One of Troon’s fine rowing skiffs, along with its crew, had an unusual date recently – unusual, that is, for a coastal vessel. She and her crew floated out on to the waters of Castle Semple Loch there to greet a new arrival in the coastal rowing world, a skiff lovingly built at Gryffe Academy in Bridge of Weir. The beautiful new boat – a one design, St Ayles Skiff, of course – is an elegant addition to the ever growing Scottish fleet. The loch is well known for water sports and will make an ideal venue for the new young rowers.
Troon’s full blooded coastal rowers are now in full summer regatta mode, recently travelling to South Queensferry to take part in the regatta races around the Forth estuary.
Next we towed one of our skiffs all the way to Ullapool for the Loch Broom Regatta where the famous World Championships were held two years ago. It is a popular event – again we were the sole representatives from our local waters. An official report was posted online at Scottish Coastal Rowing website.
Royal West Regatta was held at Greenock on Saturday 8th August and Prestwick Prom Event on Saturday 15th August – again one of our skiffs attended each event.
Ballantrae Smugglers Event will be held on Tuesday 18th and Wednesday 19 August.
Crews and a skiff have been to Queensferry at the end of June and to Ullapool for the Loch Broom Regatta on Saturday 11 July.
At Ullapool one of our crews achieved a Club best-ever time of 13 minutes 49 seconds over a 2 km race course.
Our July schools programme, with South Ayrshire, has started and will continue on a Thursday for the next 3 weeks, as per the programme.
Both our skiffs were at the RNLI Open Day on Saturday 18th – one skiff was on static display and the other was carrying out public taster sessions from the lifeboat pontoon – which very popular.
The Cumbrae Sail and Oar Festival due to take place on 15th August has been cancelled.
Unfortunately the annual Regatta scheduled for 6 June had to be cancelled due to inclement weather.
Following the cancellation, a lot of hard work took place and a re-vamped event was organised for Saturday 13th.
A large contingent of skiffs and crews from the East Coast, who had other commitments, were unable to attend.
With the improved weather we were able to hold our 3rd annual Regatta as we had entries from Girvan, Carrick (Maidens), Irvine, Firth of Clyde (Fairlie) and Royal West (Greenock) as well as Troon’s own two skiffs – Marr Voyager and Ailsa Lass. A full day’s racing took place and was enjoyed by all with Carrick coming out the overall winner and receiving our new trophy which was presented by our Chairman, Harry Risk.
TROON WATER SPORTS CENTRE
Troon Coastal Rowing are pushing ahead on an exciting project to be the prime movers and leaders in this new development as titled above.
What we really need now are lots of interested folk who do other things on the water – sail, canoe, surf and so on. As this initiative gathers speed, progress will be reported.
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2016
It has been officially announced that the Skiff World Championships for 2016 will be held in Strangford Lough, Northern Ireland from 25 – 30 July 2016.
SUMMER SCHOOLS PROGRAMME
The four taster sessions for school children will take place on Thursday mornings 16, 23 and 30 July, and 6 August 2015 from 10am to noon each day.
Troon Coastal Rowing Regatta
IT’S REGATTA TIME AGAIN
Troon Coastal Rowing Regatta takes place at South Beach area on Saturday 6 June 2015 from 10.30am throughout the day.
There will be a total of 11 Skiffs taking part with teams from Anstruther, South Queensferry, North Berwick, Girvan, Maidens, Largs, Gourock and Cumbrae. Prestwick and Irvine, who are both quite new will be able to join along with our own two Skiffs, Ailsa Lass and Marr Voyager.
There will be different distance races for various selections of crews with a series of sprints taking place offshore.
This will be a colourful sight and we hope that Troon residents and visitors will come along to our Regatta. Prize giving will take place at the HQ tent at around 4.30pm.
Our scheduled Active School Event took place on Tuesday 7 and Thursday 9 April. It was once again a very successful event with quite a few youngsters taking part on the day. Many thanks to all members who attended on the day to give the young people from the various schools an entertaining and exciting day’s coastal rowing.
The same exercise was also carried out at Prestwick Sailing Club on Thursday 16 April and again many thanks to all who took part.
The launch of the second Firth of Clyde Skiff, named Thistle, took place on Sunday 26 April. Troon Coastal Rowing’s Skiff, Ailsa Lass, was transported to Largs for the launching ceremony with a full crew of our members and various supporters to welcome this new Skiff to the Firth of Clyde Sailing Club.
