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Castle Semple Rowing Club took our largest ever contingent of rowers down to Holme Pierrepont in Nottingham for the British Junior Rowing Championships from 14th - 16th July. Historically we have only ever taken one or two juniors down for this event each year so we were delighted to be able to take 13 juniors with us this time. After a concerted effort over the last few years to move on from producing high standard single scullers in to developing crews as well, the club are proud of the fact that we were able to enter 8 crews in to different events spread over the J14, J15, J16 and J18 categories.

Day 1 saw Eilidh Miller and Katie McGhee completing a series of drills and skills test as well as a 500m sprint in the J14 Omnium. The girls set the standard for the club for the rest of the weekend by coming a fantastic 12th out of 74 crews in the WJ14 2x Omnium. They held their compusure throughout and only dropped points on one test. It is worth noting that in the slalom test they were the 5th fastest crew overall (and also beat all the male J14 2x at this test too) Lesley Afuakwah officiated for British Rowing at the Roll Ups test station and thoroughly enjoyed assessing the athletes and getting the opportunity to meet and work with other coaches too.

Time trials started early on Saturday morning and our Juniors put in a solid shift. By the end of Day 2 we had 6 out of 7 crews through to the AB Semis. Matt and Craig made it through to the C Finals in the OJ16 2x where they took 5th after catching a crab just after the start.

The crews who made it through to the AB Semis on the Sunday were as follows:-

WJ15 2x - Natalie Miller and Molly Barry
WJ16 2x Katy Maltby and Ruth McClure
WJ18 2x Katrina Bryce and Niamh McClure
OJ18 2x Craig McFadzean and Aidan Telfer
WJ16 4x Kirsty MacArthur, Ruth McClure, Colette Smith (SPRC) and Olivia (SPRC)
WJ18 4x Niamh McClure, Kirsty MacArthur, Eilish Murphy and Katrina Bryce

Sunday was an earlier start than the previous days and unfortunately Ruth McClure had taken ill over night. All credit to Ruth for managing to put in 3 races on Sunday despite feeling sick and being unable to hold down food. She helped her WJ16 4x in to 4th place in the AB Semis and then 2nd place in the B Final. By the time she raced in the 2x with Katie Maltby, it was too much to ask and they had to scratch their B Final after completing their AB semi. Well done to Katy Maltby for stepping up to do her first ever 2k race at the British Championships in an age group above her own.

B Final results were as follows:

WJ 15 2x Molly and Natalie 1st with a convincing win
OJ18 2x Craig and Aidan. pipped in to 5th position in the last few strokes.
WJ16 4x Kirsty MacArthur, Coleet Smith, (SPRC) Olivia McPherson (SPRC) and Ruth McClure - 2nd place
WJ16 2x scratched due to illness.
WJ18 2x Niamh McClure and Katrina Bryce 5th

A Finals
WJ18 4x Niamh McClure, Kirsty MacArthur, Eilish Murphy and Katrina Bryce - Bronze

Our WJ18 4x were third in their TmeTrial and 3rd in their AB Semi which placed them in to the A Final and put them in contention for a Bronze medal. The girls worked well together as a crew and they produced a well executed and determined race. They were 100% out to win their medal. This is not a given and upsets happen so full credit to our girls for their team work, positive spirit, determination, composure and focus as they raced down the course to take Bronze. A special mention must be made to Kirsty MacArthur who was also competing in the WJ 16 4x as well as the WJ18 4x and had to to step out of one quad and straight in to the WJ18 4x on both days. A fantatsic effort and just reward for all the winter erg training.

The last medal won at British Junior Rowing Championships by a Castle Semple Junior in Semple colours was back in 2011 when Emma McDonald took Bronze in the WJ18 1x so a big thankyou to our girls for getting us back on the podium again.

A huge thank you also to our supportive parents who came down and made a weekend of it. It is great to see this level of enthusiasm and I think they should have won a medal for being the loudest support. Thanks also to Niall McClure for organsing the accomodation for everyone. This is not the easiest or most straightforward thing to do and I am glad that it is him doing it now and not me!

Also well done to our Juniors for working so hard, having the ability to get themselves prepared for racing, and for being the happy and supportive squad that they are.. Being able to take a group of juniors away and know that you can trust them without being on their case all the time is as important as what they produce on the race course. A fantastic end to a season. have a rest and enjoy because we will be starting all over again very soon.

This years Castle Semple Rowing Club Regatta was another great day for the club. Once again our club members and their families did us proud and our volunteers did a fantastic job. We had some challenging conditions in the afternoon but the racing was fierce all day long. For a list of the results from the days racing head over to our Regatta page.

We would like to particularly thank the clubs that came along and supported our regatta with large numbers of entries making sure that once again Castle Semple hosted the regatta with the most races in a single day in Scotland. We cannot run the regatta without our awesome volunteers and we want to thank all of them for once again answering the call and putting in so much effort to make the day a success. Photographs of the winners will soon be uploaded to the clubs Facebook page so be sure to go and check them out and we look forward to welcoming everyone again next year.

It's the club AGM on Wednesday (30th November) at 7.30pm in the clubhouse. All members are welcome.

