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.
It was agreed at the latest steering group meeting of Troon C oastal Rowing Club on 16 februaryÂ that the annual year for the club will run fromÂ 1stÂ March.Â This will enable us to hold the AGM in the early part of the year.
A new applicationÂ membership formÂ will be availableÂ from 1st March. Anyone interested in becoming a member will be made most welcome -Â contact can be made throughÂ the web site.
It was also agreed at the meeting that a second boat will built later this year with the finance now being in place.Â Â Plans for premises to accommodate two boatsÂ are proceeding well.
A Duke of Edinburgh Awards Ceremony is being held at Ayr Racecourse on Wednesday 22 February.Â The boat will be on display outside the Princess Royal Suite from mid afternoon.Â Â This will be a great opportunity for young people attending the Ceremony to view the boat close at hand and discuss possible membership.
On Sunday 2 october, 2011 some 100 guests, family, friends and others gathered at the boat shed in Troon Marina to witness the exciting conclusion to the Troon Boat Building Project.
Â After an introduction from Vincent McWhirter,Â Project Co- ordinator, good wishes and encouragement for the future were offered by Councillor Bill MacIntosh, Leader of South Ayrshire Council.Â Next to speak was Jim Donaldson who talked about the project on behalf of the team. Â Alan Farrell also spoke and described how the oars were hand made out of solid wood. Vincent then introduced our Principal Sponsor Mr Boyd Tunnock who addressed the crowd with great enthusiasm for the project and with the help from Cameron Snow, who had chosen the winning name christened the boatÂ “MARR VOYAGER” Â and duly doused the figurehead with aÂ quaich of whisky. This was greeted with a great cheer and applause from the assembled crowd. The boat was then taken down to the slipway and launchedÂ to a great cheer from the large crowd. Marr Voyager was greeted in the water by “Chippy McNish” Â from the Royal West of Scotland Rowing Club at GreenockÂ and the Â inshore lifeboat was in attendance. Iit was a truly splendid sight and made a great photo-opportunity for all concerned.Â After a quick row around the inner marina by several of the build crew, Â Marr Voyager was brought along side for a crew change and a different group of rowers took over, including three of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award young builders, who then took the boat for an extended row around the marina, after which the boat was returned to the boat shed to allow everyone anotherÂ opportunity to view at close hand the craftsmanship attained by all involved.
A memorable day for everyone present but a very special day for every member of the building team.
The last quarter of 2011 was a momentous time for the boat builders of Troon
after the sucsesful launch of the MARRÂ VOYAGER. On 2 October it was announced that Troon coastal rowingÂ had been awarded theÂ RBS comunity award for 2011.
AÂ cheque for Â£ 6000 was presented to club Chairman Harry Risk in December, this will allow the club to build a second boat in 2012
Troon Coastal Rowing to be part of Troon Christmas Celebrations – come join in Â the fun at Midday 20th November down town Troon!
Public Meeting Letter Sep 2011
Great News! The Troon Rowing Skiff is in its final stage of completion. It has been agreed with all the boat building team to have an official launch of the boat on Sunday 2nd October at 1.00pm with Boyd Tunnock (our sponsor)and his wife making the official naming of the boat and launch.
I would like to invite you to the launch with your partners at Troon Marina at the West Coast Marine Services boat shed. The naming and launch ceremony will start at approximately 1.00pm with the boat being launched down the marina slip. There will be a buffet of food and drink on offer after the event. You will also have the opportunity to row the boat as well.
A public meeting to form a Troon Rowing Club has been arranged for Thursday 22nd September at 7.30pm in the Reception room of the Walker Hall, if everyone can make this meeting it would be much appreciated. I have attached a letter that is going out to all groups and organisation in Troon and district.
Hope to see you all there.
It would help with the planning if you could let me know if you are able to come along to the meeting and the launch day, please reply by email or phoning 01292 319357.
Duke of Edinburghâ€™s Award
School Development Worker
South Ayrshire Council