THE Anstruther St Ayles rowing club, along with neighbouring club Pittenweem, attended the second annual rowing regatta at South Queensferry on Sunday.
The course this year was much longer than in 2011, with an amazing 1¼-mile length race, rowing out from the Hawes pier, heading east around the first pillar and under the Forth Road Bridge, and then back to the start line.
Thankfully, the wind had eased to only a few knots and the water was flat-calm, which meant the only bad conditions were the showers of rain.
The first race was the men’s open and Anstruther managed a very comfortable fourth place, behind winning teams from Portobello, North Berwick and Newhaven.
The next race saw Anstruther women’s open team get a good start and an early lead, managing to maintain this and winning the race ahead of Portobello.
The men’s 45+ put in a great effort and had a good race, finishing fourth over the line with Newhaven winning.
This was followed by the women’s 45+, who also preserved their good start until the end.
Anstruther’s final race was the mixed open and they continued the winning streak, with a fantastic start and keeping up the lead to finish well ahead of the other boats.
Pittenweem also entered four of the six races and, for their first regatta, put in a great performance.
The Pittenweem rowers will be heading up to Portsoy on the Moray coast this weekend, along with the St Ayles club, for the Scottish Traditional Boat Feast regatta.