Plans for second boat for Queensferry

PLANS are underway to build a second community rowing boat for Queens-ferry.

At the recent annual general meeting of the newly formed Queensferry Rowing Club, it was agreed that the construction of the new boat should begin this winter, subject to funding.

A successful ceilidh was staged at their base on The Loan last week and raised over £500 towards their new boat.

Mike McDowall, a spokesman for the rowing club said: “The aim of the club is to promote the sport of rowing in and around Queensferry, including the building and maintenance of rowing boats. With the launch of ‘Ferry Lass’ in April and a very exciting year participating in seven regattas as well as other events, the project committee had achieved their objective.”

At the meeting several club members were awarded honorary membership, including Thomas Wemyss, a former member of the Queensferry rowing team in the 1950’s and a supporter of the project from the early days; John Watson and Malcolm Meikle, the builders of ‘Ferry Lass’; Michael and Elizabeth Johnson, who came over from France for a week to make a set of four new oars; and to Mike McDowall and Stuart Ridge, former chair and vice-chair of the project committee.

The new Queensferry Rowing Club committee are: captain, Siobhan Johnson, vice-captain, Alan Meldrum, secretary, Denise Havard, treasurer, Peter Locke, committee, John Howell, Neil McPhail, Andy Jarvis, Graham Sutherland, Marion McDowall, Mark Meredith and Stuart Mitchell.

Rowing will continue on Saturday mornings and Sunday afternoons as well as on Thursdays during the day.

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