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Junior Summer Camp

Castle Semple Rowing Club ran another successful summer rowing camp between Monday 4th and Friday 8th August. 20 Juniors attended each day including 3 visiting Juniors. Billie joined us from Oundle for the entire week week along with Iona and Katy from Henley who joined us for the last day of the camp. It was great to see everyone extending a warm welcome to the girls allowing them to feel part of the club. Many thanks to our former Henley Steward Coach, Jeff Roche who gave up a week of his holidays to help run the camp and also to Mel Brander for being prepared to help out too. Louise and Lesley were extremely grateful for all their help.

Despite weather forecasts that looked as if it may turn in to an indoors camp we were able to get out on the water every day. New warm ups were taught for the next season, testing on GB confidence drills saw a couple of capsizes, the hands off at the catch being the biggest culprit for this. Standing up rigger dips, 360* turns, swapping seats in boats, swapping boats tested the juniors on their ability to balance their boats and they all achieved this brilliantly. Some of our newer juniors mastered standing up rigger dips despite being swept down the loch in increasing winds and rolling waves. We ran Time Trials in singles and doubles and followed this with a Doubles Matrix. It was great to have the time to do all of this. The one day we had to hold indoors allowed us to to do some land testing on Functional Movement which has resulted in some fantastic Go Pro footage of faces as our Juniors did Chin ups on the wall bars.

The last afternoon ended in traditional style with everyone in the water fulfilling the challenge of trying to fit as many people as possible on to our old aqua jogs and club kayak at one time. Nothing beats an afternoon of leaping off boats and pontoons and paddling around creating total chaos.

A huge thank you to all our Juniors for participating so fully in the camp. They worked hard, put 100% in to every task and were great fun for the entire week. Hopefully they all enjoyed it as much as the coaches.

Photos from the camp have been added to an album on the CSRC Facebook page.

CSRC Regatta 2014 - Saturday 14th June

2014 Results - Congratulations to all of our Medal winners. We have an album of pictures of medal winners up on our Facebook page.

Thanks to everyone who came and raced, volunteered, supported, rigged, baked, cooked, cleaned, umpired and enjoyed our regatta. We had a fantastic day in near perfect conditions and we are looking forward to seeing you all again next year.

As well as the incedibly skilled club members we have, we are also fortunate to have a keen local video maker who sent us a video which captures the atmosphere and fun of the day.Thanks Pat (psvideo100) we really love it.



SSAP Field Fair

Thanks to everyone who turned out in the hideous conditions to try to be a Guinness World Record Breaker.

We weren't able to break the record on the day but we hope to run a 'tough mudder' type event later in the year and give it another try. Please Like our Facebook page so you can keep up to date with plans for the new date......

Check out the video and keep practicing!

New Para-Rowing Boat

Thanks to Caroline's Boston Marathon efforts and the people who sponsored her plus a grant from Scottish Rowing, the club has a brand new dedicated Para-rowing boat. We are now looking to grow the clubs para-rowing activities and will be holding an official launch and boat naming ceremony in March. If you are interested in learning more about para-rowing at Castle Semple Rowing Club please email

Membership Renewal

Membership runs from 1st February to the end of January each year so it's time to fill in the forms and renew your membership. Emails were sent to all members during the week so if you didn't receive an email about membership renewal please contact the secretary to update your email address.

If you didn't receive the email use this link to download the membership form and then please return it to the address supplied on the form. Additional member forms and additional under 18 membership forms can also be downloaded here.

CSRC Ceilidh

The annual Castle Semple Rowing Club Ceilidh was held on Saturday 30th November and what a night it was! The hall was bursting at the seams and the dance floor was packed all night, thanks to the White Cart Ceilidh Band who were brilliant as usual. We also gave out the awards to the members of the club who have impressed over the last 12 months.

Most Improved Male Rower William Holmes
Most Improved Female Rower Leigh Sutherland
Most Improved Junior Male Gavin Horsburgh
Most Improved Junior Female Fiona Bell
Andy Dunn Trophy for Contribution to the club Duncan Walker
Congratulations to all of them. The awards were given out by our President Ivar Campbell who gave a really good speech which can be found in full here.

I would really like to thank all of the people that helped me make it happen, Mel Brander for helping with the organisation of the evening, the sandwich makers, Rachel and Keith for organising the break entertainment, all of the people who donated Raffle prizes, the helpers behind the bar and those who stayed late and helped clean up at the end. It really cannot happen without a big team pitching in and our club is very good at getting things done. Thanks to everyone who came and put their hands in their pockets and supported the club, while also having a great time! We will let you know the date for next year as soon as we book it.....

Club AGM

Thanks to everyone who came to the clubs AGM. The minutes will be available soon.

Tyne Head Races

Laura McDonald and her doubles partner Katy McDonald decided not to enter the Scullers Head this weekend and instead headed to Newcastle, racing in George Watson colours in the two 4500m Tyne Head races.

In the morning Long Distance Sculls race, Laura just missed out by 2 seconds in the W J16 1x category with Katy in third place 7 seconds behind.

In the afternoon Tyne United Small Boats Head, climbing 49 places above their starting position, they won the W J16 2x by more than 3 minutes. Congratulations to them both.

Clyde ARC 3 Head River Races

Congratulations to all our members who competed at this weekends Clyde ARC head races. Full results are now available. A huge congratulations to Gavin Horsburgh who not only won the J18 1x but was the fastest single of the day in 10.02.

Laura McDonald won the WJ16 1x and the WJ18 2x with Katy McDonald. CSRC members Emma McD rowing for GUBC won the WO 1x and Caitlin Horsburgh rowing for GRC won the WR2 1x. The MNov 4x+ had a really good race in Division 3, after being overtaken by the SUBC Novice quad just after 1km in, they stayed strong and rallied and managed to retake their position just before the line. It was a very strong finish and it's all been recorded and posted on Facebook for all to see!

Head of the Charles Regatta - Boston USA

We have a crew heading out to Boston, USA to compete in the Head of the Charles Regatta on Saturday the 19th October. Martin Holmes, Pete Murray, Willie Brown and Quintin McKellar are heading out to compete in the Mens Senior Master Fours (50+) on the Saturday at 10.49am Boston time. Martin is then going to compete with son Andy in the Directors' Challenge Parent/Child Doubles at 16.52 the same day. More information can be found on the official Head of the Charles website. In previous years there has been a live stream of the event from the HOCR website and we hope this will be the case again this year. We wish our crews the best of luck out in Boston and will be keeping everyone back home up to date with any news.

The 49th Head of the Charles Regatta is expected to bring more than 300,000 spectators to the banks of the Charles River to cheer on thousands of rowers. The 3-mile stretch begins at Boston University’s DeWolfe Boathouse in Cambridge and ends at Artesani Park in Boston. The regatta will host 55 competitive races over a two-day period with 9,000 athletes ranging from 14 to 85. It is the world’s largest rowing competition.

Club Kit

I have had an enquiry about ordering some club kit. The only items that are any cheaper in bulk are the splashtops, one pieces and custom singlets, so if you would like to buy any of those please email me at or talk to me down at the club and I will collate the order for them. To see the range of club kit please visit Godfrey's Club webpage. Closing date for orders is Sunday October 20th.

Evening Rowing

It's that time of year that inevitably crews will be wanting to go out on the water when it is dark or when it is getting dark so it's a good time for a few reminders. Club rules are: that all boats on the water at dusk or after dark must have lights on. We have a number of bike lights in the clubhouse for this purpose. Make sure it is working and visible after taping and before boating please. We also need people to make sure they are wearing something visible (light top, hi-vis or reflective) especially during busy sessions as dark tops do not show up to torches.

The temperature is now dropping so make sure you have plenty of layers for going on the water and a complete change of clothes for when you come in. If members go out on the water after dark they need to take responsibility for their own safety on the water and be aware of other loch users.