We have a few vacancies on the committee which we would particularly like you to consider although all positions are up for renewal.

Firstly we are seeking a new Clubmaster, this can be an individual that is handy with DIY and up for a challenge or someone who is good with making lists and delegating.

We also need a Membership Secretary, this should be someone who can use spreadsheets and be organised, they will work closely with the Treasurer.

We are also looking for a few more skilled people who don't need to be on the committee but could be part of a sub committee. We need someone to look after PR/Media (writing stories of our successes and sending them out to publications) Help with putting in entries and collecting Entry fees and a Social Convener who can help to organise social events to help bring the club together.

If you have any of these skills and are willing to help out please get in touch via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or come to the AGM on Wednesday.

The CSRC Annual Ceilidh was held on the 26th of November at the McKillop Institute in Lochwinnoch.

Thanks to everyone who came and made it another fantastic club event. Thanks to all those who helped out on the night and well done to our award winners.

Most Improved Adult Male: Ivar Campbell

Most Improved Adult Female: Annabell Craig

Most Improved Junior Male: OJ164x crew of Jonathan Bradford, Craig McFadzean, Aidan Telfer and Ben Bryceland.

Most Improved Junior Female: WJ16 4x crew of Natalie Miller, Molly Barry, Kirsty MacArthur and Ruth McClure.

Coaches Choice Award: Niamh McClure

Andy Dunn Trophy for outstanding Voluntary Contribution: Lesley Afuakwah

It was a brilliant night with a great atmosphere and we also raised over £600 towards club funds.

 

 

A good selection from the club travelled into Glasgow to compete at this Saturday's Clyde 3 Heads races. We had perfect racing conditions and our crews didn't let us down.  Very greatful to all of the coaches and parents for helping everyone get to the right place at the right time and back again. A particular stand out on the day was our Junior Women's 8+ that competed, the first for many years, who put in a fantastic effort and won WR2 8+ beating 4 other crews.

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Other winners included Martin Holmes in MVet 1x, Emma McDonald in WOpen 1x, Martin Holmes and Pete Murray in MOpen 2x, Molly Barry and Natalie Miller in JW15 2x, Karen Campbell, Mel Brander, Clare White and Joy Green in W4x.

Full results are now available on Clyde ARC's Website

There are also a number of photo's of the CSRC crews in action on the CSRC Facebook page.

Due to the high demand for taster sessions as a result of the Olympics in Rio we are holding another Come and Try Session on Saturday the 3rd of September from 12 till 3pm.

We would love to see more people come and get 'bitten by the bug' So if are enjoying watching the rowing at the Olympics? Ever wondered what it would be like to have a go yourself? Or perhaps just want to learn more about the sport after seeing the racing in Rio? Whether you’re super keen, curious or just want to take a look inside the clubhouse pop in and see us. We are located in the compound just behind the Clyde Muirshiel Cafe at Semple Loch.

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No special clothing or equipment needed, life-jackets provided for non-swimmers. Sessions will take place at Semple Loch, Lochwinnoch.

For any enquiries please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For a selection of photographs from our first two Come and Try sessions please visit our Facebook page

 

The regatta committee would like to express their gratitude to all of the volunteers and helpers that made the 2016 regatta possible. We would like to thank our members with their donations for the raffle and tearoom, our programme sponsors, the launch drivers, the Scottish Rowing Umpires, the pontoon marshalls, caterers, car park attendants and the swarms of others who step up for some incredibly long shifts. We must also acknowledge the enormous amount of help we receive from Clyde Muirshiel Staff who are not just indispensable on the day but in the days leading up to the event.

We would also like to thank our fellow rowers who have come and supported our event again in huge numbers. We are looking forward to seeing you all again next year.

The Full results for the 2016 CSRC regatta are now available from the Regatta Page.

Check out the CSRC 2016 Medal Winners album on the CSRC Facebook page.

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Winner of the Snyder Cup (Men's Open Single Scull) Giacomo Galano

Castle Semple held its first Burns Supper in more than a decade last Saturday night. We shouldn't have waited so long. The evening, held in the McKillop Hall Lochwinnoch was a huge success. Members and friends enjoyed a superb, traditional meal and the homegrown entertainment was of a very high order.

Stuart Slaven took the initiative with the catering and other members mucked in to make sure that everyone ate their fill.

Rachel Robertson, Paul Denholm and Caroline Parker recited Burns and Karen and Ivar Campbell toasted lads and lassies, but the revelation of the night was the music. Steven Conner, on guitar, played a number of Burns hits. Stevie then accompanied Nicola Slaven with a beautiful rendition of 'My Love is like'. The late addition to the programme and another highlight was singer, Louise Hiddleston (Juniors Coach), and talented guitarist, Shaun Lithgow, playing a few well chosen songs. A rousing '500 miles' and 'Auld Lang Syne' ended a very successful celebration.

Thanks to all who chipped in and made the evening run smoothly.

Roll on Burns Night 2017!

This year's Membership Forms are now available. Please make sure you fill in all of the relevant forms and return them to our Membership Secretary as outlined in the Renewal letter.

