Thursday is ladies night at NBRC, in a rare window of calm during this weeks high winds, the ladies managed an outing on their regular Thursday night slot.  Ten of North Berwick Rowing Club's fairer sex headed east to Daisy Island at a steady pace.  Newbies joined some of the clubs more experienced rowers and no doubt were picking up tips on how to pull that oar and stay in time.  As the daylight is pretty much at it's maximum this month a couple of regatta crews were out after us so we didn't even have to put the boat away.  As Mel put it "it's like getting a train ride and not having to pay" .  Same again next week.  Happy Days.

NBRC took part in the Ocean to City  long distance race in Ireland, bringing home silver and gold. The team of four men and four women journeyed to the Emerald Isle, where they met with over 100 participants rowing in everything from wooden working boats, currachs, skiffs, gigs and longboats to kayaks and racing shells.

CorkOceanToCity 004
CorkOceanToCity 004

A mixed crew (Lizzie Cowan, David Davidson, Rachael Porteous, Louise Presslie and Steve Thomson) rowed Skiff John B around the Ocean Course of 28km from Crosshaven to Lapp's Quay in Cork city, (check out the GPS route. They won second place in the Mixed Crew category overall behind ‘Edermine Ferry’ of Cork's currach club Noamhóga Chorcaí. Amongst the seven St Ayles Skiffs that attended from Coigach and Ullapool (Scotland), Blakeney (Northumberland) and Strangford and Portaferry (Ireland), the NBRC ‘Skiff John B’ crew picked up the trophy for second place behind a men's crew from Achiltibuie.

Coxed by Jacque Turner, John Irvine and Robbie Wightman rowed the City Course 22km from Crosshaven to Cobh and in to Lapp's Quay in ‘Speedwell’, a Teifi Skiff. The pair sculled the skiff to win first position in both the Veteran Crew and City Crew categories.

NBRC travelled to Amble in Northumberland to take part in their inaugural regatta. The 1st of June gave us cloud, wind, rain and a very, very little bit of sun in the afternoon for a fairly low key affair with only one mixed sprint event, with heats, semis and a final. Neighbours, Dunbar and Eskmuthe travelled together with relatively new clubs from Alnmouth, Blyth, Gosforth, Gateshead and Whitburn.

The Blackadder crew was probably the most experienced on the day for short, sharp course which had similarities to Port Seton. However, even the novice crews, often with good coxes, put up very impressive performances resulting in all clubs finishing the first heat within a few seconds of each other. We went through to the semis with the second fastest time to meet Eskmuthe in the decider. Jeannie in bow, Norma, Sandy, Sheena in stroke and cox Claire pulled out everything to challenge Steedie Falconer and were absolutely neck and neck around all the buoys but at the line, down by half a second on a four minute race. A great day for Eskmuthe because it was their first regatta win and for a couple of their crew their first race.

The planned afternoon event, a social row out to and around Coquet Island, was cancelled because of the high winds and substituted for a fresh water row up the River Coquet. The flotilla of skiffs had a stiff pull against the river and wind for the first part but were rewarded with an easier row up to and around the very prominent Warkworth Castle. Crews then alternated and changed for the row back down river.

A good day for NBRC members meeting and socialising with other rowers and supporting Amble RC in their first successful regatta.

NBRC has weekly social rowing opportunities to go out and explore the local rocks and wildlife.....nice weather last week as summer mad a brief appearance in North Berwick

Sanity row to the Bass
Sanity row to the Bass


Told you we were going to Port Seton, didn't mention though that we were rowing.....oh yes, 13 miles. The weather was perfect so an NBRC crew set off at the crack of dawn to get there in record time (although since we'd never rowed that before, any time would have been a record). The fitness app said 1700 calories burned, so on arrival we set about replenishing our energy with the excellent cakes on offer from our hosts. Get there early and you get the pick, I went for Banana Cake a Brownie a Cream Scone and a Fairy Cake, lovely.

Port Seton [Scanned]
Port Seton [Scanned]

The emphasis was on fun and friendliness for this regatta which took place in Port Seton's harbour. Head to head sprint racing between two boats, in a pursuit style, tested the coxes and the rowers' ability to quicly fit into unfamiliar boats and scratch crews.

NBRC was well represented in all the mixed races, and was narrowly pipped in the decades race (to be competed by 4 rowers all from different decades).

There will be more serious racing type regattas to come this season, but this was a lovely relaxed start to the season enjoyed on a bright sunny day, fortunately the photos don't indicate the temperature which was ...refreshing.

Net result after taking into account 13 mile row, two heats, a final and a lot of cake....300 calories gained :-)