Boston Rowing Marathon Report

The morning of the Boston Marathon started pretty breezy and all of the weather reports said it was to get a lot worse throughout the day. John and Caroline had early boating times so we all had our fingers crossed the gales and rain would hold off long enough for them to get a good way along the 51km course before hitting and it seemed like it was going well when they came in to Bardney Lock.

John arrived at the lock first but Caroline was right behind him having made up the 6 minute gap between them. They were well on course for a 5 hour finish time and were both in very good spirits. We helped them over the lock and they took the opportunity to fuel up just after reboating. Next we went off to Kirkstead Bridge which is the half way point of the row. Caroline came through first and although the wind had definitely picked up was through in a good time and with a smile on her face. John was not far behind and celebrated the half way point with a little pick me up.

That was to be the easy part done as the wind really started to draw in and the gusts were very tricky by now. The pace started to slow and every time the boats turned a corner on the river they were stopped in their tracks. Boats were getting blown all over the course with the force of the gusts and it was hard for them to get any kind of rhythm. John was past the 30km point when he called it a day having proved he was more than up for the row he struggled with the constantly strengthening headwind and the starting and stopping. The support crew was happy to be in the right place at the right time (although if you ask John, we were about 4km and 30mins late!) and John's boat was soon on the roof of the car and off we went to Langsley Bridge to see how Caroline was doing.

The Mens Quad, with Martin, Pete, Quintin and Willie in, set off at about 11am and we were watching for them at Langsley as well as we had been told they had not been through that point yet. After a bit of a wait we spotted the Quad just coming around the bend and they were past us looking like they were sculling very nicely in the conditions. Caroline came by just after the quad and looked strong and coping very well with wind which by now had the support crew struggling to stay upright on the higher banking.

Then it was the run in to Boston, we arrived at the club just in time to see the Quad finish (3.47.37) and win their event by a decent margin. Caroline came into view on the final straight and finished really well in 6.02. It's all a blur after that of boat derigging and tying and trying to stay warm and dry and the drive back to the hotel for the well deserved drink. Big thanks to my Mum and Dad for post race food and Sara for navigating.

Caroline raised over £1500 towards the purchase of a dedicated adaptive rowing boat for CSRC and if anyone would like to sponsor her and hasn't already her justgiving page is still accepting donations. All money goes towards the boat and is a really great cause.


Garnock Academy After School Project

Tuesday 27th August saw Garnock Academy coming to Castle Semple Rowing Club to start their annual Learn to Row After School Project. This is a new initiative which has been created through Lesley Afuakwah, CSRC Junior Coach and Yvonne Veitch from the PE Department at Garnock Academy, Kilbirnie.

After a couple of years running pilot projects to find a successful formula, this new project will run at the start of every Autumn term as an 8 week course every Tuesday for pupils in the younger years.

Castle Semple Rowing Club applied to Renfrewshire Council for a grant which would allow the purchase of new adjustable sculling blades which could be used by younger participants and were delighted to be awarded £2,000 which allowed the purchase of 4 sets of blades.

Garnock Pupils with new blades


Yvonne's first outing in a boat


The photograph shows pupils holding the new blades, as well as watching their PE teacher having her first outing in a boat......we just need to paint them with club colours now.

Castle Semple Rowing Club would like to take this opportunity to thank Renfrewshire District Council for awarding them this grant and for their continued support and interest in our club.

Scottish Rowing Sculling Camp

Laura and Gavin attended the 2 day Scottish Rowing Sculling Camp last weekend at Strathclyde Park. Duncan also attended as coach and Emma McD and Cameron G were also there.They took part in a varied programme including some seat racing and skills tests. At the end of the weekend there was an awards ceremony and Laura won the prize for top Junior Woman and Gavin won the prize for top Junior Male! Fantastic work by both of them and congratulations from all at CSRC!

Award winners at Scottish Rowing Scullers Camp August 2013


The Scottish Rowing Performance team was running the Sculling Camp for single scullers with the drive and ambition to improve their sculling to the next level. Thanks to Duncan for the Info.

Level 2 Coaching Course

There is a Level 2 Coaching course being run by Scottish Rowing in September. If you are interested in getting qualified as a rowing coach have a chat with a member of the committee or drop me an email at You need to be 18, a member of the club and willing to contribute as a coach to CSRC for at least a year for us to support your application. Be quick as we will discuss this at Mondays committee meeting.

Bag Pack

Thanks to everyone who came and helped at the Bag Pack. We raised about £900 for club funds. Thanks to Morrisons at Johnstone for having us and Maria who helped get us the slot and was there keeping everyone on track all day.

Thanks to: Lauren,Joy C, Nicole, Ben, Lewis, Tanya, Rachel, Joy G, Ivar, Karen, Lyn, Claire, Oliver, Louise H, Kirsteen, Maria, Katie, Harry and Jo for helping on the day.

Home International Regatta

Congratulations to Castle Semple members Caitlin Horsburgh, Fiona Bell, Laura McDonald and Gavin Horsburgh for being provisionally selected for the Scotland team for this years HIR. We would also like to congratulate Emma McDonald and Cameron Grant for their inclusion in the team. This selection is a testiment to the time and effort each of these young athletes puts into rowing and we would like to wish them well down in Nottingham in July.

This year the HIR will be hosted by England on 27th July 2013 at National Water Sports Centre, Holme Pierrepoint, Nottingham.

Scottish Champs - 15th/16th June

Congratulations to everyone who took part in the Scottish Championships. I think everyone actually enjoyed racing over the unusual distance of 1500m. The spectators found it a bit more challenging with the Finish Line and the pontoons so far apart but there was some good racing over the weekend and a good time was had by all.

CSRC Regatta - Final Draw

Results (Excel)

Thank you to everyone who came and took part at this years Regatta. It was record breaking in so many ways. The most races we have ever run in a single day, the best entry, the biggest tea room, the most trailers, the most different clubs, the most launches to run out of fuel......and a few capsizes to boot.

Thanks also to the Umpires, Sponsors, Tea room Team, Car Park attendants, Launch Drivers, Clyde Mursheil Rangers, Race Control Team and all of our amazing volunteers. We cannot put on a regatta this big without every single one of you, Thank You all.

Three seasons in one day, some great racing and we hope everyone went home happy. See you next year.


Push the Boat Out - Sat 18th May

We are taking part in Clyde Mursheils 'Push the Boat out' Day on Saturday. If you fancy giving rowing a try give them a call on 01505 842 882 and book yourself a rowing try out session. Sessions are limited and it's first come, first served so don't delay.

The sessions must be booked in advance and are for people who are new to the sport.

Committee Meeting Minutes

We now have the minutes from Committee meetings up on our webpage. They are linked from the Club Documents Page or just click here.

Thames Row 2013

David McMillan and John McKinney are now well on their way up the Thames on their Charity Row. You can follow all of their progress on their Facebook page and through Lesley's Twitter Feed. You can support them by donating on their Just giving page.

They are rowing in aid of Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP) is the name given to a group of eye disorders that affect a layer of the retina, the light sensitive lining at the back of the eye. The millions of special cells that make up the retina slowly deteriorate. The eye loses its ability to transmit pictures to the brain. David suffers from RP along with two others in his family.

With your support, their aim in Thames Row 2013 is to raise a substantial sum of money to maintain the pace of research into RP so that a cure for this distressing eye complaint can be found, and so help future generations worldwide.

Strathclyde Park Regatta - Saturday 27th/28th April

Well done to all those who competed at Strathclyde Park Regatta. Conditions were ok on the Saturday but truly horrendous on the Sunday and a great deal of credit should be given to all the crews who went out and competed in them. Fortunately it was nice and warm up in the tower and it was a joy to see some brilliant racing. Selected club results are now up on the Racing page and full results can be found on Scottish Rowings results page.

