Findhorn CRC- Their First Regatta!

Findhorn Coastal Rowing Club Regatta 9th September 2017

This was Findhorn Coastal Rowing Club’s first regatta with 10 teams entering from all round the Moray Firth.  As our sport continues to grow, we celebrate when clubs start running new events for their neighbouring clubs to enjoy.  We are grateful to the club for promptly sending in the following report:

Findhorn were joined by Portsoy, Avoch, Findochty, Burghead, Collieston, Cullen, Cromarty, Golspie and Chanonry. Many of the clubs got into the spirit of the day and wore fancy dress as well as some great dressed boats.

The conditions for racing in Findhorn bay were challenging with a very unforgiving incoming tide for the shorter races at the beginning of the day. There were a few caught up in a less than quick slick starboard turn rowing into the oncoming tide. Lessons were learnt in very different sea conditions compared to the open waters of The Moray Firth. However it was great to see the tradition of the regatta returning to Findhorn and many of the local spectators reminisced about the by gone days of the regatta, using the piers as a traditional start line. With the draw made up of head to head races between the clubs this made for interesting viewing.

As high tide approached the racing moved into longer events. I say “longer” than what was advertised to been 1.3km races. This proved to be a slight under estimation so we could avoid too much chaos with a single buoy turn for all 10 boats to race around. It was a grand sight to see such an armada of skiffs racing down the bay. Once the women’s and men’s open had completed, the mixed race and scramble race had a much more realistic 1.3km distance to fight it out over and gladly the single buoy turn was not the carnage we had envisaged.

With racing complete the overall placings were 1st Avoch, 2nd Golspie, 3rd  Burghead, 4thFindhorn, 5th = Cromarty & Collieston, 6th Portsoy, 7th Chanonry, 8th Cullen, 9th Findochty. With all Clubs receiving a commemorative trophy and bottle of Local Gin.

The event went on into the evening with a drumming workshop  proving especially popular for those who wish to improve their timing, and live music from the fabulous Boat Shed Band.

Many Thanks to all for entering into the spirit of the day and making it such a fun event. We are already looking forward to next year.

(photos by Annie Cheese and Iain Rollo)

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