Rowers in training for coble boat race

Rowers in Newburgh training ahead of the annual coble boat race.
Rowers in Newburgh training ahead of the annual coble boat race.

ROWERS in Newburgh have been training hard ahead of tomorrow’s (Saturday) annual coble boat race.

The event will be the main attraction of this year’s heritage day in the town.

Proceedings get under way on the waterfront at 2.30pm, with the boat race scheduled to start at 3pm.

Other activities include live music, stalls and boat trips on the river.

The coble boat race has been an important local event since 1880.

In the past, youths who worked on the salmon nets would compete against each other in the 18ft cobles.

Since the end of the netting in 1996, the people of Newburgh have been determined to keep the tradition alive.

Rowing enthusiasts have been out on the Tay training for the 2012 edition of the race, which is seen as the ‘world championships’ of the discipline.

They have also been passing on their skills and experience to the next generation of rowers.

This year’s race is set against a backdrop of a thriving coastal rowing scene in the town, exemplified by Newburgh Rowing Club’s building of two St Ayles skiffs.

There is competition almost every weekend around the British Isles and the Newburgh teams, comprising both men and women across several generations, attend many of these events.

Newburgh Rowing Club is seeking to extend its scope by developing a canoeing facility and, in conjunction with the Tayside Institute Community Centre, is in talks with Fife Council about turning an unused building into a gym.

Anyone who would like more information on the club and its expansion plans should contact president Sam Marshall on 01337 840852.