Nithsdale Regatta

CSRC Juniors enjoyed a successful day's racing at Nithsdale Regatta on Saturday 13th April. Gavin, Laura and Caitlin continued their winning ways with convincing victories in their age group singles as well as when they joined up forces in doubles with Laura and Gavin easily winning the Mix 2x and Caitlin and Gavin convincingly winning the J18 2x.

Our WJ14 4x+ had a very competitive race narrowly losing out to a strong crew from Chester le Street. It was a great race to watch and the crew provided a challenge to the eventual winners right through to the end of the race. Congratulations to cox Joy who had to step in to the crew at the last minute replacing Eloise who was injured and also to Harry for stepping in as cox.

Our WJ15 4x+ also raced a very competitive race against another strong Chester le Street crew. Harry steered an excellent line and our girls who have never rowed together as a crew before this race, jelled well, with excellent timing and composure and they pushed Chester le Street's lead throughout the race.

Harry had a great race in the J12 1x. He had expected to race in an aqua jog and has not been in a single since last summer. With complete composure and speed, he raced his single and was only a boat length behind his opposition.

It was a great regatta, with strong opposition in all races especially from the English Clubs who attended and it was enjoyed by all our Juniors and their supporting parents who travelled down to watch.

Boat Maintenance Day - Saturday 20th April

We are having a Boat Maintenance day on the 20th of April. It will start when the first boats come off the water after their session and carry on as long as people are willing to be there. We desperately need this to ensure we have up to scratch boats to compete in this sprint season.

Please consider extending your time down at the club by a couple of hours to help out after your session. We need people to check over boats, replace screws, sort out cables and lots of small important jobs. You don't need to be an experienced boat fixer to help out and it makes all the difference if everyone gets stuck in. Thanks....

Clyde Head - Saturday 30th March

Another successful day for our juniors at yesterday's head races.

Gavin Horsburgh remains undefeated in this winter's head races, following up his wins at Clydesdale and Inverness with a win in the J18 singles. Caitlin Horsburgh followed with a win in the W J18 singles.
Laura McDonald rowing with big sis Emma won the W J18 double. Laura, again with Emma and Clare Hiddleston won the W Open Quad which was the overall fastest boat in the third division.
Clare and Emma although both still club members now represent Glasgow Uni Boat Club.

Thanks to Duncan Walker for results.

Capsize Drill - Sunday 17th March 4.30pm

Well done to all who came to the Capsize Drill. Another successful drill with no rower left behind!

Big thanks to Martin, Campbell, Louise, Caitlin and Gavin for helping out and making it possible and to all at Garnock Pool.

Sainsbury's Active Kids Voucher Scheme

We need your vouchers!

CSRC has registered with Sainsburys so we can use these vouchers to get new fitness equiptment. If you shop at Sainsburys please collect the vouchers and drop them down at the clubhouse. Thanks!

Membership renewal - now overdue

Membership fees were due at the end of January. You can now download the renewal form here as well as additional member forms and additional under 18 membership forms (pdf's). Please make sure you fill in a form for each person you are making an application for.

Any problems or questions about membership applications can be emailed to the membership secretary or ask a member of the committee.

Clydesdale 4's and 8's Head and GUBC Western Head

It's been really good to see CSRC entering 8's into the head races this year and Congratulations to all the crews involved.

We had a MRes2 8+ entered into division 2 of the Clydesdale 4's and 8's Head. They came in 15th in a time of 15:26. A good outing for our mens section and a marker for the year ahead.

At GUBC's Western 8's Head we had 2 boats in the first division. A composite entry with CSRC/Stirling/GRC were the only VetB crew but ended up 3rd fastest boat of the day with 18:28 at the end of the 5km course. Our VetC crew which was a CSRC/GRC composite coped well despite a clash early on and came 8th with 21:03 (before handicap).

A slightly rejigged composite crew (CSRC/CARC/Stirling/GRC) won the 2nd Division in a time of 18:24 which was the 2nd fastest time of the day.

Congratulations again to all of our crews, next up is the Clyde Head at the end of March.

Important dates for the diary

Saturday 1st June - CSRC regatta

Sat 27th July - Fundraising Bag Pack

We have managed to book a Bag-packing day at Morrisons in Johnstone on Saturday 27th July from 10am - 4pm. Please reserve this day or part thereof in your diaries to come along and help CSRC raise some funds by offering to pack bags at the tills. We will need all the help we can get
so all holidays cancelled ;) - Thanks to Maria for her help in obtaining this opportunity.

Saturday 30th November - Club Ceilidh

Our annual rowing club Ceilidh will be on 30th of November this year. Please put the date in your diary. Tickets will be on sale from around the end of October.

Scottish Indoor Champs

We had a big club entry at the Scottish Champs this year. Congratulations to everyone who went and took part and Thank You to the many members who went over to give them your support.

Congratulations must go to Rachel who won the WOver40 Hwt category with a new British Record of 3.26.4. We had 2 entries in the MOpen 2k for the first time in a long time and they both finished in the top 20! Stuart came in 5th and Steve 19th, a big Well done for that. Fiona Bell was 2nd in the Girls J18 2k and was also part of the Girls J18 Team, with Megan and Caitlin that won their event. Other selected club results can be found on the results page.

Club Fundraising - Earn as you shop!

To help support the club if you are buying anything on line just go ahead and register as an individual at the link will take you to the CSRC page.

It works in a similar way to many other loyalty shopping sites, but instead of earning points when you shop, you raise a donation for your cause instead. It's as simple as that!

You can shop with over 2,000 well known stores and each will donate up to 15% of what you spend. For example, John Lewis will donate 1%, Amazon 2.5%, The Body Shop 6%, some insurance retailers will even donate up to £30 simply for taking out a policy with them!

Probably no intentions to shop in January much but don't forget it when you do ! Thanks to Freda for setting this up.

Membership renewal due

It's that time of year again......

Membership fees are due at the end of January. You can now download the renewal form here as well as additional member forms and additional under 18 membership forms (pdf's). please make sure you fill in a form for each person you are making an application for.

Any problems or questions about membership applications can be emailed to the membership secretary or ask a member of the committee.

Holiday Schedule

With xmas day falling on a Tuesday some of our club sessions will be affected.

Juniors is on this Wednesday (19th Dec) but will then be taking a break until the new year with the first session back being Sunday the 6th of January. I am sure you will agree our coaches deserve a bit of a break over xmas too.....

Our Adult novice sessions will be cancelled on Xmas day and New Years day but watch out here for any other changes.

We traditionally have a bit of a get together down at the club on Boxing Day for a row (or a wander down the middle of the loch) and this will be going ahead again this year. Come on down at about 11am and bring some of your left overs for a pot luck lunch after some exercise! We may even be able to convince someone to bring some soup.

Rowing Club Ceilidh - 1st December

Huge thanks to everyone who came to the CSRC Club Ceilidh!

It was a brilliant night down at the McKillop Institute and the White Cart Ceilidh Band were terrific as usual. The atmosphere was really good and everyone seemed to be having a great time. We made over £1200 on the night for club funds so thank you all.

Huge Thanks must go to all the volunteers who helped with the sandwiches, setting up, cleaning up and all the donations for the raffle. We really are a club whose members step up when asked! Looking forward to next year already......


The club AGM was held on Monday 19th November, 7pm at the clubhouse. The minutes will be posted shortly

The committee was elected for the coming year.

President Ivar Campbell
Vice President Graeme Fletcher
Past President Caroline Parker
Captain Jo Pinder
Vice Captain Louise Hiddleston
Secretary Morna Galbraith
Treasurer Karen Sanders
Senior Membership Secretary Leigh Sutherland
Junior Membership Secretary Lesley Afuakwah
Clubmaster Steve Conner
Fundraising Co-ordinator Freda Robertson
Publicity Kirsty Cameron
Ordinary Member Bill Hiddleston
Ordinary Member Kirsteen Lyth
Ordinary Member Campbell Horsburgh

Many thanks to our outgoing committee members, Lisa Little (secretary), John McKinney (Membership Secretary) and Mel Brander (Fundraising co-ordinator). Also thanks to Caroline (President) and Kirsteen (Clubmistress) who have stepped down from their posts but remain on the committee.

