Our last day of this adventure and it is the row back home to Broughty Ferry – a distance of 12nm; for once we are not up at the skreek of dawn. We want to enter the Tay Estuary on a rising tide so we arrive in St Andrews at 1100 to get ready for the day’s adventure. Unfortunately, due to the low tide we need to do the reverse journey from yesterday and trolley the skiffs back to the East Sands. This is hard work, but well worth it as it means we will have an easy ride up the Tay with the tide.
There is a bit of a swell due to the northeasterly wind so we steady the boats in the shallows and cast off the beach heading towards the town of St Andrews. The crews are in fine fettle, looking forward to getting the skiffs home.
Once again we have our trusty safety boat; this time it is the Jean Eldridge who will accompany us home. As we row across the face of Tentsmuir beach we can hear and see the Bar and we swing out to avoid the hazard of the Abertay Sands then turn west to enter our beloved river.
Almost immediately we are greeted by the sight of the dolphins welcoming us home to the Tay. A large pod comes alongside as we head towards home and we are treated to a display of acrobatics. They are obviously very happy to see us!
We retrace our outward route, but this time we take the south coast option on the way back to the club passing the pile on our port side. This lighthouse is thought to have been built in 1845 and has been inactive since about 1960. It has a 16 meter tower with a lantern on top of a wooden octagonal keeper’s quarters. The only occupants now are the multiple shags that use it as a home. With Tayport village as our backdrop we steam by on the incoming tide with a pushing breeze.
As a last hurrah we have decided to take a wee turn around the Newcombe buoy before crossing the river to the club. This is our usual quick warm up training run and seemed an appropriate way to end our adventure for the RowAround, rowing around a ‘mark’ we are all intimately familiar with. In bright sunshine we round the Newcombe and head for home, only 900 meters to go!
The white club house is gleaming in the sun as the two boats head home across the river; safe home and ready for another adventure.