Troon regatta 2016


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

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April roundup

April brought us just about every combination of weather conditions,club sessions have continued to be well attended,some days due to very strong winds and rough seas these were restricted to inner harbour rowing,other days we had brilliant sunshine and flat conditions this allowing some excellent extended rowing ,trips round to South beach and landing ashore for ice creams also some trips out across to Lady Isle as usual being treated to sights of inquisitive seals. Also got the chance for a row around visiting minesweeper HMS Cattistock

Loch Ken trip was a resounding success  accompanied by our neighbours Carrick,Girvan and Prestwick two days of rowing/racing and general nonsense set in a beautiful location,the weather being very kind to us,most attending opted to stay overnight in one of the cabins ,the wonderful Annette from Carrick providing huge quantities of hot food to refuel the rowers,evening of music and song and one or two drinks,morning start of full cooked breakfast before the start of second day of rowing

Looks like we will be busy

Calendar is filling up ,check out our list of events the club will be involved in this season. More details on individual events as they are unfolded.


Vennel re launch

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Saturday April 2 will see Irvine Coastal Rowing re-launch the Vennel from 11am . At the harbour side Irvine. With expection of Troon and Carrick clubs attending complete with crews and boats, a great opportunity to come and see the boats in action ,all  welcome to have a go ,free of charge with full instruction and safety equipment provided. It is a fair guess with at least 3 skiffs out in the water and possibly more , a few impromptu and fun races will occur. For any further info contact

Some good distance rows

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Taking advantage of some good weather the club has had a few decent distance outings ,earlier this week a crew had a good outing from Troon across the bay to Irvine with the obligatory visit to the Puffer Cafe, member turnouts continue to be good, and Saturday morning saw both skiffs out with one making a trip out and around Lady Isle and able to enjoy the sight of the local seals basking on the rocks.

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This site would welcome any guest blog relating to Troon Coastal Rowing .

How did you come into rowing ? Have you a story about a recent outing or club session?

Photographs relating to club activity always appreciated.

Stunning backdrops for rowing

With a mixture of weather conditions recently the club continues to enjoy some fine rowing sessions including a recent visit from Troon marina across the bay to the Puffer cafe at Irvine a fair distance row incorporating a crew change after coffee and empire biscuits, this photo by Jamie Mason12717801_10153944013013000_8796867319591314339_n

Other sessions have seen some choppier seas with both skiffs launched and a mixture of short and longer outings this pic Harry Risk12798870_1153593701347272_3894617622155489989_n

Was surprised and delighted to find the next photo by Tina Sinclair on a local facebook page ,the picture intended to capture the large tanker set  against the splendid backdrop of a snow capped Arran ,then viewers started spotting the two tiny boats and asked what they were,by chance a stunning pic of our Saturday morning rowing session.

This past month has seen a few have a go people turn up and enjoy the buzz that is coastal rowing and new members forms being filled in.12832458_10153848969796068_4581417733247866787_n