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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