Report from Ladies Rowing Race: Hurrah for the Fair Ones!

The Ladies Race, which had occasioned so much mild and exhilarating excitement among the members of the club, was a decided success and as Treasurer Nesmith-  the donor of the prize for the lady – said while presenting the prizes, that he hoped it would be the forerunner of many more such races.  The course was just a shade long for the fair ones, but they all pulled to the finish gamely, although several were within an ace of the last gasp:  With a little more practice and with a recognised club of their own -  which is being talked about for next season -  they would become quite expert at the art.

Mr James Orr started the races  and had the boats off to a fine start.  The race in the first heat was decidedly close,  Miss McInnes and J. Orr jun, just finishing half-a-length ahead of Miss Leitch and S. Smyth.

The second heat was if anything a harder race.  Right from the start Miss Miller and J.W. Leitch led till about two hundred yards from home , where the other crews sprinted, and Miss Myles and G.L Lyle and Miss L. Taylor and A.B. Moir gradually gained,  and the gun was fired with the boats in the order mentioned.

Half-an-hour’s respite was granted, during which time the ladies entered the clubhouse, and the first thing sought was a looking glass to see if their curls were in order! The rain up to this point had kept off, but just as the crews were getting ready to start again the clouds let loose and vapourised the Clyde.

Excitement now ran high, and as the crews neared the clubhouse, it was seen that the first two boats-  Miss McInnes and J.Orr, and Miss Myles and G.L. Lyle-  were rowing hard for first place.  Miss McInnes, however, with a long powerful stroke gradually got the lead, which she maintained and eventually won a very hard race by a length.  Through the generosity of a former member of the club a second prize was presented, and this was won by Miss Myles with G.L. Lyle as her partner.

Miss Horsburgh, with curls in order. An Eathar.

This and many other cuttings of historic interest, can be found in a great book called Old Clyde Pullers.  Send the link to whoever is in charge of your Christmas Present list.  Treasure Nesmith might be surprised to find now that just over half of us coastal rowers are female, that these women don’t need to have a bloke in the boat, and that they enjoy the same races as the men, curls or no.  Some things have not changed though.  The rain still vapourises the Clyde


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