After a break of two years, Saturday saw the return of the North Berwick Regatta.
Billed as a “Regatta Lite”, the usual course around Craigleith was replaced with a straight 850m race across the East Bay which leant itself to more spectator friendly viewing.
For obvious reasons invitations this year were limited to local clubs, but the racing was no less competitive with a number of races resulting in the podium positions being separated by the closest of margins.
This year saw the inclusion of an U19 category for the first time and it was great to see all the hard work put in by junior coaches and crews across a number of clubs pay off with a thrilling race.
The regatta was topped and tailed by the arrival on Saturday from Port Seton and departure on Sunday to Dunbar of the Row Around Scotland baton, a relay race involving all St Ayles Skiff clubs in Scotland to celebrate 10 years of the Scottish Coastal Rowing Association.
Thanks must go to all the people that made the regatta such a success on the day, both on and off the water.
We are already looking forward to next year and hopefully will also be able to welcome back our friends at other clubs who weren’t able to be involved this time.
North Berwick Rowing Club (NBRC) are excited to announce the launch of their first ever Skiff Camp for 14-17 year olds. In response to Scottish Government Covid guidelines indicating resumption of outdoor contact sports for 12-17 year olds on Monday 5 April, NBRC are inviting the young people in their community to be first to dip their toes back in the water after lockdown.
The Skiff Camp will consist of four coached rowing sessions, to take place at North Berwick on 5, 7, 9 and 11 April from 11am. The final session will involve an excursion to the nearby islands to view some wonderful wildlife. The aim of the Camp is to introduce rowing to a group of North Berwick youngsters in an enjoyable way. The entire group will be competent at boat handling and skiff rowing by the end of the week. After the Camp they will have an idea as to whether skiff rowing is something that they would like to pursue further. Those that wish to continue will have the opportunity to enjoy future competitions and expeditions, right through to representing their town at the Skiffieworlds 2022.
Here's a video from the bosun explaining how to service your own lifejacket. You should do this every year.
And we are on our travels again! We have headed West, South and East so it’s time for us to go North. All the way to the North Pole.
So NB to NP!!!! (There’s a t shirt there somewhere)
Once again you can contribute with your row, run, walk and cycle distances.
And now all you crazy swimmers out there can also take part and we will make sure we leverage your distance accordingly to reflect your effort.
It’s only 3 million metres so shorter than to New York but don’t forget it is up hill. If we get there in good time we can always turn round and come home with the tide behind us.
We've already covered the meters from North Berwick to New York, and still got energy to burn so stick on your crampons, we're off on a hike of the world's biggest mountains.