Girvan rowers take part in Exciseman’s chase

The Girvan Coastal Rowing Club who competed in the exciseman's chase recently.
The Girvan Coastal Rowing Club who competed in the exciseman's chase recently.

Girvan Coastal Rowing Club rowers took part in their very first competitive event since forming the Club in 2013. The Girvan skiff Creag Ealasaid was rowed bravely in force 5-6 sea conditions.

Eight Girvan Club members participated in The Exciseman’s Chase, an annual coastal rowing race organised by Carrick Coastal Rowing Club.

Coxed by Ian McClymont, Andy Donaldson, James Truesdale and juniors Liam Rennie, Gareth Powell, Dylan Powell, Sean Lowe and Jordan Hercus put in a huge effort to row in the Exciseman’s Chase.

The main event is an 8kilometre (5 miles), two leg race from Maidens harbour to Gas House Bay at Culzean, and back.

A total of seven coastal rowing teams from all over the country competed.

The local Girvan lads all took part, each rowing one leg, 4km (2½ miles) as part of the team of four rowers.

This was a gruelling race, in north-westerly winds 5-6 with 4-5 foot breaking waves. All crew members were soaked to the skin, and put in seriously hard work on the oars.

Girvan Coastal Rowing Team were pleased to finish the race, having competed against some very fierce adult competition. Although placed last, they still achieved a respectable time of 1hour 34 minutes, 25 minutes after the first-placed Royal West of Scotland team.

Refuelled by a hearty lunch of soup, beef burgers and dozens of home-baked cakes, the crew were ready to face the waves again!

The afternoon Juniors Sprint Race saw the same enthusiastic Girvan Academy students come in fourth; a feat of stamina and an excellent achievement for novice oarsmen.

Ian McClymont, GCRC Coxswain said, “We consider these boys to be a credit both to their parents and to Girvan Academy, and an asset to Girvan Coastal Rowing Club.”

The Girvan Club is supported and sponsored by donations from local people, Adventure Centre for Education, Asda, Ayrshire Leader, Girvan Academy, the Mansfield Garden Centre, William Grant and Sons and South Ayrshire Council. For more information about local coastal rowing contact Girvan.rowing@btinternet.com.