Scottish Rowers take on Atlantic Challenge


Three young rowers from Firth of Clyde Coastal Rowing Club (Largs) and Avoch Community Rowing Club are among five Scots selected for the Atlantic Challenge Great Britain Team.

Cameron Hughes (21), Iona Macaulay-Smith 16) and Erin Lambert (16) are currently in Portland for a final training camp with the GB squad before heading to Antrim for the Atlantic Challenge International contest, which runs from 21st-28th July. It will test their rowing, sailing, ropework and navigation skills across a series of events on Lough Neagh.

The team consists of five Scottish, five Welsh and ten English rowers and sailors aged 16-26 who will take on teams from Ireland, Northern Ireland, Belgium, Denmark, France, Italy, Basque Country, Russia, Indonesia, Canada and the USA. They train and compete in 38ft Bantry Bay Gigs with a total of 13 crew and 10 oars, with some events requiring the crew to transition from rowing to sailing mid-race, and vice versa.

The GB boat ‘Intégrité’ under sail

GB Head Coach, Gavin Sim, said: “The team has been put through their paces with an intensive final 10-day training programme in Portland, both on and off the water. With a mix of rowing and sailing backgrounds, everyone is able to learn from each other and improve their techniques to row and sail more efficiently. There has been a lot to get through but we have a brilliant team and can’t wait to get to Antrim”. Gavin is also a member of Burghead Coastal Rowing Club and took part in last year’s Castle To Crane race with them.

Best of luck to Cameron, Iona, Erin, Gavin and the rest of the GB Team!

Keep updated by following the Atlantic Challenge GB Team online:

Facebook – @AtlanticChallangeGB

Twitter – @AC_GreatBritain

Instagram – @AtlanticChallangeGB

Cameron’s Sponsors: Edinburgh Napier Students’ Association; 6 SCOTS (Army Reserve); Largs Yacht Haven.

Iona’s Sponsor’s: Fusion Marine; Skretting; Northern Marine Services; Scottish Sea Farms; Largs Yacht Haven.

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