This new Skiff was paraded through the town of Largs, led by a piper, for the launching ceremony at Fairlie Beach.
Prestwick Sailing Club held at Open Day on Saturday 2 May when their new Skiff called “The Pride of Prestwick” was on display. Once again Troon Coastal Rowing’s Skiff was transported to Prestwick where we offered to run one of our “give it a go” sessions. This was to encourage as many new rowers from Prestwick to take part in coastal rowing. The official launch of their new Skiff will take place on 9 May and supporters from Troon Coastal Rowing will be present.
VERY IMPORTANT NEWS
Troon Coastal Rowing are competing and participating in the Aviva Community Awards Scheme. This Scheme is for projects within our local area and depends on online voting. We would encourage supporters of TCRC to vote and everyone who visits the website and registers with Aviva (a requirement to be in the competition) has 10 votes.
The link to the website is: https://community-fund.aviva.co.uk/voting/project/view/815
SOLWAY BELL RINGERS’ RAID took place on Saturday 16 May 2015. A great fun event in challenging conditions, with Troon putting in a respectable performance. It is called the Bell Ringers’ raid as it involves rowing across the Solway into England and capturing the Bell and returning it to Scotland. One of Troon’s young rowers played the bagpipes at the start in Annan Harbour, to provide a bit of encouragement. It must have worked because Troon gained a highly prized third place and we had the honour of bringing back the bell stand.
TCRC – PROGRAMME FOR SEASON 2015
This information is to give members advanced notice of our plans for the coming, Spring, Summer and Autumn. Each event will be further promoted in Club email newsletters.
DATE VENUE ORGANISERS TYPE COMMENTS
07 APRIL TROON TROON CRC/SAC SCHOOLS 10-11am; 11-12noon
09 APRIL TROON TROON CRC/SAC SCHOOLS 10-11am; 11-12noon
16 APRIL PRESTWICK PRESTWICK CRC/SAC SCHOOLS
26 APRIL LARGS FIRTH OF CLYDE CRC LAUNCH
02 MAY PRESTWICK TROON/PRESTWICK CRC PRE-LAUNCH TRAINING
09 MAY PRESTWICK PRESTWICK CRC LAUNCH
16 MAY ANNAN ANNAN CRC DISTANCE “THE BELL RINGERS”
06 JUNE TROON TROON CRC REGATTA
20 JUNE TROON SOUTH BEACH (PR Day) OPEN DAY am/pm
27 JUNE QUEENSFERRY N/S QUEENSFERRY CRC REGATTA
10-12 JULY ULLAPOOL LOCH BROOM CRC REGATTA
16 JULY TROON TROON CRC/SAC SCHOOLS 10-11am ; 11-12noon
18 JULY TROON RNLI PUBLIC LIFEBOAT GALA DAY
23 JULY TROON TROON CRC/SAC SCHOOLS 10-11am ; 11-12 noon
25 JULY DALRIADA REGATTA NORTHERN IRELAND
30 JULY TROON TROON CRC/SAC SCHOOLS 10-11am ; 11-12 noon
? SAT TROON SPORTS HUB PUBLIC t.b.a
01 AUG GIRVAN GIRVAN CRC DISTANCE AILSA CRAIG ROW
06 AUG TROON TROON CRC/SAC SCHOOLS 10-11am ; 11-12 noon
08 AUG GREENOCK ROYAL WEST REGATTA
15 AUG CUMBRAE CUMBRAE CRC REGATTA
16-22 AUG BALLANTRAE BALLANTRAE GALA WEEK DAY SKIFF EVENT
22 AUG LARGS FIRTH OF CLYDE CRC REGATTA
12 SEPT DUMFRIES LOCAL DISTANCE NITH NAVIGATION
19 SEPT MAIDENS CARRICK CRC DISTANCE EXCISEMAN’S CHASE
24 OCT t.b.a. SCRA SPRINTS WITH SCRA AGM
Scottish Coastal Rowing Association events calendar can be found on their own website.
Now that both “Marr Voyager” and “Ailsa Lass” have been fully refurbished at Irvine Maritime Museum’s workshop, the Committee would like to thank all who gave up their time to carry out this essential work to keep our valuable boats in tip-top condition for the weekly rowing programmes and coming season of regattas.
The Committee would also like to thank the Irvine Maritime Museum’s Management for allowing the work to be carried out within their workshops.