All members have been emailed details about renewal. If you have not received this email please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  so we can add you to our email list and make sure you do not miss important club notices.

Renewal Letter (Please make sure you read)
Membership Form (All members must complete)
Additional Junior Medical Form (One of these forms must be completed for each Junior member)

The table below shows this years fees.

2016/17 Membership Fees

Our membership runs from the 1st of February to the 31st of January each year. We calculate membership fees on a pro rata basis if you join the club after 1st August. Fees can be paid by cash, cheque or standing order, bank details can be found on the membership form. All members must return all relevant forms for their membership to be valid and to ensure all members are properly insured so please get them back to the membership secretary as soon as possible.

Membership Category       Cost
Senior       £190
Junior (16-18 yrs)       £95
Cadet (up to 16 yrs)       £70
Family       £370
Student/Unemployed       £100
Associate       £20
         
Rack Rent        
Indoor       £110
Outdoor       £55

The CSRC Awards were announced at this years Ceilidh. Congratulations to our winners.

Most Improved Senior Male Steve Conner
Most Improved Senior Female Mel Brander
Most Improved Junior Male Craig McFadzean
Most Improved Junior Female Natalie Miller
Andy Dunn Trophy Mel Brander

Summer may be behind us but there was plenty of light and warmth at Castle Semple Visitor Centre on Tuesday 24th November as Guy Clark, Lord-Lieutenant of Renfrewshire, splendid in full dress uniform, presented the Queens Award to Castle Semple Rowing Club. The beautiful crystal award and framed certificate were accepted by club coaches Lesley Afuakwah and Mel Brander in front of an audience of fifty which included the Deputy Provost John Caldwell, Deputy Lord-Lieutenants Alan Sorenson, David Girdwood, Peter McCarthy and the Rev Alan Birss, Cllr Christopher Gilmour Chairman of Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park, Park staff, local councillors and other invited guests.

Queens Award Presentation

The Lord-Lieutenant of Renfrewshire, Peter McCarthy and Club Coaches Mel Brander and Lesley Afuakwah

The citation for the Award was read out by Deputy Lord-Lieutenant Colonel Peter McCarthy. He said that the Scottish Charity Castle Semple Rowing Club (CSRC) received the award as it provides a much-needed local sports facility that makes a conspicuous contribution to the health and wellbeing of individuals who come largely from communities in the West of Scotland. Active since 1971, the club provides an opportunity to enjoy rowing for the whole community and goes out of its way to be both affordable and accessible. It has also achieved sporting success over the years at regional, national and international levels.

CSRC prides itself on being a community and family focused club. The volunteers work hard to provide an opportunity for anyone, young or old, able bodied or with disabilities to participate in the sport of rowing. They believe that rowing is not only a fun and physically demanding activity, but that joining a club like theirs should provide members with an opportunity to build lasting social networks and develop skills they would not otherwise have.

Despite its broad focus the club has achieved a high level of success over the years in regional, national and international rowing events: these include a Silver for Scotland in the 1986 Commonwealth Games; Gold for GB in the 2009 World Junior Championships, 3 Golds in the 2010 Commonwealth Rowing Championships, Gold in 2014 in the annual GB/France match. Some of the clubs young performers go on to achieve great things with other clubs but CSRC still sees them as part of the family and is immensely proud of them. Most recently club member Gavin Horsburgh, rowing for Glasgow Schools, was part of the historic junior men’s quad who took gold at the World Junior Championships in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil this year.

The annual regatta held at Castle Semple Regional Park is a great example of the club’s philosophy. This huge event, the largest single day regatta in Scotland with over 130 races running over 10 hours, is entirely run by club volunteers. The park is full of boats, trailers , athletes and spectators all determined to have a great time. “It’s the friendliest regatta in the calendar” said one race goer from the North of Scotland. While the next generation of GB hopefuls test their skills against challenging water conditions, club members of all ages keep the event running smoothly. It is heart-warming to see former junior members, now in their early twenties, and perhaps no longer competing, still participating fully as coaches, pontoon marshals, umpires and launch drivers, a real example of sustainability in club sport.

The club’s approach is seen as an example of good practice by Scottish Rowing and received their Grow2Row certificate in its new kitemark Accreditation scheme. Earlier this month CSRC were delighted to receive the first ever Scottish Rowing Club of the Year Award.

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK to recognise outstanding work in their communities. The awards were created in 2002 to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee and winners are announced each year on 2 June – the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation. Award winners this year range from Ablaze, a charity helping to raise academic achievement amongst disadvantaged young people in Bristol to a volunteer rescue boat service on Loch Lomond. As the Lord-Lieutenant proudly pointed out 5 of the 187 Queen’s Awards presented across the whole of the UK were to voluntary groups from Renfrewshire.

The club President Graeme Fletcher closed the formal part of the evening by warmly thanking the Lord-Lieutenant and guests and expressing the belief that the recognition would encourage the next generation of volunteers in addition to recognizing the efforts of those current and past. The evening ended with a fantastic buffet, full of volunteer best home-baking. We would like to thank Clyde Muirsheil for hosting the event. 

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