Skip to main content

In May Alnmouth Rowing Club attend their first regattas of the year in Edinburgh

The 2024 race season got underway with an early morning start at Portobello Beach. We joined Eastern, Row Porty, Eskmuthe and North Berwick to enjoy a morning of informal racing. For most, a reminder of what it feels like to race and for our new rowers, a great relaxed introduction to the sport. These races were less that 1000m and a gentle reminder that preparation as a crew and practise over longer distances could only improve our results. Thank you to our hosts, Eastern Amateur Coastal Rowing club for giving us this early season opportunity to get out on the seas and test our race fitness. We had a fun morning, only enhanced by the tasty cakes; we left looking forward and more determined to improve our race technique by the next regatta.

Only 2 weeks later, club members were gathered for a day of skiff racing on the Fisherrow Back Sands. We joined crews from Queensferry, Portobello, North Berwick, Newhaven, Port Seton, Eastern and our hosts Eskmuthe Rowing Club in a really great day of racing.

With the novice race starting the day, our crew came back with smiling faces, not far from the medal position and eager to do more races. Our 250+ mixed crew then sped off with determination and showed us how Alnmouth can be up there with the best. We were all delighted for our winning crew.

Eskmuthe then mixed up the crews in races that offered some of us an opportunity to row in different skiffs. The experience from working with other crews, getting to row with different oars and coxes from different clubs, led to interesting conversations about our preferences.  Some of our members were in winning crews, but the best success from these races is simply the insight and experience of rowing in other skiffs.

After an international race (being English didn’t count so Alnmouth may have pushed the boundaries on this one), came the Pursuit races. Watching the under 50’s showing us how it is done, Alnmouth 50+ mixed team took to the water to cover just over 2km; we overtook a skiff and had a great race and came a respectable 4th.

The final race of the day, a relay of mixed clubs with men heading out first and handing over to the women, found Alnmouth back in the medal position, coming third.

After a fantastic day, crews were invited to test the waters at the Fisherrow Tap. Steedie Falcolner and Honesty were special beers put on to honour the regatta. A perfect way to celebrate and discuss the days events.