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Soggy at Portsoy – but ‘medal city’ for ‘Lass’ crews!

June 26, 2012

The ‘Lass’ crews enjoyed being down in Portsoy this past weekend- despite the weather.   Pic: Anne MacGee, Coigach. Above the Lass‘s Women’s over 50 crew battle to a very close second to the Ainster over 50s Women.


Good as always to see old skiffie friends – but also to see new boats and new rowers in the water was grand.

A lucky 13 beautiful St Ayles Skiffs on the pontoon (Pic: Chris Perkins)

Relatively new rowers for the ‘Lass’, Calum and Ali MacLeod (Post) were ‘blooded’ in foreign waters over the Portsoy weekend… and very well they did! Will Irvine made a humungous all-day drive up from Cornwall just to get his row in the Men’s Open. That’s dedication. In fact, as the other Coigach Skiffies watched the Lass’s men’s open crew haul effortlessly out through clapotic waves and the big swell at the mouth of the the harbour towards the starting line, it was agreed that Cox Di might have a hard job breathing, so strong was the vapour of testosterone reeking from the boat…  and boy did they storm home! )

The Lass Women’s Open crew prepare to scorch everyone else out of the water! Go girls. What a performance! Photo: Chris Perkins

Coigach’s Women’s open Crew powering to the finish! Photo: Chris Perkins

Highlights were – apart from a fantastic effort all round by Coigach Skiffies in the races (see the scoreboard below to see why we won the overall winners’ bottle of Whisky)– the fab curries noshed in Pendred’s Palace (aka Ish and Alan’s 5- man tent flysheet) on the Friday night, the magnif paella home-cooked at the aforesaid ‘Palace’ on the Saturday night followed by a couple hours dancing at the ceilidh, and the relief mixed with genuine regret when it was announced that the Sunday racing was off due to v rough seas!


Bernie had been ‘fair growlin’ to get stuck in to the over 50s mixed but  racing seemed likely to be thwarted by increasingly rough seas as Sunday morning saw the skiffies foregathering at the New harbour for the day’s racing .

The ‘Lass’ was dispatched into what looked like the very maw of the North Sea from the jaws of the outer harbour to test just how bad conditions were.

Having been well thrown around in the boat over 100m or so, their sensible verdict delivered to Event Race Manager Topher , was that safe racing was just not on for the day – and one by one, in the pouring rain,  crews got their boats out of the harbour and trailered-up ready for the journey home… but not before the prize-giving.

(The red numbers on the left of the board are the boat numbers allocated to each Skiff) Coigach never took less than 2nd place – what a mighty effort for what may be the smallest Coastal Rowing club – certainly from the smallest place.

Many, many more pictures to come and full list of Coigach Lass Crew Gold and Silver medal winners coming up… Poor Nick Clooney had car trouble and missed his race… never mind he has past medals aplenty to console him!

Thanks to Chris P (flickr site Strathkanchris) for last 4 pics.

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