2018 Events on the Forth and the Tay

Eskmuthe Regatta Start Line

There are several regatta already slated in for 2018 in the South East.  The first of the season is the opener for the SCRA Youth Series, hosted by Eastern ARC at Portobello on 7-8 April.  We are eagerly awaiting the dates for other Junior regattas on the Southern Youth circuit.  The South East opener for the senior events is Cockenzie and Port Seton, where the event is hosted by Boatie Blest on 28 April.  The racing is tight and good coxing is rewarded at this most friendly of regattas.  Get it in the diary!

Taking the Air at Anster

Anstruther‘s regatta on 12 May is already fully booked as is the Queensferry regatta 2 weeks later on 26 May.  Well worth a visit to cheer on your favourites, but the success of these regattas demonstrates why we need more clubs to host local regattas, so that folk taking up the sport can have regattas to aim for.  Hosting a regatta can be hard work, but is very rewarding and builds a stronger club.  Please do let us know when regattas are, so that we can share them on the SCRA calendar.

Action moves to the Tay on 2 June, where Broughty Ferry host their Regatta on their tidal waters.   Races will be 2 km long.  Contact details are in the calendar.    RowPorty welcome crews to their regatta on 23 June.  Races from the beach with plenty of space for spectators there and on the prom.  A week later and a short trip past Leith Docks will take you to the Newhaven Midsummer Challenge.  An entertaining event featuring running and sailing as well as rowing.

Thereafter there is a bit of a gap in the calendar (which hopefully some other clubs can fill with an event or two) before Eskmouthe welcome visitors to Musselburgh and Fisherrow on 11 August, and then there is the small matter or racing round the rock at North Berwick brings the SE regatta calendar to a conclusion on 25 August.

So lots to look forward to on the Forth and the Tay in 2018, but equally space and enthusiasm awaits for other events!  Lets be having you, and lets enjoy a whole year of social fun in coastal rowing boats.

North Berwick

Do support as many of your local regattas as you can, as well as travelling a distance to some outwith your region, to help ensure the diversity of these events.  Make sure you buy cake and possibly beer to help to fund the activities that you are taking part in.  Some of the events listed above will be limited in the number of skiffs or the number of clubs that they can accommodate, and some are invitation only, so it is worthwhile checking early doors that your club can attend.  Keep checking the 2018 events tab, for other events being added.  Two more posts will be added shortly, with summaries of events in the South West and in England.

Enjoy planning your clubs’ year ahead!



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