Irvine Harbours Festival of Lights – row up the Garnock River

Skiffs from Troon, Maidens, Girvan, Prestwick, Firth of Clyde and Anstruther took part in a social row up the River Garnock and then the skiffs were decorated with coloured lights and then rowed up the River Irvine towards the town in the dark to the delight of the onlooking spectators.  This must be a first for the St Ayles skiff community.

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Xmas dinner enjoyed by club members at Scotts of Troon

35 members and guests attended our Xmas dinner in Scotts of Troon Restaurant and an enjoyable evening was had by all ……….

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Wintertainment Parade through Troon – 20th November

Our club took part in the annual Wintertainment parade through Troon on the 20th November accompanied by Santa and Troon pipe band and many other floats and dancers. 

 

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Decorating Ailsa Lass for Wintertainment

Decorating Ailsa Lass for Wintertainment

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Up and coming events:

Club AGM 15th Nov 2016 7pm Anchorage hotel.  All members welcome.
20th Nov 2016 Troon Wintertainment Parade.  Decorated St Ayles skiff will take part in the parade through the town.Leaving from Templehill at 1230.   Dress and prepare skiff 1130.
2nd Dec2016 Annual club Xmas dinner in Scotts restaurant.
3rd Dec 2016 Irvine Illuminations at Irvine harbour. Programme as follows:
10am launch at Irvine public slipway
11am social row up River Garnock landing at “Big Idea”beach.
1pm return to pontoons for lunch in the Ship Inn.
3pm dress skiffs with lights etc.
6pm lantern parade commences.
7.45pm illuminated skiff row past.
815pm fireworks display.

Annual refurb complete of Ailsa Lass and Marr Voyager

 

 

Both our skiffs have completed their annual refurbishment carried out by members at The Scottish Boat Building school in  Irvine.  A big thanks to all those that helped out.  We also fitted shelves in our storage container where all oars are now stored.  Hours of sanding,painting and varnishing brought both skiffs back to new look condition after a hard seasons rowing.

 

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Troon regatta 2016

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The ever popular Troon event drew its biggest number of visiting skiffs including our  usual west coast neighbours ,some new guests from the east and from across the sea new club Arran attending their first regatta.

 

With a mixture of established and experienced clubs pitching in with each other to assist clubs with lesser numbers make up crew shortages so that most skiffs got to experience as much racing as possible, the rowing was played out under a sunny sky with a good sea surface. First to go was the senior race over 65 teams followed by the juniors aged under 18, the open section and after a break for lunch the +47 races this being amended from +50 to allow greater scope for clubs to enter. All races saw some great tussles and determination of mind and body to battle for the coveted medals and overall winning shield . Close of play was a sprint one way back to shore using up most remaining breath and energy with a last chance to add blisters to anyone who did not have enough.

Visitors appreciated the organisation of TCRC  staging of the day not least the amount of fresh baked assorted cakes and sandwiches that members had lovingly prepared.

The overall winners of the day were an excellent Broughty Ferry team .

There were many notable performance by the runner up clubs with the expected high standards of the established clubs  and some surprisingly good stuff from some of the newbie teams.IMG_0754.JPG

For more photos recommend visiting Arran Coastal Rowing on Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/Arran-Coastal-Rowing-599468700153153/?fref=ts

Great selection of photos exceeding my humble efforts.