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Aberdeen Sprint Regatta
Saturday 25th August 2018
Another lovely day of racing in Aberdeen. A fairly strong cross-head wind did entertain us with some rough water at times but nothing that us tough North Easterners aren't used to!
We welcomed another trailer-full of Stirling rowers and also a good squad from Inverness (after their delayed arrival due to wind-turbine movement on the A96).
Competitors and spectators alike seemed to enjoy our first-ever Duathlon (run/row) event - this was held in two heats of 8 competitors in each and attracted competitors ranging from junior to 70+ years of age. We are grateful to Scottish Rowing for providing financial support to help run this event.
Complete results are available here, or if you only want selected portions from this, you can choose List of winners or Duathlon results (both of these are contained in the complete results)
New 26/8/18 Snapper Ron has published a few
pictures of the Duathlon
Most Successful Club
We only award the Championship of the Dee trophy at our main North East Regatta but, for interest, I applied the same points system (2 points per person in winning finalists and 1 point pp for losing finalists) to ascertain the most successful club. Points were as noted below;
Albyn Schools 7
Univ of St Andrews 1
Crustaceans row from Leeds to Doncaster
16th - 28th July 2018
Snapper Ron was delighted to be asked to sub into this very enjoyable canal trip
Henley Royal Regatta
4th - 8th July 2018
More social shots than rowing pictures (but the on-line video coverage is so good for the spashy stuff)
ABC Inter-Company Regatta
30th June 2018
A smaller number of crews this year but a re-jig of the format meant plenty racing for all competitors. Great weather, some close (and some not so close!) racing and entertaining costumes resulted in a very enjoyable day. Snapper Ron's pictures are available by clicking the above link.
Henley Womens Regatta
22nd - 24th June 2018
Snapper Ron finally accompanied Mrs Snapper to this event - a lovely mixture of serious racing and laid-back (by HRR standards) spectating.
He apologises for missing almost all of the Aberdeen clubs' races but at least the published pictures redress the normal NE Scotland bias!
9th & 10th June 2018
A few rowing shots (mostly from Carol) and some pictures of the gathering storm clouds from Ron.
Sadly, racing on Saturday had to be abadoned due to lightning storms.
SPR (Strathclyde Park Regatta)
28th & 29th April 2018
Snapper Ron was quite busy umpring and racing so shots from a limited range of races are published below.
Saturday pictures Sunday pictures
Clyde Power Sprints
21st April 2018
A small squad of ABC rowers went to Glasgow for this very enjoyable event (thanks to Carol for towing our boats down using her shiny new truck).
We won three events (Mas 2-, Mas 1x and Womens Mas 1x). A scratch, composite 4+ featuring Matt and Lee of ABC along with a Clyde and Clydesdale rower managed to make it to the final of Open 4+ before sustaining their first defeat.
Although racing was only over a 250m course, a round-robin system meant that everyone had lots of races. Great fun!
The challenge to the Committee of the Dee is to make our
Aberdeen Sprint on 25th August 2018 as enjoyable - keep checking this site for further details nearer the time.
A slection of pictures from Snapper Ron with a marked ABC-bias!
14th April 2018
A wonderful day with great competition (thanks largely to a huge entry from Stirling). Great weather and a shock win for the Championship of the Dee.
Update 16/4/18 - I have added a column to the results page identifying qualifying wins
Further details Pictures
Strling RC celebrate winning the Championship of the Dee
Universities of Aberdeen Boat Race
Saturday 17th March 2018
At times it looked more like a surfing event than a rowing competition but competitors survived onslaughts of wind, waves, cold and bothersome crabs and (most) were still smiling at the end of the day.
