We took our lovely skiff Marr Voyager and joined 16 other St Ayles skiffs and over one hundred other boats of all types at the official opening of the new Queensferry Crossing bridge. It was a fantastic, magical event with a great feeling of achievement being felt by all.
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.
I have written before about our members’ love of rowing in new locations and also how friendly and supportive the coastal rowing community is. On the 21st Feb this year we were able to combine these two by supporting Stranraer Coastal Rowing Club at their open day club launch. Five of our members took our lovely skiff Marr Voyager down to Stranraer and were naturally given coffee and cakes before launching her. Once launched we took her into the harbour and moored alongside a pontoon. Several local people wished to have a go at rowing so we took them, two at a time, just for a short row within the harbour area. It was lovely to see the reaction of people that a) they could row and b)how stable the skiff was. Once everybody had rowed we chatted with the organisers who told us their hopes and plans and how they hoped to host the 2019 World Championships! Certainly Loch Ryan, being a wonderfully sheltered stretch of water, would provide a stunning location. We wish Stranraer Coastal Rowing Club well.