Wild Time at Anstruther Regatta

Even the harbour had waves! Photo Frazer MacDonald Hay

At the third regatta of the 2011 season, rowers were treated to another day of howling wind and entertaining sea conditions.  Seven skiffs were gathered on the beach at Anstruther in front of the  St Ayles building with Galgael’s school built skiff  and Royal West of Scotland’s Greenock skiff “Chippy MacNish” enjoying their first competitive outings.  Pittenweem Rowing Club also made their competitive debut, borrowing one of the Anstruther boats for their races.

The Men’s open crews were the first to try out the conditions outside the harbour mouth,  around a course of around 2km with two port turns.  North Berwick leading the field home.

Photo: Frazer MacDonald Hay (c)


The women 35+ and Women open followed, with Anstruther bringing home line honours in both.  North Berwick and Coigach are shown above near the start with “White Wing” from the Fisheries Museum in the background.  The uncatchable Anstruther are to the right:

The wind was similar in force to that we had enjoyed at Dunbar, but with seas considerable larger it was decided to bring the remainder of the racing into the harbour, with a tight two lane course involving three turns and a beach finish.  The shorter course gave exciting, close racing and great views for spectators.


The remainder of the prizes were shared out amongst the field with Coigach and Anstruther taking the mixed categories, and a win for South Queensferry in the Greybeards. Full results are here.  

More photos have been added on Flickr in another stream. With some of the pics, you can almost feel the wind howling around you!


Finish Photo FMH

The action now moves accross the Forth, with Port Seton hosting short course races on 11-12 June, and South Queensferry hosting their event on 26 June.  Details on the events tab:  http://scottishcoastalrowing.org/regatta-dates/

  1. #1 by BUZZY 1967 on 29 May 2011 - 4:25 pm

    South Queensferry would like to thank Anstruther for an excellent day, it was well organised and most hospitable.

  2. #2 by Anne on 30 May 2011 - 9:45 am

    Many thanks too from Pittenweem to our neighbours at Anstruther for kindly lending us the St Ayles.  It was our first outing but there seemed to be everything a regatta could want!  We had a great time and have definitely got the bug.

  3. #3 by Maggie on 30 May 2011 - 11:11 am

    HI Anne, I thoroughly enjoyed the day too.  You may want to check out a new blog I am running on st andrews and the east neuk.  There are more photos of the Regatta if anyone is interested.

  4. #4 by Anne on 30 May 2011 - 11:17 am

    Have you got a link to your blog Maggie?

  5. #5 by Elsie on 30 May 2011 - 2:31 pm

    Anne, glad you were there to make a race for us!  We all enjoyed the day
    too and glad everyone else did too!  The FREE home
    baking, water, fresh fruit and teas and coffees for all the rowers seemed to go
    down particularly well!  Certainly worth the £2 registration fee when that
    also included a choice of burger, hot dog or kipper roll from the RNLI –
    great value for money!

  6. #6 by Anne on 30 May 2011 - 3:01 pm

    The food was great, very generous supplies, yum!  The RNLI guys did think it strange when I asked if they had any veggie burgers though, ha ha!

  7. #7 by Gordon Scobie on 3 June 2011 - 11:44 pm

    Hi all from North Queensferry Boat Club, I heard all about your event from friends who were there. We are very close to raising the finance to purchase our first skiff and would like to be part of future events. Our Boat Festival is on 28 August 2011 where we shall be racing against our friends from South Queensferry in a resurrection of the historic racing between these two historic villages. Only we do not have a boat!!! and it is unlikely that our build shall be completed by then. [ Edit: The North Queensferry event is the same day as the North Berwick Regatta, http://www.nbrowingclub.com/regatta-2011.html ] We are looking for a loan of a skiff for our festival. Is there any one out there who can help us in August. Please call 07879 472 261 or e mail gscobie3@btinternet.com Regards Gordon Scobie Chairman North Queensferry Boat Club

  8. #8 by Robbie Wightman on 4 June 2011 - 1:39 pm

    Get on with your build Gordon!!  Please note that the request from North Queensferry clashes with the North Brewick Regatta http://www.nbrowingclub.com/regatta-2011.html .

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