Enthusiastic club members of all ages took part in a rowing relay on Saturday 15th January, rowing non-stop for 12 hours from 8.00am to 8.00pm. The event took place beside North Berwick High Street in the grounds of St Andrew Blackadder Church and attracted a lot of attention from passers by, some of whom were keen to try out on a rowing machine. Each rower completed a one hour slot with some very keen folk doing 2 hours! Everyone who took part, either on the machines or in a supporting role, had an amazing day and their were a lot of smiling, if not tired, faces.
To see more pictures of the day click here.
The very good news is that we were able to raise £1000 for Reverse Rett and raise awareness of Rett Syndrome. We were very happy to add this to Five in a Row's just giving page to help them take their total fundraising over £46,000.
NBRC members enjoyed a festive evening of socialising and awards to celebrate rowing in 2021.
Captains Millie Lowe and Duncan McKay awarded the prize of the Tiger Cup to It’s all About the Bass crew made up of Lyndsay Henderson, Jacque Turner, John Irvine, Johnny Macnair and coxed by Sandy Wallace. The Tiger Cup has been running throughout the autumn and winter for crews to take part in a Craigleith time trial of about 3 km.
Other senior prize winners included Amanda Mustard (The One to Watch), Ann Hume and John Sanderson (Against the Odds), Sandy Wallace (Most Coxing) and Jacque Turner (Most Ergos).
The junior Tiger Cup winners, The Puffins, were made up of Kristen Coley, Chloe Combe, Alex Grant and Rufus Gallagher (not in photo). Other junior prize winners included Daniel Shields, Will Evans and JJ Wallace for their participation and achievements in winter training.
Sandy’s Big Christmas Quiz and a surprise video Christmas wish from Five in a Row in La Gomera waiting to leave on their Atlantic Challenge put us all in the festive mood. NBRC’s sweepstake to guess the time the boys will take to cross the Atlantic went live and all money raised will go to Reverse Rett.
Watch your emails for information on how to enter the sweepstake.
Merry Christmas from NBRC
On Friday 17th September 5 intrepid adventurers (Duncan, Ross, John, Jacque and Ann) set off from North Berwick heading to Fort Augustus to take part in Monster the Loch III, a 21 mile row on Loch Ness from Fort Augustus to Dorres Beach along with 86 other human powered boats. The weather was wet on Friday evening but changed to sunny and calm for the start of the race early Saturday morning.
Click here to see a video of the start
We were among skiffs, yoals, outrigger canoes, 8's, double skulls, kayakers and 2 Sups and the field quickly spread out with the 8's and outriggers speeding ahead. We managed to complete the row in 3 hours 58 minutes with Ann and Jacque taking turns at coxing whilst the men put in full effort for the whole 21 miles. There were a few blisters and aching muscles afterwards but the were overshadowed by a huge sense of achievement, not to mention the medal and t-shirt!
A few more photos can be found here
One of our members, Laura Cram, is leading a donation-based online yoga class on Sunday 5 September from 5 - 6pm.
Treat yourself to a gentle workout for mind and body and a nourishing relaxation all the while helping to raise funds for Five in a Row's epic Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge. Our awesome rowing club colleagues will shortly be rowing 3000 miles unsupported across the Atlantic to support and raise awareness for Reverse Retts.
This all levels online yoga class is suitable for everyone, including absolute beginners. There is no ticket price, just whatever you can offer to support and help a worthy cause.
Please share with friends and family, rowers and non-rowers - all welcome.
To sign up please follow the link below.
To find out more about Laura and her approach you can find more information here.
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.
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