Rowing Club Ceilidh - 1st December

Its almost time for the best night of the year.....The CSRC Club Ceilidh!

The Ceilidh is on December the 1st at the Mckillop Institute Hall in Lochwinnoch. Tickets will soon be on sale and numbers are limited due to fire regulations at the hall. Prices are held again at £12 for adults and £6 for children/students which includes a buffet.

It's a really fun night for everyone so bring some friends and join us on the 1st. To get your tickets email the captain or talk to Jo down at the club.

Tyne LDS Regatta 2012

Martin, Ivar and William headed over to Newcastle at the weekend to take part in the Tyne Long Distance Sculls. They battled through snow and ice to get there and conditions were very cold but they came away happy after good performances. Martin was the 2nd fastest Vet 1x in 30th position and William and Ivar were 2nd fastest Vet 2x after handicaps were applied in 42th place. Not a bad result from a field of 120!

Coastal Rowing Championships

We ran a tearoom on Saturday 27th October for the Gallagher Heath St Ayling Regatta 2012. It was great to see the Coastal Rowing boats racing around the loch and typically the loch was flat and calm for most of the day, more our preferred conditions than theirs. There is a nice article on the Scottish Coastal Rowing site. We did lots of tours around the boathouse and there were many conversations abouts boats between interested parties. Hopefully this is an event we will see on the loch again as it was great fun and everyone seemed to go away happy. Big thanks to Kirsteen for organising things and all her helpers who helped with donations and time.

Fundraising Bag Pack - 20th October

Well done to everyone who went and helped out at the M&S bag pack. A good time was had by all and £770 was collected for the club. Thank you all soooo much!

Learn to Row at Castle Semple

Rowing has never been more popular thanks to the Olympics. We are recieving many requests to Learn to Row or get back to rowing since Team GB did us all proud at Eton Dorney. Sadly our Post Olympic senior and junior courses are now full but we will be running more courses and introductions to rowing in the near future. If you are interested in getting on the water please email us at and we can let you know what is coming up.

Please be patient when you email us we may not be able to get back to you straight away, but we will be in touch as soon as we can.

Post Olympic Learn to Row course - 25th-26th August

Course now full

You can still learn this brilliant sport by joining our Learn to Row Saturdays or go along to the Scottish Rowing Learn to Row taster course.

Inspired by the amazing performances of the GB rowing team in the London Olympics? Come along to the CSRC Post Olympics Learn to Row weekend on 25th-26th August and give this wonderful sport a try. Our focused and structured course will provide you with all the basic skills you need to start rowing and is managed by our experienced UKCC Level 2 Coaches.

During the course you will become familiar with the basic rowing stroke, rowing commands, and (weather permitting) will learn to steer, back and manoeuvre a boat on the loch. You will learn using the clubs training singles which have buoyancy pontoons on them and are almost impossible to fall out of. This will allow you to get the technique right before you have to worry about stability. By the end of the weekend you should also have had the opportunity to row in the training double and in a racing quad (4 people & a cox). This course is open to adults (18-80+) and costs £40 (£20 concessions) for the two days (10am - 3.00pm) including all equipment and a sandwich and soup lunch.

CSRC Newsletter Summer edition

Keep up with club news by reading the Summer edition of our newsletter. If you have any news articles or notices you would like to have included in the next edition please email them to Lisa the club secretary. We would love to have an article on the Olympic Rowing from someone who has gone down to Dorney Lake so if you are heading down, please consider putting pen to paper (or finger to keyboard) when you get back and share your experience with the rest of the club.

HIR - 21st July

Congratulations to Caitlin Horsburgh, Andy Holmes and Emma McDonald from everyone at Castle Semple on their selection to represent Scotland at the Home International Regatta being held in Cardiff on 21st July.

Caitlin, who has been selected for the first time, will be rowing for the Junior Women in the WJu 8+. Emma is in the WJu2- and the WJu 4x whilst Andy is in the senior squad rowing in the 2-, 4- and 8+. After a season of hard work, this is a great reward for all the hours of training and dedication to their sport. Andy is also the Senior Mens Captain and Emma is the Junior Womens Captain. Duncan Walker will also be attending as the WJu8+ Coach.

You can follow the Scotland Rowing Team in Cardiff on Twitter @ScottishRowing.
Good luck to all the Scotland team.

Strathclyde Park Loch Closure

With Strathclyde Loch being closed still and HIR fast approaching we are getting a few requests from other clubs to come and train at Castle Semple.

This is generally not a problem but we would appreciate it if clubs wanting to come and train could drop us an email at so we can keep the Regional Park and other water users informed. It also gives us the opportunity to suggest the best times to train..

Any requests to borrow boats or other equipment should also be made, in advance, through the Captain.

Here's to a great set of results at this years HIR!

Henley Royal Regatta - Our very own Andy Holmes was competing at Henley Royal Regatta this weekend and after a very exciting race (heard on the excellent Henley Regatta Radio) his Harvard crew came through right on the line to win by just 1ft in the Ladies Challenge Plate Final.

Many congratulations to Andy and his team mates for an excellent win in a very prestigous event.

Juniors on Holiday!

The Wednesday evening Junior session and Sunday 10 - 12 sessions will take a break from (and including) Sunday 1st July and will start up again on Sunday 22nd July. Most people are on holiday the first couple of weeks in July and so this is historically quite a quiet time.

Those of you who attend Tuesday and Thursday sessions with Duncan should check with him what his plans are for the summer as I believe that there are a few dates in July that he will be away as well.

Hope you all have a great summer and see you on the 22nd July.


CSRC's Big Weekend!

Lilias day went very well on the 2nd of June. We would like to thank Ivar and Graeme for taking the organisation and running of our stall on and they did a fab job. They wanted to pass on their sincere thanks to Paul McDonald, Elizabeth Grant and Hamish for turning up on the day and helping out. They raised £260 which has paid for our new red gazebos :o)

The Queens Diamond Jubilee Pageant also went well, if a little wet! We would like to thank the Lord Lieutenant of Renfrewshire for inviting us to be part of this amazing spectacle, Royal West for supplying the boat and the other half of the crew and Duncan Graham for skippering us down the Thames. There were lots of people who made it possible for us to go and we are grateful to all of them.

Royal West are holding an open day on the 30th of June and we will be having a get together that evening with photo's to let everyone know how it went, if you are interested in going along please talk to Caroline or Jo.

CSRC Regatta - Results Now UP

Results (pdf)

Results (xls)

Thanks to all who made the trip to Castle Semple. We had a great day and hope you all did too!

CSRC Regatta

Almost there....... Our regatta is on Saturday and as usual we need a few things!

Friday compound clear up - Can folks come down from 5.30pm to help clear up the compound ready for trailers please. We need lots of muscle to move boats and we could also use help setting up inside the clubhouse.

Garden furniture - We desperately need outside tables and chairs for the tearoom, if you can lend us some it would be great. Can you please drop it down on Friday evening (Always a good idea to put your name on it somewhere)

Regatta Day - Set up starts about 7am. We need help setting up tents and co-ordinating parking etc. There is loads to do so there will be no training on the loch on Saturday morning before the regatta!

Strathclyde Park Regatta

Congratulations to everyone who competed at Strathclyde Park.Challenging conditions meant the racing was a real test and our crews did really well. Results will be up soon.

Regatta Programme

We are now selling advertising space in our programme for the regatta. Prices below are based on an A5 programme. Please email for more information.

