On Saturday 8th September ACRC took part using skiff Seabhag in the Exciseman’s Chase, a race of approximately 8 kilometres out of Maidens Harbour. Eight Clyde clubs (Arran, Carrick, Cumbrae, FOCCR, Prestwick, Troon, Renegade and Royal West) battled valiantly through choppy seas at the scenic foot of Culzean Castle, changed crews at Gas House Bay, picked up a miniature bottle of whisky, which they then had to get back to Maidens without being “caught”.
The staggered start meant that the skiffs were both chasing and being chased, which made for an extremely exciting atmosphere on the waves. On both legs of the race ACRC’s mixed crews powered forward with great determination, overtaking one boat after the other to come in in a time of 1 hour and 9 minutes, three minutes ahead of the nearest rival, to win the handsome barrel trophy and of course a full sized bottle of the amber nectar.
For the sprint races we put in a mixed crew again and came third overall. The winners here were Troon’s strong male crew.
A big thank you to Carrick Coastal Rowing Club for hosting the races and their hospitality and to all other participating clubs for great rowing, good chats and your friendship.
And last but not least thank you to Dave and Emma for their great photos which you can see on Facebook or follow this link. And to Eve from Glasgow CRC for her reinforcement.