Carrick Lift Median Trophy at Castle to Crane 2019

Carrick Coastal Rowing Club lifted the Median Trophy for the first time, showing the grit and determination that was required by the whole fleet to drive into a gutsy and gusty headwind. What was thought to be a decent cooling breeze on a hot and sunny day turned into a bit of a challenge. Particularly hard parts of the course were the Harry Clasper straight, below the Erskine Bridge (Where Geordie rower Clasper beat the Robert Campbell “the champion of Scotland” in a £200 four mile challenge race in 1858); and again below the Titan crane at Clydebank where a rower describe the experience to your correspondent as “rowing through concrete”. So a tough race all round, and one where all rowers who completed it can be justly proud of their achievement. Carrick receive our premier trophy on behalf of you all!

Lifting the Median Trophy on Behalf of Carrick Coastal Rowing Club

In total 75 boats took part in the 13 mile challenge from Dumbarton Castle to the Finniston Crane. Vessels ranged from the massive eight oared Birlinn “Orcuan” down to the delicate coxed double sculls. One of those double sculls, “Georgie Rose” of Broughty Ferry won the “Bonniest Boat” prize, while the prize for double scull, as adjusted for age and gender, was won by a ladies crew from North Berwick rowing a Teifi Skiff “Flossie”.

St Ayles club of Anstruther proved their heritage and hard work. “Fresh” from their St Ayles win at the Great River Race, all three of the Anstruther St Ayles skiffs won at Castle to Crane in each of their categories, Mens Open, Womens Open and Women 50+. Anstruther is where the St Ayles Skiff started, with the design being commissioned from Iain Oughtred by the Scottish Fisheries Museum, based in the town. Orkney retained their Men’s 50 + trophy, and also made their long trip worth while with a win in the Shetland Yoal class. Also rowing a St Ayles, Ullapool won the Youth Trophy.

Orkney Men 50+
Winning Yoal Crew

The other St Ayles prizes went to Eastern in Sprite for the Mixed Open, and to Arran in Seabhag for the Mixed 50+. Other four oared classes featured Jolly Boats, Solent Galleys and a Seine Boat. Congratulations to the crew of Naiad of Royal West for the best performance in other four oared boat, adjusted for age, gender and boat class. Finally Sidmouth were rewarded for their long journey north for coming both first and second in the Pilot Gig class. It is great to welcome the far travelled who make the effort to join us, turning Castle to Crane into a friendly and diverse event. As well as Orkney and Sidmouth, lets remember Strangford from Northern Ireland in their St Ayles skiff, RowFlo from Lewis, Teighnmouth from Devon in their Seiene boat (hard work…. well done and hats off to you for your determination in pushing on through) and the Solent Galleys from Langstone Cutters. We hope to welcome you all back another year, along with more Dutch and Irish friends returning.

Thanks to all for coming along, and to our supporters from Teal Trailers, Murray McDavid, Sandpoint Marina and Glasgow City Boats. Thanks also to all our volunteers who make the day what it is! Castle to Crane Race is a Scottish Coastal Rowing Association Event, and organised as part of the Clydebuilt Festival. Big thanks go out to the Tall Ship at Glasgow Riverside for putting on the festival and including the rowing as part of it.

Everyone’s times are on the SCRA webscorer page. The usual disclaimer applies. There is a big tidal advantage for some classes depending on start time. We therefore do not tend to look at overall time in comparing performance between classes, just within classes. Similarly we do not award any sort of prize for the fastest over the course. Instead we award the Median Trophy, so please celebrate Carrick’s acheivement and congratulate the individual class winners.

We expect to have an excellent range of photographs to follow. If you have any good ones yourselves, please do share through SCRA social media.

Please put 5 September 2020 in your diaries now for Castle to Crane 2020.

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