Half Page - black & white £25
Half Page - colour £35
Full Page - black & white £50
Prominent position (inside cover) - colour £75


Her is the April edition or the CSRC Newsletter. Thanks to our Secretary Lisa who has co-ordinated and put together our new newsletter. We will be putting one together on a regular basis to keep club members up to date with news from down at the club. If you have any news or articles please email us and we will include them.

Maintenance Day - Sunday 15th April - 10am onwards

We are having a maintenance day to check over equipment and boats before the start of the racing season. Don’t worry if you can’t fix boats we have plenty to do. All hands will be gratefully put to work. You don’t need to bring anything but yourselves!

Please come along for a couple of hours and help get the club ready for another successful season!

Queens Diamond Jubilee - A message from our Secretary

Hello Everyone,

The club has been asked to participate in the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Pageant on the Thames. The crew will take the Whiteforeland to London for the weekend and row the Lord Lieutenant of Renfrewshire in the event, as a composite with Royal West of Scotland Amateur Boat Club.

From Castle Semple, we need 6 people to take part in the event - 2 rowers, 2 understudies and 2 support crew.

You will need to be available from Friday 1st June to Monday/Tuesday 4th and 5th June.

If you are interested in taking part, then please email me by the 1st April.

New minibus

We are very pleased to have taken ownership of a minibus. This will allow us to continue to go to regattas and head races in far away parts and help the environment by taking fewer vehicles. Thanks to Western Ferries for their kind donation to help us purchase it and NATS for all their help. Now we need a name.........

Big Thanks

Thanks to the Scottish Rowing Centre for the Stepper machine that they gave us. It is now installed in the clubhouse and ready for use.....If you are not sure how to use it have a word with Richard, he has lots of gruesome things you can do to improve your core while climbing up mountains on it :o)

Scottish indoor Champs

Well done to everyone who competed at the Scottish Indoor Championships. We had a really good turn out and some good results for the club. Full results are up on the Scottish Rowing website as a pdf file. Congratulations to Harry Rodgers (2nd), Laura McDonald (2nd), Caroline Parker (2nd), Lisa Little (1st) and the CSRC A team who were 3rd in the Womens team event. Thanks also to Lesley and Mel who were there all day organising and supporting everyone and also competing themselves. Same again next year?

Membership renewal

You will shortly be getting an email from our Membership Secretary but if you want to get a head start our Membership Renewal Form is now available for download. I would like to highlight a couple of important points. The fee for the racing licence should be paid separately to the membership fees and must be handed to John (or left in the envelope on the board in the club) with the licence application form. An up to date email address is very important as this is now the clubs preferred method of communication, can you all please ensure you put one on the membership form even if you think we know it. Thank you!

Coaching links

Ivar Campbell has been working on getting together some Coaching links. This is the start of a page where we can link to good sources of information that can help in the quest to get better at rowing! If you have any good links that could go up on this page please email them to me and I will add them to the page. Thanks to Ivar for getting this started.

Wednesday Circuits

Circuits will be running this week on Wednesday down at the clubhouse at 5pm for those of you who have over indulged over xmas. It costs 50p per person, please pay on the night.

2012 Events list & Racing Licences

The Scottish Rowing timetable for next year is now up. First up for most of us is the Indoor Rowing Champs on the 29th of January. You don't need a racing licence for the indoor champs but the SUBC 4's & small boats head on February the 11th is close behind so please get organised and get your racing licence application forms in to John McKinney as soon as possible as it takes at least 2 weeks to get them at this busy time of year. Licences this year cost £39 Adults, £28 Students, £21 Juniors and £8 for Cadets. Payment must accompany the form to John please.

Caption Competition

The caption competition has been a bit stalled of late so I have come up with an absolute beauty of a picture for you all this time, well William came up with it I just scanned it! Check out the picture and have a go, I may even come up with a reasonable prize for the funniest caption. You can find it here.

CSRC 40th Anniversary Ceilidh

Thanks to everyone who contributed to a fantastic 40th anniversary Ceilidh. Supported by the White Cart Ceilidh band the evening kicked off at 7.30pm on Saturday night and the McKillop Hall in Lochwinnoch was soon filled with the sound of over 100 people enjoying themselves. Thanks to the efforts of the organisers Mel, Jo and Lisa there was a great turn out of CSRC members, plenty of friends and family and fellow rowers from other clubs. Our special guests for the night were five of CSRC’s founder members Jim MacRitchie, John McKinney, Duncan Paterson, Owen McGhee and Dave Allen pictured below. Dave Allen even travelled up from Cheshire for the event. We were very happy to welcome them and to demonstrate our gratitude for their efforts four decades ago.


After the speeches celebrating our history came the annual prize giving. The worthy winners this year were:
Most improved junior female: Emma Brander, with s
pecial mentions for Chloe Lyth, Laura McDonald and Emma McDonald
Most improved junior male: Joint winners Gavin Horsburgh and Cameron Grant with special mention for Alex Afuakwah
Most improved novice female: Jenni Wagner
Most improved novice male: Campell Horsburgh
Andy Dunn award for outstanding greatest contribution to the club: William Holmes
Well done to all of them!

The food for the evening, cooked, baked and assembled by those members talented in the culinary art, disappeared very quickly in time honoured CSRC tradition, Sandra did a sterling job on the tea urn and Jo, supported by John Delaney, refused to leave her position at the bar even when tempted by the Orcadian Strip the Willow.

The raffle was bigger than ever before thanks to the generosity of the club members and most tables went home with something (although the compere Keith Robertson needed some persuasion to hand over the Christmas cake to the lucky winners – the McDonald family). Lorne Campbell used skill and accuracy to become the happy owner of a bottle of whisky in the bottle slide.

The star of the show was the anniversary cake lovingly crafted by Kirsteen Lyth using old photo’s in the clubs history book as source material. It must’ve been good as John McKinney was able to identify each character in the boat! The cake was much appreciated by the founder members and current club members alike.

Lots of great photos of the evening, including those shown here, were taken by Charlie (and Sarah) Sanders and can be found on Facebook.

Inverness 4's and Small boats head

Well done to Caitlin for winning the WJu18 1x and coming 2nd in the WJu18 2x at the Inverness 4's and small boats head at the weekend. Well done to Katie Rodgers as well for going all the way to Inverness competing in the WJu14 4x+ and still making it to training on Sunday! Congratulations ladies :o)

Hong Kong Champs- 5th/6th November

Allan Watt competed in the Hong Kong Champs on the 5th and 6th of November. Even though he was giving away about 20 years he still managed to come away with a Silver and a Bronze. Nice to hear he is keeping his training up ready to come back and compete for CSRC again!

AGM - Wednesday 30th November - Revised date

The clubs AGM is being held on Wednesday 30th of november at 7.30pm in the clubhouse. Please come along and hear what has been happening in 2011 and what the plans are for 2012. It will be good to see you and to hear your thoughts!

Head of the Charles - 22/23rd October

Andy Holmes was in the Harvard Heavyweight 8 competing in the Championship 8's at the Head of the Charles in Boston USA at the weekend. Andy and the rest of the Harvard crew won the championship eights race, winning for Harvard for the third time and first time since 1977 to start the new season with a bang. Click here for a link to lots of stories about the race and a pic of Andy on the day (wearing his CSRC one piece)

Caption Competition -

Fun night at juniors tonight (for most of us) as a result we have a new caption competition picture up :o) Have fun folks!!

Castle Semple Rowing Triathlon- Saturday 10th September.

Unfortunately due to a lack of entries this year's Castle Semple rowing Triathlon due to take place on Saturday has been cancelled. The organisers would like to take this opportunity to thank those who entered the event and volunteered to marshal.

CSRC Regatta Sunday 28th August - Results now up.

Despite a fairly terrible weather forecast the regatta ran (although at a reduced length) and we got through all of the races on time and managing to see some great racing. The course was changed to 500 metres as the 1000 metre mark was unrowable at the start of the day and it didn't get a lot better as the day went on.

