Castle to Crane

Selkie recently took part in the inaugural Castle to Crane (C2C) regatta, rowing the 13 miles from Dumbarton to the Finneston Crane on the Clyde.

76 boats took part, with 407 participants. Crews came from USA, Netherlands, Eire, Wales, England and Northern Ireland as well as Orkney, Shetland, Mull, Islay, Lewis and all over the Scottish mainland.

Our ‘over-50’ category mixed crew (with two imported gig rowers from the USA) thoroughly enjoyed it, and didn’t disgrace themselves! What a great way to see the Clyde and the centre of Glasgow. We had an extra rower with us, plus an assistant cox. It was very good to be met at the finish by two well-kent Seileachs, Mary & Ray, en route to Jersey.

Curraghs, yoals, a Birlinn, 55 St Ayles skiffs, pilot gigs, jollyboats etc were all represented in the largest open water rowing event ever held in Scotland. It was also the largest number of St Ayles skiffs seen in one place, even at the World Championships.

The race was organised by the Scottish Coastal Rowing Association, together with the Galgael Trust, as part of the Clydebuilt Festival.

Photographs aplenty on our facebook page.

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