Portsoy 2019

For the first time the main regatta at Portsoy was a stand alone event, as the boat festival earlier in the year had been too close to skiffieworlds. Thank you to our Quine with her ear to the ground for the following report. Results can be found here:

The forecast did not bode well, but the morning of Saturday 31st August started fair and calm and the first ‘go-it-alone’ Portsoy Regatta got off to a cracking start with the 10 clubs competing in the men’s open. The 2k race with a port single buoy turn, set off in staggered heats was excitingly close, with only 8 seconds separating the first 3 boats, clinched by Golspie. The women’s open was even closer with 8 seconds between the first 4 crews, but Portsoy just managed to hold on to get a home win!

The weather started to close in for the Men’s 50+, won convincingly by Golspie and conditions were familiarly Portsoy challenging for the women’s 230+ with a long hard slog to reach the first buoy against the waves and the wind (I know, I was rowing it!!). Another convincing win by Golspie, do we see a trend arising here??
Conditions were then such that the decision was taken to have an early lunch in the hope that things would improve. Unfortunately they didn’t! The heavens opened and there was a deluge of almost biblical proportions! A day of two halves! Time to retire to the Shore Inn or to prepare some absolutely amazing outfits for the evening’s 60’s, 70’s and 80’s Fancy Dress party. All I will say is that rowers sure know how to have fun…!

We reconvened on Sunday morning (with a few sore heads, tho’ Golspie managed to have a tent after party!), mainly dry, but the wind had swung round to the North, which creates the worst possible conditions in the channel between the two Porstoy harbours. After a couple of bumpy reconnaissance trips in the rib, with regret, it was decided it was unsafe to proceed. It was very cosy in the Salmon Bothy where we endeavoured to finish off all the pies, sandwiches and fancy pieces before the prize giving!

Thanks to the generosity of so many members of the community, we had some fantastic trophies to present as well as the medals. There were no surprises that the new Alex Slater trophy, made by Carn Standing (who also created Portsoy’s dolphin statue on the Dounie) for overall champions to Golspie.  The Portsoy Pottery plate made by Brian Shand of Portsoy Marble for fastest men’s race won twice over by Golspie! (Their men’s open and men’s 50+ crews both had exactly the same winning time!)
The skate mosaic donated by Caroline Hobbs for the fastest women’s time, won by Portsoy. And finally a pottery mug by Nic Whitehouse to Findochty.
It seems that most people enjoyed their weekend despite the weather and limited racing and we would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who supported out event.

Once again the Press and Journal have come up with a very good report on the skiff racing. We applaud their interest and their journalism.

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