Saturday 29 May 2010 saw the establishment of the Scottish Coastal Rowing Association in an upper room within the Scottish Fisheries Museum, Anstruther. I’m sure the Association will go from strength to strength judging by the levels of enthusiam that were witnessed during the regatta that took place immediately after the inaugral meeting.
Onto the fun bit – the regatta. The weather on the day couldn’t have been better; lots of sun and no rain, but the wind was up and the waves were challenging to say the least. Crews were lulled into a false sense of security whilst rowing within the harbour walls, but as soon as the bows of the six boats ventured beyond the walls it was choppy.
All six boats, and their crews, appeared to handle the conditions well and although Newhaven didn’t have a boat to race they quickly scrounged seats in other boats and notched up a victory in the knock-out stages.
Newhaven’s project manager (Gert) was given the role of Beach Master and this gave him the opportunity to shout loudly at crews on his loud-hailer and generally boss people around. Credit to him, he did a great job and the event ran very smoothly.
Thanks to those four members of the Newhaven Club for setting off early and driving their families north into Fife. We received a warm welcome from our Anstruther hosts and a great day was had by all.
Well done to Anstruther and bring on the next regatta.