Snapper Ron's pictures (with a bit of help from LK) are published below
The AUBC Alumni crew hit 'The Wall' above the KG6 Bridge
More picturesfrom Snapper Ron (sorry, these have
been presented in published-order, not ordered by date taken)
ABC Burns Supper
27th January 2018
Inverness Eights HOR
10th & 11th Feb 2018
Aberdeen Eights HOR
17th Feb 2018
Pictures from Snapper Ron (sorry, division 2 only)
Updated 27/2/18 - more pictures - from Alan Murphy
Aberdeen Eights HOR
Saturday 17th Feb 2018
Results from both divisions
Lovely weather except for a bit of a headwind between the Suspension and Railway Bridges.
Thanks to all umpires and helpers. Also thanks to our visitors from Inveress and University of St Andrews
Programme for this event
can now be downloaded - this includes course instructions and running order
Parking arrangements for visting clubs will be announced later.
The original advert for this event is still available.
Aberdeen HOR weekend
4th & 5th November 2017
Results from Saturday (both divisions)
Results from Sunday (both divisions)
Lovely weather on Saturday for our Fours event.
The forecast of rain and gales on Sunday in reality became sunny but cold weather and a variable breeze. Overall reasonable conditions for Guy Fawkes weekend. It was great to see a large entry from lots of clubs including almost every Scottish university.
I am delighted to present a cornucopia of pictures from various sources (thanks to all providers);
4s HOR Sat from Alan Murphy
4s HOR Sat Division 1 from Snapper Ron
4s HOR Sat Division 2 from Snapper Ron
Small Boats HOR Sunday from Alan Murphy
Small Boats HOR Sunday Division 1 from Snapper Ron
(sorry, no D2 pics on Sunday from Snapper Ron as he was racing)
4s HOR Sunday Album by James Arthur (and the link to his jpegs)
FISA World Masters
6th - 10th Sept 2017
Yes, I think it really is the most beautiful rowing course in the world! Not many rowing pictures (busy rowing and I only took a small camera) but lots of background and holiday shots. Snapper Ron
Also a link below to the professional shots from Sports Graphics
Still pictures from (mostly) Snapper Ron Videos from Snapper Ron
Sports Graphics shots (all clubs) (Sports Graphics Aberdeen pictures)
More pictures from the North East Regatta
Thanks to Rob Eyton-Jones for providing some great pictures from the sprint regatta held in Aberdeen on 19/8/17
You might have spotted Rob at SPR or Scot Champs sitting damply in his kayak opposite the finish tower snapping crews as they neared the end of their race. He chose land-based vantage points in Aberdeen but still relished the challenge of scrambing over rocks under the Suspension Bridge for best views!
North East Sprint Regatta
19th August 2017
Results from this event are now published.
Pictures from Snapper Ron are also published (19/8/17)
Pictures from Rob Eyton-Jones ( NEW 23/8/17 )
Thanks to all sponsors, helpers, SR umpires, competitors and the weather (for delaying its thunderstorm until after prizegiving!)
Clydesdale Sprint Regatta and Corporate Challenge
5th August 2017
Snapper Ron has published his pictures from this event
Snapper Ron's pictures from the
Home International Regatta
22nd July 2017
This event was organised by English Rowing but, unusually, took place at Strathclyde Park.
Click here to go to Scottish Rowing website for news report on this event
24th June 2017
The usual display of varied rowing costumes, and racing filled with enthusiasm but containing variable amounts of coordination entertained the spectators at this fun event.
A bit breezy at times with a varaible tailwind but very enjoyable racing conditions. Snapper Ron's pictures are published here.
The Deewatch crew overhaul a nasty bunch of Star Wars Stormtroopers (serves then right for having Darth Vadar as a cox!)
Castle Semple Regatta
20th May 2017
I have pubished a selection of pictures from this event - not many shots from the lovely flat calm of the early morning (I was racing) but, sadly, a larger number of images of rough afternoon water. Snapper Ron
Aberdeen Scratch Regatta
7th May 2017
Three Clubs (ABC, ASRA and Albyn) participated in this event. Many thanks to Elspeth Archibald for proposing the format which seemed to be enjoyed by all participants. An initial time-trial took place and the sorted crews were then divided into blocks of 4 or 3 for side-by-side competition - this took place regardless of boat class or competitors' status. All races took place over a very windy 700m downstream course resulting in some challenging rough water. Click for results or (only 3!) pictures
ASRA Training Camp in Breisach, Germany
ASRA travelled further south this year, going to Breisach in Germany rather than their previous location of Ghent in Belgium. Everyone seemed pleased with the new venue.
