Eider ducks on a blustery Wednesday row

Despite very blustery winds ,Marr Voyager was launched this morning. With a heavy swell and breaking waves on the open sea ,several trips were made in the relative sanctuary of the inner harbour

The crews including first time rower Steve from Minnesota on a visit to family in Troon,were treated to a great display of Eider ducks taking off as well as the usual curious seals .


Wind forecast indicates dropping force through today ,so should be fine for Wednesday evening session


Weekend should see only light winds and a good possibility of some brighter skies ,so making for some good rowing conditions for members and anyone thinking of giving it a try.

Indian summer

The fine weather looks like staying with us for a few days more,so remains a great opportunity to get both our skiffs busy.

A fine Tuesday evening saw a crew of six,with rolling cox changes,join the increasing Lady Isle club.Sunset 29 09 014 - Copy

Setting off on longer rows requires light winds and calm seas,so best grab the chances when we can.

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This followed by a Wednesday morning outing,report reads “Crew of six rowed out and round Lady Isle in perfect conditions. On return fog banks came in. Round trip including stops took approx. 2 hours.”

It looks like it is getting busy out there.

Good weekend for rowing

Weather forecast for this weekend is looking good ,rowing conditions should be very favourable.

Hopefully this should see a good turnout for the social rowing sessions and a welcome return from some deterred by some of the less kind conditions recently ,also looking ideal for anyone who has been thinking about coming along to try out this rowing thing.

Admiring our beautiful local coast line from a St Ayles skiff is always a wonder even for the more regular rowers,don’t forget you’re sunblock.

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Windy Wednesday

Club rowing session this morning,Sea King helicopter makes an obvious detour, three minutes later call on VHF from harbour master, “Troon Rowing the current wind is at 25 knots”, cox replies “understood we have already turned back to base”, I might have asked “and you’re point is?”

Earlier the crew performed the little practised exercise of Cap Rescue, Stephen’s cap blows away, the cox promptly brings Ailsa Lass about 360 degrees,with a little,bow side, stroke side, the cap finds itself safely aboard and ready for the wash.

Comforting to know as a small craft at sea ,you are not alone

Rowing on Loch Ken ?

Interest is sought from members regarding the possibility of a day of rowing / picnic on Loch Ken at Castle Douglas on Sunday the 11th of October.

This is still an embryonic idea proposed by Carrick Coastal Rowing, a social day of distance rowing in company with a few other interested clubs.

The Exciseman’s Chase

This was the third Exciseman’s Chase, hosted by Carrick at Maidens harbour.Maidens 2015 019Maidens 2015 023

The race begins with a runner setting of from the starters tent with a token,the token on board, the skiffs set off at intervals, destination Gas House Bay under the shadow of Culzean Castle.

The plan is again for a runner to take the token from the arriving skiff to exchange on shore for a bottle of whiskey back to boat, crew changes for dash back to harbour round trip 8 k.Maidens 2015 025

First crew appearing is Anstruther with a low tide ,grounds some 100 metres or so from beach.Maidens 2015 035Maidens 2015 036

A comical sight watching someone trying to emulate Usain Bolt but through water wearing wellies,comical until it is you’re turn ,the legs soon become very heavy the sea water feels thicker.

As the boats arrive coxs are unaware of some rocks barely covered,with the unfortunate Girvan finding themselves high and fast on a rock,with some assist from a safety boat she is freed,I believe without damage to continue the pursuit this delay not helping the brave crews overall time.

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1 st Anstruther ,2 Royal West, 3 Cumbrae, 4 Carrick, 5 Troon, 6 Firth of Clyde 7 Prestwick , 8 Girvan

Lunch break followed by 500 metre sprints

First race the Juniors , Carrick v Girvan , First across Girvan.Maidens 2015 080

Next novice race won by Anstruther skiff , with a composite crew from several clubs.Maidens 2015 086

Final sprint was a mixed event with each skiff having a crew of rowers from other clubs,won by the Royal West skiff.Maidens 2015 089

Representing Canada here was Stewart Bates from the Ayle Of Quinte skiff club, I believe Stewart coxed for Royal West in the long race and rowed in the mixed sprint.

All clubs received a certificate and special event bottle of whiskey.

As usual reports include praise for hosts and hospitality.

I have seen excellent catering at quite a few events, but here Carrick would have scored tens all round on Come Dine With Me.

From first arrival tea coffee cakes in abundance, on top of the come to be expected burgers etc . A long buffet table ,soups, platters laden with chicken and a selection of cold meats numerous salads,stuffed vine leaves and yet more varieties of cakes than a honed athlete wishes to be tempted by. Many thanks from all attending .

The day is played out under the sun ,again thanks to Fergus or Henry for organising that too.

A good performance from our Troon team with more attention to timing ,stroke length and observing other clubs techniques,we move slightly more up the result tables.

More photos at https://www.flickr.com/photos/134080931@N04/albums/72157658415235669Maidens 2015 014

Sun Sea Selfies and Seals

A beautiful sunny day and flat sea off Troon,saw a good turnout of members with both skiffs launched,

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Far too nice a day to miss the opportunity to have an extended row,Ailsa Lass set off for Lady Isle, a round trip of 6 to 7 miles,seen here at rest admiring the view.

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Soon after coming to rest the crew were amazed at the amount of seals coming around for a nosey probably about twenty or so surrounding the boat, to be a part of this see, Get Involved

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