Kieran rows into the history books

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Carrick lad, Kieran W. McClung rowed himself into the history books when he achieved a bronze medal for the Carrick Coastal Rowing team in the very first St Ayles Skiff World Rowing Championships at Ullapool in July.

Kieran, from Maybole, competed in the under-19 Men’s Final rowing race to earn bronze with his team.

Carrick Coastal Rowing Club raced in a total of nine different events to earn more points in their community-built skiff Carrick Maid and were delighted to be placed 17th overall in the 2013 St Ayles Skiff World Rowing Championships organised by the Scottish Coastal Rowing Association on Loch Broom.

Henry Anderson, founder member of the Carrick Club said, “The hard work is paying off.”

Nearby Clyde Coast team Royal West, at Greenock came in 19th and Troon Coastal Rowing Club achieved 20th in the Championships.

Carrick Coastal Rowing Club, formed in 2012, has a current membership of thirty, with eleven rowers making the 500 mile round trip, towing the skiff Carrick Maid, to Wester Ross to participate.

The Ullapool organisers provided a festival atmosphere, with a grand opening by HRH Princess Royal. Scottish teams were joined by international participants from Australia, U.S.A. Holland and England and the whole event took place in glorious summer weather.

Carrick teams raced amid fierce competition on the water during race-days, later enjoying Highland hospitality in Ullapool with music, ceilidh-dancing, a quiz night and a good blether with fellow rowing enthusiasts . There was even time for a fishing expedition on Loch Broom. And the midges stayed away.

Maidens is the home port for Carrick rowing, where members train twice a week at present. Coastal Rowing is a sport which can be enjoyed by all: from teenagers to pensioners. It is one of the best forms of exercise as it uses nearly all of the muscles in the human body.

Anyone in Ayrshire with an interest in taking up coastal rowing is encouraged to contact carrickcoastal@hotmail.co.uk