As well as the Tall Ships Event in Greenock this weekend the club is hosting a rowing regatta. We will be racing in the new St. Ayles Skiffs and club Pairs. Racing should start about 11am and continue into the late afternoon. There are clubs visiting from Anstruther and North Berwick as well as individuals from some of the other clubs coming through.

All club members are welcome to attend and enjoy the racing or lend a hand during the day. There is a disco in the clubhouse from about 7:30pm, spread the word.

The start line for our racing is to the West of the middle slip and the course is approx 500m along the Esplanade and back. If you are launching or recovering boats on Saturday please be aware of this and watch for boats racing.

Weather permitting we intend launching anything that floats on Sunday morning to visit the Tall Ships in the Great harbour. All sports welcome to take part in this trip, plan to leave between 10:30-11:00. Should have the club’s RIB out for safety cover. If weather OK we will have a barbecue at the club when we get back.

Don’t forget that the Parade of Sail is on Tuesday and will be passing the club during the afternoon. If there is enough interest the bar may open for this. Feedback to me or any of the committee members if you think this would be of interest.


Sunday 26th June was the date for the South Queensferry Regatta. It also coincided with the RNLI Day in the town. The events complimented each other wonderfully and were topped off by the glorious weather.

Royal West attended and took Birdie Bowers to his first SCRA event. We entered the Open Men’s and Open Mixed events. All racing was over approx. 750m course with a buoy turn, four boats per race.

The Men’s crew had a hard first heat but beat off North Berwick to win the race by a few feet. The final was a very tight race with all four skiffs finishing within a second of each other. Portobello won the race (5.05 mins), North Berwick was second (5.06mins), Royal West was third (5.07mins) and Anstruther was four (5.08mins). This was probably the closest race that Scottish Coastal Rowing has enjoyed since its revival.

The Mixed crew did not fair so well coming third in its first heat.

Displays by the local Fire Tugs and a Search & Rescue helicoptor from HMS Gannet were fantastic. All of this framed by the road and rail bridges on either side made for an incredible day out.

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