SCRA Regatta Organiser Course 2020 Success

Over a March weekend group of 24 delegates gathered at the Eco centre in Kinghorn to discuss all the elements of how to run a safe and enjoyable regatta. The morning started with a quick meet and greet and launched straight into a story from Wendy Clements on how not to run a regatta with excerpts on various events which had happened at regattas over the years. There was a quick Q&A for the audience, just to check they were picking up on the points raised. We then went on the hear from Shona Muirhead about all the aspects of planning a regatta, through the prep beforehand to on the day, shoreside and waterside, and then the final clean up with publicity and reports. There was more information about communication and the Notice of Race by SCRA secretary Andrew Rendle….. a full morning followed by a welcome stop for some lunch. 

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Laying the first course

Feeling refreshed it was then back to the learning but with much more interaction from the delegates who had to think of the pros and cons of the different types of regatta courses and how this could affect their individual club events. Chris Mitchell from Kinghorn then gave advice on laying the course and how to ensure the buoys stayed where they are laid. 

The delegates were then split into 3 groups and in 45 minutes had to prepare their own mini regatta to be held the next day. No mean task, but the enthusiasm was fantastic and what they achieved was highly impressive.

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Coxes Briefing…. for one of the three regattas

Sunday started early, with some preparing the boats, others the buoys and the rest plotting where the buoys were to be laid. Each team then gave their coxes briefing, ran their regatta with the other two teams racing against each other. There was a prize giving at the end. Although short and quite intense, it was a great practice run for all the delegates and many issues were highlighted which they could learn from. Many were given the opportunity to try things they had never done before and a few have certainly found their calling.

Regatta Organisers on Kinghord Loch. Pic Eleanor Collier (SCR FB Group)

The final debrief allowed everyone to feedback and all agree that the venue was perfect for this event and a huge thanks was given to the Eco Centre and the Kinghorn club for their help and along with Elie, for lending their boats to allow the regatta to be run.

Andrew Rendle has created a Google Group for all the delegates so they can share information from the event and help each other as they prepare for their own events. Anyone who attended but hasn’t received an invitation please contact

Thank you to all those who were involved in organising the course through Scottish Coastal Rowing Association. Everyone will benefit from this course, not just the 24 delegates who attended, but all those who enjoy the new and repeat regattas on the SCRA Calendar of events. Please do ensure that your own regattas are on the list.

Please remember after your regatta to send the results (preferably with some photos and a report) for publication on this website, a permanent record of all those who attended or have an interest in our sport.

“Great course, really enjoyed meeting everyone. Thank you to all involved, including the catering staff! “

” Excellent course. Thankyou SCRA and Kinghorn. Great company. “

“It was lovely to meet you… & so many other friendly folk. Really appreciated the time & effort put into the course & its effortless delivery! “

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