Pictures by Carol Wallace
Universities of Aberdeen Boat Race
4th March 2017
Congratulations to Aberdeen University who not only won the main race (after 6 years of domination by RGUBC) but also completed a unique hat-trick of wins by taking the Second-Crew race and also the Alumni event.
Tides forced a late start to proceedings and a day of dark clouds and torrential rain led to challenges in photography. Apologies for the many blurry shots (no light) and misty atmosperic photos (rain on lenses!)
Aberdeen Eights HOR
Saturday 11th Feb 2017
A strong tailwaind led to some fast times (tailwind) and also some slow bits (very rough water). Water was much rougher in Div 2 after the tide had turned.
*new 12/2/17* Snapper Ron has published
Pictures from Division 2 only
Ian Duncan and Alex Wann wedding.
Ian & Alex got hitched on
Saturday 7th January 2017
The day finished with a celebration at ABC
Click below for Ron's pictures.
Aberdeen Xmas Scratch Eights Regatta
17th Dec 2016
Thanks to Alan Murphy for providing these pics
Pictures from the Aberdeen HOR weekend
Thanks to Alan Murphy who took these pictures from one of the marshalling launches
Fours HOR - Saturday 12th Nov 2016
SB HOR - Sunday 13th Nov 2016
and a few pictures by Ron Wallace of the cosy accommodation in ABC on Saturday night
Aberdeen Head of the River Weekend
12th & 13th November 2016
Despite a pessimistic forecast, the weather
forecast, and actuality, on the days turned out to be lovely.
Saturday Div 1 - by finish order Saturday Div1 - by event
Saturday Div 2 - by finish order Saturday Div 2 - by event
Sunday Div 1 - by finish order Sunday Div 1 - by event
Sunday Div 2 - by finish order Sunday Div 2 - by event
Competitors' names Saturday Competitors' names Sunday
Deeside Scullers Club hosts the first-ever DS
vs Universities of Aberdeen competition for the prestigious
1st October 2016
DS won the first Eights race then the pesky youngsters from AUBC and RGUBC took the second. In the third race, DS got off to a blistering start; once the youngsters had realised that the race was on they did manage to claw back their disadvantage to squeeze over the line first to take the on-water victory. Further points were hotly, and messily, contested in the egg & spoon race. Repeated cheating on both sides (including very clever use of melted cheese to stick egg to spoon!) resulted in a draw in the on-land competition so the Universities were declared the winners. Also present was the Kelly's Cat "Katherine Grainger" which has recently been purchased by DS
Rob Hamilton, President of Deeside scullers, presents the trophy to the winners from AUBC and RGUBC
Gin-Tasting session at ABC
Niki, KP and Di are planning to cross-country ski 26 miles (gasp!) as a charity fundraiser. They started the fundraising by hosting a gin-tasting session which was both entertaining and educational (from what I can remember). Well done all!
training camp and Regatta in Gent, Belgium
4th - 10th April 2016
Apologies for the late (22/8/16) publishing of these shots taken by Carol Wallace
Lots of social shots from Snapper Ron with very occasional rowing pics
Scottish Championships Regatta
11th & 12th June 2016
Pictures from Snapper Ron
David Nolan's Flicker site
North East Regatta
4th June 2016
Results are published from this one-day event
NER pictures from Snapper Ron
Just a few pics from this event - mostly relating to the celebration of Deeside Scullers Club 50th anniversary. For members of DS, further pictures of the evening celebrations are published on the DS website.
