it has bean a very busy summer for our intrepid rowing teams. Of course the good weather
over the past few months has bean a bonus.
June 21st – A very enjoyable day was had by all who attended the Girvan Launch of their new skiff called “creag ealasaid” which was built in Girvan Academy with financial support from South Ayrshire Council. This event took place along with the opening of the New Harbour improvements.
An Active Schools Programme took place this summer over four Wednesdays with some 50 youngsters being given a taste of Coastal Rowing in one of our boats. A special thanks must go to Alan Farrell, Mick Boden and Vincent McWhirter and all other Troon Coastal Rowing members who gave up their time and assisted with this programme.
On 1st July the Tighnabruich Gala and Kyle’s Boat Launch took place. One of our boats was in attendance with a number of supporters.
World Championships at Ullapool were held from 8th to 13th July. A fantastic time was enjoyed by all who attended the event held for the first time ever in Scotland. Even the weather played its part with sunshine and fair winds every day. 31 boats took part from many countries around the world. The teams from Troon finished well in the various races they competed in. As you will see from the gallery photos they enjoyed every aspect of this great event including meeting Princess Anne who opened the Championships.
The Commonwealth Legacy day took place on 27th July. This was organised by Troon Sports Hub at South Beach and was a very colourful event attended by both our boats with many Club Members and friends.
The Cumbrae Regatta took place on 10th August and Troon Coastal Rowing took part once again.
The Queensferry Regatta was held on 21st August and again attended by Troon Coastal rowing.
Troon Coastal Rowing Club’s first Regatta on Saturday 8 June went off without a hitch in glorious sunshine on Troon’s South Beach. Local knowledge suggests that no-one has ever seen the beach so full of people. By mid-afternoon the whole rowing set-up was almost lost in a sea of sunbathers, families and beach parties, but we successfully completed nine races, held a prizegiving ceremony and got the boats off the beach without any public aggravation.
The results of the Regatta are as follows –
Open Mixed: 1st – Royal West; 2nd – Queensferry; 3rd – Troon
Open Men: 1st – Royal West; 2nd – Queensferry; 3rd – Troon
Open Women: 1st – Royal West; 2nd- Troon; 3rd – Carrick
Youth Teams: 1st – Troon Dof EA; 2nd – Carrick; 3rd – Firth of Clyde
Over 30 Women: 1st – Carrick; 2nd – Troon
Over 30 Men: 1st – Royal West; 2nd – Troon; 3rd – Firth of Clyde
Over 30 Mixed; 1st – Royal West; 2nd – Firth of Clyde; 3rd – Troon
Over 50 Men: 1st – Queensferry; 2nd – Royal West; 3rd – Troon
Special thanks was extended to South Ayrshire Council, Vincent McWhirter and his large team for all the organisational work in setting up the day. Royal West, Queensferry and Carrick Clubs for coming along and being such good competitors and to the Firth of Clyde with their new boat Saltire. Thanks also to the Dalriada Festival team for coming all the way from Ireland and entering into our event wholeheartedly. Many thanks to Tony Peters for his essential help in laying the Race Marks.
Thanks also to Harry Risk, Chairman and to all Club Committee and Members who assisted in any way.
The beach and promenade at the Walker hall near the town centre will be the place to be on Saterday 8th June, 2013 Â that is where our club will be hosting our first Regatta.
The club is expecting many competing crews and their boats from many parts of Scotland. Rowing races will take place all day in the waters off the beach within easy sight of the promenadeÂ where the Â boats will be launched off the beach.
The Club hopes that the people of Troon will turn up to cheer on our own boats MARR VOYAGER and AILSA LASS.
There will be races for men, women and mixed crews of various ages and open classes.
The troon rowers will be easily identified by their Marr purple team tops.
Access for the public will be free and the Club is grateful to South Ayrshire Council for their permission to hold this event on this site.Â Â Please come along to this exciting and new event in Troon’s summer calender.
January 2013 update
The first Committee meeting of 2013 took place on 17 January 2013 in the Anchorage Hotel.
Chairman, Harry Risk, opened the meeting by thanking all concerned for their dedication and hard work over the past year.
The Club Rowing Programme is well underway and takes place every Saturday and Sunday morning at the Marina slipway from 10am and will continue all winter (weather permitting). We continue to offer our “give it a go” programme where no appointments are necessary and now that we have two boats with our qualified coaches and several experienced rowers no one need to be afraid to give it a try.
There is plenty of space for a good trial row within the harbour walls before venturing outside.
Troon Coastal Rowing will be hosting a Regatta in Troon which is scheduled to take place on 8th June 2013 with boats and crews from Carrick, Cumbrae, Girvan, Greenock and Glasgow being invited to take part. Also other boats within Scottish Coastal Rowing Association may be able to attend.
