Broughty Ferry Regatta was one we had pencilled in as a good warmup prior to the Worlds in July....a triangular course of 2.3KM had been set. The first leg took the boats into the middle of the Tay where a strengthening incoming tide challenged coxes to pick a smart course to avoid being swept upriver.
Twelve clubs were represented with some travelling a long way from the North (Cromarty, Avoch, Portsoy, Colliestion) as well as some familiar rivals like Eastern (or “Western” if you rightly consider North Berwick as your point of reference…then again that would make us Berwick, and the other town South Berwick….what a tangled web, it may be too late to pursue this. :-( ) and strong crews from the host club ….we brought a squad of 21 to compete in 10 of the 11 races…..missing only a 60+ ladies crew.
But not having a 60+ ladies crew was never going to stop our club legend, Issy, from bagging a brace of medals, she and the Mixed 60+ crew, stormed to a win on the first race of the day. That set the precedent for further wins in the Women’s 40+, Women’s 50+, Mixed 40+ and Men’s Open….backed up by Silver in Men’s 50+, Men’s 60+ and Women’s open and Bronze in Mixed 50+.
The regatta was superbly hosted by Broughty the on the water racing was well marshalled, catering was top notch, and the medals were fabulous, what a great day out.