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South Queensferry Regatta: Report, Pictures and Video

posted 3 Sep 2013, 07:10 by dannysamuel793@gmail.com   [ updated 27 Dec 2015, 16:01 by Queensferry Rowing ]

South Queensferry Regatta 2013: Women's 40+

What a weekend that was! Firstly I would like to express my thanks on behalf of the committee to everyone who contributed, attended, raced or in any way helped to make our 2013 regatta the wonderful day it was.

The first club to arrive was Helmsdale on the Friday evening. They were camping over on the Friday and Saturday nights. We got to know them over a quick drink before pointing them in the direction of a much earned meal in the Ferry.

It was an early start on the Saturday as we prepared for the arrival of a further 8 boats.

After the coxes briefing, the first race of the day was the Women's 40+. Despite some initial difficulties getting everyone on the line, it proved to be an exciting race - with a small collision at one point!

The Mixed Open saw Queensferry take 5th place - with only a couple of boat lengths separating us from the boats immediately in front and behind us.

It is the nature of these things that mother nature will have different ideas than the regatta committee. It was unfortunate that high winds led to the cancellation of the Men's Open and Names from a hat race. Special mention must go to the very brave Women's open rowers - who had to face some of the most difficult conditions seen on the Forth. Despite calls to head back to Port Edgar, a number of crews mutinied and managed to complete the course regardless!

During the morning races, the course was generally completed in under 20 minutes by most clubs. During the Women's open, the conditions were such that the titanic efforts of Ansruther got them over the line in 21 minutes and 40 seconds and into first place. Sixth place went to Newhaven with a time of 38 minutes and 35 seconds. The final four boats did not complete the course and North Queensferry and Troon eventually accepted a tow after a futile battle against the waves.

There was a Ceilidh on the Saturday evening and a number of us took a turn on the Bucking Bronco!

The Sunday was the intended date for the Alan Meldrum Community Rowing Challenge. Unfortunately, the weather conditions did not improve from the Saturday. It was with much regret that we had to cancel the event. Safety is paramount and, while a St Ayles Skiff is incredibly seaworthy and capable of handling the roughest of seas, it was decided that conditions were not suitable for novices. This was despite the large number of lucky mascots in attendance!

Queensferry Regatta 2013: Results

Women's 40+
 North Berwick
 Pittenweem 22:18
 North Queensferry

Mixed Open
 North Berwick
 Queensferry 16:52
 Troon 19:43
 North Queensferry

Mens 40+
North Berwick
 Helmsdale 16:46
 PS&C 17:31
 Newhaven 18:47
 North Queensferry

Women's Open
 Ansruther 21:40
 North Berwick
 PS&C 26:05
 Queensferry 28:54
 Newburgh 32:50
 New Haven
 Helmsdale DNF
 Pittenweem DNF
 North Queensferry
 Troon DNF

Below - find a selection of Tony's photos.