(pictures published 8/6/16)
7th May 2016
Snapper Ron has published some pictures from this event
Strathclyde Park Regatta
23rd & 24th April 2016
Snapper Ron has published some pictures from this event.
A message from Elspeth Archibald of ABC who has organised (and led) a number of litter-picking session between the QE2 Bridge and Victoria Bridge;
"We're planning our next picking weekend on 16th/17th april before all
the regattas start.
Volunteers from any club are welcome to lend a hand.
Updated tide tables
Sharp-eyed Jim Steel pointed out confusion with the 'rowable limits' columns on the ABC tidetables - the figures were correct but difficult to interpret due to loss of AM or PM markers.
I have modified the 2016 and 2017 tables to convert rowable-limit times to 24-hour notation.
The actual tide data is correct and unchanged
ABC Update on 6/4/16
I received the following email from ABC (endorsed by Jim Steel, President)
ABC are no longer using the 'unrowable' times from the tide tables. Instead ABC is using the +/- 3hours from high tide in daylight, +/-2 hours in the dark to prevent damage to boats when boating and landing, the same as we applied to launches. Other clubs are entitled to set their own limits for their rowing boats
Aberdeen Eights HOR
26th March 2016
Windy and wet with a strong headwind and rough water up the 500m straight. Sadly a poor entry from outside clubs - our only non-Aberdeen entrant was a junior quad from Loch Lomond - but at least they won their division so hopefully they considered the trip worthwhile!
Results (both divisions)
Pictures from Division 1
Pictures from Division 2
Aberdeen Boat Race
12th March 2016
Pictures from Ron Wallace and Lindsay Kilvington
This year saw the closest-ever main race with RGU taking an early lead only for AU to overtake them going through the Railway Bridge. A ding-dong battle ensued down the 500m straight with RGU pulling ahead shortly before the all-important finish. The Second crews raced, for the first time ever, over the long course and the aged(?) alumni were relegated to the short 750m course (which was, many said, long enough!)
Committee of the Dee
now has a Twitter account
click on the above link to tweet away
ABC Burns Supper
23rd January 2016
We met to celebrate the Bard's birthday and enjoy some fine soup followed by Haggis, neeps & chappit tatties (thanks, Alex)
Change of date of
Aberdeen Eights HOR
Please note that we have (with permission from Scottish Rowing) changed the date of our Eights HOR from 20th February 2016 to
Saturday 26th March 2016
We made this change as the original date clashes with BUCS regatta and many University clubs have attended our HOR in previous years.
Apologies but I have found various batches of photographs which I have failed to process and publish. More may be added to this list but currently you can enjoy the following (in no particular order);
ASRA's trip to Ghent in April 2015 (pictures by Carol)
ABC Xmas Eights scratch Regatta
(7th Dec 2013) pictures by Carol
Inverness 8s and Small Boats HOR (21st Feb 2015)
Scottish Schools HOR
(26th & 27th Sept 2015)
Marlow Regatta (21/6/14)
Pictures from Colin
River Dee post-diluvian
**UPDATE 14/1/16** The turbulence upstream of the salmon-fishers bothy (between KG6 Bridge and HOR finish) has been identified as another car! (thanks Pete)
Until this is cleared, all crews and launches should turn downstream of the salmon-fishers bothy (PS - car now cleared but all crews should still exercise caution due to changes in shoal banks)
(13/1/16) You may have noticed it has been a bit damp lately!
The river has changed significantly following the recent floods - two reports and sets of pictures are available below
Pete Turner and Jonny Muir walked the lower stretches of the river on 11/1/16. Their written report and pictures are available.
Dan Davidson walked the Dee at low tide and took these pictures from 13/1/16 - I have added his written observations to the foot of the above report.
FISA World Masters - Hazewinkel
10th - 13th Sept 2015
Sorry for the late publication of these pics - there are a lot of personal pictures of our holiday in Belgium but also a number of rowing shots (mostly taken by Carol, thanks)
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