Youth rowers shine at North Berwick!

On Sunday 20 June, seven of QRC’s youth rowers Oisin, Aaron, Diarmuid, Susan, Georgina, Will and Archie accepted an invitation from North Berwick to row with them, and Eastern. This is the report from NB’s Claire Simpson, one of the chief organisers, with a few thanks at the end to those in QRC who helped make the trip possible.

Photo courtesy of NBRC

Junior Muster June 2021 

Achieving the impressive task of mustering twenty-six teenagers on the beach by 10.00am on a Sunday morning was just the start of a fantastic day which marked a welcome return to inter-club rowing. 

Eastern Amateur Rowing Club and South Queensferry travelled to our beautiful coastal waters in North Berwick to venture round the island of Craigleith in Enid Blyton style and take part in mini sprints round the bay. 

Photo by Lorna Bark

The row in company saw five boats disappear round the harbour wall, the most skiffs seen together in North Berwick for over a year. Lizzie Cowan, from NBRC, who coxed a mixed club crew of girls thought she might need to fill in some awkward gaps in the conversation but her worries were unfounded when the girls readily chatted across a diverse set of topics including mascara, kittens and algebra during their row. 

Photo by Louise Innes

On returning to shore the junior rowers took on some refreshments, generously provided by the NBRC’s club mates, and studied the crew lists for the sprint course set up by North Berwick’s Robbie Wightman and Dave Davidson. 

The girls went out first and Eastern’s crew showed their power and rowing style which gave them the advantage for a win against a North Berwick/South Queensferry mix. North Berwick’s older boys came out with the fastest time of the day in the next set of races with all three crews discovering how buoy turns work for the first time. The final races of the day saw NBRC younger boys coxed by Jacque Turner take the win over a South Queensferry/Eastern mixed crew that included some of the youngest rowers to take part. 

Photo by Lorna Bark

The effort and determination of every crew was a delight to see and they were rewarded with a burst of sunshine during further refreshments and presentation of the beautiful medals made by the very creative Cowan family. Taking home your first coastal rowing medal is a memory to cherish. 

Everyone agreed it was a delight to be back mixing with other clubs and seeing so many young people, the future of our clubs, leading the way. 

This is our normal. 

Claire Simpson, North Berwick Rowing Club 

Photo by Lorna Bark

Marianne adds a few QRC thanks 

Thanks for everyone who helped make this day happen.   

Firstly, to North Berwick for their invitation, hospitality and organisation.  It was a wonderfully joyful day where the sun shone, seas were calm and there were plenty of puffins!   Thank you to both North Berwick and Eastern for your friendship.

Thanks to Len and Douglas for sorting out the road trailer and making it possible for us to treat Ferry Maid to a day out!  To Paul McVeigh for towing her safely there.  To Louise, Rachel and Peter for their continued support for youth rowing, and to Louise and Rachel for coxing on the day.  To Dónal for working with me on the organisation.  To the parents who support our young rowers! 

And finally, thank you to our fabulous youth rowers, Diarmuid, Will, Susan, Archie, Georgina, Oisín and Aaron, who proved they are up for anything, and represented our club so positively. 

Photo by Lorna Bark

We are lucky to have you, and we hope you enjoyed your day as much as we all did!    

Now we need to think about the return match…..! 

More photos on Flickr
North Berwick Rowing Club’s photos

Tides for 21-27 June

Dónal writes: As Mike said, the Tides are against us for our usual timings. 

Last night’s Midsummer Night’s Row failed to happen as the rain was coming down fairly heavily at the time. It wouldn’t have been very enjoyable if we had gone out. 

Monday 21st June 
0559— 1.7 m L.   1217 — 5.3 m H.   1844 – 1.2 m L.   

 Tuesday 22nd June
0659 — 1.4m L  1317 — 5.5 m H    1942 — 1.0 m L.

 Wednesday 23rd June
0803 — 1.2m L   1415 — 5.7 m H.   2039 — 0.9 m L.  

 Thursday 24th June
0905 — 0.9 m L    1513 —  5.8 m H.  2131 — 0.8 m L

 Friday 25th June 
1000 — 0.7 m L.   1608 — 5.9 m H.  2217  — 0.8 m L. 

