Soups to Die for and Happy Rowers at Queensferry

railbridge start

 Dónal Ferrie reports for us on Queensferry Regatta, with photos by Tony Hamblin:  On Saturday last June 27th North and South Queensferry welcomed eight other Clubs to their annual Regatta held in picturesque setting of Port Edgar Marina. The Skiffs were towed from as far West as Troon and as far North as Broughty Ferry with the remainder coming from both sides of the Forth.  After a few wet and windy days leading up to the Regatta the weather Gods played their part and the day dawned bright and sunny with a slight breeze coming from the West.

From early morning the Marina was a hive of activity with boats arriving from just before eight. After everyone had launched their Skiffs and tied up at the pontoon we all waited for the coxes briefing and then had a half hour wait for the first race to start.  The course was the same as last year which had a start line under the Road Bridge. The Skiffs then headed East and round the first finger buoy, along to the second finger buoy and then a mad dash back to the line under the Bridge.


railbridge start 2

The racing started at 10am with the first of six categories, Mixed Novice, which was won by North Berwick with St Andrews second and Anstruther third.

It was Crail who were the club on form as they won four of the races which included the Women’s 40+, Men’s 40+, Women’s Open and the Pick and Mix albeit with a composite crew in the last race.

rail bridge finish



Broughty Ferry continued their impressive run of form as they won the Mixed Open and came second in the Men’s and Women’s Open. They also came second in the Men’s 40+. North Berwick followed on from their Novice victory with success in the Men’s Open.

The racers were kept fuelled up with a good spread of soups and filled rolls with home baking to go with it.  The caterers in the Club did themselves proud and must be thanked for putting on such a good show.  We also have to thank our Patron the Earl of Hopetoun who took time out of the Horse Trials on his estate to give out the prizes in the afternoon.   All in all it was a very successful day.  Now on to Portsoy.

…..  and a couple of further photos from Ian Mills:

norths qferry and berwick

qferry troon win

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