The cold weather meant that the soup, bacon rolls and chilli in the tea room went down very well indeed. The atmosphere was a little less frantic than it has been in previous years as entries were down this being a rescheduled regatta but it was by no means less enjoyable. A really good atmosphere was felt by everyone who attended.

We would like to thank everyone who did attend. Some people came a long way to support us this year and we hope they had a really good day. Thanks also to the umpires who showed up in numbers, Graeme and Ivar who organised the land side of things, Bill who managed the water, Rachel who spent long hours martialling the start and Kirsteen and Richard who were magnificent in the Tea Room. I know all of them would like me to pass on their thanks to all of the people who showed up and put in long shifts and helped them on the day.

I would like to also offer my thanks to everyone who pitched in and helped to make this a really friendly and enjoyable club event. Fingers crossed for a bit of sun next year though!

Home International Regatta 2011 - On Saturday 23rd July, the annual Home International Regatta took place on the eight lane international 2000 metre rowing course near Hamilton. Junior and senior teams of both sexes from Scotland, England, Ireland and Wales raced in a variety of events with racing starting at 10.30am and continuing until 4pm.

Emma and Olivia on the podium with coach Duncan after receiving medals for their win in the Junior Women's 2x at the HIR. They were Scotland's only Junior Women winners. Emma had already raced for third place in the junior women's 1x.

Article and photo supplied by Duncan Walker

Castle Semple Pentathlon - Well done to the Senior CSRC team 'The old gits and the young one' who won the Castle Semple Pentathlon. The team was made up of Elizabeth (Run), Willie Holmes (Wind Surf), Campbell (Sail), Lesley/Martin (Row) and Graeme Bell (Kayak). Graeme was kindly donated to us from the Kayak club and was a definite asset to the team. It was a lot of fun and everyone who entered did really well. Congratulations to all the team.

Junior Sessions - Most of you should know! but Junior sessions have entered their summer break and are not on now until Sunday 31st July. It's time for the coaches to have a bit of a breather so they can come back in 2 weeks and be full of energy and new evil training ideas. Have a good holiday and see you at the end of July!

British Champs - Emma McD (WJu16 1x & WJu 2x), Laura McD (WJu14 1x) and Alex (OJu15 2x) are competing down at the British Championships in Nottingham this weekend. The official website has all the draw details. Good luck to all of them!

For tweets (and hopefully live results) over the weekend Follow them on Twitter!

GB U23 - Congratulations to Andy Holmes who won a bronze medal in the 8+ for GB at the 2011 World Rowing U23 Championships, Amsterdam which took place between July 20th and 24th. Also well done to Gavin Murty of Clydesdale who was been selected in the Lightweight double scull.

GB Rowing have a Facebook page for those of you who like to keep up to date with what's going on through Facebook..

HIR - This years HIR will be held on July 23rd at Strathclyde Park. We would like to offer our congratulations to Emma McDonald and Emma Brander for being selected to represent Scotland in their junior team. Emma McD is selected in the 1x and the 2x and Emma B has been selected to cox the OJu 8+. Claire Hiddleston has also been selected (rowing for GUBC) in the 4x.

For tweets on the day Follow us on Twitter!

EGM - Thanks to everyone who came to the EGM. I think we will all agree there was a lot of information to take in. Remember to email any concerns or questions to Martin, Marcello or Lesley. If you don't have their email addresses email the captain and I will pass them on. Huge thanks to Marcello, Martin, Lesley and Caroline for all their work in representing the club during this planning phase.

Henley Womens Regatta - Emma McDonald competed at the Henley Womens Regatta in the W Ju18 1x. She did really well and made it through to the final where she was unfortunately beaten but it was a fantastic acheivement to get so far.

Emma Brander was coxing for GRC's 8+. They got through to the final day but just missed out on a place in the final finishing 3rd overall in the Inter club 8+. Well done to them all.

Full Henley Womens Regatta results are here.

Grand Raffle - Huge thanks to Mel Brander who organised and ran the clubs Grand Raffle. It has been hard going since our regatta was cancelled but Mel kept the pressure up and we have raised around £900 for the club. Many thanks to all of those who donated prizes, we couldn't have run this without you. We also want to thank everyone who made the effort to sell the tickets to neighbours and friends and to the juniors who went around selling tickets during the weekend. A full list of the winners is now up on the regatta page.

Scottish Champs - Well done to everyone who competed at the Scottish Champs. We had a great weekend and some fabulous results for the club. I will be putting the results up on Racing/Results page as soon as I have worked them all out! If you row for another club and want your results up please drop me a line. Thanks.

EGM - All members are invited to an Extraordinary General Meeting on Thursday 23rd of June to discuss the plans for the clubhouse for details click here. Emails have been sent out to members whose addresses we have. If you have not received an email and should have please email the captain to get your name on the club email list.

Grand raffle tickets - All ticket stubs and unsold tickets must be returned to Mel by Saturday once you have sold as many as possible. We will be selling the tickets at the Gazebo at Strathclyde Park over the weekend, we really need all club members to help sell them to try and make up for the disappointment of having to cancel our regatta. Fundraisers like this are vital to the running of our club.

We will be holding the draw on Sunday afternoon so please have a last week push to sell as many as you can!

Scottish Champs - It's the Scottish Championships this weekend so there will be no Novice session on Saturday and no Junior sessions on Sunday. All of the boats and coaches and most of the rowers will be at Strathclyde Park, why don't you come and join us and get your rowing fix by cheering on your clubmates? The CSRC gazebo will be there all weekend!

Castle Semple Regatta 21st May-

Update - Unfortunately due to predicted high winds over the weekend we have had to take the decision to cancel our regatta. We intend to reschedule and try again in the late summer/early autumn and we hope you will all support us again then.

We are still running our raffle! Please help us sell the tickets (or buy some yourselves) .....check out the regatta page for details. Draw being held on June 12th.

It appears the forecast was correct. I don't fancy even driving the launch in this!

Semple Loch 11am Saturday 21st May

Many thanks to the people who worked so tirelessly to organise everything. A huge amount of work had gone into the organisation of this event and though we know the risk is always there it is hard for all involved to have to cancel at this late stage.

Andy Update - It's the end of Andy's first year at Harvard and it's been a good one. He has become an integral part of the Freshman Heavyweight crew which won at the Eastern Sprints this weekend. Well done Andy!

They have put up a highlights video showing the end of the Freshman Grand Final and we get to see Andy and his crew receive their medals.

Caption Competition - It's been quite a while since I have updated this but ..........................I have uploaded a new picture for the caption competition.

Since it's been so long I have wiped it clean and we can start from scratch. Some previous winners can be found here for inspiration. No need to register on the page just give it your best shot!

CSRC Regatta - It's getting close to our regatta and the list of things we need is getting longer......So can we please put out a plea for:

An outboard engine with about 5hp or more

Outside tables and chairs (to be brought down on the friday)

Rolls, sandwiches, drinks, cakes (to be brought on the day)

If you have any of the items or are planning on bringing food donations could you please get in touch so we know whats coming please. Thanks!

Clydesdale Regatta - It's Clydesdale regatta this Saturday and boat loading will be at 5pm for all those racing. Please come down and do your bit, we will be having a bit of a boathouse tidy during the boatloading so plenty for everyone to do.

The Novice session will be on as usual on Saturday from 10 till 12.

CSRC Grand Raffle - This year to celebrate our 40th anniversary and to help raise funds for the club we are holding a grand raffle at our regatta. Mel Brander is organising the prizes for this and is asking if all members could have a think about donating something. We have some fantastic prizes already, thank you if you have donated, but we are looking for a few more to make it really special. Please let Mel know or email if you are able to donate anything.

