Boatie Blest Regatta Report 2019

The Boatie Blest regatta returned for its 10th appearance (there were 2 in the first year) and its 9th using the ‘track de le Monaco’. For those not familiar with the Boatie Blest regatta it is a tight course set within the harbour, turning 2 buoys over a short course. Boats are close together and close to the walls giving spectators a great view and coxswains a little extra pressure. 8 boats attended this years regatta with clubs from Royal West, St Andrews, North Berwick, Eastern, Dunbar, Eskmuthe and Row porty joining the home club Boatie Blest.

The weather was excellent – so much so that 3 of the local clubs rowed to the event. Clubs raced in the pursuit style course for a fastest combined time over their two heats (qualifying for those who like F1) and then raced off in the final head to head. The Cockenzie vs Port Seton race started the day with crews from each town being drawn from a hat. Given that the club has members from outside the villages the boundary was determined by drawing a line of longitude through Manse Lane, which (most) people agree is the historic boundary between the communities.  Port Seton were the victors on this occasion. 

The Mens Open followed, with crews from Eastern and North Berwick dominating the field to go to the final in which North Berwick narrowly won. The Women’s Open was a tight affair with all clubs involved, Boatie Rows and Eastern both doing consistent and fast times in the heats. They went on to provide a great final where it looked as though Eastern had it from a distance until Boatie Rows turned the buoy tightly and raced to the finish.   The Umpires were unable to separate the two boats on the line and declared a dead-heat. Both crews decided that equal first was a worthy result for such a hard fought race, displaying something of the community spirit behind our rowing regattas.
The novice races followed.  These include rowers who have yet to win their first race but to allow rowers to race there was an extra entry in the category for St Andrews, who had a half crew of novices.  They had sportingly conceded any victory to the umpire before the races began. The St Andrews novice/open crew did very well in posting two fast times in both the ladies’ and the men’s (enough to have won or came second in each) but Eastern turned out to be the victors in the Men’s Novice race. The Ladies’ Novice was won by Eskmuthe,  who were just a little bit excited about their medals!.   The medals themselves were expertly crafted from a broken boatie blest oar by members of the club.  The mixed 40+ race was a close contest between Boatie Rows and Eastern with Boatie Rows marginally winning. 
The course gave spectators a great view with commentary from Caroline Doney, letting people know what was happening and when and what delights the tea tent had for those hungry mouths between races.  Eastern snapped up the last of the days categories in the Mixed Open and Mixed 50+ category, beating North Berwick and Boatie Rows respectively.  Eastern’s consistency in the Mixed 50+ was the telling sign.  The fastest time of the day went to North Berwick’s men in 2.22s. 
Boatie Blest would like to thank all those who attended and helped on the day and hopes that we can welcome them back for next year.

Results Boatie Blest Regatta 2019

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