It's all ship shape in Eyemouth boat races

IT was ship ahoy at Eyemouth on Sunday as the town's own rowing boat was launched as part of the 2010 Herring Queen festivities.

By The Newsroom
Wednesday, 14th July 2010, 10:55 am
Updated Wednesday, 14th July 2010, 10:55 am

Local volunteers have been working hard in a workshop down by Eyemouth Harbour for the past couple of months and they were finally able to test the end product at the weekend when boats and teams from Anstruther, Dunbar, North Berwick, Portobello and Port Seton journeyed down to Berwickshire for some rowing races.

And after being kept hush hush for the past couple of weeks, the name of Eyemouth's skiff was finally unveiled by Herring Queen Cheryl Forman as 'Unity'.

After the formal business of blessing the boat and launching it into the water was taken care of, teams lined up against each other for an afternoon of hotly contested races including over 40s mens, over 40s ladies and under 40s mixed.

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Unfortunately the home teams didn't have any beginner's luck and it was the boat from Port Seton that powered home to victory in the majority of events.

And the people of Portobello also had something to smile about as they recorded their first ever win at a regatta.

But secretary of Eyemouth Community Rowing Project, Jo Pawley, said she was confident Eyemouth would come back strong next year.

She commented: "We were winning at one point against Port Seton ladies but then I fell backwards in the boat and it all went wrong!

"We'll do it next year though and hopefully after people have seen us make real idiots of ourselves I'm hoping they'll want to take part.

"The conditions on Sunday weren't ideal for rowing races; it was bright but very, very, windy. We thought this would put everyone on a level playing field but unfortunately we still didn't manage to win anything!

"It was just fantastic to be able to have our boat on the water. We only had the first public meeting about setting the Rowing Project up at the start of March and since then we've managed to set up a workshop, get grants and build a boat.

"It just goes to show that things can get done in Eyemouth and I'm sure there will be plenty more regattas to come."

Eyemouth Community Rowing Project are currently drawing up a timetable for practice sessions and if anyone would like to find their sea legs contact Jo at [email protected]

Building work is still progressing on a rowing boat for St Abbs and if anyone wants to volunteer their services they should get in touch with Peter Nisbet on (018907) 71142.

Results of Sunday's races were as follows:-

Open Men: Port Seton (winners) vs Portobello vs North Berwick, Eyemouth vs Dunbar (winners); Final- Port Seton (winners) vs Dunbar. Open Women: Port Seton 1 (winners) vs Portobello, Port Seton 2 vs Anstruther (winners); Final- Port Seton 1 vs Anstruther (winners).

Open Mixed: Port Seton vs Portobello (winners) vs North Berwick, Eyemouth vs Anstruther (winners); Final- Portobello (winners) vs Anstruther.

Over 40s Men: Port Seton 1 (winners) vs Portobello, Port Seton 2 vs North Berwick (winners); Final- Port Seton 1 (winners) vs North Berwick. Over 40s Women: Port Seton (winners) vs Portobello vs Eyemouth. Over 40s Mixed: Port Seton vs Portobello vs North Berwick (winners).