Strathclyde Park Regatta - It was a great weekend at Strathclyde Park this weekend. Saturday the weather let us down a bit but Sunday made up for it and the wind was kind both days. Some brilliant racing over the two days and I will put up CSRC results very soon. Well done to everyone who went and competed and a big thank you to all of those who sat on the sidelines and cheered them on.

Club Spring Clean - Hi Guys, Due to such popular and busy rowers at CSRC we are not able to get a day to fit all for a pre regatta maintenance sort out this year, however I am sorting a spring cleaning day on Good Friday starting round 9am. Marigolds to the ready, Coffee and Cake will be provided for willing volunteers. All welcome.
Kirsteen Club Master

Emma update! - Emma McDonald has been on the GB pathway since last October. This involves monthly submissions of ergo scores. She missed the initial time trial in November and entered at J16 Trial Level in February in Boston. She easily won the J16 event out of 27 scullers and secured 16th place in the overall placings which included a further 55 in the J18 list.

On the strength of this result, Emma attended the GB Spring Trials in Nottingham which
were held over the first weekend in April. This event is by invitation only and 19 other
Junior Women scullers joined Emma for three days of being put through their paces by
high performance GB coaches, supported by Club Coaches. Emma was accompanied by
Duncan Walker who has been working closely with Emma as she ups her training regime.

Emma said that it was “a fantastic experience although it was probably the hardest thing
she has ever done”. The opportunity to train along side such a high standard of athlete
proved to be inspirational for Emma as well as being an extremely positive experience for
her. The GB Spring Trials have left her even more determined and more competitive now
that she has seen the level that she wants to be working at.

This weekend will be followed up on April 24th at Dorney Lake, Eton, where GB selectors
hold a small boats regatta and the scullers will be ranked over 2000m racing. After that
crews are selected for Munich and Ghent regattas. Further trials are held in June at
Dorney again where a final selection is made of crews for the World Champs, Coupe de la
Jeunesse and GB V France J16 match.

Emma is training six days a week with double sessions on Saturdays and Sundays and
this reflects Emma's aspirations, competitive nature, ambition and commitment. Her ability
for good time management is highlighted by the fact that she is also currently studying for
her Highers and still managing to practice playing piano. We all wish Emma the best of

It looks like we will have to get “Well Done Emma Stamp” made for Emma too!

Speedcoach - Can whoever has the clubs speedcoaches please return them to the lockbox in the kitchen. These speedcoaches are for the use of all club members, if you borrow one you must always return it immediately. Please do not leave these in your boat and do not remove it from the club without the permission of the captain.

Coxing Seminar - Coxing Seminar: There will be a seminar on coxing at the Scottish Rowing Centre on Saturday 16th April at 1.30pm. Further details are available here. Contact if you will be attending. There is a £5 charge for this event.

WackySox - Jenni had CSRC socks designed by Wackysox – see picture below. If you would like a pair, please let her know which size(s) and how many per size. She needs a minimum order of 25 pairs per size in order to get them done. The following sizes are available – 2-6, 7-11 and 11-14.

Prices are approximately:

25 Pairs/One size £6.95 each
50 Pairs/One size £6.45 each
100 Pairs/2 sizes or 125 Pairs/3 sizes £5.95 each

Jenni needs to find out who is interested to see if we can get an order in, so please put down exactly how many pairs you would like and in what sizes. Contact Jenni on if you have any questions and to put in your order. Thanks!

WHorr - Huge congratulations to the CSRC/GRC crew who took part in the Womens Tideway in London at the weekend. Wearing number 277 they had a great race and finished the 7km course in a time of 22:56:12 finishing 249th out of 303 boats.


Congatulations also go to Emma Brander who coxed the Glasgow RC A boat to 86th place (20:56:59), Caitlin Horsburgh, Clydesdale ARC B 188th place (22:04:26) and Claire Hiddleston who stroked the Glasgow University B boat to 120th place (21:20:00)

It's great that so many of our members took part in this amazing event and had such a fantastic time. Thanks also to Kirsteen for going down with them and taking some wonderful photo's (including the one above). Kirsteens photo's can be found on her Facebook page!

Capsize Drill - It's that time again! This years capsize drill is on March 27th (sorry for the late notice) at Garnock pool at 5pm. It's really important that the juniors go and take part (unless they like wearing a life jacket while rowing) and all novices/New starts should do it as well if they have not done it before. You will need to take light clothes to swim in and there is a small charge to be collected at the pool.

News - If anyone has any club related news or information to go up on the website please email

Desperately seeking - Richard Lyth is looking for a new doubles partner who is up to the challenge of the 'Boston' Liam is unable to commit the time to train for the marathon this year so Richard is looking for a man who can! If you fancy giving it a go please talk to Richard down at the club or email me and I will put you in touch.

Strathclyde Regatta - The Strathclyde regatta info is now available. Entries need to be with Karen by March 30th so don't delay. Make sure you organise your cox early if you need one.

Reminder for everyone wanting to race at Strathclyde Park - Club kit MUST be worn by all competitors. If you don't have any now is the time to order it. Godfrey are our club kit supplier and can deliver small orders pretty quickly. Only one pieces and splashtops have any significant savings in bulk orders so if you need kit other than these probably best to order it yourselves. If you want a one piece/splashtop drop me an email and if there are a few of you I will do a club order.

CSRC Regatta - We have started having meetings to organise our regatta this year. It was great to see so many people at the first regatta committee meeting and the signs are good that this years regatta will again be a fantastic representation of our club.

This year the regatta is on May 21st so please try and keep the day free so you can come and be part of CSRC's big day. This year is a special year for the club as it was discovered that the first CSRC regatta was held in 1971, so this is our 40th anniversary! If you have any ideas how we can make it special or would like to be part of organising the event, please contact the regatta committee to find out how.

Results - Emma McDonald has won the WJu16 1x in Boston at the GB Junior trials, she is placed 16th overall which is a terrific achievement. Congratulations to Emma from everyone and good luck in the 2x.

Martin and Pete made the trek up to Inverness this weekend and had a successful day. They placed 5th in Division 1 and then took 10 seconds off their own time to come 3rd in Division 2 where they won the MOp 2x. They managed to complete both of their rows only being beaten by eights! There really is still life in the old dogs.....(Birthday coming up Pete?)

Publicity Officer - The club has been incredibly successful in many areas in the last few years and we would love to let the wider world know about some of our successes. With this in mind we are looking for someone to look after the publicity of the club. Anyone who is interested or has any experience in this area please contact for more information.

SUBC Head - Unfortunately due to the height of the river and the amount of debris in it after the weeks rain the SUBC head race is cancelled. They are looking to reschedule in March.

Note: The SUBC Head has been rescheduled for March 12th. Please let Karen know if you would like to enter.

Great Western Eights Head - We had two crews competing at the GUBC head at the weekend. The Mens Novice 8+ were first off in the morning in perfect conditions. It was cold but sunny with very little wind. They coped with the unfamiliar (bendy) course really well and enjoyed being back on water. The ladies raced in the afternoon (thanks to the very determined Jenni) The crew was a mix of experience with juniors and novices competing in the first Womens Novice 8+ for a number of years. They did really well and everyone came back with a smile on their face, I think they may even do it again!

Update - The men finished the course in 22:50 and the ladies did it in 26:03. Well done everyone!


Scottish Indoor Champs - Well done to everyone who competed at the Scottish Indoor Championships on the 23rd of January. There were some great results for the club (and for old members). Silver medals went to Andrew Taylor, Laura McDonald and Alex Afuakwah. Lorne Campbell (rowing for Clydesdale) got a Bronze in the U18 Hwt, Finn Campbell (Clydesdale) a bronze in the U16 and Kirsty Sanders won a bronze medal in the womens lwt uni race but huge Congratulations to Emma McDonald for her Gold Medal in the U16 race. By all accounts it was a very convincing win and just deserts for all of the effort she has been putting in over the last few years.

