Skiffs get ready to set sail on Tweed

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WEATHER permitting, the Tweed could be awash with an array of colourful vessels at the weekend as the Scottish Coastal Rowing Association host a pleasure cruise up the river.

The event on Sunday is being organised by Dunbar Rowing Club and there’s the potential for 15 crews to make their way from Tweedmouth to Paxton House and back again after enjoying a spot of lunch.

Volunteers in Eyemouth and St Abbs have been busy over the past few years building skiffs for their communities to make use of, and there are many other towns and villages up and down the east coast who have their own vessels including North Berwick and Port Seton.

Like other groups, Dunbar Rowing Club take part in both competitive and non competitive events and it is club member Paul Ingram who put plans for this weekend’s event in action.

Speaking to ‘The Berwickshire News’ earlier this week Paul said the regatta would go ahead unless there was a lot of heavy rain fall before Sunday which would make the current too fast or heavy winds on the day.

“At the moment there’s around a dozen clubs who have expressed an interest in taking part including Eyemouth, St Abbs, Cockenzie and Portabello.

“It’s down as a non-competitive end of season event but I’m sure there will be a few crews who will want to have a bit of a race!”

The crews are due to set off at around 12 noon, at which time Paxton House will also be open.