Twenty-seven RowPorty club members attended the event over six days in the great town of Stranraer. We entered as many categories as our club demographic would allow – races offered were Men, Women and Mixed in the following age categories: 40+, 50+ and 60+. We also entered Open categories -all ages for men, women and mixed crews. In many categories, the fastest losers entered the repechage to compete for a place in the finals.
Club members who could not join us helped us to train, came along as spectators, added reports to our social media channels, brought the boat down to the water on Stranraer beach, took photos and acted as volunteer umpires at the event. Stranraer put on quite a show – entertainment for all, ceilidhs, live band, food stalls, kite making, piping band encouraging the crews on and off the jetty and into the water.
We met HRH The Princess Royal (Princess Anne) and Scottish Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop amongst other notables.
Each club’s best six results out of the categories counted towards the total for that club. RowPorty collected 107 points in our top 6 races and came 36th out of 55 clubs who entered – 36th in the World! We got great results, some personal bests and a few club bests. Our top time was 12:04.
Conditions were good for the first half of the week with Amber warning for lightening storms on the Thursday. Friday and Saturday saw huge winds and as a result, our times were nearly double the times of the earlier races.
60+ Women Heat 2 – 6th – 13:28.6
60+ Men Heat 3 – Joint 8th – 12:27.0
Men 40+ Men Heat 3 – 8th – 12:28.7
40+ Women Heat 3 – 4th – 12:19.3
40+ Women Repechage – 7th – 12:26.3
50+ Mixed Heat 3 – 8th – 12:21.1
40+ Mixed Heat 2 – 10th – 12:12.7
Open Men Heat 4 – 8th – 12:04.9
60+ Mixed Heat 1 – 9th -12:59.1
50+ Men Heat 2 – 12th – 12:42.3
50+ Women Heat 3 – 7th – 14:42.3
Open Women Heat 1 – 4th – 14:27.4
Open Women Repechage – 9th – 12:24.2
Open A Mixed Heat 3 – 8th – 16:21.1
Open B Mixed Heat 1 – 10th – 23:50.3
Overall results: https://scottishcoastalrowing.org/2019/07/21/celebrate-the-st-ayles-skiff-world-champions-2019/?fbclid=IwAR2KBQKwqeqjt_dIdpZurBzF3bn-c_OwWHJ3hRcd2sQ6_oOJbnaqr0U0_mA
(great racing start video)
Credit SCRA/SkiffieWorlds organisers, Stranraer
Ciara Doyle, August 2019