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Castle to Crane: Five Miles from Home 2020 Results

A fantastic effort by all involved in Castle to Crane this year. We all missed being on the Clyde, with great hosts in Dumbarton and Glasgow. However opening the race up to anyone to post a time from their home waters meant that we could have a far bigger entry (we estimate 680 athletes took part in our race this year) and we were able to be joined from clubs much further away. We welcomed entries from distant waters like Tasmania and Cornwall. We also had a more diverse fleet with smaller boats able to take part where they might not normally be able to deal with the conditions on the lower Clyde, as well as bigger boats with crews of up to 13, which are a bit tricky to transport from mainland Europe to the Clyde. We hope that everyone enjoyed the event and will keep in touch and hopefully join us on the Clyde in the future.

The Castle to Crane Course usually goes from Dumbarton Castle at the mouth of the River Leven, up to the Finnieston Crane in Glasgow. In normal years it is part of the Clydebuilt Festival, held under the auspices of The Tall Ship at the Riverside Museum in Glasgow.

Everyone was a winner obviously, by being able to take part. However, you probably want to pore over the results, and join us in congratulating the winners of castle to Crane’s Median Trophy 2020……… Burghead Coastal Rowing Club, in their St Ayles Skiff “Tarbh Uisge” – Gaelic for water bull.

Burghead : Winners of the Castle to Crane Median Trophy 2020

Congratulations to them. They represent the whole fleet in taking that award.

We have applied a “corrected time” style handicap to boat classes (“the Greenock Yardstick”) to allow us to compare effort between classes. If ever there was a race where it is about taking part, rather than winning, it is this one! Many clubs are deliberately not expending maximum effort, as a precaution against Covid; rowers are racing in very different conditions (although thankfully everyone had fairly reasonable conditions at some time over the race window). However, we are all happy for those who attained fastest in class and category, and are sure they will be appreciative and respectful of all those that they placed above.

The corrected times can be viewed by clicking here:

Castle to Crane 2020 Results
(with times adjusted for boat class handicap)

Remember that those times are not corrected for gender and age, so where a men’s crew has gone faster than a women’s crew it should not be assumed that they have given a better performance. For those who want to view the data before handicaps are applied … they can peruse this spreadsheet here.

Dutch Club Ferox Taking Part in Castle to Crane from their home waters
Avoch Coastal Rowing Club pleased to be back on the water and taking part in Castle to Crane

City Barge Boat Club from Oxford stood up to row in Castle to Crane 2020

Castle to Crane 2020 was organised by Scottish Coastal Rowing Association, the Scottish Governing Body of Sport for Fixed Seat Rowing.

It is great to be back!

Not everyone was able to get on the water on a rowing boat, due to lack of boats, or local covid restrictions etc. We therefore welcomed those people to take part in the challenge by alternative means. Therefore here is a final spreadsheet showing times for those who took part by walking, SUP, canoe and kayak. Thank you to all who took part. Certificates are being prepared and will be with you in due course.

Team Paardekreek from the Netherlands…. pulling hard
Sidmouth in their Cornish Pilot Gig

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Entry List for Castle to Crane: Five Miles from Home

