Castle to Crane Race – scale


Castle to Crane Race takes place over a 13 mile course from Dumbarton up to the Finnieston Crane in Glasgow, as part of the Clydebuilt Festival. It is the longest rowing race that most of the rowers involved take part in, and is a real challenge for mind and body.

The scale of the River Clyde is quite something. The race certainly feels coastal to start with, and rowers are surrounded by hills, castles and countryside, and possibly having to deal with some quite lumpy conditions where the River Leven meets the Clyde. There is the occassional bit of beach on the south bank.

Also in terms of scale this is one of the biggest rowing races North of the South. In 2019 there were 75 boats taking part, including the largest fleet of St Ayles skiffs ever assembled. Being lovers of hyperbole, we refer to it as the largest gathering of coastal rowing boats on the Clyde since the Battle of Largs in 1263

In the middle stretches of the course, the scale of industry and past industry is what is truly impressive. Huge cranes, such as the well named Titan Crane at Clydebank (above). Making the competing boats seem very small indeed.

Even the mighty Orcuan? Well if you are on the subject of scale how about this eight oared Birlinn. Flagship of social enterprise GalGael we also consider her to be the flagship of our fleet and one of the biggest boats to be rowed regularly in the UK.

The 2020 edition of Castle to Crane Race will take place on 19 September 2020. Castle to Crane is a Scottish Coastal Rowing Association event, and is run as part of the Clydebuilt Festival.

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