Start of a good day

Clubs from all over Scotland and the North of England gathered at Castle Semple Loch on Saturday morning for the Gallagher Heath St Ayles Regatta 2012.

It was sunny, it was flat and it was fun.

If you include Castle Semple RC, who loaned out members to the visiting clubs, there were nine clubs racing. Although not racing, Gosforth sent up a couple of trainee umpires for the Umpire Training Course being run at this event, and to represent them at the SCRA AGM held later in the afternoon. We managed to cram in a lot on the day as we also trialed new types of races and a Halloween Disco.

Chippy McNish, straight from the Repair Shed, was first boat on the water and in use all day.

Chippy in good company

The Club competed in the Mixed Open 3km race, Men’s Open 1000m Sprint, Ladies Open 1000m Sprint, Men’s 50+ 1000m Sprint and Novice 1000m Sprint. Although not wining any of the events we aquitted ourselves very well. It also has to be remembered we were co-hosting the event with Castle Semple RC & the SCRA.

The SCRA website has a good article and the full results, with times, for the days racing. http://scottishcoastalrowing.org/2012/10/29/flat-water-at-castle-semple-for-gallagher-heath-st-ayles-regatta-2012/

The Club has received a number of messages of thanks from the other clubs for organising and running the event, as well as the very successful fancy Dress Disco back at the clubhouse in the evening. None of this would have been possible without the continued support of the members.

Ladies Open Crew

Men’s Open Crew

Men’s 50+ Crew

Chippy having a break

Photos courtesy of Hugh Kerr & Karen Sanders

Bonfire Building on Saturday morning at 10:00. Fireworks at about 20:00, after the Battery Park display. Members and guests welcome.

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