At the St Ayles Skiffs World Championships in Ullapool sprints were held each day after the longer races had finished. A young team of Islay rowers beat the next best time by one second and were declared World Sprint Champions! The sprint was a short course of 250m and the best time of the week had been 1 min 17sec. Islayâ€™s â€˜young teamâ€™ of Tom, Ross, Gordon and Ashley were determined to beat it. On their first attempt they were three seconds off the time. The following night after some trimming of the oars they managed 1min 19sec. A final energetic attempt saw them triumph. They managed 1 min 16 secs - taking the title of World Sprint Champions.
The Championships proved to be very successful for team Islay. Following on from the second place in the long distance event, the team managed to qualify for all 8 finals of the events they had entered. Each event was over a distance of 2km with a turn half way. Events consisted of heats with the top 14 going through to the final. Continue reading....
As the Championships progressed we realised that a top ten finish was a realistic goal and everyone did their bit in making sure that happened. Some of our best results were: 4th in the menâ€™s open, 6th in the ladiesâ€™ open, 8th in menâ€™s over 40s. The mixed open team had two excellent rows under 13 mins, placing them ninth in the A final. A special well done to Helen and Ishbel who rowed four races in one day! By getting good placings in all the heats and finals we managed to secure tenth place overall. Not too bad out of 32 teams!
Throughout the week there was the chance to take part in the sprints after the main races had finished. The sprint was a short course of 250m and the best time of the week had been 1 min 17sec. Islayâ€™s â€˜young teamâ€™ of Tom, Ross, Gordon and Ashley were determined to beat it. On their first attempt they were three seconds off it. The following night after some trimming of the oars they managed 1min 19. A final go saw them triumph - 1 min 16 secs - taking the title of World Sprint Champions.
We had 18 rowers and five â€˜support crewâ€™ and a big effort was made by everyone to get up to Ullapool and help the team. It was a brilliant week and we learnt a lot but also realised that we had pretty much been doing it right! With a few tweaks here and there and maybe a wee bit extra training we are all determined to do even better next time.
Thanks to Cloudy for getting us all interested in the skiffs in the first place! Also to Jack Glover and everyone that contributed to building the skiffs, to him, Bryony and Rodney for getting us all up to Ullapool. Also thanks to Nazar, Duncan Campbell, Roland at the Islay, Dunstan and Trish, and Iain and Marion Spears for their kind support.
Published with kind permission of the Ileach Newspaper