It was Arran’s first regatta of the season on Loch Awe on Sunday 29th April – a 11.7km race over two legs . Arran put together two strong crews for both legs and faced stiff competition from the start. 10 skiffs in total from nine different clubs, headed north for the first race from Dalavich to Taychreggan. Arran’s first crew of Cil Paul, Rory Cowan, Dave Ingham, Emma Ingham and Karen Haggerty got off to a great start and immediately began to break away from the pack along with Queensferry and St Andrews. Queensferry couldn’t maintain the pace and by midway had fallen back behind the two leaders. St Andrews had the edge and continued to try and pull ahead but Arran dug deep and rowed at a fast, strong pace only to be beaten to the line by a couple of boat lengths.
The return leg saw each skiff set off on a timed run, in the order that they had finished the first leg, so Arran was behind St Andrews. For this leg the Arran crew was Karen Haggerty, Cil Paul, Caroline McGinlay, Ronnie Mc Donald and Steve Garraway. They set of at a blistering pace and by half way had caught up and passed St Andrews beating them to the finish line by 12 minutes. Arran’s combined times for both legs was 2hours 17m 30seconds. A course record and a perfect kick-off to the season. Arran’s team proudly took home the magnificent trophy.
A big thank you to KIDs Coastal Rowing Club who organised the event providing excellent hospitality and entertainment.
Text and photos: Dave Ingham
As always Dave and Emma Ingham took tons of action shots which you can see on Facebook when you click here.