On Saturday the 30th June, Arran Coastal Rowing Club rowed a relay around Arran in the St Ayles skiff Seabhag. Starting in Lamlash at 5:30am and returning just before 8:25pm, there were crew changes in Kildonan, Blackwaterfoot, Dougarie, Lochranza & Sannox.
Twenty two club members took part with several rowing two stages. A total of 93.5 kilometres was rowed in just under 15 hours including rest breaks and changeovers. This was an hour and a half under the predicted time of 16½ hours. They also had a lot of support from a RIB acting as a safety boat, a van to carry extra water, food and sundries and several cars to move the crews around the island.
This is the first time a St Ayles skiff has circumnavigated Arran and the club are rightly claiming the current world record time. Maybe the time will be bettered in the future, but for now it’s a great honour for an Arran club to be world record holders!
The club is raising money through sponsorship for the Midlothian Men’s SHARE project and are already well over their original target. They have set up a Just Giving page which can be found here.
A full report on the whole trip can be found on the ACRC website.