Coastal rowers compete in Castle to Crane race

Arran’s CRC’s Castle to Crane team.

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The Arrran Coastal Rowing Club (ACRC) enjoyed another successful day out at the Castle to Crane event – the biggest open water rowing race held in Scotland.

The event involves 13 miles (21km) of fierce racing from Dumbarton Castle to the Finnieston Crane in the heart of Glasgow with Arran taking the top spot in the 50+ category and second overall in the skiff category.

Held on September 21 the event on the River Clyde is the last race on the Scottish coastal rowing clubs racing calendar and is part of the Clydebuilt festival held each year at the Riverside Museum in Glasgow.

After the race they were also awarded the South West Challenge Trophy which is open to all Scottish rowing clubs and is based on the cumulative results from eight South West region regattas held over the season.

Arran CRC had both their skiffs in action and were able to field strong crews in both skiffs. Seabhag was entered in the over 50s mixed category and Iolair in the mixed open. A total of 75 vessels took part in the event, which was open to any fixed seat, oar powered craft. Each boat was allocated a starting number with Seabhag numbered 18 and Iolair numbered 51.

The 11 o’clock start was right on low tide at Dumbarton Castle with boats starting at 30 second intervals. Seabhag got off to a very strong start taking them exactly one hour to reach the Erskine bridge, by which time they had already caught up and passed several other boats. Over the next hour and a half the Seabhag crew reeled in all but one of the 17 boats which had started before them.

The boats that had a later start time began to gain a welcome boost from the incoming tide, however a constant headwind throughout the day proved hard going for all the crews, adding around an extra 30 minutes on last year’s times.

As the race was against the clock it was a long afternoon waiting for the final results, Arran’s Seabhag, crewed by F Lorenzo, C Paul, C Smith, E Ingham and D Ingham came first in class with Iolair, crewed by S Turner, R McDonald, C McGinley, C Goeckeritz and R Cowan, coming in 19th in their class. At the medal ceremony Arran were also named winners of the South West Challenge Trophy and presented with a silver salver, six engraved crystal whisky glasses and a bottle of whisky.

A fitting end to another hectic and successful season for Arran CRC.

                                                                                                               Words: Dave Ingham  

                                                                               Photos: Daren Borzynski Photograpy

The Seabhag crew during the  Castle to Crane Race. No_B40c2c01

The Iolair crew pass spectators on the banks of the Clyde. No_B40c2c02

The Arran club members who took part in the Castle to Crane race. No_B40c2c03

Rowers with the over 50s mixed trophy and the South West Challenge Trophy silver salver. No_B40c2c04

The Seabhag crew put their backs into the race. NO_B40c2c05

The proud head of the Iolair boat makes its way throught the water. NO_B40c2c06