A huge depression hanging over the Atlantic was going to cause more rain in a weekend than in the past 3 months. So not a good day to go to South Queensferry to take part in their Regatta. Sunday morning the drizzle was relentless and damp. The Regatta formed part of the RNLI open day and as such the racing was going to be interrupted by helicopter displays and big smelly dogs going for a swim and rescuing their owners. Each to their own!
First race was Men’s Open and after the skiffs turning under the bridge it was difficult to see who was in what position. The drizzle mist was dense and only silhouettes were visible. A skiff with shining gunnel was in third place on the home straight, surely not The Wee Michael! Even using binoculars it was difficult to tell until the skiffs raced over the finish line. Yes, at last a Victory for Newhaven- a bronze! What an achievement after 2 years of racing, especially considering the club is still growing.
In the Ladies 45+ we came a respectable 5th position, even after dropping an oar metres from the line and the stroke taking a flyer backwards. S. Queensferry was close on our tail and with metres to spare we pipped them on line by just staying ahead.
The Mixed 45+ we came in 4th position, we were literally behind the second and third skiff. A photo finish decided the result.
Newhaven was now celebrating their achievements, stuffing faces with chocolate cake, delicious home baking courtesy of SQ ladies, thank you.
On rolled the Mens 45+ A jostle on the start line then off. Cox shouting her head off and egging us on. We were battling with Portobello who were on our outside. The turn to the first bouy came up and we held our course, Porty had to give way and we slipped around the bouy in first place. Full power around the bridge and on the home straight. Porty chasing us and gaining. The dogleg bouy came and we headed for the red lighthouse. Porty took a turn and decided that straight down the river would be a faster route. Gaining all the time Porty was catching up. With a boat length to spare we crossed the line in first position. Goodness me, not the result we expected!
Well done to the full team that turned up to make this our best Regatta yet.
Roll on Portobello Regatta on the 28\29th July.