After holding a very successful inaugural regatta in 2019, we decided that we would again hold a regatta in 2020. The date for our regatta was decided upon before we knew of the RowAround schedule. It was just a matter of coincidence that our choice of date landed in the middle weekend of the planned RowAround. It was decided that in combining the regatta with the RowAround, during the regatta, every club that was attending, would at some time throughout the day carry the baton in a race event. This would add some additional competition spirit for the visiting clubs. The clubs that were entered are Orkney, Helmsdale, Avoch, Cromarty, Sutors, Nairn, Findhorn, Burghead, Portsoy and North Berwick. Golspie’s regatta is one of the few around the regatta circuit with lanes and where each boat has its own turning buoy. Like many clubs, our regatta is cancelled but we look forward to 2021 and welcoming the clubs who entered. (Oh! There was still one space available if anyone else wants to attend).
Most regattas now have a reward for the best new club and we were very happy to have had Strathpeffer join us at our first regatta this weekend and they as a new club deserved a well-earned dram for their all the effort that they put in. We all had to get started some time!
As a club we have a great love/hate relationship with all our friends and rivals that we get on so well with both on and off the water (and in the bar) and although we, as all clubs do, wanted to win our own regatta, Cromarty deservingly took the honours for this one.
Our regatta, like so many, would have had all the usual refreshments, food and craft stalls and some light entertainment. We would also have had in attendance members of the East Sutherland Rescue Association. This is a completely voluntary, independent lifeboat team which protects the Ross and Sutherland coasts and inland waters. Their presence in the past and in the future is gratefully appreciated: https://www.esra.uk/
No regatta in the Highlands would finish without a bit of a shindig on the Saturday night and planning one was well on the way. This was with the assistance of a locally formed traditional music group, Sutherland Sessions, of which our club captain, Becky Shaw, is one of the group’s founding members. Sutherland Sessions
We will just have to keep the beer on ice (or we may just have to drink it or it will pass its drink by date) …