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Request for Tenders for Catering and Bar facilities 2015

Posted: January 15, 2015

Request for Tenders for Catering and Bar facilities 2015

Strathclyde Park Regatta – 25-26 April
Scottish Rowing Championships – 13-14 June

Clubs are invited to tender for running the catering and/or the bar at the above Scottish Rowing regattas. Over the past few years the standards set by the clubs running these services have been high, and it is expected that these high standards will be met or indeed better by this years providers.


Catering will be expected to provide a similar (or improved) service to that of past years in terms of quality and range of food, and should ensure that they have sufficient personnel to keep queuing to a minimum. It is difficult to predict demand for each type of food, but there should be flexibility in the system to allow the club to respond to demand, e.g. if the weather is particularly cold & wet, then provision should be made to get more hot food and soup from a local shop if necessary. (There is a large ASDA in Hamilton, about 1 mile away)

The Catering will be expected to be able to provide a limited service (minimum of tea/coffee & bacon rolls) at least 1 hour before the start of the first race. This is to allow Umpires, Stakeboat personnel etc. to have some form of breakfast before the start of their shift. Full service should be available by the start of the first race. Catering shall remain open until at least 30 minutes after the finish of the last race, and must ensure that there is sufficient provision for Umpires, Stakeboat personnel etc. coming off the water at end of shift. In the event of inclement weather, it is vital that sufficient hot food is available throughout the opening times.

The bar should stock a good range of bottled ales and lagers. There should be provision for keeping these beers & lagers cold either using a fridge or ice/water. Spirits are not usually a big seller, but there should be some provision made. Again, there should be the flexibility to allow for unexpected demand, especially in the event of hot weather. The last thing a regatta wants is for the bar to run out of beer. The bar shall remain open until at least 30 minutes after the finish of the last race, and must ensure that there is sufficient provision for Umpires, Stakeboat personnel etc. coming off the water at end of shift. For some of the umpires on the last shift, the though of a cold beer is the only thing that keeps them going!

The licence for the Bar will be obtained by the DROC, but the Club running the Bar will be expected to pay the cost of the licence (£10). The licence will run from 11.00am until 8.00pm each day.

Any Club wishing to run either the Catering and/or the Bar facilities at the above regattas should apply via e-mail to myself at the address below.

The application should include prices for the following items (or near substitutes):

Hot drinks - Tea / Coffee / Hot Chocolate Cakes/Pastries
Cold drinks - Cans               Fruit
Cold drinks – Water Chocolate bars/Crisps/Cereal bars
Cold drinks - Energy/sports drinks Beer/Lager 330ml bottles
Porridge Beer/Lager 500ml bottles
Soup Spirits 25ml/Mixers
Cold filled rolls (various) Hot filled rolls (various)
Packed Lunch (2 cold filled rolls, crisps, juice, chocolate bar)

• the donation that you would pay to SR toward the costs of the marquee and electricity.

The Clubs providing the catering and/or Bar facilities will be responsible for ensuring that all relevant Health, Safety & Hygiene regulations are met.

Applications must be in writing.

Preferred method is by Word document via email to alistair.neill@btinternet.com

Applications must be received by Sunday 1st March 2015

Alistair Neill

Tyne Head - Date Change

Posted:12 January, 2015

We have been notified by Tyne Rowing Club that the date of the Tyne Head has been changed from 28th February to 14th February. For more information on this event please see the event page on their website.

Scottish Student Championship Head Races

Posted: 5 January 2015

The Inaugural Scottish Student Championship Heads are being held in Inverness on the 24th and 25th of January.

Entries are now open and can be made here.  The closing date for entries is January 14th.

Jim MacRitchie 1937-2014

Updated: 5 January, 2015

It is with sadness that we report the death of Jim MacRitchie.  Jim MacRitchie made a huge contribution to the sport of rowing in Scotland over many years as an oarsman, an umpire and notably as a President of the Scottish Amateur Rowing Association.   He was still serving as a Scottish Rowing umpire in 2014, such was his love of the sport.

A full obituary can be found in the Scotsman.  http://www.scotsman.com/news/obituaries/obituary-jim-macritchie-1-3649027

Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time.

The funeral will take place on Wednesday 7th January at 2pm at Woodside Crematorium, Paisley PA1 2NP

Anti - Doping - Important Update

Posted: 23 December, 2014

From 1st January 2015, a revised World Anti-Doping Code (2015 Code) comes into effect. This means that internationally everyone will be working to a new set of anti-doping rules that will guide the anti-doping programmes in each country. As a member of Scottish Rowing, anti-doping rules apply to you too, at whatever level you participate.

Read more: Anti - Doping - Important Update

UKCC Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Rowing course - March 2015 - Course now full

Posted: December 17, 2015

Scottish Rowing is running a UKCC Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Rowing course in March 2015. 

The Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Rowing is the first award for coaching individuals on the water. It is aimed at beginner coaches, and is applicable to coaches working with all groups from novices through to competent rowers.

Read more: UKCC Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Rowing course - March 2015 - Course now full

Buddy Book Training

Posted: December 12, 2014

Earlier in the week Scottish Rowing delivered 'Buddy Book' training to a group of enthusiastic sports leaders from Craigroyston Community High School in Edinburgh. The group of sports leaders are currently working on a project to build their own St Ayles skiff and hope that their indoor rowing training will help prepare them for when they are able to launch their boat.

Read more: Buddy Book Training


Posted: November 18, 2014

The achievements of Great Britain’s Olympic & World Championship winning women’s pair, Helen Glover and Heather Stanning, have been recognised with a range of Award nominations.

In light of their superb performances in 2014 which culminated in a world record-breaking gold medal at the World Championships in Amsterdam, the duo have been nominated for the Sky & Sunday Times Team of the Year Award, and the BT Sports Action Woman of the Year Award.


Inverness Head Photo's

Posted: November 11, 2014

I enjoyed a lovely weekend at Inverness for their Head Races; glorious weather, huge entries, good organisation with an effective new pre-start procedure and (biggest shock of all !) results were on-line about 30minutes after the end of each division. Well done to the lads & lasses in red & green. 

Read more: Inverness Head Photo's

Veteran Fours Head Report

Posted: November 11, 2014

On 2nd November, Ailie Ord and Gillian Connal travelled to London to take part in the Veteran Fours Head on the Thames. Racing with fellow Scots Sally Pollok-Morris (Reading) and Claire Haley (Ex of Aberdeen, now Marlow), the SPRC members raced in a WVetB 4x.

Read more: Veteran Fours Head Report

Scottish Rowing Award Winners

Posted: October 28, 2014

Scottish Rowing has enjoyed a very successful year winning the Home International Regatta in Cork and topping the medal table at the Commonwealth Rowing Championships, so the Scottish Rowing Awards were always going to be hotly contested this year. The Scottish Rowing Awards were presented on Saturday the 25th of October at the Millennium Copthorne Hotel in Aberdeen.

Read more: Scottish Rowing Award Winners

World Rowing Masters Regatta 2014

Posted: October 16, 2014

A few adventurous Scots made the journey to Australia to compete in the World Rowing Masters Regatta at Lake Wendouree, Ballarat, the venue of the 1956 Olympic Games Rowing Regatta. Fortunately, the Australians had re-filled the Lake with water in time for the start of the regatta, having been dry for several years previous. The Regatta was held from the 9th to the 12th of October.

Read more: World Rowing Masters Regatta 2014