The sun shone literally on Troon Coastal Rowing Club for the second year in  a row at its Regatta on South Beach on Saturday 14 June 2014.

This year Troon had both its skiffs – Marr Voyager and Ailsa Lass on the beach along with identical skiffs from Royal West of Scotland,  Greenock, Carrick Rowers from Maidens, Firth of Clyde from Fairlie and a visiting team of rowers from  Dalriada in Northern Ireland. The Dalriada team came over by ferry and made use of one of Troon’s skiffs to compete in the race.

The five colourful skiffs were lined up at the water’s edge with a large group of supporters for the first race.  They then headed off on a kilometre course round two marker buoys and powered back to the finishing line just off the beach. 

Later in the day there were races for an older, age-limited category, again for mixed crews of men and women.  All teams were seeking to win but, sadly for the host rowers from Troon, 4 of these 6 skiff races were won by the teams from Greenock (Royal West) and 2 by the teams from Maidens (Carrick).

The day ended with an innovative International race using both Troon’s two skiffs.  This was Northern Ireland versus the Rest of the World.  The team from Dalriada represented Northern Ireland and one member of each of the competing teams was in the “World”skiff.  The Rest of the World arrived back at the shore as winners in front of a great, cheering crowd.

Troon Coastal Rowing Club is grateful to all their sponsers, but especially to South Ayrshire Council who supported their Regatta day so nobly.      




Troon Coastal Rowing Club – Regatta 14 June 2014

Troon advises that their Regatta, held on the town’s South Beach, will take place on Saturday 14th June. Invitations, containing much more detail, will be issued very shortly, but this post is a preliminary call for interest in coming to Troon to take part.

Maybe you have happy memories of last year’s glorious event, or have heard about it and want to experience the superb facilities yourself. The Club secretary, David Sutherland, will be delighted to hear from you.
Email: troonrowsecy@smallworldmail.co.uk.

March News

The weather may not have been kind to us for the rowing sessions during January and February but Troon’s large Outer Harbour allowed some limited rowing opportunities in the poorest of the recent weather.

The Rowing Sessions continue to be held on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday.

The Committee has confirmed that the Members’ Regatta Programme for 2014 is –

Solway – 17 May : Tighnabruaich – 24 May
Greenock – 7 June : Troon’s own Regatta – 14 June
Loch Broom – 11/13 July : Glasgow Commonwealth Games – 24/27 July
Cumbrae – 9 August : Largs (Firth of Clyde) – 23 August
Queensferry – 6 September : Maidens – 20/21 September : Nith Navigation – ? date to be advised

An ACTIVE SCHOOL EVENT takes place 8/17April 2014.
This is a call for members’ support for the taster programme for local school children. We were involved last year at both Easter and Summer and it proved to be a very popular event with both the children and the members.
This Easter the sessions will be held on Tuesday and Thursday mornings 8th, 10th, 15th and 17th April at the pontoons. Please make it known if you are available to help with these sessions or simply turn up. Sessions are 10-11am and 11-12noon.

A new rowing session is being introduced on Sunday 6th April, on a trial basis commencing a 1pm

Troon Coastal Rowing’s Club Secretary Dr David Sutherland has published an amusing little book entitled


This is a light-hearted romp through everything that we know and have come to love about coastal rowing!

It is available for sale, on-line, at £5.25 and here is the link you will need…………..

www.calli-graphics.co.uk/AltGuide.html (if the link does not work, just copy/paste it into your browser)

Recent reviews received………….

“Really enjoyed it and recognised a lot of the situations”

“Absolutely brilliant read. Great humour”.



Following the Club’s Annual General Meeting held on 28 November 2012, the Chairman announced that the Personal Assessment Programme was approved in September 2013 and the Training Programme for individual members will commence in January, 2014.
The Programme is comprehensive and is designed to encourage members skills from a beginner right through to complete competency in coastal rowing. It is a modular course, comprising SEVEN units starting with basic land and water related health and safety, covers general boat knowledge, launching, embarking, boat safety, good rowing and coxing practice and VHF radio technique.

Records of attainment will be kept both by the individual, on a Personal Record Card, and on a Coach Master File. On satisfactory completion of the whole programme, the individual will be issued with a Licence to launch and command a Club boat, subject to remaining a member of the Club and to Committee direction concerning aspects of this approval(crew, weather, Club commitment etc).

All members are not required to take part in this Assessment Programme but each member will be issued with the Programme material.