Daring operation for coastal rowers

Landing the loot
Landing the loot

Girvan Coastal rowers and their skiff Creag Ealasaid recently became involved in a daring, undercover operation on the Ayrshire coast.

But it was nothing for Marine Policing to be concerned about: they were taking part in the latest unloading of loot at Ballantrae Smugglers Festival 2016.

Girvan rowers, disguised in 19th century garb, joined rowers from Carrick and Troon to ferry tobacco, salt, and barrels of liquor from the brig, La Malouine, to waiting villagers on Ballantrae beach.

As the contraband carriers tried to evade the Excisemen in their quest to profit from their valuable haul, the rowers were last seen disappearing north.