 Saturday 26th June
1050 — 0.6 m L.   1700 — 5.9 m H.   2259 — 0.9 m L.     

 Sunday 27th June
1137 – 0.6 m L.   1751 — 5.8 m H.   2339 — 1.1 m L

Queensferry youth members at North Berwick’s Junior Muster at the weekend. Photo by Lorna Bark

More photos of the muster on QRC’s Flickr
And many more on North Berwick Rowing Club’s Flickr

Social rowing 25-27 June

Mike B writes: The times for social rowing next week are fairly constricted I am afraid.

The earliest evening row next week will be on Friday the 25th of June and there is only enough water for one rowing slot. The Saturday social rowing can’t begin until 12:00.

The slots for next week are:

Friday the 25th of June:
18:00 – 20:00, General rowers, Ferry Maid
Saturday the 26th of June:
12:00 – 14:00, Limited Exposure rowers, Ferry Maid;
12:45 – 14:45, Shielding rowers, Ferry Lass;
15:45 – 17:45, General rowers, Ferry Maid
Sunday the 27th of June:
13:00 – 15:00, Youth rowing, Ferry Maid;
13:45 – 15:45, General rowers, Ferry Lass;
16:00 – 18:00, Limited Exposure rowers, Ferry Maid;
16:45 – 18:45, Shielding rowers, Ferry Lass.

I am sorry that these times are a bit awkward – but the following week the tides are much better for our normal evening and weekend rowing, so something to look forward to.

Remember to email me directly on to book a place in any rowing slot!

Another blast from summers past: The fleet arrives on Inchcolm after rowing from Kinghorn on 10 June 2018. Photo by Vicki Locke

Social rowing slots 15-20 June

Mike B writes: Here are the Social rowing slot times for the week beginning Monday 14th of June:

Tuesday 15th June:
General rowers, 6pm to 8pm, Ferry Maid;
Limited Exposure rowers, 6:45pm to 8:45pm, Ferry Lass

Thursday 17 June:
Shielding rowers, 6pm to 8pm, Ferry Maid;
General rowers, 6:45pm to 8:45pm, Ferry Lass

Friday 18 June:
Limited Exposure rowers, 6pm to 8pm, Ferry Maid;
General rowers, 6:45pm to 8:45pm, Ferry Lass

Saturday 19 June:
General rowers, 7am to 9am, Ferry Maid;
Limited Exposure rowers, 9:30am to 11:30am, Ferry Lass;
General rowers, 10:15am to 12:15pm, Ferry Maid;
Shielding rowers, 12:30pm to 2:30pm, Ferry Lass.

Sunday 20 June:  
Youth rowers are away at North Berwick all day, with Ferry Maid
General rowers, 1pm to 3pm, Ferry Lass;
Limited exposure rowers, 3:30pm to 5:30pm, Ferry Lass.

The boats may also be booked for use outwith the social rowing times, providing that there is an RP in the crew. To book a place in any of the social rowing slots, or to book a boat for other times, please contact me  on

Tides for 14-20 June 2021

Dónal writes: The tides are favourable this week, so let’s hope the wind dies down and we can get out as much as possible. 

Monday 14th June 
1114— 1.2 m L.   1832 — 5.1 m H.   2313 – 1.5 m L.   

 Tuesday 15th June
1147 — 1.3m L  1915 — 5.1 m H    2351 — 1.6 m L.

 Wednesday 16th June
0733 — 5.0m H   1229 — 1.4 m L.   2000 — 5.0 m H.  

 Thursday 17th June
0820 — 4.9 m H    1322 —  1.5 m L.  2050 — 4.9 m H

 Friday 18th June 
0914 — 4.9 m H.   1429 — 1.6 m L.   2146 — 4.9 m H. 

 Saturday 19th June
1013 — 4.9 m H.   1644 — 1.5 m L.   2247 — 4.9 m H.     

 Sunday 20th June
1115 – 5.0 m H.   1746 — 1.3 m L.   2350 — 5.1 m H

Memories of summers past: A row to Port Laing in July 2019. Photo by Louise Innes