It was proposed that the site will be atÂ Troon South Beach. Our base will be a marquee situated on the grass area close to the access ramp to the beach, with car parking and public toilets nearby.
South Ayrshire Council have kindly offered to support this event and hopefully a large turnout of the public will come along to enjoy what will be an exciting and friendly competitive event.
Troon Coastal Rowing held its first Annual General Meeting on 20 September 2012.Â Harry Risk was appointed as Chairman, David Sutherland as Secretary and Jim Palmer as Treasurer and a new committee was formed.Â
A vote was taken at the AGM and the majority agreed that the second boat would be called “Ailsa Lass”.
The Launch and naming of the newÂ Skiff, “Ailsa Lass”Â Â Â was carried out by the Club’s Honorary Member, Alex McKenzie on Sunday 28 october 2012 at Troon Marina.
Alex is originally from Troon and was one of the five disabled ex servicement who successfully rowed across the Atlantic last year.
The “Give it a Go” programme for new rowers and potential members operates on Saturday mornings and Wednesday evenings from 5.30pm at the Marina slipway. You can book a free row by telephoning Allan on 01292 315572 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.This is proving to be successful.
The rowing club team trailed Marr Voyager through to South Queensferry to take part in the South Queensferry Regatta on 17 June 2012. This was the Club’s first entry into the lively Scottish Coastal Rowing competitive scene.
Vincent McWhirter, Alan Farrell, Jim Palmer anmd Harry Risk with coxwain Allan Benwood launched the boat under the shadow of the Forth Rail Bridge and participated in the over 45s race, which was a big concession on our part as most of the crew were over 60. We achieved 7th place out of nine entrants.
More details about the race and other rowing matters can be found in the website of the Scottish Coastal Rowing Association – www.scottishcoastalrowing.org. Based on this exciting experience the Club is making plans to enter other events.
Readers may have already seen Marr Voyager and Club members playing an important role in Troon’s RNLI Open Day on 21 July 2012.
Work began on Monday 16th July on Troon’s second 22′ St Ayles rowing skiff – a sister ship for Marr Voyager. Troon Coastal Rowing Club is grateful for the continuing support of Â West Coast Marine who have again allowed us to use their shed at the Marina. We expect this process to be much quicker as we accumulated a lot of experience in last year’s build project. We are pleased to welcome some new boat-builders and a new team from the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.
The Steering Group Meeting of 19 April 2012
announced that they now have two qualified rowing coaches within the club and that both these coaches are in attendance atÂ the Saturday morning “Give it a go Rowing Sessions.Â Â Â BothÂ coaches qualified after attending aÂ comprehensive 4 day training course and assessment session held at the Scottish Coastal Rowing Association H. Q.
If any new members wish to come along on a SaturdayÂ they will be in
safe hands asÂ our rowing crewÂ are qualified V H F licence holders and first aiders – so why not come along and give it a go.
We are about to start building our second boat and intend to have it finished and ready to launch around mid August this year.
Carrick Acadamy have compleated their boat and theÂ launch takes placeÂ at Maidens on Sunday 20 May at 1pm.Â Â The TroonÂ boat will be in attendance.
Future eventsÂ – Â a regatta is being held in Northern Ireland on 20 June
Troon Lifeboat day will be on 21JulyÂ and our boatÂ will be inÂ attendance.
The Girvan boat will not be completed this year but South Ayrshire Council intend to hold a water based activity at Girvan on 21 October this year.
Ullapool will be hosting a WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP COMPETITION next year
so get your skates on and become involved now.
With all theseÂ futureÂ events coming up Troon Coastal Rowing development looks to be very promising andÂ we would likeÂ thankÂ Â South Ayrshire Council and Royal Bank of Scotland for awarding Troon Coastal Rowing the Community Development Grants enabling the Club to be formed.
The club has devised “a give it a go” programe to encourage any interested people to try rowing before committing to membership, This will involve one or more rowing sessions in Marr Voyager, in the company of experieced members.Â These sessions started on 31 March 2012 and will be held every Saturday within the Troon Marina.
If you would like to try one of these “Â give it a go” rowing sessions please let us know in advance by calling Alan on 01292 315572 , or if you would just like to see what is going on come along to the Marina any Saturday morning to watch from the slipway and have a chat with any of our members -Â you will be most welcome.
The Troon Coastal Rowing Club is delighted to announce that Alex Mackenzie of Troon, who was part of the Row2 Recovery Team has accepted Homorary Membership of the Rowing Club.
Alex was part of the Team that rowed across the Atlantic to raise cash for Forces charities. The crew of six, all ex-servicemen, 4 of whom had lost limbs while on active duty in war zones. The Team completed the 3,000 mile journey in just over 50Â days and raised over Â£780,000 for Forces charities.
Alex is at present resident in London, but hopes to visit Troon in the near future.