Rowing ClubCrew Name
North Berwick Rowing ClubRobbie and a GuillemotMarrat
NoneMull MadnessSwona
Norfolk Skiff ClubNorfolk DumplingsCherub
CRAB BlakeneyCrabbersBlue Jacket
Grimsay Coastal Rowingdont know yetLiving The Dream
Burghead Coastal Rowing ClubBurghead BeautiesTarbh Uisge
Living Boat TrustThe 5 Mile CrewImagine
Ullapool Coastal Rowing Clubthe 60 SpecialsDaylight
Living Boat TrustCastle Forbes BayImagine
Isle of Seil CRCSelkieSelkie
UllapoolMixed Open EricaUlla
Sloeproeiteam de Paardekreekteam Paardekreek.nlDe Paardekreek
Ullapool Coastal Rowing ClubOver 50 Mixed (1)Ulla
Ullapool Coastal Rowing ClubWomen 50 (1)Ulla
FeroxAzorean high ladiesAzorean high
Ullapool Coastal Rowing Club50+ MenUlla
FeroxThe boys of summerBacchus
Wormit Boating ClubCatalinaFlying Boat
BOGA Y VELA NAVIGATIONAVIGATIO SANTANDERLa Irlandesa
WSV WoudrichemBatavieren men open AG&G 3 (NL005)
WSV WoudrichemBatavieren Men open BG&G 3 (NL005)
WSV WoudrichemBatavieren 50+ MixG&G 3 (NL005)
Mordialloc Sailing ClubMordy WondersMordy Skiff
Ullapool Coastal Rowing ClubMixed 50+ Team 2Cul Mor
Norfolk Skiff ClubCarrow crewCherub
Broughty ferry boatingThe original crewGeorgie Rose
Sketrick coastal rowing clubKnotty girlsKnotty buoy
Sketrick coastal rowing clubKnotty girlsKnotty buoy
Lagan CurrachsThe Chaos DivisionMamach Mor
WSV WoudrichemBatavieren Mix openG&G 3 (NL005)
WSV WoudrichemVitalisG&G 2 (NL003)
Sketrick coastal rowing clubSketrick bubblersKnotty buoy
Ullapool Coastal Rowing ClubNo.3Cul Mor
Ullapool Coastal Rowing ClubU26 Open MXUlla
QueensferryquinesOtter
Living Boat Trust, TasmaniaHuon Five-OImagine
Newhaven Coastal Rowing ClubThe Wee MichaelThe Wee Michael
UllapoolOpen MenUlla
UllapoolU19 BoysUlla
UllapoolU19 GirlsCul Mor
UllapoolU19 MixedCul Mor
Fingal Rowing ClubLadiesSt. Joseph
Royal West of Scotland Amateur Boat ClubColin Campbell15
Wivgigs Rowing ClubWivgigsAudacity
Wivgigs Rowing ClubWivgigs womenAudacity
Wivgigs Rowing ClubWIvgigs MenAudacity
N/aThe Canal RowersWAWHFL
N/aThe GopastersGopa
WSV WoudrichemCarpe NoctemG&G 4 (NL007)
WSV WoudrichemDe KnapperdsG&G 3 (NL005)
WSV WoudrichemDriekaG&G 3 (NL005)
Black Rocks Rowing ClubBlack Rocks SoloSkitey
Troon CRCTroon 50+ MenAilsa Lass
Sketrick crcKnotty very goodKnotty buoy
Sketrick crcKnotty crustKnotty buoy
WSV WoudrichemMDTG&G 3 (NL005)
Z&MV De ZuidwalGert KeddeDe Liefde
Sketrick coastal rowing clubKnotty rascalsKnotty Buoy
Sketrick crcKnotty McKnot KnotKnotty buoy
WSV WoudrichemDiehardsG&G 4 (NL007)
Wivgigs Rowing ClubWivgigs menAudacity
Royal West of Scotland ABCAdam GrahamNo. 15
Wraysbury Skiff and Punting ClubWraysbury OneWraysbury One
Langstone Pilot Gig ClubLangstoneIslander
Sidmouth Gig Racing ClubSidmouth SmugglersLittle Picket
Sidmouth Gig Racing ClubSidmouth AKeith Owen
De Zuidwal, from Nijkerk in the NetherlandsSaturday morning team 1De Passie
WSV WoudrichemFast Men AG&G 3 (NL005)
WSV WoudrichemFast Men BG&G 4 (NL007)
WSV WoudrichemRoeien RuurtG&G 2 (NL003)
WSV WoudrichemNaamloosG&G 2 (NL003)
De Zuidwal, NijkerkAanhoudersDe Passie NL011
De ZuidwalZuidwal damesLiefde
Royal West of Scotland ABCRon Shug AdamNo. 11
Royal West of Scotland ABCNaiad CrewNaiad
North BerwickDouble Plus1Speedwell
Avoch Community Rowing ClubAvoch U19 mxZephyr
