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Shieldaig Regatta and Fete Results

A great turnout for one of our more remote and scenic regattas.  Well done to Avoch who narrowly beat Ullapool to win the overall points competition.  Great to see Lochcarron competing a the regatta, the first of many we hope, and welcome to all the other competing teams too.

There is a great wee bit of drone footage to be found on the Regatta facebook page.





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Iona First Regatta

Iona First Regatta (1)

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Arran Coastal Rowing Club at Royal West Regatta

ACRC at Greenock Regatta

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1st Stranraer Regatta – Part of the South West Challenge 2017!

Stranraer Water Sports Association is hosting its first regatta as part of the South West Challenge 2017 and Stranraer Oyster Festival – and you’re all invited!

The event will take place on 16th and 17th September with 8 race categories on Saturday and time-trial and novelty racing on Sunday. The Regatta is the third weekend of the jam-packed South West Challenge, with points awarded for performance and, more importantly, participation.

All this will take place during the festivities of the town’s Oyster Festival, with entertainment for all, from giant paella and wild food foraging to live music and surprise performances. The crew of the Oyster Boat, the Vital Spark, will be landing a catch from the floor of Loch Ryan.

There are a number of facilities on-site including catering, club space, secure boat storage, toilets and changing rooms. Caravan, camping, hotel and B&B information is available from organisers.

To register and for more details on the Regatta, email or call 07809363289.

More details can be found at and

If you’re entering the Stranraer Regatta and/or any other South West Challenge events this September, please find full details at and complete the short form here:

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Ballantrae Smugglers Chase – 27th of August, starting at 2pm

Ballantrae Smugglers Chase is a great event taking place on the 27th of August, starting at 2pm in the beautiful Ballantrae Bay just south of Girvan (West Scotland, South Ayrshire)

The La Malouine tall ship will be taking part and there will be races in many categories including a fun novelty race.

There will be catering on site, music and fun for families and all.

We would like to invite any rowing clubs who would be up for some exciting rowing celebrating Ballantrae’s unique smuggling history.

Contact email is: for any expressions of interest or queries.

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Pride of the Solway Joins the Fleet


Annan Harbour Action Group have launched their second St. Ayles skiff, “Pride of the Solway”, a sister ship for Pride of Annan. This boat build was begun in September 2016 and was finished last week with the final coat of paint being added to the oars. The boatbuilders usually met 3 times a week for a few hours each time and consisted of a number of AHAG members, students from Annan Academy and young adults being supported by Step Together, Dumfries.  Congratulations to all those involved and thanks to the funders, Dumfries and Galloway LEADER, Holywood Trust and Dumfries and Galloway Area Committee. The group are already moving on to the next build, which will be a Tammie Norrie, and are looking forward to welcoming skiffies to their forthcoming events on 22 and 23 July, being the Annan regatta on the Saturday, and a row in company to England for the Bell Ringer’s Raid on the Sunday.

Picture Credit:  William Richardson from the AHAG facebook page.

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The Shieldaig Regatta 12 August 2017

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Youth Regatta Success at Largs

The young rowers and the organisers of the Largs edition of the Scottish Coastal Rowing Youth Regatta series laughed in the face of  dreich scotch weather and ploughed on through the furrows and peaks of a starboard bow sea to complete their races on the Ayrshire coast today.  The hosts, Firth of Clyde Coastal Rowing Club were joined by young skiffies from Prestwick, Queensferry, Deveron and North Berwick.

Conditions were challenging, but it was a challenge that the crews were up to.  The first two races were held over a longer course.  Firstly for boys and then for girls.  As the photos below, all by Robert Dawson, show the waves were of a height and length which gave the rowing experience the full four dimensions (up down, in and out, round about and a bit wet).  After lunch the course was shortened considerably, to all fit within more sheltered water in the lee of slipways, and the four mixed races were won by a full variety of clubs.




FOCCRS took care to thank their  supporters (Saturn SailsBosun’s TableEuroyachtsFlamingo Yacht ChartersLargs Chandlers Ltd and DDZ Marine for sponsoring the fantastic medals from Revolv3d Limited and to Tiny Shiny Things . A massive thanks to all the hardy FOCCRs who came together to deliver the event with the support of Largs Sailing Club who lent some (runaway) marks and a RIB for the day, as well as providing lunch and a well-utilised warm and dry clubhouse used as a hub. We are all looking forward to the Firth of Clyde Regatta on the 2 September.  Many of the club regattas over the summer will feature junior events of some sort or another.  The next SCRA Youth Series events are at Eastern ARC (Portobello Beach) on 16 September and at Avoch for the Northern Circuit on 21 October.


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Ullapool Regatta 2017

Ullapool Regatta 2017 Report

This year Ullapool Coastal Rowing Club welcomed clubs from all over Scotland and Strangford from Northern Ireland, 23 in all. As well as longer established clubs we were glad to meet newcomers Gourdon, Lochinver, and Golspie who won the Best New Club award.

Six of the clubs fielded youth teams as part of the 6 Youth Regattas this year in Scotland, and we are excited to see this section of the sport growing. Deveron (based in Banff) brought a large team, as did the home side, plus Avoch, Portsoy, Strangford and Eastern. Ullapool won the Youth prize for a series of strong performances and credit goes to them and their coaches.

Saturday saw the 60+, 50+ and youth age groups compete, with the day’s fastest time set by North Berwick’s 60+ Men at 12 minutes 47.6 seconds. The day turned a bit wet and gusty towards the end but it did not stop the racing. North Berwick dominated the adult results with wins in the 50+ Women, 60+ Men and 60+ Women. Broughty Ferry took the 60+ Mixed and Coigach the 50+ Mixed, with Ullapool the victors in the 50+ Men.

Five hardy teams contested the 250m sprints along the shore, with Boatie Blest winning the plate for the fastest time.

Then about 300 rowers descended on the High School for a well earned meal, drinks, and dancing to former pupil Rory Matheson and his band. This cunning plan by UCRC to wear out the opposition with drink and dancing worked splendidly, and the ceilidh was voted a great success.

Sunday brought a welcome easing of the wind and dry weather with occasional sunshine, and the street and beach became very busy with locals, rowers and visitors enjoying the day. The loch was also busy, with a cruise liner, helicopters, safety boats, umpire boats, spectator boats, 5 Flying 15’s, 23 skiffs and a couple of drones.

Boatie Blest stormed to victory in the 40+ Men and the 40+ Mixed, with Coigach taking the Open A Mixed and the Open A Men by a big margin. Their Open A Men time was 12 minutes 16.5 seconds, the fastest time of the weekend. North Berwick took the 40+ Womens’ race. St Andrews won the Open B Men and Ullapool took the Open B Women. The overall regatta results are on our website and Facebook page, but the first three places went to Ullapool, North Berwick and Coigach.

Unfortunately the cruise ship took so long to raise its anchor at its scheduled departure time, that the race timetable which had kept close to time all day, slipped by 10 minutes. As we operate between ferry times this meant that the last race, the Open B Mixed, had to be cancelled. We were disappointed to have to do this but the alternative is ending up in the propellers of the ferry!

UCRC thanks all the visiting clubs for their help in umpiring, their effort and enthusiasm, and looks forward to next year.

Ullapool Regatta 2017 scores and ranking-1

2017RegattaFinalTimesPositions – Ulla



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Skiff Tow to Skiffie Strangford Lough Festival 21-23 July

Thinking of attending this event and still to sort out transporting your skiff. A double St Ayles trailer is heading for the event from SW Scotland and there is space for one skiff- to make arrangements contact Geoff Turner at

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