It was with great sadness that we learned our friend and fellow club member David Sutherland passed away this week.
David was one of our founding members, our first secretary and his talents as an administrator ensured that Troon Coastal Rowing Club got off to the best possible start.
Whilst designing our membership form and compiling the club manual his enduring legacy was in the creation of our club logo and skiff figurehead.
From the first days when we were just a small group of people building a skiff, David was at the heart of the team, always willing to turn his hand to whatever job needed done, from building a rolling frame for the boat to painting on a gold inlay.
After stepping back from his role as Secretary, David became a regular feature at the slipway, cheering us on at regattas and even finding time to write his own entertaining take on the world of coastal rowing!
Troon Coastal Rowing Club was one of Davidâ€™s passions, and the Club owes him a great debt of gratitude.
Both our skiffs took part in the 13 mile row from Dumbarton Castle to the Finneston Crane in Glasgow.The row was carried out in very warm conditions and into a head wind.The mens +50 team in Ailsa Lass completed the course in an excellent 2 hours 22 minutes in second place in their class.Our team in Marr Voyager claimed to be the highest total aggregate age finished in 3 hours 28 minutes in 17th place in their class.
Our team took part in the North Berwick regatta with 11 other clubs and were probably up against their toughest ever competition,but came away with a Gold in the Mixed 45+,a Bronze in Mens 50+and the Ladies 50+.A superb effort.
Our team took part in Prestwick Coastal Rowing Clubs annual regatta along with Arran,FOCCRS,Renegade,Stranraer,Prestwick and Carrick.Arran won the overall regatta with Troon coming in a close fourth place just two points behind FOCCRS and Prestwick who tied for second place.Prestwick supplied a superb lunch and in the evening there was a choice of fish and chips or Indian curry.Entertainment was also superb and all at Troon thank Prestwick for a great day.Photos courtesy of Arran and Prestwick.
Our team attended the Worlds in Stranraer.No medals were won but some very close races in tough competition.A tremendous week and our club wish to thank Wendi Cuffe and her team at Stranraer for setting up and producing a brilliant regatta.We also loaned our second skiff Marr Voyager to The Living Boat Trust from Tasmania and wish to thank them for there hospitality and the beautiful plaque they presented to our club. Our club finished 29th out of 55 clubs taking part.
A brilliant weekend was enjoyed by 10 clubs with Troon coming third overall behind North Berwick and Arran.Troon were first in the Mens 220+,second in the Open Mixed and the Mixed 240+,and third in the Novices.Also on Sunday Troon were third in the Hamilton Rock challenge. A great regatta organised by Arran with wonderful weather,great company,barbecue and caley on Saturday evening.