Club Sessions - The loch is getting back to normal and some lucky members have made it out onto the water this week, however low overnight temperatures mean that we have to look at the conditions on a day to day basis just now. Fingers crossed for some cloudy nights! Where possible sessions will be out on the water this weekend but be prepared to ergo just in case.

At the recent Scottish Rowing Conference the Scottish Rowing Awards were announced and Andy recieved the award for Oarsman of the year! I know everyone will join me in congratulating him on this great achievement. Well done Andy!


Membership subs - A new year is upon us once more and so it’s time to remind you that subscriptions are now due. You should have recieved an email from our membership secretary John McKinney over the last few days, if you have not please email me so we can make sure you are on our members email list. The membership renewal form is also available here. Please get your forms in as soon as possible and don't forget to fill in your racing licence form too! Thanks.

Racing Licences - It's time to get your racing licences for the new year. If you are going to enter for any of the head races in the next couple of months you need to fill in a racing licence application form and get it back to John McKinney as soon as possible. The deadline for licences to be done for the Western Eights Head is the 3rd of January (Monday)!! Please note that racing licence costs in 2011 are Seniors £38, Students £27, Juniors £20 and Cadet £8.

Club Ceilidh - The clubs annual ceilidh was on Saturday November 27th at the McKillop Institute in Lochwinnoch.

Well done to everyone who made it to the ceilidh despite some pretty awful conditions. We had a great time.The band were really good and the juniors, as always, kept the dance floor full despite the fairly small turnout. Janice did us proud again with the buffet and my bar was impressive in it's choice (thanks Mel!). The juniors had their own 'bar' this year, many thanks to Sam and Craig (and Jeff) for staffing it.

Bill Hiddleston won the whisky in the pound shove with the last shot just beating Caroline out of the honours, Louise Hiddleston won the junior version of the event. The Hiddlestons dominance continued in the raffle.The raffle was a highlight with many prizes on offer, the cake made by Kirsteen attracted a lot of interest, Keith spent a long time after winning the cake convincing us all it could only travel if uncut! Thanks to everyone who donated prizes

One of the main parts of the evening is the awarding of the annual prizes for performance and contribution to the club. The well deserving winners were:

Most improved junior female Emma McDonald
Most improved junior male Alex Afuakwah
Most improved novice female Kirsteen Lyth
Most improved novice male Richard Lyth & Liam Smith
Andy Dunn Trophy Leslie Afuakwah

The Andy Dunn Trophy is awarded to a member who has made an outstanding contribution to the club. Leslie has stepped up over the previous 12 months and filled many essential but vacant posts within the club. Among her many hats she has been the Treasurer, Child Protection Officer, Junior Coach, Boat Trailer Driver, Secretary, Fundraiser and many more. Without people like Lesley the club simply couldn't keep going. She is a worthy winner this year, Congratulations!

Club AGM - The clubs AGM was on the 17th November.

Many thanks to the members who attended. Minutes will be posted on the forum as soon as possible. The committee has seen a few changes and the posts are now as follows:

President Caroline Parker
Secretary Jenni Wagner
Treasurer Karen Sanders
Seniors Secretary John McKinney
Junior Secretary  Lesley Afuakwah
Clubmaster Kirsteen Lyth
Captain Jo Pinder
Junior Member Chloe Lyth
Ordinary Member Julie Donn
Ordinary Member Ivar Campbell
Ordinary Member Mel Brander
Ordinary Member Bill Hiddleston
Ordinary Member Martin Holmes

Many thanks to those members who have taken on the responsibility of committee membership, the club can only continue to be successful if people step up and take on the important jobs on the committee.

Inverness Head - Congratulations to Emma McDonald who travelled up to Inverness at the weekend to compete in the Morrison Construction Fours and Small boats head and won the WJu18 4x+, WJu18 2x and the WJu18 1x. Emma took part in the coxed quad in a composite with Glasgow RC and was partnered in the 2x by Olivia Davison from Glasgow RC.

A very successful weekend indeed! Well done Emma :o)

Sewage Works - The problems at the Sewage Works in Lochwinnoch have now been repaired and we are allowed access to the loch again. Please make sure you wash all boats and kit well before putting it away and don't forget to wash your hands and clothes after each outing.

Boston Marathon - Sunday 19th Sept. - Well the Boston Marathon went really well this year. The weather could not have been more different to last year with grey skies and gusty conditions making our teams deal with almost 51 miles of crosswinds and headwinds! Both the doubles were very pleased to see the finish line.

Caroline and Lesley had set themselves a challenging target of 4hrs 30minutes (one they just missed last year in better conditions) and they set off in very determined mood. For details of how they did during the day check out the twitter feed. They crossed the finish line in a time of 4hrs 29 minutes and 6 seconds to not only achieve their goal but also win their event, beating the second placed WNov 2x by 20 minutes!

Richard and Liam set off in a burst of adrenaline that saw them get to Bardney Lock in very quick time but that pace probably took a little too much out of them. They kept going and did very well to finish in 5hrs 16 minutes and 11 seconds just 16 minutes outside their optimistic target. A great achievement for a crew with only one years experience. Both Richard and Liam are attempting to raise a little money for charity and have set up just giving pages, please donate if you can. Full results for this years marathon can be found here.

There are already rumours of a couple of crews that are looking to compete in the Boston Marathon next year. If you have a screw loose and think it's something you might be interested in, have a chat to the crews that took part in this years race and see if you might want to give it a go. It was lots of fun for both the competitors and support crews and well worth experiencing at least once!

100 Club - The 100 Club exists to help Castle Semple Rowing Club raise much needed funds, at the same time it offers an opportunity for its participants to win as much as £100 for a modest monthly payment.

For every £1 stake, members of the 100 Club are given entry to the monthly draw. There are prizes of £100 to be won in February, May, August and November and £25 prizes in each of the remaining months. You can have as many entries each month as you like and feel satisfied if you don't win that it's going to a good cause!

There are a pile of entry forms down at the clubhouse on the notice board or download a copy right now! Hand any completed forms in to Lesley or leave them in the plastic envelope on the notice board for her to collect.

Photo's - Loads of people have been taking photo's of the breathtaking views we have at the moment so I have set up a photobucket account for the club. The idea is that any club member can upload their photo's to the account to make it quicker and easier to share them. If you want to upload any photo's go to The user name is csrcpics and the password is the same as the members section of the website. If you don't know the password just drop me a line and I will send it to you. I look forward to seeing all of your amazing pictures :o)

Committee Minutes - The minutes have been updated in the Forum. You must be registered to see them, doesn't take long to register just click the register button and drop me an email with your username and email address so I can authorise you.

Results - I have updated the results for this year. Can you all please have a look. This has been done using results I have been emailed and I know there are results and crew member names missing. We would like to have a complete record of our successes from regattas and head races for the season. Email me with any ammendments or additions.

If you have a crew at a head race can you get in touch with me and let me know how you get on and the names of your crew. Thanks!

New Links - I've updated the links page to add a load of websites that are quite handy if you want to do a bit of shopping, clothing, boats and accessories are all covered. If anyone has any more that I haven't covered, drop me a line and let me know.

Dates for the Diary

Boston Marathon - 19th September

2011 Rowing Calender - The events calender for 2011 is now up on the SARA website. There is an edited version in the training and crew notices section of the Forum.

Results - For more detailed results go to the Racing/Results page

Club Scratch Regatta - What a great day! We had sunshine, good food and good racing. A full list of winners is now up on the Racing/Results page. Thanks to all those who organised the event and helped out on the day. Already looking forward to next years!

Club News

100 Club - The 100 Club winners for the whole year are in the AGM minutes on the Forum.

The committee minutes are now available on the Forum. Next commitee meeting Monday 3rd May 7.30pm.

Get your kit on! - Dot kindly organised a club kit page on the Godfrey Website for you now to place your orders for kit directly. Godfrey will add up all the discounts etc. from orders placed and calculate the discount due.

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