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Burghead rowers to take on the world

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A HARDY band of 17 rowers will be representing Moray when the World Coastal Rowing Championships set sail this weekend.

Captain Julie Stewart (right) and some of her Burghead Coastal Rowing Club team-mates who are heading to the world championships.
Captain Julie Stewart (right) and some of her Burghead Coastal Rowing Club team-mates who are heading to the world championships.

Taking part for the second time in its short history will be the Burghead Coastal Rowing Club, who have been training hard for a week of events held in Stranraer from Sunday.

The community club was formed in 2013 by a small group who set about building their own rowing boat from wooden planks, completing the job within a year.

They named their proud vessel Tarbh Uisge, which translates from Gaelic as Water Bull in a nod to the discovery of carvings of bulls in the coastal village created by Pictish settlers.

The Brochers will be among more than 700 crews competing in the Skiffieworlds in what is set to be the biggest regatta ever held for St Ayles skiffs – a 22ft, four-oared boat.

Each crew is made up of four rowers occupying one oar each following the instruction of their coxswain.

Club captain Julie Stewart and her ocean-going companions are relishing the challenge of competing in at least 10 ocean-going competitions held over a wide range of age groups.

“We have different crews going out four or five times a week although we are handicapped by sea conditions not always being favourable,” said Julie.

“We are a young club but we did this before when we were only a year old and there were only five of us at the world championships [in Northern Ireland].

“Now, three years on we are a bigger club, we are much stronger so we will have 17 members competing in a lot more races this time. It’s quite exciting.”

The club owes thanks to the organisers of the Burghead Boxing Day Swim, which has helped fund their trip to Stranraer.

“We participated in the swim and the committee have provided us with money to help us get to the worlds. That is what is making it possible, so we are very grateful for that.”

Burghead Coastal Rowing Club has members aged from 11 to 70 plus, and are keen to recruit more.

No prior experience of rowing, expensive kit or great fitness levels are required, just a willingness to give the sport a try.

For more information, visit the club's website and Facebook page.

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