Carrick Coastal rowing club are enjoying a successful 2014

Carrick over 40's win at Troon, June 2014
Carrick over 40's win at Troon, June 2014

Carrick Coastal Rowers are celebrating an ongoing spell of success, most recently at the Troon Rowing Regatta. Carrick men and women rowers were winners of the Troon Over 40’s Mixed race and Carrick also claimed first prize in the Over 40’s Men’s Race.

In calm, sunny June weather at Troon beach, rowers from Carrick joined the hosts and three other clubs who enjoyed a wonderful regatta organised by Troon Coastal Rowing Club. Royal West of Scotland rowers gained most points on the day.

Over the past four weeks, Carrick Coastal Rowing Club members have taken part in no fewer than five Rowing Regattas.

Their first adventure of the season was to row, in ‘period costume’ across the Solway from Annan to Bowness on Solway as part of a re-enactment of an ancient custom in which Scottish and English villagers would steal the bell from their rivals’ church. Local school children on the English side of the Solway put up a good defence with water pistols and wet sponges! Portobello rowers claimed the bell, while Carrick was 2nd and Troon 3rd.

Carrick’s next away-rowing session in May was at Tighnabruiach and Kames for the inaugural Kyles Rowing Regatta. The sprint races were held over a mile-long course, with east-coast teams Cockenzie & Port Seton and Anstruther taking the prizes. Perhaps Carrick rowers were enjoying the scenery too much! Fair weather predominated as the Waverley Paddle Steamer paused to watch skiffies doing their stuff.

At the Isle of Seil Coastal Rowing event, the mystical mist rose to reveal stunning scenery as five skiffs, plus a 6-oared boat from Luing rowed five miles through the Cuan Sound, half-way round Seil, for a picnic lunch laid on at Hunter’s Quay. Glorious sunshine blessed the return rowing trip to Ellanbeich.

Six Carrick crew members shared the ten and a half mile row and felt a real sense of achievement in completing the course. Isle of Mull rowers took first place, with Isle of Luing second and Isle of Seil third.

Carrick Women’s Team learned how to improve their rowing techniques at a brilliant coaching session with expert Wendy Stubbs from the St Ayles Rowing Club at Anstruther.

lOn the Saturday night, Coastal rowers enjoyed an Isle of Seil barbecue and ceilidh. The next morning, some of the skiffies rowed round the Island of Easdale for a Sunday constitutional.

In early June, Carrick’s intrepid rowers headed for Greenock to the Royal West Club Regatta to join seven other clubs, including a team from the Netherlands, for some ‘rowing in the rain’. Carrick Men’s 60+ team were delighted to win first place in their race.

As the Carrick Coastal Rowing Club celebrates their improving performance in rowing regattas, they welcome new members to share in this sociable, invigorating team sport.

The skiff, “Carrick Maid” is launched twice weekly for rowing training and taster-sessions at Maidens Harbour.

If you are interested in coastal rowing, contact