On Saturday 23rd September both our skiffs took part in the 13 mile race from Dumbarton Castle to the Finneston Crane as part of the Clydebuilt Festival at the Riverside Museum in Glasgow. 75 boats took part including 45 St Ayles skiffs from all over the UK and also Ireland and Holland. Troon’s skiff Marr Voyager came fourth in its class in a time of 2 hours 11mins and was 21st overall.
Nine clubs including two from Northern Ireland took part in the annual Excisemans Chase organised by Carrick Coastal Rowing Club. The Excisemans Chase is a enactment of the past when smugglers landed contrabrand at the Gas Bay beach below Culzean Castle. It involves rowing from Maidens harbour to the Gas Bay and collecting contraband and then returning to the harbour to land the illegal goods. Due to heavy seas the race was shortened and kept within Maidens bay but otherwise followed the same format with crews changing halfway. All teams were timed and the winners this year were Skelrick in a time off 34 minutes. Troon came equal sixth place in a time of 39 minutes. The day ended with a Hog roast and other refreshments supplied by the host club. This was the largest turnout yet for the Excisemans Chase and apart from the high seas at Gas Bay the weather was great and all had an enjoyable day.
On a blustery late June Saturday in Lamlash Bay our club beat five other local west coast coastal rowing clubs to be crowned overall regatta champions. Out of eight races we came first in five. A wonderful performance and congratulations to all members who took part. This is the first regatta our club has won and look forward to many more successes in the future. On the Sunday all the skiffs rowed round the Holy Isle,which took around two hours. Arran Coastal Rowing Club supplied a wonderful barbecue and catering and disco on Saturday evening.