ROWING — Royal West Compete In Exciseman’s Chase

12 October, 2021 | Sport

NINE rowers from the Royal West of Scotland Amateur Boat Club, Greenock, competed in the Exciseman’s Chase put on by Carrick Coastal Rowing Club.

The participants were Ian Clark, Karyn Donnachie, Gillian Farrell, Hugh Ferns, Adam Graham, Carron McKee, William Osborne, Karen Radford and Stephen Singh. The Royal West were racing in Chippy McNish one of two St. Ayles racing skiffs owned by the club.

The Exciseman’s Chase is a six-mile race from Maidens, north towards Culzean Castle. At around three miles up, in Gashouse Bay, the crew can be changed. The fresh crew rows back to Maidens to finish.

The race name reflects that Gashouse Bay was historically linked with the smuggling of Irish whisky, with the excisemen always on the chase.

Teams also took part in some sprint races outside Maidens harbour. The Royal West was third in the mixed sprint and the men’s open races.

Nine teams competed in the Exciseman’s Chase. These were Arran, Carrick, Cumbrae, Firth of Clyde, Prestwick, Royal West, Troon, Stranraer, and Wigton Bay.

The fastest was Carrick with an overall time of one hour, two minutes. The Royal West was seventh with a time of one hour, 18 minutes.

Karyn Donnachie, Royal West rowing convener, said: “The rowers did amazing in pretty wild seas, challenging for the most experienced rowers.”

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