Avoch Community Rowing ClubAvoch Men OpenZephyr
Avoch Community Rowing ClubAvoch Ladies OpenZephyr
Avoch Community Rowing ClubAvoch 50+ MXZulu
Avoch Community Rowing ClubAvoch Open MXZephyr
Troon Coastal Rowing ClubTroon Mixed UPAilso Lass
Toroon Coastal Rowing ClubTroon LadiesAilsa Lass
St Andrews Coastal Rowing ClubFour women and a coxBlue Bay
zuidwal NijkerkseniorenLiefde
RowFloGoing with the FloFlorence
Wraysbury Skiff and Punting ClubWraysbury TwoWraysbury Two
Wraysbury Skiff and Punting ClubWraysbury OneWraysbury One
ZMV De ZuidwalRESTDe Passie
City Barge Boat ClubVoga OneGiulietta
City Barge Boat ClubVoga TwoSerena
City Barge Boat ClubVoga ThreeAllegra
City Barge Boat ClubVoga FourSettemari
City Barge Boat ClubVoga FivePiero
UCRCThe Sea WolvesCul Mor
UCRCReductio Ad AbsurdumSplinter
WormitWoodhavenCatalina
Wraysbury Skiff and Punting ClubWraysbury AWraysbury A
Torpoint Rowers ClubTorpoint AMorwenna Lynn
Torpoint Rowers ClubTorpoint BMorwenna Lynn
TrelawneyTrelawneyPearl
Royal West of Scotland Amateur Bost ClubChippy CrewChippy McNish
WormitWoodhavenCatalina
Annan Harbour Action GroupLadies who launchPride of the Solway
Flushing and Mylor Pilot Gig ClubRelentlessPinnacle
St Andrews Coastal Rowing ClubMixed OpenSandbay Century
Nairn Coastal Rowing ClubTeam DulsieDulsie
Nairn Coastal Rowing ClubTeam EstherEsther
Wraysbury Skiff and Punting ClubWraysbury BWraysbury B
Wraysbury Skiff and Punting ClubWraysbury CWraysbury C
Wraysbury Skiff and Punting ClubWraysbury AWraysbury A
Prestwick Coastal Rowing ClubPrestwick CrewPride of Prestwick
Mordialloc Sailing Club, Melbourne AustraliaSandy BeachMordy Skiff
Mordialloc Sailing Club, Melbourne, AustraliaChelsea BeachMordy Skiff
Mordialloc Sailing Club, Melbourne, AustraliaMt Eliza BeachMordy Skiff
Mordialloc Sailing Club, Melbourne, AustraliaEdithvale BeachMordy Skiff
Mordialloc Sailing Club, Melbourne, AustraliaMordialloc BeachMordy Skiff
Mordialloc Sailing Club, Melbourne, AustraliaParkdale BeachMordy Skiff
Mordialloc Sailing Club, Melbourne, AustraliaMentone BeachMordy Skiff
Mordialloc Sailing Club, Melbourne AustraliaAspendale BeachMordy Skiff
Avoch Community Rowing clubAvoch Mixed Open BZulu
Annan Harbour Action GroupAnnan MenPride of the Solway
North BerwickJoanna DrewittZev
Polperro / CharlestownAgeing SpiritsTaboo
Dittons Skiff & Punting ClubKnight SkifferSRA 14
Loch Broom Sailing ClubIt is easier to sailLoki
Kinghorn CRCDouble BubbleYolande
Row PortyRaidersIce breaker
Hamble River Rowing ClubRowbustKelpie
Kinghorn CRCToil and TrubbleYolande
Hamble River Rowing ClubOarsomeGigi
Kinghorn CRCFire BurnYolande
Kinghorn CRCCauldron BubbleYolande
Hamble River Rowing ClubAbout TimeKelpie
Chanonry Sailing ClubSkate BankersSilver Darling
ArdglasArdglass 1Ardglass Lass
ArdglassArdglass 2Ardglass Lass
ArdglassArdglass 3Ardglass Lass
Boatie Blest (Cockenzie & Port Seton Community Rowing Club)Boatie BeautiesBoatie Rows
Boatie Blessed (Cockenzie & Port Seton Community Rowing Club)Booties BlessedBoatie Rows
CatterlineCatterline MenSpirit of Catterline
CatterlineCatterline WomenSpirit of Catterline
CatterlineCatterline mixedRobert Plummer
Prestwick Coastal Rowing ClubPrestwick CrewPride of Prestwick
Findochty WSCLast Minute LuciesMorven
Findochty WSCSorry We’re LateMorag

