Rowing for Whisky at the Nith Navigation Race 7 September 2013


In a first for Scottish Coastal Rowing the organisers of the Nith Navigation Race have promised a bottle of special whisky for every crew that completes their course.  This is the inaugural event, and one we hope will become a regular fixture.  The race is organised by the Ports of Dumfries Development Group and  Nith Navigation Commissioners.  It is an opportunity for St Ayles skiffs to race on the South West coast for the first time.  We hope that it will also be the chance to welcome the skiff being built in the community of Annan onto the water for the first time.

A successful event will, we are sure, encourage Dumfries and coastal communities along the Galloway coast to become involved in Scottish Coastal Rowing, so we hope that many of our crews will take advantage of the chance to say that they were there, at the very first event!  Crews should feel relaxed about treating the event as an expedition rather than a race if they would rather.  It is the time of year when clubs enjoy the prospect of a cruise in company!

Provisional arrangements are for  a coxes briefing on the pier at Glencaple at 1130.    Crews should be ready to get on the water around 12 noon for a 1230 Start.    The course will start at   Glencaple (we have the use of 2 slipways there) and proceed the 6 miles up river to a finish at the Whitesands Dumfries, the head of tidal navigation on the Nith.    The course takes you through countryside and under 3 bridges before finishing in the town.   The flood tide will be assisting crews, with high tide in Dumfries at around 1400.  There is plenty of opportunity to follow the race from the shore.

There will then be a row in company a mile back to the Kingholm Quay where the boats will be lifted out and put back on their trailers. A BBQ will be arranged there and accommodation is available around Kingholm, recommended for those who feel the need to finish the whisky while the memory of the race remains fresh.
For more information and to book your place please contact the organisers by e mail  roykerr@ymail.com  or contact Roy on mobile 07801 321 457 .  There is no entry fee, but if crews feel they wish to contribute they can make a donation to Nith Rescue (who we sincerely hope will not need to do any rescuing on the day!)

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