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Inverness Small Boats Head - 10th & 11th November 2018

November 10, 2018

Last weekend 28 rowers from Stirling Rowing Club travelled to Inverness for the annual Fours and Small Boats regatta on the Caledonian Canal, hosted by Inverness Rowing Club. One of the busiest regattas of the year, the Inverness regatta had four time trial races over the weekend, 2 each day with over 120 boats competing in various categories.

Saturday morning’s race saw six Stirling crews compete in glorious autumn sunshine and beautifully calm conditions on the canal. Notable results included a second place finish for Rebecca Plank in the Under 14 single scull and third place finishes for Jenna MacLennan and Melissa McGarva in women’s novice double scull; Ross Marchbank, Graeme Duff, Gregor Hall and John Dunse in the restricted 1 quad and the women’s restricted 2 coxed quad of Sophie Brett, Natalie Firth, Lindsey Arnott, Ellie Butler and cox Ollie Plank.

Saturday afternoon’s race saw four Stirling crews take to the water with an impressive win for the men’s restricted 2 coxed quad of Chris Hartley, John Dunse, Rory Duncan, Neil McGuire and cox Sam Sellars. Stirling has won this event for 3 consecutive years. Stirling boys also did extremely well gaining second place to Aberdeen schools in the Under 15 quad with Quinn McDonnell, Ruaridh Reid, Ollie Plank, Joshie Matthews and cox Ellie Butler – this result all the more impressive for the crew being much younger than the 15 years threshold.

Sunday morning’s race saw 7 Stirling crews compete in much foggier and colder conditions. A great result for the men’s veteran four of David Plank, Richard Graveling, Ian Robb and Dave Sannachan and cox Ollie Plank who gained second place in their event. The men’s open quad of Ross Marchbank, Graeme Duff, John Dunse and Gregor Hall also managed a great second place finish. A number of third place results capped off a good first division with strong performances from the ladies’ doubles : Ellie Butler and Eleanor Culley and Natalie Firth and Lindsey Arnott.

Finally the last race of the weekend on Sunday afternoon saw further strong performances from the Stirling club despite the rain with a win for the mixed veteran quad of David Sannachan, Sam Sellars, Sandra Engstrom and Neil McGuire. The junior boys crew of Ruaridh Reid, Quinn McDonnell, Joshie Matthews, Ardal MacKenzie and Ollie Plank also did particularly well overtaking several crews to gain a second place result, again pipped by Aberdeen schools at the finish. Special mention to our single scullers Melissa McGarva, Rory Duncan, Chris Hartley and Richard Gravelling who raced in this division after a long weekend of racing too.

Well done to everyone who competed and thanks to those who organised the trip, the crews and the towing of the boats for what was a fun and successful weekend of winter racing.

Aberdeen Sprint Regatta

August 24, 2018

Stirling Rowing Club put in another great performance last Saturday, 25th August at the Aberdeen Sprint Regatta with a team of 22 competitors and 13 boats. Stirling was the only club south of Aberdeen to compete with all other crews based in Inverness or Aberdeen itself. 


With an early start to make the two hour journey north, the racing got underway around 11am for the Stirling crews who had entered 31 events.


The first win was in the Girls’ Junior 15 coxed quad won by Jenna MacLennan, Eleanor Culley, Melissa McGarva, Rebecca Plank and cox Oliver Plank. This was quickly followed by wins for captain Graeme Duff and Kevin Plank in Open Masters Double and Robbie Waddell and Quinn McDonnell in the Junior 14 Double - a very close all Stirling final against Ruaridh Reid and Joshie Matthews.


There was more success to be had in doubles with Gregor Hall and Natalie Firth winning Mixed Restricted 1 Double, Jenna MacLennan and Ellie Butler winning the Women’s Novice Double and Rebecca Plank and Melissa McGarva winning in the Junior 14 category.


The youngest club member, Oliver Plank, age 11 had success too with a win in the Under 12 Single Scull. Oliver won another medal in the Generation Double rowing with dad Kevin. Gregor Hall also deserves a special mention for winning the new Duathlon event raced in two waves and consisting of a 1.4 mile run and a 1000m single scull in a time of 10 mins 48 seconds. Chris Hartley also competed in the Duathlon event. 


As always it was a fantastic team effort both from the racing point of view and transporting the club to Aberdeen and back in a day! Thanks to all the volunteers who helped, supported and cheered. The next regatta is the Saints Regatta at Loch Ore, Fife on 9th September. 

Nithsdale Regatta - Press Release

June 25, 2018

Rowers from Stirling Rowing Club continued their good form at Nithsdale Regatta, Dumfries last weekend.  Another large squad of 24 made the journey to race over the 750 metre course on the river Nith.  This regatta proved to be a really fun event in spite of the competitive nature of racing.


