The Northumberland town of Amble held its first ever rowing regatta last weekend (Sat 30 May) with nine clubs taking part and East Lothian being represented by no fewer than three: Dunbar, Eskmuthe (Musselburgh) and North Berwick. Although perhaps not the glorious summer’s day they had hoped for when they first pencilled in the event in the rowing calendar, a fantastic day was had by all.
Because of the adverse weather the original plan for a race around Coquet Island had to be scrapped in favour of a series of sprints in the more sheltered inner bay. All three East Lothian clubs won their first heat, but it was North Berwick and Eskmuthe that eventually made it through to the final, with the latter coming out as winners. Not only was this Eskmuthe’s first ever win, it was the first time the club had raced in their new boat, “Steedie Falconer,” which they built over the winter and launched in May. Big smiles all round for the Musselburgh club!
With the race over, it was time for another first for Eskmuthe, a river row, this one up the River Coquet to Warkworth, then a change of crew and back to Amble. By this time the sun was out and the scenery was absolutely stunning: lush green countryside, with herons and ducklings keeping the boats company in the Sunday sunshine.
This was a perfect advert for people to get involved in the increasingly popular sport of coastal rowing. Amble Club, who excelled with flexible organisation and a welcoming smile, will visit East Lothian very soon: Sunday 14th June for Sunny Dunny’s Regatta, during Dunbar’s Civic Week.