Loch Venacher Freshwater Sprints



The freshwater sprints, the closing fixture in the Scottish Coastal Rowing Association calendar, were held on Loch Venacher in the Trossachs on 26 October. 15 skiffs took part; we weren’t last!

The Seil team of Ray, James, Jean, Mary, Sara, Louise, Ewan & Sue travelled through to take part in the Open Women, Novice Mixed and Open Mixed 500 metre sprints, with a buoy turn, and reached the final of the Novice Mixed. Selkie also took part in the long distance (2 km) race for new clubs, providing a very exciting finish with three clubs rowing neck-and-neck on the return from the turning mark. Watch out on You Tube for the exciting footage! We also provided the boat, and a crew member, for the Argyll composite team in the Inter-Regional sprint.

Many thanks to Ainsley Smith (Accountants) for sponsoring the club’s entry fee into the races, and to Ewan for towing Selkie across.

The races were hosted by the sailing club, and the rain held off until the prizegiving! Seil was not in the medal tables – but we had a good day’s rowing amongst some beautiful scenery. The programme concluded with the AGM, about which Ewan will post later.

5 thoughts on “Loch Venacher Freshwater Sprints

    • October 29, 2013 at 8:44 am

      Ewan, the crews in the other boats for the long distance race were fresh – they hadn’t just raced in three or four sprints and had new crews for each event – unlike us!

      • October 30, 2013 at 10:51 am

        James was rowing in that race. He has been trained up as a cox in the last couple of months and had very little actual rowing experience, and no racing experience – let alone over 2 km (and he has a bus pass!!!) I thought it was a good effort all round. Don’t beat yourself up!!!

  • October 29, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    I thought the open women (none of whom have a bus pass) had a grand time. The long distance team could not be expected to compete with the young rested crews that they were up against. I think we should be happy to have been there and not to have been last in any race!

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