On Saturday the 29 of July the North Berwick Rowing Club pushed one of their three St Ayles skiffs down and around North Berwick as part of the yearly Lifeboat Fete Parade. And this year instead of  getting gassed by the old tractor in front, we were treated to a jazz band in the back of an old fashioned pick up truck. Apart from the odd shower, it was loads of fun and we sold loads of coconuts.

Sam Cowan (not-quite Junior Member NBRC)




The filler was sanded, the hull was painted and nail varnish stripes added to foot rests - Skiff John B was back in action and ready for a trip!

On our way up the sun kept shining and the temperature in Aberdeen hit 'taps aff' degrees before dropping down to a 'mibies wear a wind proof jacket' in Portsoy. A selection of tents from the Cowan Corner Shop to Fraser's teeny tiny shelter quickly made up the North Berwick High Street at the camping ground and we even stretched to a little suburban section with rather civilised camper van accommodation, bunting and all!

In the evening we were treated to a most spectacular sunset with 40 odd dolphins playing in the bay. A couple(ish) beers and many good catch ups were had before heading to bed early to rest before a day of competing.

The first regatta day kicked off with 2K races where six seat Shetland yoals, despite being in a different category rowed alongside the skiffs. Team NB came third in the Men's Open and our crew in the Women's Open raced past a yoal to claim first place. It was then time for the sprints where Big John joined forces with the formidable Anstruther ladies in their Mixed 60+ crew and they rowed to second place.

Sadly, it wasn't long after this that the wind started to blow heavily enough to warrant the rest of the day's races to be cancelled but not before Jo and Clive managed to nab a couple of coveted seats in a yoal and join the Shetland crew for a quick spin in the harbour. 

Our non-rowing sorrows were drowned in ice cream, rowies, cullen skink, and a beer or two. Sadly the wind kept its stubborn hoolie-gan attitude and Sunday had to be called off all together. We packed up the boat and lingered just long enough to listed to some music, sample some more foods and for Vana to nab a photo with a seemingly random Viking..

..mid posing, Viking to Vana: '..wait..I know you..did you do Make Works*?..I run the spinning mill in Shetland!'

Turns out Vana managed to pick from a sea of people the one hairy Shetlander she'd met 4 year ago while travelling the length of Scotland for a project.

*here's Garry the Viking in less hirsute form

Hoping the weekend was fun even for those who didn't get a chance to row. Captain Jaque certainly made up for it by absolutely and unquestionably winning 'Yellow car' on the journey back.

Big thanks to our hosts for their tremendous hospitality and we hope to see them again soon.

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 able to attend push the boat out, but would still like to have a go at coastal rowing in North Berwick e mail;  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will explain how to get involved.  Generally sessions for adult beginners take place on Sunday afternoons, and for youths (age 14-18) on Monday nights.

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.

For further information on the regatta, or anything else to to with North Berwick Rowing club please mail David Davidson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



  • 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



Following teams are fully entered, they have a crew, a cox and are ready to start training.... any other crews who think they have entered please contact us at email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and let us know the names of your crew.

  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