Troon take the honours in first Arran skiff regatta

The Arran team who finished third in the first island regatta.

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Arran Coastal Rowing Club (ACRC) hosted its first regatta last Saturday at Lamlash Yacht Club, followed by a social row around Holy Isle on Sunday.
Six coastal rowing clubs from the Firth of Clyde area – Largs, Troon, Prestwick, Girvan, Maidens and Cumbrae – had been invited to Arran for the weekend event.

The races got going at 11am and were run over a 1.5 kilometre course with a water start and finish. For the start all skiffs were lined up outside the moorings in Lamlash Bay and two port turns allowed a long finish along the shore so the spectators could follow the progress and cheer their crews in.

The weather was thankfully kinder than forecast with a few occasional showers and some sunshine. Nevertheless, the rowers had to face quite challenging conditions for the eight scheduled races. Not only did they have to battle against the other crews for the medals, but they also had a stiff westerly wind to contend with.

After a hard day’s rowing, Arran came third, Carrick second and the overall winner and dominant team of the day, with five wins in eight races, was Troon.

To the delight of all winning crews in addition to their medals, each rower also received an Arran whisky miniature, kindly sponsored by the Isle of Arran Distillery. The handsome trophy handed over to Troon was crafted by Steve Garraway, one of ACRC’s boat builders and club member. After the prizegiving the day ended with a delicious barbecue and disco with
more than 100 participants in the Arran Yacht Club’s boatshed.

On Sunday the weekend came to a close with a social row of about 12 km around Holy Isle followed by lunch. A great time was had by all and many expressed their hope that the event would be repeated next year.

In addition to all the club members and their families who worked tirelessly, ACRC would also like to thank all the companies which helped to make the tremendously successful weekend happen: Arran Deliveries for very generously sponsoring the medals, a flag and advertising banner, as well as allowing one of their vans to be used for transporting chairs
and tables, which were kindly lent out by KA Leisure at the High School. Brodick Co-op for donating 160 water bottles for the rowers and Arran Dairies which gave ice to cool the drinks. Nick and Marbeth from were the official regatta photographers and produced hundreds of stunning action photos. And, of course, all of the
participating clubs, their families and friends.

                                                                                                                         Stuart Turner