Welcome back to competition.

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SCRA Covid Update – 14 September 2020

Some further guidance and restrictions have been put in place by the Scottish Government on 14 September which affect outdoor exercise. The exemptions for organised sports, such as Coastal Rowing organised by SCRA clubs, remain so most SCRA club activities can continue not withstanding the changes.

The change is that informal outdoor (and indoor) exercise should be restricted to a maximum of six persons, from a maximum of 2 households (not counting children).

Coastal Rowing in fixed seat boats, as Governed by Scottish Coastal Rowing Association, falls under the guidance for Organised Outdoor Sports and requires all clubs to fully comply with the specific agreed requirements and operate in their assigned “field of play” bubbles. For more information on the safe return to rowing on the sea, check out the SCRA Covid Hub.

To confirm, all clubs engaged in our outdoor sport will have a named Covid Officer (who will have completed the helpful SportScotland on line Covid Officer Training) , will have appropriate risk assessments and procedures in place, including hand hygiene; cleansing and sanitising of equipment; social distancing as appropriate and use of face coverings. There must also be procedures in place to support the ability to track and trace participants and contacts.

Please note that additional geographical restrictions in place which may impact on circumstances. https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-local-measures/

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Ton Up Entries for Castle to Crane Five Miles From Home

SCRA are delighted to have received over 100 entries for Castle to Crane this year. When entries close tonight participating crews will be sent the results form, which they will complete with a screenshot of a timing app to show the course they completed and the time they took. We believe the 120 or so crews already signed up make Castle to Crane the largest rowing event to have taken place in the UK since at least March. The full list of entries will be published on Tuesday.

There is a very diverse field including Spanish, Irish and Dutch classes, as well as Thames skiffs and Venitian style boats whose home waters are a bit flatter than what we can expect normally at the start of Castle to Crane. As everyone would expect there are a fair number of entries from Scottish Clubs rowing St Ayles Skiffs. We appreciate that quite a few clubs are preferring to take a slow and cautious approach to returning to the water, but it is great to see that Annan, St Andrews, Prestwick, Nairn, Royal West, Newhaven, Wormit, Ullapool, RowFlo (from Lewis), Troon, Avoch, Isle of Seil, Loch Broom Sailing Club, Chanonry Sailing Club, Kinghorn, RowPorty and Burghead have entered…. many of these clubs have never missed a Castle to Crane race. There is a more international St Ayles fleet than we might be used to with entries from Northern Ireland (Sketrick), England (Blakeney), Netherlands (Woudrichem, Z&MV De Zuidwal ) and Australia (Mordy Skiff of Melbourne, and Living Boat Trust from Tasmania).

If, for whatever reason, crews are unable to get on the water in their boats, they are encouraged to undertake the “alternative challenge” instead, which is to run, wheel, walk or kayak 5 miles. The results will be recorded in the same way, with just one time submitted for each crew. As with all parts of the event, crews must abide by any local Covid restrictions that apply to them.

Give the Castle to Crane Facebook Page a like, to be kept up to date with information as the event progresses. Put your entry in by 1800 BST on 14 September by clicking here.

St Ayles Skiffs in the Castle to Crane Fleet

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SCRA Covid 19 Update – 10 September 2020

At this week’s Scottish Government briefing (10th Sep), some slight changes to the guidance for were made, namely, the restriction of “social gatherings” to 6 individuals from 2 households. However, the guidance for meeting outdoors for the purposes of exercise or activity continues to permit meeting 5 individuals from up to 4 other households. Organised, contact- sport outdoors also remains unchanged. ‘Field of play bubbles’ (ie a rowing crew) are permitted for the purpose and duration of that sporting activity.

All other safety and hygiene measures should still be adhered to, as per your individual club’s risk assessment and in compliance with any measures set out by your club’s Covid 19 Officer.“Where contact sport is permitted, Sports can use a ‘field bubble’ where physical contact is allowed on the field of play when the activity is taking place. Outwith the ‘field bubble’, people should abide by the guidance on physical distancing as outlined above”. (Scottish Government 10th Sep 2020). The only new consideration would be to encourage crews to disperse on completion of the activity, rather than hanging around in a way which could transcend into a social gathering.

Stay safe and please share your own “return to rowing” stories so that we can all learn from them. Refer to the SCRA Covid Hub for more help and information.

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FAQ C2C: “Does Winning Matter?”

A: No not really. The crews that win in your category in Castle to Crane 5 miles from home will probably be pulling very hard. They will probably also have the advantage of smoother water and perhaps more time on the water before the event. Many crews will feel, from a Covid point of view, that they do not wish to over exert themselves. We would like Castle to Crane to be the Biggest “on the water” rowing event in the UK since the start of spring 2020. It is not the winning crews that will achieve that, it is the rest of us! If ever there was an event where taking part is more important than performance it is this one. Get your clubs name on the results, and remember that Castle to Cranes premier cup is the Median Trophy, awarded to the crew with the most average performance.

Collieston: Median Trophy Winners 2018

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Castle to Crane Entries Close 14 September

Crews have until 1800 BST (1700 GMT) on 14 September to get their entries in for Castle to Crane 2020. The race is a five mile time trial to be completed on your own waters in a time window between 1200 GMT (1300 BST) on Friday 18 September 2020 and 1200 GMT (1300 BST) on Sunday 20 September.  Crews are responsible for ensuring that they start and finish the five mile time trial within this window.  Their results should be submitted to the organisers as soon as practical after completion of the challenge and must be submitted by 1300 GMT (1400 BST) on Sunday 20 September. Entry is free and is open to any fixed seat rowing boat. We already have a wide range of craft represented, from a variety of countries: Scotland, England, Northern Ireland, Eire, Netherlands, Spain, Australia. The more the merrier. Times are given in GMT, to make it easier for international athletes to make the conversion to their local time zone. There is no upper limit on the number of entries, but there is a time limit on getting them in, as set out above!

