta has been fun and very friendly with lots of people remembering us from Ireland. It is a big deal for this town which has been in decline since the ferry port was relocated further up the loch. Everyone knows the Tasmanian team and everywhere we go someone says hello and welcomes us.

Carolyn Booker
(extracted from the rowers newsletter)

Summary Report from the World Skiffies

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When we arrived in Scotland to attend the World Skiffies at Stranraer Ali Grant warned us that the Scottish rowing community had gone mad, and had been training dawn and dusk for months. From her window over Portobello beach that evening and the next morning we watched crews out on the water who were intimidatingly fit and drilled. And that was part of the story at Stranraer. Competition was fierce, and even making it to a division final required getting past up to 48 crews. And when the spray settled it turned out that the Irish had taken it even more even more seriously than the Scots and that the winning club was Dundrum.

By far the best result for the LBT was achieved by the Castle Forbes women's crew, who were 'top ten' in the over 50's. Congratulations to them: they were great. For an inside scoop on how they did it read the attached report from Carolyn Booker, extracted from the rowers newsletter.

Fortunately for we enthusiastic but less scientific and buffed rowers the spirit of participation and fun was also strong, with lots of ring ins, and whiteboards set up to assist those teams short on numbers, and rowers needing a seat. The LBT made several new friends this way, and our often scratch crews were generally, and honorably, middle of the pack. In the case of the raft race we were dishonorably middle of the pack: it was announced that protests would be ignored, and a nod is as good as a wink.

We were also fortunate to have Troon as our sponsoring club. They lent us a boat and a marquee, supplied a new rudder when we managed to break one, and were generally unobtrusive but excellent hosts. We hope to be able to return the hospitality one day.

In fact the Scots generally were great hosts. Stranraer (the town) had done a huge amount of preparation and really turned it on, and one only had to wander down the beachfront to strike up a conversation with other teams. There were novelty events (a daffy duck parade), concerts, dancing and social nights. And of course south west Scotland is brimful of interest for we colonials, knee deep in history and culture from the neolithic through to beautiful little 18th and 19th century villages.

And most importantly of all, they turned on passable weather. Rowing into a brisk wind in chop approaching a metre on a couple of days was an experience - it was a good idea to take a cut lunch for the voyage to the far mark - but the rain generally held off. Thank you Scots!

We have had some great regattas in Australia, but the Skiff community in Australasia is tiny compared to that in the UK and Europe, and this was on another scale altogether. Hopefully it 5will all happen again in three years time, and hopefully the LBT will be there. It is a recommendation.


News from the MAWBF

posted Jul 16, 2019, 8:48 PM by Posts Editor   [ updated Jul 16, 2019, 8:53 PM ]

For those not on the MyState Australian Wooden Boat Festival mailing list, here's a heads up to the contents of the latest newsletter.
In the 16/7/2019 edition:
*Pic compilation from images from MAWBF newsletter

Monday night at the LBT (15 July)

posted Jul 16, 2019, 8:09 PM by Posts Editor   [ updated Jul 16, 2019, 8:13 PM ]

The wind might blow, it might rain and snow, but a winter meal in good company at the LBT on a Monday night is well worth venturing out for.

Here's a quick snapshot taken by Pip. Take a look at the fearless few and note that they have largely taken different seats from last Monday. Either they are playing musical chairs or perhaps they really do go home afterwards. No Hotel California here :-)

Golden Oldies? (WorldSkiffies record set by LBT crew!)

posted Jul 11, 2019, 3:37 AM by Posts Editor   [ updated Jul 11, 2019, 3:39 AM ]

Over on the WhatsApp media channel Deb van Velzen reports that a record time for an LBT crew was set by this Over 60 Mens team!

2019-20 Membership Dues

posted Jul 11, 2019, 3:24 AM by Posts Editor   [ updated Jul 14, 2019, 5:46 PM ]

Whilst the secretary has been away in Europe ignoring his duties (such as sending out reminder notices),  the 2018-19 financial year has ended, meaning that it is now time for LBT members to pay their dues for 2019. 

The membership rates are $70Au family, $40Au individual.

There are a number of ways of doing this (make sure there is sufficient information included to identify you).

 * Cheque sent to 3337 Huon Hwy Franklin Tasmania 7113

 * By Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) using your online bank account:
    BSB   633-000
    AC    149496275

  * In an envelope deposited through the mailbox slot at the LBT office.

TN19 (The Snug Raid) video

posted Jul 10, 2019, 6:12 PM by Posts Editor   [ updated Jul 10, 2019, 6:50 PM ]

Saul has just posted up a video on YouTube of the Tawe Nunnuga 2019 (otherwise known as the Snug Raid)
Nice work Saul!

Skiffies report on the BBC

posted Jul 10, 2019, 5:57 PM by Posts Editor   [ updated Jul 10, 2019, 6:38 PM ]

Our man in Scotland has passed on a link to a BBC news article on the World Skiffies - have a look - you might spot some locals :-)

Skiffie Championship Results 2019

posted Jul 10, 2019, 3:06 AM by Posts Editor   [ updated Jul 10, 2019, 3:08 AM ]

For those interested, results for the championships are being posted on the Scottish Coastal Rowing website at https://scottishcoastalrowing.org/ . Look in the 'Recent Posts' column on the right hand side. 
Day 1 features the accompanying pic of the Tassie flag being  born ashore by the Castle Forbes crew.

Monday night dinners at the LBT

posted Jul 8, 2019, 4:38 AM by Posts Editor   [ updated Jul 8, 2019, 4:39 AM ]

No matter the time of year the Monday night dinner is an LBT institution. Its a great way for long standing members to get together and catch up over a very tasty meal. Its also a great way to introduce new members and visitors to our traditions. Tonight the winter chill was fended off by a glass of Gluhwein. It certainly hit the spot; thanks Kate!

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