We are a rowing club involved in recreational and competitive rowing and are a member of the Scottish Coastal Rowing Association which has grown rapidly since 2009 with many clubs around Scotland and across the World. Most of our rowing is done in the St Ayles Skiff which is a seaworthy, clinker built, fixed seat rowing boat, for four rowers and a cox. We have three of these which were built, and are maintained, by members of the club.
- We offer local on-water activities to suit a variety of preferences, ranging from race training to pleasure and social rowing. Members also enjoy opportunities to participate in regattas and other events throughout Scotland and occasionally further afield.
- We construct and maintain our own boats and equipment; membership will afford you access to skilled amateurs who can teach you rewarding boat building and maintenance skills.
- We are committed to maintaining the highest standards of competence and safety in coastal rowing; members are encouraged to develop valuable skills in boat handling and seamanship and continue the rich nautical heritage of North Berwick.
On Saturday 16th September 5 NBRC members, along with 11 other boats, participated in the annual Tweed/Paxton House Picnic row. It was a wet Friday evening packing up with Tracy, Sandy, and myself, we were all hoping for drier row as we headed down to Spittal to meet the other boats. Saturday dawned pretty damp and dreich, but after checking in with organisers Paul and Rob we were squeezed in to Robbie’s (very kindly lent) car, joined also by my daughter Steph, who has only rowed a handful of times, but she put on her game face to join the eager team. We all kept cosy on the drive to Spittal where Claire C joined us after making her own way over.
On arrival it was a bit blustery but we were greeted by lots of happy faces and warm welcomes. Everyone pitched in to lift skiffs over the dunes to the beach, making ready for the off, stowing away all our snacks and layers! With flags flying in the breeze, 12 beautiful boats launched awaiting the tide to push us upstream.
Going under the three Berwick bridges we were waved on by pacers by. We passed a couple of slidy seat boats, they didn't look as happy as us! We could feel the pull of the tide helping us on and even though this was not a race, we did row through the others boats from the back of the fleet. It was good to keep Sandy happy! The Tweed is a lovely river and there were so many swans, which I have learnt is called a bevy, there were also gaggles of Canadian geese wondering where we'd all come from! The banks are peppered with lots of old fisherman's huts, which have been refurbished since I was last on the tweed, it is so pretty.
We did hit a patch of shallow water but no one had to get their feet wet, this time, we had just gone too fast for the tide! After an hour and a half rowing we rounded the last bend and we could see a small crowd awaiting us on the beach at Paxton house. All the skiffs were pulled up and we laid out picnics to replenish our hunger. Some folk ventured up to the cafe, others lazed on rugs enjoying the blethering and keeping a watchful eye on the boats in case they floated off in the heightening waters!
After restoring our energies we packed up and headed off for the much quicker decent. We switched coxes and positions and sped off back with the tide, soon heating up again. We were blessed with no rain for the return leg, landing back at Spittal beach after about 45 minutes of rowing. Everyone mucked in to load the boat back up, many hands make light work! All of the rowers said fond cheerios and we all thanked those who had put together a great row. We headed ack to NB for a speedy dismount and unpack. It was a super day, I would highly recommend others to participate next year. what a super day. Thanks again to my team mates and Robbie.
After all the hard work of Saturday, and the get together at the rugby club the hardy ones launched again in a balmy heat and perfect bass conditions.
On Saturday 26th August, we held our 13th annual regatta which saw 19 clubs from across Scotland participate, the largest number of clubs to enter our regatta to date! County clubs Dunbar, Boatie Blest from Port Seton and Musselburgh’s Eskmuthe, as well as Edinburgh clubs Eastern, Row Porty and, Newhaven took part in the day’s racing with 10 races for men, women, mixed crews and juniors. Conditions were variable throughout the day with the morning bringing lots of wind and choppy seas so the course was altered to a 3 kilometre triangle from the old Pier, out to the west of Craigleith, along in front of the island and back to the old Pier.
