Tides for the week 9-15 September

Dónal writes: Here are the tide times for the week. We might have to wait a wee bit on Saturday for water, but apart from that it all looks good.

Monday 9th September
0645 – 2.1m L 1222 – 4.8m H 1859 – 2.2m L

Tuesday 10th September
0745 – 1.8m L 1324 – 5.0m H 19.48 – 2.0m L

Wednesday 11th September
0832 – 1.5m L 1415 – 5.2m H 2028 – 1.8m L

Thursday 12th September
0910 – 1.3m L 14.58 – 5.4m H 2055 – 1.6m L

Friday 13th September
0939 – 1.2m L 1534 – 5.5m H 2034 – 1.4m L

Saturday 14th September
0855 – 1.0m L 1406 – 5.5m H 2112 1.2m L

Sunday 15th September
0932 – 0.9m L 1638 – 5.5m H 2150 – 1.0m L

Portsoy Regatta Report

The Portsoy Regatta this year was held as a stand-alone event, separate from the Boat Festival – and retained all of the fun and excitement of previous years!

Queensferry was joined by a group of rowers from Kinghorn for this regatta, so that a full range of crews could participate across the different race categories.

The regatta started with reasonably good weather on the Saturday morning, overcast but dry and not a lot of wind; the first race was the Men’s Open 2K race. Hotly contested by ten crews, and won by Golspie, in a time of 13 minutes 42 seconds, Queensferry came in 6th position, with a time of 14 minutes and 22 seconds. Altogether, there was only 1 minute and 18 seconds between 1st and last in a very exciting race.

Next up was the Women’s Open 2K race, contested by 9 crews. The Portsoy Quines won this race in 14 minutes and 37 seconds, with Queensferry crossing the line in 9th place with a time of 16 minutes and 18 seconds, just 3 seconds behind 8th place holders Findhorn.

The Mens 50+ 2K race was contested by 8 crews and won by Golspie in a time of 13 minutes and 42 seconds. Queensferry, although coming 3rd in their wave (fending off a very strong challenge from Portsoy over the entire race) ended up in 5th place, with a time of 14 minutes and 47 seconds.

By the time of the Womens 230+ 2K race conditions had worsened, with the wind picking up and the rain coming on. Queensferry were again in the second wave and had a fairly miserable time waiting to begin, however once the race had started Queensferry held on with the bunch up to about 300 metres to the turning buoy, at which point the wind really picked up and the rain got heavier. The ladies fought valiantly against the conditions but the pack got away from us and Queensferry had to deal with a much stronger wind on the approach to the turning buoy. Once round the buoy Queensferry came home in 8th place.

Following the Womens 230+ race an early lunch was called, in the hope that conditions would improve. Sadly, they didn’t and racing was cancelled for the rest of the day, when conditions became positively biblical in nature! One triumph for Queensferry was that our sturdy gazebo stood up when all others failed! Imagine solid rain flying sideways in a wind of 40mph in the gusts – in may ways it was a great relief when the team at Portsoy called a halt!

Sunday dawned fair but a northerly wind had set in, making the channel out of the harbour to tricky to attempt in rowing boats, so racing was cancelled for the day.

Despite the curtailed racing, an excellent time was had by all – Portsoy lived up to their reputation as a very hospitable club with superb food on offer at the Salmon Bothy and a most enjoyable 60s, 70s and 80s disco in the wonderfully refurbished Church Hall on Saturday evening (if only I had remembered to take the chest wig and gold medallion along!).

Altogether this was an exciting regatta and one that deserves a place in every Club’s calendar for next year!
Post submitted by Mike Breewood.

QRC Youth Regatta on Saturday

It’s all systems go for Saturday’s big event: the club’s first ever Youth Regatta. Crews are coming from all over: from Strangford and Killyleagh in Northern Ireland, Deveron in the north-east, the Firth of Clyde in the west, Elie in Fife and Eastern in, well, the east.

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The medals made their way to Port Edgar by skiff on Thursday evening

The coxes’ briefing is 0930hrs, and the races start at 1030hrs and continue at (hopefully) 45 min intervals. There are seven races:
1. Mixed Under 17
2. Mixed Under 19
3. Boys Under 17
4. Girls Under 17 1330hrs
5. Boys Under 19
6. Girls Under 19
7. Pick n’ Mix (Andy-style race)

The course is a straight 1km. Boats will row from the marina pontoons to a line about 200m west of Hawes Pier and race to our main Regatta finish line.

All club members are urged to come along to lend a hand, and to cheer our young rowers on. As with the main Regatta there will be a catering operation in the shed – contributions of filled rolls, home baking etc are all welcome. Come and support this our first Queensferry Youth Regatta!

Four of QRC’s world class young rowers took bronze at Stranraer in July

Tides for the week of 2 to 8 September

Dónal writes: I hope everyone at Portsoy had a great time despite the cancellation of rowing on Saturday. Good luck to everyone taking part in our inaugural Youth Regatta this coming Saturday, I’ll be expecting a lot of medals to stay with us ?

Monday 2nd September
High: 0532- 6.3m; Low: 1143 – 0.1m; High: 1756 – 6.2m; Low: 2344 – 0.7m

Tuesday 3rd September
High: 0621 – 6.2m; Low: 1217 – 0.4m; High:  1844 – 6m

Wednesday 4th September
High: 0709 – 6m; Low: 1245 – 0.8m; High: 1931 – 5.7 m

Thursday 5th September
High: 0759 – 5.6m; Low: 1320 – 1.3m; High: 2020 – 5.3m

Friday 6th September
High: 0852 – 5.2m; Low: 1412 – 1.8m; High: 2114 – 4.9m

Saturday 7th September
High: 0955 – 4.9m; Low: 1528 – 2.2m; High: 2220 – 4.7m  Youth Regatta

Sunday 8th September
High: 1110 – 4.7m; Low: 1742 – 2.4m; High: 2337 – 4.6 m

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Why the racing at Portsoy was called off on Saturday! Photo by Rachel