A whole weekend racing in Portsoy?

With Scottish Coastal Rowing, a few waves and changeable weather is what we love to row in.  To keep us all on our toes, we had it all at Portsoy at the weekend, in abundance.  Alongside the 14 skiffs who attended, Anstruther, Avoch, Portsoy, Broughty Ferry, North Berwick, Boatie Blest, Collieston, Burghead,  Queensferry, Orkney, Cullen Sea School, Cattterline/Gourdon, Findhorn, Deveron and SW (Galgael, FOCCRS combo) we were joined by 5 Shetland yoals from Burra, Bigton, Lerwick and Spangalang and Rinansey from Orkney to battle it out on the Moray Firth.

The racing kicked off with the triangular course outside the harbour turning 2 buoys before returning to the harbour for vitory.  First out were the Men’s Open 2K which was won by Boatie Blest in the fastest time of 11.46, the first yoal (Hadd At from Shetland) coming in at 11.55.  It was then the Women’s Open 2K where North Berwick’s winning time was 12.55 and the again the first Shetland yowl was Hadd At with a time of 13.10.  Special mention to the Portsoy skiffettes who came in 3rd position behind Anstruther!


It was then time for the sprint course which was run directly out from the harbour, in heats of 3 at a time out round a port turn buoy back into the harbour mouth.  Mixed 60+ was  the first category and this was won by Broughty Ferry in a final time of 5.oo, followed by Anstruther and Queensferry.  The mixed novices then managed to complete their races with Anstruther skiff winning in a time of 5.23.  By the time the Mixed 40+ had started running the heats, the weather stopped play.  Racing was then called off for the day with the situation being assessed on the Sunday morning.

Alas and a lack, it was not to be on Sunday with the wind changing direction to the North, conditions were just too wild for racing.  The presentations then took place with medals for gold, silver and bronze positions and Anstruther retained the overall trophy for another year.

Full results are here:  Portsoy Results 2017


Special thanks to Helen who was The Chief for all things skiff racing, ably assisted by the various loons and quines who helped out over the weekend.  Again the hospitality was superb, with soup, teas coffees etc all being provided at the Boatshed.  Timekeepers and beach marshalls all getting a huge thanks from all rowers, who do appreciate all their work.  Next year we WILL get 2 lovely days of calm water and no wind…………………. problem is – we would HATE that!


Photo thanks to Patsy Bain, Bruce Dryburgh and Allan Robertson.

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