Arran’s regatta goes ahead after last minute changes

The two skiffs race each other along a one kilometre course. Photograph: Liam Blizard.

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Seven coastal rowing clubs en route to the annual Arran Regatta on Saturday were left high and dry after their 7am ferry sailing was cancelled, however, hastily arranged plans by the organisers saw the event still going ahead with a new format.

Hosts Arran Coastal Rowing Club (ACRC) welcomed Firth of Clyde, Prestwick and Troon coastal rowing clubs, which all travelled to Arran as foot passengers without their skiffs.

ACRC revised their regatta plans using their own two skiffs which were shared by all of the rowing clubs.

The new format saw participants completing a one-kilometre timed race, including a 180-degree turn, which worked well, despite some errant winds coming down the Ross.

A spokesperson from ACRC said: ‘We had a very entertaining day with Troon coming out as the overall winner, and to whom we offer our congratulations.

‘We would like to thank Lamlash Yacht Club for its continued support, Gavin Fulton for assistance, and all of the raffle donations.’