In late May eighteen rowers and various children travelled to Achiltibue for the regatta which is probably the furthest for most to travel to but nonetheless one of the most popular in the calendar. The weather forecast was for a dreich day, we were not let down and the club gazebo made life bearable for spectating.
Eleven clubs took part and we were not sure where the competition would come from and whether rivals Coigach, Eastern and Ullapool would come with strong squads, or not. Nerves were settled when we won the first race, the Women 50+. This was followed by a second in the Men 50+ and a win in the Decades category. The all-important points tally was looking good for us but we didn’t compete in the Novice, Men Under 19, Mixed 60+ and Men 60+ so lost some scoring opportunities. We then got back on track with the Women 40+ (2nd), Men 40+ (3rd), Mixed 40+ (1st) and Mixed 50+ (3rd). The Open races are always the most anticipated events and in the Mixed race we came in a close second behind Eastern, a result which was repeated in the Women’s race. The Men were able to reverse the result in their race and came in first in front of Eastern. Probably for the first time every rower went home with at least one medal
The tally for the day put us in equal first place with Ullapool and then Eastern (3rd) followed by Coigach and Avoch.
The evening social event in the village hall was the usual presentations, eating, drinking, chatting, and laughing. A thoroughly enjoyable day for everybody, well organised and welcoming from our Coigach friends.
On the Sunday John I, Lizzie, Vana, Jacque and Sandy went off for a four hour adventure around the Summer Isles, in slightly better weather. Spectacular scenery, navigational challenges and planning further adventures were the order of the day. We’ll be back !
NBRC are organising "have a go" coastal rowing sessions as part of RYA "Push the Boat Out" at East Lothian Yacht Club on Saturday 20 May. Half hour rowing sessions are on offer to beginners between 2pm and 5pm. Go to the Yacht Club on the day to register, and you will be brought down to the beach at a time that you can get in the boat. There are plenty of other activities to enjoy on Friday night and Saturday, including Motor Boating, Yacht Sailing, Dinghy Sailing and Stand Up Paddleboarding. The full programme can be found on the East Lothian Yacht Club website: http://www.elyc.org.uk/
If you are not local to North Berwick, check out the Scottish Coastal Rowing Association Club Finder for your local rowing club...... there will almost certainly be one near you, but if not SCRA will be happy to speak to you about how to set one up. http://scottishcoastalrowing.org/club-finder/
This year will see the inaugural North Berwick Junior Regatta, with races for Under 17 and Under 19 we invite all clubs to enter, and encourage clubs to join and make up composite crews if necessary to get as many boats as we can on the water.
- 10:00 Coxes Briefing
- 11:00 Race 1 U17 Boys
- 11:45 Race 2 U17 Girls
- 12:30 Race 3 U19 Boys
- 13:15 Race 4 U19 Girls
- 14:00 Race 5 U17 Mixed
- 14:45 Race 6 U19 Mixed
- 16:00 Prizegiving
The race will be over a 1KM course, see the Notice of Race for course details.
- 2:30pm Coxes briefing - at Old Pier gate, all coxes to attend, rowers are optional
- 2:45pm Crews meet on beach - all crews to be on the beach and ready
- 3:00pm First crews get on water
Expect to finish around 5:30pm
|Team||Cox||Crew 1||Crew 2||Crew 3||Crew 4|
|1||Bingo Wings||Robbie Wightman||Lucy Tate||Sarah Thomson||Fiona McGregor||Tina O'Rourke|
|2||Blister Sisters||Laura Cram||Sharon Street||Sally Morton||Caroline Smith||Kylie Conroy|
|3||RNLI||Simon Cowan||Niall Grant||Finlay Hall||Andy Laing||Jonas Valius|
|4||Mini Coaches||Jacque Turner||Colin Tate||Scott McMenemy||David Cunningham||Pete Churn|
|5||That's How We Row||Sandy Wallace||Judy Lockhart||Tommy Todd||Sue Northrop||Gordon Moodie|
|6||The Sopranos||Jo Drewitt||Becky Everett||Roisin Smith||Lucy Gibbons||Philippa Marston|
|7||Stepping Out||John Sanderson||Rob Craig||Craig Hodgson||Grant Millar||Amanda Bennie|
The regatta season kicked off with a glorious day of rowing and fun in, and between, the harbours of Port Seton and Cockenzie. The majority of races were short sprints, with two 180 degree turns raced in pursuit style. The close proximity of spectators makes this one of the most enjoyable regattas for all who visit and some close racing was enjoyed by all. We competed against visiting clubs from Anstruther, Broughty Ferry, Eskmuthe, and Portobello as well as hosts Cockenzie & Port Seton in most events and picked up our share of the spoils.
We won two events; Ladies 45+ had a convincing win in their category and our relay team of rowers and runners took first place in the long distance event. Considering all of our rowers were also competing in the over 45 events this was a fantastic win against more youthful opposition. Our Mixed Intermediate crew were a close 2nd to Anstruther and the Men’s 45+ lost out to our hosts by a fraction of a second in the final race of the day.
Our hosts provided an excellent spread of home baking and good cheer and the weather could not have been better for early April. Not to be outdone by neighbours from Portobello and Eskmuthe who set off to row home, our crew of Louise, Claire, Tracy, Jacque and Dave, rowed the 13 miles back to North Berwick and made it before dark!
We all look forward to the next event at Anstruther on 6th May.
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