Our goal is to bring together members of our community via building and rowing our own St Ayles Skiff. Coastal rowing is a fun group activity that can be tailored to all abilities. We were the first public inshore club to build and row their own St. Ayles skiff. Our first boat 'Grebe' is named after the rare Slavonian Grebe that can be seen on inland lochs around Strathpeffer, and our second boat 'Tern' joined her in 2022. We are now building our third boat, a Ness Yoal.

Please check the online calendar and Facebook page for updates and events.

We have four categories of membership: YOUNG PERSON (Free), ADULT (£50), FAMILY (£75) and ASSOCIATE (Free). The membership year runs from 1st April to 31st March. More details and membership form.

Our club name features the village of Strathpeffer, where the majority of our founders live, but our rowers and builders come from as far afield as Tain, Inverness, Strathconon and Moniack. We have no fixed limit to the area covered by 'District'. If you live close enough to take part in our events, then you are in our district and you are welcome! Sign-up for rowing sessions here.

We look forward to seeing you soon and please get touch via email or Facebook if you have any questions.

As part of the clubs stated goal to bring together members of our community in a safe and inclusive environment the Board has adopted the Code of Conduct which will apply to all members.

CODE OF CONDUCT

1 CODE OF CONDUCT

The purpose of this Code of Conduct is to provide club members with an enjoyable and safe environment. It should be read in conjunction with the rules and byelaws of the club.

1.1 Key Principles

1.1.1 Strathpeffer and District Community Rowing Club (SDCRC) seeks to operate in an environment where people show respect for others and their property. Respect is defined as consideration for the wellbeing of another person’s body, emotions and possessions.

1.1.2 SDCRC seeks to operate in an environment which is free from harassment, bullying and victimisation. These terms are defined in Section 2.

1.2 Code of Conduct

1.2.1 The fundamental rules applying to conduct in club settings are those of common sense, consideration of others and understanding of the general ethos of club spirit. Any conduct which could reasonably be foreseen to be to the detriment of these principles will accordingly be deemed unacceptable.

1.2.2 All members of SDCRC shall:

a) Be fair, considerate, honest and respectful in the treatment of others and their property

b) Never knowingly harass, bully or victimise others (see Section 2 for definitions)

c) Be welcoming to all new members and prospective members

d) Conduct themselves in a sportsmanlike manner and operate within the rules and spirit of the sport when representing SDCRC, both on and off the water

e) Refrain from excessive use of alcohol, acting in a way that becomes a public nuisance, or creating a public disturbance

f) Operate in a non-discriminatory manner that respects equality and fairness

g) Demonstrate a high degree of individual responsibility when dealing with persons under 18 years of age, and act in accordance with the Code of Conduct for Safeguarding Children (see Vulnerable Groups Protection Policy)

h) Abide by all SDCRC byelaws and rules

1.2.3 All members of the Board shall:

a) Uphold SDCRC’s constitution

b) Make all decisions in the interests of SDCRC’s membership as a whole

1.2.4 The non-existence of a rule prohibiting specific behaviour does not signify that any form of conduct not specifically prescribed is permissible.

1.2.5 Harassment, bullying and victimisation (as defined in Section 2) shall not be tolerated, and any instances reported to the Board shall be treated seriously.

1.3 Compliance

1.3.1 Any alleged breach of the above principles should be reported to a member of the Committee for consideration and action where appropriate. This may include disciplinary action. All communications will be treated equally, in confidence and without prejudice.

1.3.2 All reports shall be treated seriously, and the raising of false allegations will not be tolerated

2 DEFINITIONS

The nature of harassment, bullying and victimisation are described in this section. On no account will any of these behaviours be tolerated within SDCRC.

2.1 Harassment

2.1.1 Harassment can be defined as any unwanted conduct that violates an individual’s dignity or creates an insulting, intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment.

2.1.2 Harassment may be persistent, occasional or isolated in nature.

2.1.3 People may be subjected to harassment on a variety of grounds, including: a) Race, ethnic origin, nationality or skin colour b) Gender, sexual orientation or sexual identity c) Religious, political or personal beliefs d) Physical characteristics e) Disabilities, impairments or learning difficulties f) Age

2.1.4 Harassment may take a variety of forms, including: a) Physical – touching, unnecessary body contact, threatened or actual assault b) Verbal – lewd or discriminatory jokes, offensive language, threats or ridicule c) Written – offensive notes, graffiti, letters, inappropriate or abusive e-mails or posts on Social Media Platforms d) Offensive Behaviour – exclusion, intrusion, indecent exposure, stalking, spying, practical jokes

2.1.5 Whether harassment has taken place is determined by the victim’s interpretation of the conduct – not the intention of the perpetrator.

2.2 Bullying

2.2.1 Bullying can be defined as intimidating, offensive, malicious or insulting behaviour or abuse of power which makes the recipient feel undermined, threatened, humiliated or vulnerable, which damages their self-confidence, or which may cause them to suffer stress.

2.2.2 Bullying is sometimes regarded as a form of harassment, and is sometimes considered to be distinct. Regardless of the choice of definition used, all forms of such behaviour are unacceptable at SDCRC.

2.2.3 Bullying is often distinguished by persistent abuse; however this does not have to be the case, and incidents may be occasional or isolated.

2.2.4 Examples of bullying behaviour, which SDCRC considers to be unacceptable, are listed below. However, note that bullying takes many forms and this list is not exhaustive. a) Threatening behaviour or attack, both verbal and physical b) Persistent negative attacks on performance c) Criticising an individual in front of others d) Spreading malicious rumours or allegations e) Deliberately and repeatedly blocking a member from participation in a club activity f) Abuse of authority or position g) Hiding or damaging personal property h) Belittling someone’s opinion i) Coercion, including for sexual favours j) Pressure to participate in political or religious groups

2.2.5 Bullying may be non-verbal and can take the form of looks or gestures or be communicated through electronic means.

2.2.6 Whilst bullying may take many forms, a distinction between behaviour that may be unwelcome and bullying must be drawn. For example: a) Constructive, fair and respectful criticism is not bullying. b) An occasional raised voice or argument is not bullying. c) Excluding an individual from a club event is not bullying as long it is on fair and reasonable grounds (for example, all places in a boat were filled on a first-come-first-served basis).

2.3 Victimisation

2.3.1 Victimisation occurs when someone is harassed or bullied because they are believed to have done any of the following: a) Made or intended to make a complaint or allegation b) Supported or intended to support someone who has made a complaint or allegation c) Given or intended to give evidence or information regarding a complaint or allegation.


Storehouse of Foulis launching- It is a great place to get a coffee after a row!

Skiff No.2 "Tern", now launched, during build - more pictures here

Skiff no1 Build (Grebe) - more pictures here