A squad of 20 rowers from NBRC went to South Queensferry and boy was it blowy, white horses across the Forth under the bridges made “interesting” rowing conditions.  Various club gazebos needed to be held down with concrete slabs.  The triangular course meant a fast wind-assisted first leg to the buoy then across the wind and waves to the next turn, followed by the final leg hauling through a wall of wind.  

The seven main races all went ahead, although as wind conditions worsened in the afternoon Andy’s race was called off.  The first race was the 60+ ladies and the NB ladies put down a strong start winning in style. The 60+ men also did a great job coming in joint first with South Queensferry.  There was strong competition from the other clubs such as Crail, Broughty, St Andrews and Anstruther.  For the novice race we managed to hijack a novice from Broughty to make up a crew.  The women’s open came in second to Anstruthers’ indomitable ladies and the final race saw our open men win another gold for NB.  

The medals were beautifully crafted by a knot-maker, each one cleverly tied into a “Monkey's Fist”.  The excellent home baking and soups certainly helped counter the wind exhaustion!  Many thanks to South Queensferry for a great day under the famous bridges.

Jo Drewitt