Portobello Youth Regatta – Report & Results

The SCRA Youth Regatta Series 2018 got off to a fantastic start this weekend.  Eastern Amateur Coastal Rowing Club just managed to avoid the Beast from the East’s hangover and was delighted to host a successful event on flat seas – particularly having had to cancel the planned competition in 2017.

In total, 31 rowers from 5 clubs descended on the stunning (and just-about sunny!) Portobello seafront, with pretty much a 50:50 gender split. Hosts Eastern welcomed rowers from nearby South Queensferry, West-coasters from Prestwick and Firth of Clyde (Largs) and Deveron (Banff High School), who set off early for the long drive and borrowed a skiff for the day, courtesy of Eskmuthe.

South Queensferry (+Lucy from Eastern) won the first race, the Mixed U17, which was a brilliant victory for a first regatta appearance by 4 young rowers ably coxed by Louise.  The Mixed U19 race went to the FOCCRs with Eastern 8 seconds behind.  The hosts then took gold in the M U17 with the SQ team hot on their heels – just 4 seconds behind.

FOCCRs (+Amy from Eastern) won their second gold in the F U17 race, with Eastern in 2nd place and Deveron coming in 3rd.  The fifth race was a ‘two in one’ affair with both M and F teams racing at the same time. The FOCCRs (+William from Prestwick) won the male category with a female Eastern team coming in 1st for the women but also second overall.  Go girls!

The overall winners of the day were Firth of Clyde, who came out on top with 5 Golds and 2 Silvers. Well done!

The Winning FOCCR Team

The day just would not have been the same without the excellent crowd from Deveron who travel far and wide to have fun on the water.  Hats off to Roisin for her dedication and to the whole crew for their smiles and ready-for-anything attitude.  Huge thanks to Eskmuthe Rowing Club for lending them Steedie for the day – a lovely crew from Eastern’s neighbouring club rowed her round in the morning before everything got going and another appeared later in the day to row her back home.  Fantastic generosity.

The last race was an ‘Andy’ race which has become an excellent feature of many regattas, providing an opportunity to mix crews up in a friendly race.  Peter from South Queensferry – one of Andy’s best friends – was very pleased to cox Ferry Lass for that one.  Everyone who took part went home with a medal (or 5? Cameron…!) with some added ‘endurance’ medals for very young attendees for ‘being there all day’! Medals were handed out round a warming bonfire, intended to be an opportunity for folks to have a chat – however our luck with the weather had run out by that point.

See below the scores, the camaraderie and the bonfire – sums it all up really!  A big thanks to everyone for coming, and to Laura and her team at Eastern for putting on a great premier event – here’s to the rest of the series! See you all next time in Broughty Ferry for the next Youth Regatta on 19th May!

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