On Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st July 2011, Portobello Sailing and Kayaking Club will host Rowporty’s second Portobello Rowing Regatta, on Portobello beach, Edinburgh.
Last year’s regatta by David Nolan via the Scottish Coastal Rowing ‘pool‘ on Flickr
The regatta skiff races will be held on Saturday 30th, when the St Ayles skiffs will gather on the sands at the foot of Bath Street from 10am, racing straight out to sea then round a triangular racecourse with one of the turns offshore from The Dalriada, then back towards the finishing line – just offshore from the Beach House and The Espy. This will give onlookers on the beach plenty of racing action to watch close-up.
There will be music, cake stalls, raffles, entertainment and food outlets along the prom, circuit training on the sands with the Swimming Pool staff, and safe areas to paddle or swim away from the boat lanes. Bring a picnic, bring your camera, bring a bucket and spade, bring a brolly, bring sunblock, bring your friends! Help us cheer the competitors to victory – especially Portobello’s very own skiffs Icebreaker and Jenny Skylark. Prizegiving will be around 5pm.
Sunday 31st will provide a chance for the competitors to relax, with fun races, rowing and sailing for all kinds of boats out on the water, including the sailing club dinghies, currach, visiting yachts, kayaks and the century-old jolly boats. If you have a rowing or sail boat and would like to join in, please contact us for details. But remember – at this stage plans for Sunday are very fluid!
Last year’s Portobello Regatta was the first held in the area for over thirty years. Teams from all over Scotland will be coming to Portobello to race again this year, including many successful competitors from last year such as Achiltibuie, North Berwick, Anstruther, Port Seton and Cockenzie. There will also be new skiffs recently completed by their clubs and community groups. Races are for teams under 25, open, over 40 and over 55, with men’s women’s and mixed categories.
Rowporty are currently top of this season’s regatta race results, but can we stay there..?
Please join us on Portobello beach and along the prom on the last weekend of July. All welcome – and it’s free!