Stirling got off to a great start winning the majority of their heats and semi finals during the morning session. After the break, finals began and one of the first was the Club 8, an event where clubs had to field an eight with four males and females.  Stirling fielded a very mixed crew containing two juniors, three seniors and three masters rowing, beating Clydesdale from Glasgow in the semi-final then moving well clear of Lochwinnoch’s Castle Semple club in the final, retaining the title they won last year.  Well done to Ellie Butler, Lindsey Arnott, Natalie Firth, Caroline Ridden, Graeme Duff, Gregor Hall, Ross Marchbank, Kevin Plank and cox Sam Sellars.


This great start continued into other events with notable wins for the father and daughter team of Simon and Ellie Butler who won their novice mixed double scull event.  Continuing the clubs dominance in the mixed gender events, wins also came in the Open mixed double scull for Gregor Hall and Natalie Firth and the quad scull which included Natalie, Gregor, Graeme Duff and Lindsey Arnott with all Stirling finals in both of those events. Another all Stirling Final saw Natalie Firth and Lindsey Arnott defeating Caroline Ridden and Sophie Brett in the Women’s Restricted 2 double scull event.  Chris Hartley enjoyed a great day winning the Men’s Restricted 2 single scull event comfortably over Clydesdale in the final. A win for Gregor Hall and Ross Marchbank in the Open double scull who then teamed up with Graeme Duff and Kevin Plank to win the Open quad scull over Home club Nithsdale in the semi -final then Chester ale Street in the final, rounded off the senior wins for the club.


The juniors had great success too winning a number of events.  Melissa McGarva and Robbie Waddell won their respective Junior 14 single sculls events against English opposition.  Robbie then joined up with Quinn McDonnell and won their Junior 14 double scull event.  Both then teamed up with Joshie Matthews and Ruairidh Reid coxed by Lindsey Arnott to win the boys Junior 14 coxed quad.  Finally Eilidh McGowan from Loch Lomond Rowing Club raced with Stirling’s Jenna MacLennan, Eleanor Culley and Melissa McGarva coxed by Sam Sellars to win the girls Junior 15 coxed quad.


Overall another fantastic effort for those who travelled to Dumfries, with almost everyone winning one of their events.  A special mention to Gregor Hall who managed to win all of his events taking home five medals for his efforts with a number of club members taking home multiple medals. Particular thanks to Neil McGuire who once again towed our trailer to the regatta.


Our next event on Saturday the 30th June is the Club’s fundraising sponsored row which is a Dawn till Dusk row which will see a boat on the water from 0330hrs until 2300hrs.  This is a fundraiser for new equipment but will also see 30% of the money raised being donated to Strathcarron Hospice.  This event will see a number of juniors take part in our Learn to Row programme as well as a number of other events and activities across the day. 

Scottish Championships - Press Release

June 12, 2018

Stirling Rowing Club Wins at Scottish Championships

The Scottish Rowing Championships held at Strathclyde Park, Motherwell last weekend proved to be very successful for the 35 athletes from Stirling Rowing Club who were entered in 29 events over the weekend in Junior, Senior and Masters categories.

Saturday was a day of contrast off the water with a thunder and lightning storm cancelling a number of finals that Stirling were preparing for later in the day, however before the heavens opened, sunny skies and warm weather made for excellent conditions for those competing earlier in the day.  The club had some great results on Day 1 most notably for Lindsay Arnott and Natalie Firth claiming an exceptional Gold medal in the women’s lightweight double scull. This result was made all the better as it is the first Open Championship win for the club at the Scottish Championships in a number of years.  Well done ladies! The other win for the club on Saturday came from masters rowers William Brown and Kevin Plank who again dominated their event winning the Masters D-F pairs comfortably.  

The cancellation of racing on Saturday meant that the boys and men’s novice coxed quads who both qualified really well were unable to face off in the final, but a great effort from both crews to make it that far in a really tough and competitive event.  Masters events of E-G coxed four, Masters C-E quad and the Girls Junior Under 14 double scull were all unable to compete with some medals likely in those events, but safety came first.

Sunday’s racing took place in great sunny conditions throughout the day thankfully and Stirling crews took full advantage of this winning a number of medals with excellent performances all round.  The highlights were wins for Ross Marchbank in Masters A-B single scull, William Brown winning in Masters G-H single sculls and Graeme Duff and Kevin Plank winning Masters A-B double scull, well done to the more experienced members of the club on these results.  

The girls novice coxed quad, all of whom were juniors ranging from 13 to 17 years old won a spectacular silver medal in one of the toughest and most competitive fields over the weekend.  Well done to Rebecca Plank, Eleanor Culley, Melissa McGarva, Ellie Butler and cox Lindsay Arnott on this result.  Stirling had two finalist crews in this event, showing the fantastic strength and depth that the club has at present.  

A bronze medal in the Open men’s double scull from Gregor Hall and Ross Marchbank and an excellent second place for the women’s Open quad of Makayla Francis, Sophie Brett, Natalie Firth and Lindsey Arnott capped a brilliant weekend for the club especially in the prestigious Open events.  

