- Published on 01 February 2010
North Berwick Rowing Club was established in 2009, with the aim of bringing traditional coastal rowing to the town of North Berwick, on the Firth of Forth.
We are taking part in the Scottish Coastal Rowing Project, which involves first building boats in the community before using them to row recreationally and in competition. The boats that we are building are to a design by Ian Oughtred called the St Ayles skiff. Four rowers power the craft from fixed seats, with a coxswain steering and co-ordinating the crew. Rowing these boats involves a commitment to teamwork and brings rewards from the team spirit generated, as well as health and fitness and involvement in a community effort.
Competitions will be held within the community and club members, male and female, will also represent the Royal Burgh of North Berwick in competition against other Scottish coastal communities.
- Published on 13 October 2014
Lovely October Sunday morning, NBRC took two St Ayles Skiffs and a Haningfield three seater out to Fidra for a leisurely row where coffee and cake was served in lieu of breakfast.
Apparently there were dolphins close by, but I didn't see them, so may as well claim that we saw Kelpies.
- Published on 30 September 2014
Whilst the Tiger Cup was going on in North Berwick with our St Ayles Skiffs, NBRC was also represented at the Nith Navigation Race (Dumfries) by the Wightman family rowing a double sculled skiff. The race is a six mile journey up the River Nith from Glencaple up to White Sands in Dumfries town centre. Crews enjoyed the delights of the Caerlaverock Tearoom on Glencaple pier as they watched the tidal bore moving up the river. There was a bit or drizzle as the crews boated, but the water conditions were flat with a decent tidal current helping the crews up the river.
North Berwick’s double scull Speedwell was first off the start, with crews joining in at 30 second intervals for the time trial event. Royal West’s class 2 Jolly Boat "Sprite" was built 120 years ago, and this was her first race for around 15 years. She is longer and sleeker than the St Ayles skiffs, which perhaps thrive in slightly livelier conditions. As it was Sprite managed to overhaul all the other boats on the course, apart from the North Queensferry Skiff. Sprite completed the course in 43 minutes and 15 seconds, a new record for the course, and was recorded as reaching a (tidally assisted) top speed of 9.8 miles per hour.
Being pushed the whole way helped the North Queenserry Boat to a win in the St Ayles skiff class, and they were presented with a quaich to take home to Fife. As ever the prizes for the event were fantastic, with a bottle of SCRA whisky for every finishing crew, and a selection of cheeses for the every crew, but special cheeses for the fastest overall crew and for the oldest crew to complete the course (Troon). As a first, at the prizegiving barbeque, the first SCRA conker knockout championships was held, won by Susan Wilson from the local town of Annan, who have a skiff ready to go on the water, and hosted an excellent harbour festival event in May.
St Ayles Skiffs
Coxed Double Sculls