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Skiffies from Arran were overall winners of Loch Awe’s first regatta on Sunday April 29 in their first outing of the season.
The event brought a buzz to the lochside community of Dalavich as it hosted the inaugural Loch Awe Adventure, attracting skiff teams from near and far who battled techniques and tactics on the water during the 11.7km race over two legs.
Arran put together two strong crews for both legs and faced stiff competition from the start. Ten skiffs in total, from nine different scottish clubs, headed north for the first race from Dalavich to Taychreggan. Arran’s first crew of Cil Paul (cox), Rory Cowan, Dave Ingham, Emma Ingham and Karen Haggerty got off to a great start and immediately began to break away from the pack along with Queensferry and St Andrews. Queensferry couldn’t maintain the pace and by midway had fallen back behind the two leaders. St Andrews had the edge and continued to try and pull ahead but Arran dug deep and rowed at a fast, strong pace only to be beaten to the line by a couple of boat lengths.
The return leg saw each skiff set off on a timed run, in the order that they had finished the first leg, so Arran was behind St Andrews. For this leg the Arran crew was Karen Haggerty (cox), Cil Paul, Caroline McGinlay, Ronnie Mcdonald and Steve Garraway. They set of at a blistering pace and by half way had caught up and passed St Andrews beating them to the finish line by 12 minutes. Arran’s combined times for both legs was 2 hours 17m 30 seconds. A course record. In second place was St Andrew’s Sandbay Century and in third place was Kinghorn’s Yolanda.
The overall winning team got a cup and quaichs were handed to those in second and third place. Medallions were also presented to the fastest boat going north and then going south in the big race, won by Seabhag and Sandbay Century.
As well as fun on the water, there was live music and camping throughout the weekend organised by members of Kilchrenan, Inverinan and
Dalavich Coastal Rowing Club.
The winning Arran crews. NO_B19skiff01
The overall regatta winners Arran in their skiff Seabhag. Photo: Mick Atkins Photography No_T_19skiff02
Second leg winners just leaving Taychreggan. NO_B19skiff03