Newhaven Midsummer Challenge

Rachel writes: Several members have asked me about the Newhaven event. Here is the full information from Anna Cox of the  Newhaven Coastal Rowing Club.

Newhaven Midsummer Challenge, Saturday 15th June (NB corrected date!)

Essentially it is a race with yachts (provided), skiffs with cox and rowers, and runners.  This takes place between the harbours of Newhaven and Granton in Waldie Bay. The crew is six — cox and rowers, plus the runner.

The Maid in the 2016 challenge

There are two races with a break and food in between. The rowing race is 2km and is for a mixed crew. This can be done with one crew or two.

The runner is ‘the baton’ and sets off in the appointed yacht. Yachts race from Newhaven Harbour out into Wardie Bay to Granton Harbour. The runners depart the yachts and run the one mile distance back to Newhaven and jump in their club skiff, which has the crew waiting for them. The skiffs race the 2km out into the bay and back to the finish point in Newhaven Harbour.

This event has an informal emphasis on fun, while still being competitive .
It is suitable for experienced and novice rowers. Spaces are limited and Newhaven are keen for Queensferry to take part. This is LOCAL and there aren’t many local events on the SCRA calendar .

At present we have three ladies’ names on the sign-up sheet. Can we give this one some consideration? We have not been able to attend the last two years as it clashed with other things.

Runners — we know who you are!!

To speed things up to register, I am happy to take names – email me at and I will add you to the sign-up sheet.

More photos from 2016 on Flickr.

PS. Bacon rolls to start, soup and cake in between, burgers to finish! Newhaven do a ‘good spread’.