RowAround is ‘oar’some online

RowAround Scotland is online now. Photograph: Jon Gerrard.

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COVID-19 advice is to stay off the water but keen rowers have found an ‘oar’some way of keeping up a mighty challenge to RowAround Scotland.

Teams of up to 70 rowing clubs involving 1,000 rowers countrywide were due to take it in turns to circumnavigate the Scottish coast in relays but the Year of Coasts and Waters funded event was left high and dry when the virus struck.

Rather than be left landlocked, organisers put together a cyber version of the event using archives, photos, film and interviews with rowers in the open-top boats to keep the excitement, pride and community spirit flowing.

Argyll’s leg of the virtual voyage starts on Sunday May 3 at the Crinan Canal, the the Mid Argyll club has also been featured on the RowAroundScotland website and the club on Loch Awe. The online row will also be taking in Oban and Appin.

The RowAround Facebook page has already reached more than 9,000 views, proving a hit with rowers missing the water and others just going with the flow of the challenge online.

‘I’m absolutely loving the Virtual RowAroundScotland stories and reports! Thanks for giving us a regular rowing routine while we’re stranded ashore,’ said Rhona Anderson from Girvan Coastal Rowing Club.

And nearer to home, Corinne Cheetham from the Mid Argyll Rowing Club in Ardrishaig said: ‘What perfect rowing weather it’s been here – such a shame! Very glad the virtual row is making such good progress.’

Sue Fenton from Seil Coastal Rowing Club who is one of the event’s directors said: ‘We will slot back into the Real World RowAround whenever restrictions are lifted, and complete the missing sections next year.’

To track the rowaround go to rowaround.scot and follow its Facebook page.