Deveron Launch Day at Banff Harbour


Saturday 19th March saw the launch of Deveron Coastal Rowing club, which was formed in October 2015 with the aim of working alongside Banff Academy to encourage the pupils and members of the wider community to take up rowing. The club’s skiff, Banac, was built by senior pupils within the academy with the help of Vice Chairman, Pete Banks.

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With a couple of members having attended the SCRA’s recent regatta organiser’s course, Deveron CRC hosted their first regatta at Banff harbour with great enthusiasm.

Conditions were not ideal…

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Although dry, the wind was from the north, making the sea a bit exciting, but all 6 parties agreed to go ahead. The club would like to give a big thanks to Portsoy CRC, Avoch Community rowing club, St Andrews CRC, Findochty WSC and Burghead CRC who all attended, braved the conditions and provided much support and help.

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The day consisted of 4 races, Mens open, Womens open, Mixed and mixed club, with a mixture of experienced and new junior rowers taking part. The atmosphere and enthusiasm from the clubs spurred the Deveron pupils on and the day was thoroughly enjoyed by all. Between the races there was soup and home bakes within the Banff Sailing Club house, which went down a treat on a chilly day.  Afterwards around 10 people had their first taster row in a skiff.

The course was approximately 1km, with the boats rowing leisurely across the bay to MacDuff harbour to the start.  Lining up was challenging, but chief umpire Roisin kept everyone in order – an admirable performance for her first attempt at the role! The racing was at times exciting, with second place in the women’s open being too close to call

The results from the day are as follows with medals for the first and second places.

           Race
Position
Mens open Womens open Mixed Mixed club

(Boat Name)

1st St Andrews

6.47mins

Avoch

7.40mins

St Andrews

7.36mins

Soy Quine

7.32 mins

2nd(=) Portsoy

7.31mins

Portsoy and St Andrew

7.52mins

Avoch

7.47mins

Zulu

7.42 mins

3rd Avoch

8.05mins

Findochty

8.06mins

Sandbay Century

8.34mins

4th Findochty

11.54mins

Findochty

10.00mins

Portsoy

9.03mins

Morag

10.18 mins

5th Deveron

13.36mins

Deveron

11.31mins

Deveron

12.26mins

 

The club would like to say a big thank you for everyone’s support and attendance and can’t wait to attend and support other clubs regattas. Special thanks go to the pupils who attended and participated.

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Photos: Allan Robertson Photography

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