Location – Port Seton harbour
Boatie Blest is delighted to announce details of our 2014 Regatta
Accommodation and Camping can be found at two nearby campsites: Seton Sands, which is the closest (approx 10 min walk or 2 min bus ride); alternatively, Drummohr Holiday Park which has cabins (this is a 10 minutes bus journey from the harbour at Port Seton). Both will require advanced booking so we would suggest clubs book ASAP. There are also several Bed and Breakfasts in Port Seton. If you require assistance in this area please contact the club and we will sort you out. Good idea to check with us first before booking anyway!!
The delights of the now famous Boatie Blest bakers home baking will be available Saturday and Sunday. There are also two cafes very close to the harbour, along with bakers, butchers, Co-op, fish shops and a Pharmacy. Other eating places consist of three Chinese restaurants within 5 minutes walk of the harbour and a fish and chips shop at the harbour. Seton Sands Holiday Park also has its own fish shop and restaurants.
Boats, Cars & Trailers
Valuable items can be locked in the Boatie Blest shed overnight with boats parked on the road or at the harbour, vandalism is very rare.
Please have your boat at the harbour before 0930. The coxes briefing will happen at 0945am on Saturday the 26th. This will be followed by the Annual Cockenzie vs Port Seton race. you will be expected to have your boat ready to race after the coxes brief.
Turns in the harbour will be decided once the forecast has been given on the days before. These will be announced at the Coxes Brief.
On the Sunday the coxes brief will commence at 10:30 with the first race at 11. Very important to attend both coxes briefings as the races differ on each day.
Saturdays Races; Mens open, Womens open, Mixed Open, Mixed over 40, Mixed under 40, Mixed over 50
Sundays Races; Freshers, Juniors, Novice, Bossage, Slalom and Relay
The Race course will take a similar shape to our 2011/12/ and 13 regatta. This involves a pursuit style race course where both boats start side by side heading in opposite directions, they round their own buoy before passing each other over the start line again. They then round the 2nd buoy and finish facing their initial direction at the start line. This provides an excellent spectator sport, and very close races. The other added attraction is that you only know whether you are winning or not when you pass at the half-way stage. The heats may be run out side the harbour with a multiple boat, multiple buoy turn style race. (short sprints)
Safety –A description of the course and a separate safety notice will be issued to all coxswains on the race day at the safety briefing. All teams should note that they will be required to comply with SCRA Rules (measurement rules and Rules of racing). Some exceptions will be made due to the specifics of the course.
Rowers should note that Port Seton harbour is a working harbour. Whilst we expect fishing boats to be relatively inactive during our regatta, there will be ropes, nets, creels and other equipment on or around the piers. Please take extra care whilst walking in the harbour area.
Everyone is welcome to join us in the pub for a chat and talk about how bad the drive was! This will be the Thorntree around 8pm.
There will be a prize giving ceremony in the Auld kirk hall in the evening, with local resturant fliers for those who wish to have food. (more details to follow)
Race Fees Entry to Boatie Blest Regatta is free.
Clubs All clubs are required to register before the 15th of April. This is the club registration form which will consist of details such as: master of boat for weekend; contact number; boats name, insurance details etc.; and which categories the club will be entering. These should be returned to Stuart Mack stumack450<at>hotmail.co.uk
Entry will be based on a first come first serve basis. If you wish to bring two boats the second boats will be allocated after the deadline day again on a first come first served basis if we have not reached the maximum number of vessels. (16)
Rowers The second form is to be filled out by clubs. This should be handed in to the Registration tent on the Saturday morning. Rowers will not be permitted to race unless they have submitted a fully completed form. This form will ask for details such as name, ages, races you will be entering. Your club should have all your personal information.
Opening ceremony – The Annual Port Seton vs. Cockenzie race will open the regatta on the Saturday. With names of rowers drawn from a hat.
Any questions contact club captain Stuart Mack