Enter by Clicking on this Link to the Castle to Crane Website, where you will also find the rules of racing, FAQs, pictures of some of the boats that make up the fleet, and results from previous castle to crane races.

You set the course, which should be out and back and five miles long, and on completion submit your time to the organisers, on the results form. The results form will be e mailed out to all entrants, after entries have closed.

Don’t wait to the last minute to get your entry in. You will be able to change the age and gender categories of the crew on the results sheet, should you have last minute changes of personnel. If you are not able to get on the water for any reason, don’t worry your crew can still take part. Simply enter as a crew you would hope to row with, and then complete one of the “alternative challenges” set out in the rules. Theses are to walk, run, wheel or kayak for a five mile course, with all members of the crew completing the challenge, but only one time being submitted. You will still be able to feel part of a fantastic world wide community of coastal rowers!

The Navigatio Santander team has done its first training on the route chosen for the five miles at home.
Castle to Crane – Passing Dumbarton Castle 2019 (photo Steve Thomson)

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Coastal Rowing on Scottish Waters is Back!

Since Scottish Government guidance changed to allow a return to community based coastal rowing in Scotland on 24 August, clubs have been finalising their new protocols, undertaking the Covid Officer Course, and getting themselves back on the water.

Firth of Clyde taking to the Water at Largs
Florence Getting Back to Her Adventures in the Western Isles
SDCRC back in action on a sunny Cromarty Firth
Wormit Living the Message at the V&A on the Tay
Isle of Seil return to the water after careful risk assessment
Kinghorn enjoying the Forth

Check out our Covid hub for club guidance on returning to rowing. Scottish Coastal Rowing Association is the Scottish Governing Body for Fixed Seat Rowing. All these photos shared on the Scottish Coastal Rowing Facebook Group. Join us there, and share your own stories.

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Closing the Circle on Virtual RowAround – September 2020

Just as the St Ayles Skiffs of the Scottish Coastal Rowing Association are able to get back on to the water for real, the chronicle of our cyber circumnavigation “Rowaround Scotland” is now complete. Virtual RowAround Scotland has connected clubs and communities across the country, and introduced coastal rowers to new stretches of coast, albeit as a remote reconnaissance. VRAS has shared clubs’ stories, achievements and aspirations. A fantastic resource, showcasing the coast of Scotland, coastal communities, and thriving community clubs has been built up. Please do read all about it at rowaround.scot. A very big thank you to everyone who contributed.

This resource is also, of course, preparation for the REAL row next year in 2021! The log is something which can help us look forward to rowing in the future, as well as reflecting on ten great years of St Ayles Skiffs and the Scottish Coastal Rowing Association. The closing section reflects on rowing in scenic glory, spectacular coastlines, hidden islands, lochs, and rivers and turns to the words of Robert Burns to reflect on the beauty of Scotland:

“To see her is to love her,
And love but her for ever;
For Nature made her what she is,
And never made anither!”

Cruising on Lcch Shiel with the Jacobite Muster. Photo Jon Gerrard

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Care for the Environment while staying COVID safe

SCRA guidance on returning to rowing on the sea does call for cleaning of equipment between crews. RYA Scotland have commented on cleaning and the need to take care of the environment in their “Return to Boating ” documentation post Covid. They write:

“We recommend you carry and use hand sanitiser which should be at least 60% alcohol based. Detergent wipes need to be appropriate for the surface they are being used on. Cleaning products should conform to EN14476 standard or any detergent will need to be followed by chlorine releasing agent. However, be wary of cleaning requirements for specialist boating equipment such as life jackets and always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.”

“Be mindful of our fragile marine environment, do not release bleach products into the water and dispose of used wipes, gloves and masks responsibly. In addition, it may be worthwhile looking at best practice for general cleaning of equipment via – The Green Blue.”

The Green Blue comments include: “For more stubborn marks on deck, for sanitation or personal hygiene always choose more environmentally sensitive products. Avoid chlorine and bleach which are toxic to flora and fauna, and phosphates which encourage algal growth. Explore the Green Blue Business Directory for eco-friendly cleaning products. Watch out for products that have ‘polyethelene’ in the ingredients list, this means it contains microplastics. These smaller bits of plastic can be more readily ingested by wildlife and enter food chains.”

Let’s always try to leave our environment better than we find it. Scottish Coastal Rowing Association is the Scottish Governing Body for Fixed Seat Rowing.

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