Enter the Castle to Crane Race 2017


Entries are rolling in for the first long distance rowing challenge of its type ever  to be held in Scotland.  Castle to Crane is a 13 mile challenge race.  Competitors start at stunning Dumbarton Castle and race up the River Clyde into Glasgow City Centre, passing impressive scenery, industrial heritage and modern commerce along the way.  Castle to Crane is part of GalGael’s “Clydebuilt Fesitval”, and there will be a festival welcome when the crews return from the finish at the Finnieston Crane to the festival hub at the Riverside Museum and Tall Ship.

The event takes place on 23 September 2017, with a ceilidh in the evening and a picnic on Loch Lomond the following day for crews who just can’t bear to go home.

Enter online now at the Clydebuilt Website.  Entries cost £20 per rower, with an option to buy ceilidh tickets and t shirts.  The first 30 clubs to enter will be eligible for the Early Bird trophy…… so far we have entries from 20 clubs (27 boats and rising).   Early entry is much appreciated by the organisers as it will help with their planning and logistics and boosts their own enthusiasm, so please do get your entries in soon to make their day.   The race will be capped at 100 boats.

We really welcome a diversity of classes.  Crews must ensure that their boats are seaworthy for the potential conditions, but entries will be accepted from any fixed seat coxed boat powered by at least four oars.  So far we have entries from two impressive rowing ships (Tarbert’s longship and Galgael’s Birlinn), from the first of hopefully many six oared Shetland Yoals and six oared Cornish Pilot Gigs, from smaller craft rowed either as double sculls or randan, and from the four rower St Ayles skiffs.

We hope to see you there, check out the Frequently Asked Questions for more information, and start getting the miles in!





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