Rowing in the snow at Kinghorn’s first regatta!

Rowing through a blizzard
Rowing through a blizzard
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Dozens of determined oarsmen and women took to Kinghorn Loch at the weekend for Kinghorn Coastal Rowing Club’s first mini regatta.

And some serious snow showers and freezing, wintry weather failed to deter the intrepid rowers who came from around the country to take part in the picturesque event, nicknamed ‘The Frostbite Regatta.’

The boats line up around the lochside.

The boats line up around the lochside.

Christine Feechan, chairman of the club, said the event was a huge success, despite and because of the weather, which turned the setting into a winter wonderland.

She said: “Preparations started way before the day with willing volunteers from our club members. We agreed to make it a social day, with a bit of a competitive edge.

“The crunch came the day before when we carried out a ‘pitch inspection.’ As there was no ice on Kinghorn Loch on Saturday, we let the other clubs know that we are good to go ahead with the mini regatta.

“All things came to pass and we had a splendid afternoon in the snow!” 

The event was nicknamed the Frostbite Regatta!

The event was nicknamed the Frostbite Regatta!

Five boats from Kinghorn, Wormit, Pittenweem, North Queensferry and Newhaven Rowing Clubs took part, along with other oarsmen from Pittenweem who joined in.

Five timed races were held on a circuit of the loch and two straight sprints, with Newhaven the overall winners.

“Everyone had a very jolly afternoon, and the general opinion is that we must make it an annual event,” said Christine.

A unique trophy designed by Susan McLaren was won by Newhaven.

A unique trophy designed by Susan McLaren was won by Newhaven.