New Year launches name change for Loch Awe rowers

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Coastal rowers on Loch Awe have taken a new club name onboard.

Rowers at Kilchrenan, Inverinan and Dalavich (KIDs) Coastal Rowing Club were finding the long title a bit of a mouthful so decided to bring in the change with the start of 2020.

Now known as Loch Awe Coastal Rowing Club, the social rowers have won another community grant making it a hat trick of bids.

Loch Awe Coastal Rowing Club out on the water. Photograph by Mick Atkins.

The latest grant came from Foundation Scotland and an Suidhe Wind farm Community grant for £2,405 to help the club buy a team pop-up shelter gazebo and a St Ayles skiff launch trolley both of which are now on order. The other successful grant came from the Lottery.

Club founder and ex-submarine commander Gordon Leveratt said: ‘That’s three wins out of three submissions which is a special blessing though not to be taken for granted in any way.’

Plans are also in the pipeline for a new website this month, added Mr Leveratt.

Club members were hoping to get both its  boats on the water at the weekend the first time they have both been out since taking part in the 13-mile Castle to Crane C2C race in September.

The club now has more than 20 members and is looking for more to come on board.

Coastal rowing has taken off worldwide in the past few years with more than 70 clubs in Scotland alone and some 150 boats built by communities, including Seil’s Selkie.

In April the Loch Awe club will  be hosting its next Loch Awe Adventure regatta, expecting 14 boats to join it at Dalavich over the weekend of April 24 to April 26.

The club will also be one of 70 clubs joining in a remarkable RowAround Scotland bid in 2020, promoting the country’s wonderful coastline and waters along the way. The event is being supported by the Year of Coasts and Waters 2020 events fund, managed by EventScotland

To find out more about joining Loch Awe Coastal Rowing Club call 01866 833425 or email gordonleveratt@uwclub.net