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PICTURES: Golspie rowers take home haul of medals from North Berwick regatta


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Golspie Rowing Club continued their summer of coastal rowing regattas with a trip south to compete in North Berwick on Saturday, August 26, writes club member Becky Shaw.

The club came away with four medals: a bronze in men’s 45+; two silvers in women’s 45+ and mixed decades; and a gold in the mixed open. From left, Ian Sutherland, Becky Shaw, Ronald Mackay, Carene Ross and Neil Jacobs. Picture: David Richardson
The club came away with four medals: a bronze in men’s 45+; two silvers in women’s 45+ and mixed decades; and a gold in the mixed open. From left, Ian Sutherland, Becky Shaw, Ronald Mackay, Carene Ross and Neil Jacobs. Picture: David Richardson

A squad of 14 Golspie rowers made the journey to East Lothian, for the well-established event, which this year had 19 clubs entered.

A squad of 14 Golspie rowers made the journey to East Lothian. Picture: David Richardson
A squad of 14 Golspie rowers made the journey to East Lothian. Picture: David Richardson

Clubs from the Forth, Tay and Clyde made up the bulk of the competition, with Ullapool the only other Highland club to make the trip south.

Nineteen clubs entered the regatta. Clubs from the Forth, Tay and Clyde made up the bulk of the competition, with Ullapool the only other Highland club to make the trip south.
Nineteen clubs entered the regatta. Clubs from the Forth, Tay and Clyde made up the bulk of the competition, with Ullapool the only other Highland club to make the trip south.

Traditionally, the course is from the harbour out round Criagleith and back, a distance of 3.4Km, but windy overnight conditions meant that the initial races all took place on a long triangular course inside the island.

Traditionally, the course is from the harbour out round Criagleith and back, a distance of 3.4Km, but windy overnight conditions meant that the initial races all took place on a long triangular course inside the island. Picture: David Richardson
Traditionally, the course is from the harbour out round Criagleith and back, a distance of 3.4Km, but windy overnight conditions meant that the initial races all took place on a long triangular course inside the island. Picture: David Richardson

Improving conditions in the afternoon meant that the last three races went round the island, although crews report not really having noticed the steep cliffs and seabirds, being too intent on keeping positions in the races!

Improving conditions in the afternoon meant that the last three races went round the island, although crews report not really having noticed the steep cliffs and seabirds, being too intent on keeping positions in the races! Picture: David Richardson
Improving conditions in the afternoon meant that the last three races went round the island, although crews report not really having noticed the steep cliffs and seabirds, being too intent on keeping positions in the races! Picture: David Richardson

The club came away with four medals: a bronze in men’s 45+; two silvers in women’s 45+ and mixed decades; and a gold in the mixed open.

Golspie has had a successful season so far, with an overall second place at regattas in Orkney, Ullapool and Avoch, as well as at their own regatta.

There are a few more events in the calendar, which closes at the end of September.

New rowers are always welcome to come along, have a go, and hopefully join. It’s a very sociable club!

Throughout the winter, the club meets on a Sunday morning at 10am at the Seafront Centre.

The rowing regatta at North Berwick is well-established. Picture: David Richardson
The rowing regatta at North Berwick is well-established. Picture: David Richardson
Golspie Rowing Club has had a successful season so far, with an overall second place at regattas in Orkney, Ullapool and Avoch, as well as at their own regatta. Picture: David Richardson
Golspie Rowing Club has had a successful season so far, with an overall second place at regattas in Orkney, Ullapool and Avoch, as well as at their own regatta. Picture: David Richardson

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