By mid afternoon we had beautiful calm water and we were able to revert to the classic course around Craigleith much to the delight of all visiting clubs. Due to the high volume of entries crews were set off in 2 waves which made for very exciting spectating, each race was all to play for as the crew with the fastest time across the two heats wins.
Racing started with the 45+ age categories, boats bravely headed out into wind and chop, the real challenge of coastal rowing is never knowing what conditions you’ll be met with and having to adapt accordingly! North Berwick brought home the first gold medal of the day with our 45+ men’s crew winning, followed by Wormit and Golspie. North Berwick’s 45+ women then also won gold with Golspie taking silver and Eastern taking bronze. Next up were the juniors, the under 18’s from North Berwick coming first across the line followed by Queensferry three seconds later, and Ullapool in third. The under 15’s race saw Eastern take first place, with North Berwick coming in second and then a second Ullapool crew coming third. First places followed in the Mixed Decades category for Ullapool, with Golspie coming in second only 3 seconds later and then Eastern 3 seconds after them. The Mixed Open event allows two women and two men of any age to take on their rivals. Golspie came out on top with the fastest time of the day of 16 minutes and 32 seconds on the triangular course, followed by Broughty Ferry and then North Berwick. The novice race is for rowers in their first year of rowing or for those who have not won a medal before. Eskmuthe won this one with Elie & St Monans coming second and North Berwick bagging a bronze.
In the afternoon, the old salty sea dogs had their chance in the 240+ race where the ages of the four rowers must total 240 or more. St Ayles from Anstruther came first with Eastern sweeping in 3 seconds later and Troon taking third place. The sea conditions improved so our Chief Umpire decided to return to the original race course around the rock, i.e. the Craig, much to the delight of all the rowers. The mixed 45+ category saw Wormit win gold with a 20 second margin, Eskmuthe taking silver and North Berwick in their wake.
The blue ribbon events are always the men’s and woman’s open categories and winners will claim overall club dominance. In the fastest time of the day round the rock, Eastern stormed ahead claiming the men’s title with a 29 second lead in a time of 16mins 49 secs, St Ayles bagged a silver medal with Boaty Blest hot on their tail coming in 1 second after. In the final race of the day our very own North Berwick ladies crew came in first place leading by 22 seconds, followed by Broughty Ferry and then Wormit.
We would like to thank all the volunteers and organisers who made the day such a success. Thank you to our sponsors Anne Baird & Co, NB Pharmacy, North Berwick Harbour Trust, The Seabird Centre, The Nether Abbey Hotel, Earth Squared, Lyndsay Henderson Personal Training, The Lobster Shack, The Rocketeer and Fenton Tower.
We were delighted to see such a broad range of clubs winning medals, coastal rowing is growing in popularity year on year with new clubs popping up all the time. The full results sheets is available on our website
If you are interested in trying rowing we offer Try Rowing sessions on Sundays at 2pm. http://www.j3.nbrowingclub.com/
More photos of the day can be found here
Our regatta this year will be held on Saturday 26th August 2023. We will have races around Craigleith, approx 1.8miles, which takes 18-30 mins depending on conditions!
We aim to run each race with all boats starting at same time, but if the wind picks up or we have a lot of entries we may need to split the races into 2 waves, in this event final placings will be determined on time.
Boats entered so far....
Deadline for entries is 11th August. Entry Form
|Dundee Rowing Club||0||1||0||1||1||1||1||1||0||1|
|Eastern (EACRC) 1||1||1||1||1||1||1||1||1||1||1|
|Eastern (EACRC) 2||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Elie & St.Monans||1||1||1||1||1||1||1||1||1||1|
|Eskmuthe Rowing Club||1||1||0||1||1||1||1||1||1||1|
|Golspie Rowing Club||1||1||0||1||1||1||1||1||1||1|
|NB 1 (Blackadder)||1||1||1||1||1||1||1||1||1||1|
|NB 2 (SJB)||0||0||1||0||0||1||1||0||0||0|
*Novice rowers are those who have never won a race
**240 category rowers ages must add up to at least 240
Mixed races must have at least one man and two women
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