Nith Navigation time trials 2015

nith 2015 003The third Nith Navigation time trial saw five skiffs appear on a wet morning, rendezvous for bacon rolls and cox’s brief at Glencaple.

The skiffs complete with crews are assisted with launch on a very silted slipway lifted by tele- handler.nith 2015 030

Setting off on 30 second intervals with a very fast incoming tide the skiffs very quickly disappear from view first away Annan crewed with four young lads who had previously rowed only once or twice , next Amble, first time visit for a very cheery group from across the border, followed by the usual suspects Carrick and Troon last away Boatie Blest.

The rain eased and even stopped before we arrived at Dumfries a fast paced race testing rowers and cox’s, rowing in company back down river about 3 miles to The Swan at Kingholme Quay for Barbecue and results.

Presented with winners Quaich and Bottle of whiskey were Boatie Blest with a time of 43 mins.nith 2015 091

Also given a bottle with Roy Kerr’s magnificent Malouine on the label were runners up Troon 45 min 30s ,Amble 46 min 15s ,Annan 50 min and Carrick 51 min 30s.nith 2015 083

A good natured race over six miles split by a tad over eight minutes.

Following the presentation Roy carrying a large French flag and dressed to suit led the rowers out for a Boulle match with Troon taking the honours.

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Once again Roy Kerr organises another great event with top local support of Ian Cook and many others providing safety boats and lifting gear at both ends.nith 2015 079

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