Overall, the weekend was a great step up from previous regattas and although the Scottish Championships event was the pinnacle of our club’s racing this year, there is still more to come when the club travels to Nithsdale regatta in Dumfries next weekend.  We hope for continued success during the next part of the year but all club members who have raced so far should be congratulated on their efforts which have lead to such fantastic results across all categories. We would also like to thank our parents, volunteers, committee and all club members who have supported the various crews throughout the racing season so far.   The journey would have been much more difficult without their support and assistance.


Come and Try Dates for Summer 2018

These events must be pre-booked and confirmed due to coaching capacity

May 15, 2018

JUNIOR Come and Try is on Saturday 30th June at 10am to 1pm (Book in from 10am to 11am)

SENIOR Come and Try is on Saturday 14th July at 10am to 1pm (Book in from 10am to 11am)

** These courses must be registered & confirmed in advance due to our coaching capacity **

If you're keen to try rowing, please get in touch via our Contact Us page and we will confirm if places are still available on these dates. If no spaces remain, we will add you to our waiting list for next time.

RESULTS - Strathclyde Park Regatta - Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th April


April 27, 2018


Stirling Rowing Club enjoyed a record number of entries at Strathclyde Park Regatta last weekend 28th and 29th April with a team of 34 competitors compared to 10 just three years ago. Strathclyde Park which will also host the European Rowing Championships this August, welcomed over 40 clubs to the competition including teams from the North East of England and Northern Ireland.

Stirling had a broad range of abilities and ages competing with the youngest member of the team being 11 and the oldest at 71. For some members of the club it was only their second competition.


For full press release please click button below...


The next event for the club is Castle Semple Regatta on Saturday 12th May.

North East Regatta, Aberdeen BC - Saturday 14th April 2018

Stirling RC are Winners of the North East Regatta - First non-Aberdeen club to win for 39 years

April 13, 2018

A lovely thank you from Ron Wallace of Aberdeen BC

Gregor, and all at Stirling RC,

Wow!  What a great event.

One of the most enjoyable NERs that I have experienced for many years and your presence was a significant part in that.

Results and my limited range of pictures are published on the Committee of the Dee website

If you want any of the pictures at full-resolution, please just email me the names of the ones you want.

Many thanks again for bringing up such a large and well-organised team.


All the best


Dr Ronald M Wallace

Inverness Head - 10 February 2018

February 10, 2018

 Well done to Billy Brown, Natalie Firth, Gordon Henderson, Ross Marchbank and Kevin Plank for winning open eights with the Stirling/Castle Semple composite crew.

Fun Quiz Night - Saturday 17th March at 7pm

March 17, 2018

A great night was had at the Quiz night with a fabulous turnout and over £500 raised towards the club's eqipment fund. Many thanks to everyone who came along, who helped out with food and organising the event and to everyone who donated raffle prizes.

New Committee Appointed for 2018

December 17, 2017

Stirling Rowing Club is delighted to welcome new members to its committee for 2018, with Liliane McGeogh sadly standing down due to other commitments, and Makayla Francis joining the committee.

The average age of the committee members is the youngest it's ever been and we are delighted to welcome new younger committee members with all their fresh new ideas for improvements to the running of the club.

Graeme Duff is our new Captain, with Natalie Firth assisting him as Vice Captain.

Gregor Hall continues not only as Assistant Treasurer, but also as Regatta Secretary, organising and planning the club's entries to all regatta and head events

Although we lost Neil McGuire as Captain, he has been appointed as our Safety Officer, and Makayla Francis is now our Child Protection Officer.

Christmas Dinner & Ceilidh - Saturday 16th December 2017 - Great success & Fun had by all

December 16, 2017

A great evening was had by everyone attended the Christmas Ceilidh this year, with the Riverside Ceilidh Band providing the music in wonderful lively fashion as always and with a wonderful raffle, with fabulous prizes donated by our club members, we even raised over £500 to add to our equipment fund.

Many thanks to Graeme Duff, our new Captain for compering the event, and to Natalie Firth and Lindsey Arnott for running the raffle.

Huge thanks were given to Neil McGuire, our retiring Captain for his hard work over the past two years, and for all the wonderful things he does for the club. More huge thanks were also given to Gregor Hall for his superb organisation of all the regattas and head events that Stirling attended throughout 2017 - Its a difficult job and Gregor does it fabulously well. Thank you to you both !

Stirling Rowing Club wins the Scottish Sprint Series

October 28, 2017

Last weekend saw Stirling Rowing Club presented with two brand new Cox boxes as a result of their efforts in the newly launched 2017 Summer Sprint League.  Scottish Rowing organised a new Sprint Series of regattas during what is normally a quiet period for domestic competition in August and September.  Clydesdale ARC, Aberdeen BC and St Andrews Uni BC all stepped forward as event organisers for the Sprint Series

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