Porty Regatta Results

Andres writes:
Dear Skiff Friends from Anstruther, Achiltibuie, North Berwick, Port Seton and Newhaven, 
Firstly thank you for making the Portobello regatta a resounding success.  Portobello is buzzing with talk about the skiff races and the event we pulled off on the weekend, there is already talk of doing it again next year!
I would like to thank the Port Seton syndicate for all their help with setting out the course, lending rowers to other teams and a special thanks for the delicious lobsters which were enjoyed by those that were still standing at the end of the clear up. You probably should have also got medals for the over 60’s category as we all agree the Newhaven team included some rather young over 60’s.
Achiltibuie made a big effort to attend and they lead the way in quality racing with kabes and long oars winning the Mens Open category and having a very very close heat in the Women 40+ category.  We hope to make a trip up to see you in May for a weekend of exploring and fishing.
Anstruther retain the Mixed 40+ crown and had an excellent heat in the Women’s 40+ beating Portobello and only just loosing to Port Seton in the final. We hope to have matched the great hospitality we received at the hands of Barbara and Alan at the inaugural regatta at Anstruther earlier in the summer.  Alec, I hope you enjoyed your day without having to do any organising whatsoever 😉
North Berwick looked strong from the start and despite many members being on holiday were able to attend and take part.  There were no medals for you this time, but you had a convincing win in the Women’s Open heat, beating Achiltibuie.  We enjoyed having you both days and I think Issy’s pup was pampered all afternoon by several of the Portobello children.  We look forward to taking part at the North Berwick event in August 28 and 29; see you then.
Newhaven, who despite not having a boat on the water yet where able to win the Men 40+ heat! well done Gert and others.  Let’s hope this gives your team the motivation to have your boat at North Berwick next month.
We hope you have all arrived home safely, especially North Berwick and Port Seton who rowed over to Port Seton yesterday as the wind was picking up.  Port Seton, you were lucky to get an Easterly on Friday and then a Westerly on Sunday; good planning!
From all of us here in Portobello many thanks to you all for coming to our beach this year and I suggest you pencil in a trip to Portobello next July.

Rowing IS back in Porty!!!


What a great weekend we all had!

Once we’ve recovered we’ll get some news up here – though for those on tenterhooks I’ll just say that the overall winners were Por…something…

In the meantime this blog really captures the feel of the event from a visitor’s perspective. I think this was just what all the people involved wanted the regatta to be.

Thanks to every single person who helped in any way with preparing, running, supporting and tidying up! And to our visiting teams – some who travelled a long long way to be here.

BBC – Portobello revives regatta days

Icebreaker boat

Icebreaker was built by RowPorty volunteers

The promenade at Portobello is set to host its first rowing regatta in more than 40 years.

Portobello Sailing and Kayaking Club is holding the event at West Sands on Saturday and Sunday.

Clubs from Achiltibuie, Anstruther, Port Seton, North Berwick and Eyemouth are to compete against local teams in 20 races.

They will include RowPorty, a local group which built the St Ayles Skiff for the races.

Rowing and racing

Harry Mayers, a local resident who is rowing on Saturday, said: “The regatta is particularly poignant for Portobello as there used to be a thriving rowing club here.

“That history has been dormant for the past 40 or 50 years. Some of the guys who rowed then are looking forward to it immensely.”

The Scottish Coastal Rowing Project, supported by the Scottish Fisheries Museum, aims to revitalise interest in rowing and racing around the coast and on inland lochs.

Oar in a clamp

Two pre-1930s copper riveted boats are being restored in the workshop

They supplied the design for the St Ayles Skiff, which took the team of volunteers about two months to build.

Andres Leslie, team captain of RowPorty, said: “It makes the water accessible to a wide range of people.

“New friends have been made in the community and with other coastal communities.”

Pupils at the local primary school wrote stories to name the new boat and these have been published in a booklet. Icebreaker was chosen as the winning entry because members of the community came together to build the boat.

There are plans to hold a regatta again next year and RowPorty has been granted funding to build another boat and to create an archive of material for the library.

Portobello Library is hosting a display of rowing memorabilia from the area.

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