Location – Port Seton harbour
Boatie Blest is delighted to announce details of our 2012 Regatta
Clubs Confirmed -
|North Berwick 1|
|North Berwick 2|
|Royal WestPortobello 2|
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. The grounds of Cockenzie house can also be used for camping with a small fee to the owner. £5 per night approx. 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 all day Saturday and a short time Sunday. There are also 2 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
Boatie Blest is trying to arrange overnight secure parking for the boats at the power Station if you wish to leave your boat with all the personal belongings inside it. If you are happy to do so, you will be able to leave it around the harbour areas as vandalism is very rare.
Please have your boat at the harbour for 10am on saturday the 5th. you will be expected to have your boat ready to race at 11am.
Coxswain Meeting will occur at 10:30am, Initial weather forecast suggest it will be Port Turns. Will know for definate on Wednesday. Watch this space.
Saturdays Races; Mixed open, Women’s 40+, Men’s 40+ ( First race 11am)
Sundays Races; Men’s open, Women’s open, Mixed 50+ (first race 11:30)
The Race course will take a similar shape to our 2011 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.
Safety –A description of the course and a separate safety notice will be issued to all coxswains before the race day and a safety briefing will take place at the start of each day. All teams should note that they will be required to comply with SCRA Rules. 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.
All rowers and families are invited to a ceilidh in the Auld Kirk hall, you will be able to purchase booze at a cheap price! We will provide light snacks however do not hesitate to bring your carry out along. Ticket price will be around £5; this will be to cover the costs of the hall, snacks etc.
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; towing vehicle; how many days it will be here; contact number; boats name, insurance details etc.; and which categories the club will be entering (form attached along with this message).
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.
Rowers The second form is to be filled out by each rower. 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, date of birth, races you will be entering, and any serious health conditions first aiders should know about.
Opening ceremony – There will be a short opening ceremony on the day, followed by the Annual Port Seton vs. Cockenzie race.
Any questions contact club captain Stuart Mack