Black Isle Regatta 2018


The village of Cromarty, at the mouth of the Cromarty Firth was the venue for this year’s Black Isle Regatta.  The regatta is organised jointly by Avoch CRC (the Skiffties) and Cromarty CRC, with significant contribution from the wider local community.  Those who arrived on the Friday were treated to a spectacular acrobatic display by a small pod of dolphins 100m off shore from the beachside campsite.  The welcome from the dolphins was really reflected in the welcome extended over the whole weekend by the skiffies and townsfolk of Cromarty.

Youth Race Underway with resting rigs in the background. Photo: JJ Wallace.

There was an impressive turn out of Skiffs and Clubs.  North Berwick and Eastern had travelled up from the South East and joined a very strong northern contingent.  Host clubs Cromarty and Avoch were joined by fellow black islers Soutars Skiffies.  From the North we had Golspie, Bunilidh and Orkney, with Coigach, Lochcarron and Ullapool coming over from the North West.  The south shore of the Moray Firth supplied crews from Findhorn, Portsoy, Burghead, and Deveron.    In addition to the club teams a spare skiff was supplied for a “Rest of the World” team, made up of those who were looking for a row, including for instance a few Broughty Ferry rowers who had washed up on the shore.

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The regatta was a feature of the Northern Circuit of the SCRA Youth Series.  A full programme of six youth races was offered, with boys, girls and mixed categories in both under 19 and under 17 age groups.  The youth races were on an out and back course parallel to the shore.  Up to eight crews raced in each of the categories, a very pleasing sight for those who promote the youth series.

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The weather was moist on the Saturday, but cleared nicely for the open air midsummer dance entertainment on the Saturday night, and was very pleasant on the Sunday.

The course was triangular for the adult races, with a longer leg to the first bouy and an overall course length of 2250m.  Strong tides run out the the Soutars, and tidal conditions varied considerably between races, keeping coxes guessing with regard to the best line.  Getting to the first bouy in a position to make a clear turn was key, although especially midfleet there was overtaking between the two turns and on the last leg.  Good coxing was rewarded (as long as the rowers did their bit!) and there were disqualifications for some boats at the turn where their coxes had not managed to comply fully with the turning rule in the SCRA rules of racing.  Just as a reminder while you are here, we have published useful guidance on the rule in the past.

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Coxes training day

We had a great day today over in Cromarty at our coxes training morning.  Lots of rowers attended from lots of different clubs.  Drew Mann and David Paterson gave some great talks on Beach and Boat safety , long row planning, race coxing , weather and tide conditions and rules of racing.  We had lots of rowing and coxing and the weather was kind to us.  Looking forward to Man overboard training later in the year .

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The first Black Isle regatta, jointly hosted by Avoch and Cromarty Community Rowing clubs.
A two day event hosting one of the youth regatta legs, along with plenty competitive races for the adults.
All youth races included also with Opens, Over 40’s, Over 50’s and Over 60’s mens, womens and mixed races.
Camping available with a dance in the town hall on the saturday evening.

We are limited to 16 boats. First come first served. Also it would be preferred if you were entering the majority of categories and not only a few.

If you are interested please email Drew Mann ( to express your interest.



Entries include

North Berwick
Broughty Ferry
Sutor Skiffies

See you all on the 16/17th of June

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Avoch Youth Regatta 2017

Well what a day we had on Saturday .  Well done to all the youth teams that came and took part in the last youth regatta of the 2017 season.  Avoch welcomed youth team’s from Ullapool, Burghead , Cromarty, Golspie and of course our own youth team.  The weather was great sunshine with a light breeze.


The day started with the coxes briefing at 10.15am with the racing starting at 11.00am.  First on the water was the U17 girls with Avoch taking 1st , Ullapool 2nd and Burghead 3rd.  Next was the turn of the U17 boys with Ullapool coming in 1st, Avoch 2nd , Burghhead 3rd and Cromarty 4th.  The next race was U19 girls with Avoch taking 1st place , Ullapool 2nd and Burghead 3rd .  With only two team’s running in the U19 boys Ullapool took 1st place and Burghead 2nd.  22540192_10209801659987720_1896439967568867409_n

Next it was the turn of the mixed team’s the U17 mixed race saw Helmsdale take 1st , Ullapool 2nd and Avoch 3rd.  U19 mixed was the last youth race of the day and was won by Ullapool with Burghead 2nd and Avoch 3rd.


We also had a few adult races on the day to give the junior’s a bit of a rest . We welcomed boats from Findhorn, Portsoy, Burghead, Chanonry, Cromarty, Golspie x 2 , Helmsdale, Lochcarron, Shieldaig, Ullapool and our own two boat’s.  The first of the adult races was the womens open which was won by Portsoy with Burghead taking 2nd and Avoch 3rd.  The mens open results were Ullapool 1st, Golspie 2 2nd and Helmsdale 3rd.

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Our next adult race was the mixed open which saw Ullapool taking 1st, Avoch 2nd and Helmsdale 3rd.  We then had two mixed age races the first was the 200+ with Golspie 2 taking 1st, Helmsdale 2nd and Ullapool 3rd .  The last race of the day was the 160+ which Golspie 1 came 1st , Portsoy 2nd and Golspie 2 came in 3rd.

Everyone had a fantastic day with lovely food which was provided by the ladies of Avoch .

Thank you to everyone who attended and to everyone who helped out on the day.  See you all again next year.

The results for the day have been sent out to clubs but can also be found on our Facebook page .

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All pictures from Tony Kelly (Avoch), Laura Lambert (Avoch)

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Castle to Crane 2017

After months of training the day finally arrived for the very first castle to crane race.  The race which started at Dumbarton castle and the route took the 75 skiffs up the river clyde for 13 miles to the finnieston crane.  We took 2 boats down to the race one womens open crew and a mixed crew.  The weather was very kind with clear skies and very little wind.  It was amazing to see all 75 skiffs along with a collection of other rowing boats take to the water in Dumbarton.  After a long 13 miles we are excited to say that our women’s open team are the very first winner’s of the castle to crane race with the mixed crew coming in a great 5th place in their group.  We have got the long distance race bug now.  Well done everyone what an amazing day .21761978_10214295418044131_1083928288541941711_n22007318_10214295425244311_8795037704432842469_n21761978_10214295418044131_1083928288541941711_n21762082_10214281918346647_5995987515870060736_n21762214_10214281918826659_1632787155486172467_n21766316_10214295418964154_7685302188450753361_n22045631_10214295419364164_7375173179410996711_n22007875_10214295428564394_557074408369135964_n

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Launching Zippy Bee

We launched our little wemyss skiff Zippy Bee this week.  The club had decided last year that it would be lovely to have a little boat to join the family.  A huge thankyou to everyone who built her and a big thank you to Peter smith .  We had a lovely turn out for her launch and it stopped raining long enough to get some new rowers out.  The launch was followed by a BBQ and bonfire on the beach.  So once there was one and now we have three.21764933_747454485443818_6767630083671286427_n 21761650_1411530872249317_5258462439472451644_n 21752452_747454505443816_3352777536388094575_n 21742910_1411530505582687_2026182220217411534_n 21742819_747454492110484_4013842780510571834_n

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Findhorn Regatta 2017

On the 9th of September we headed to the lovely Findhorn for their first regatta.  This was the first time we had expereniced the strong current’s in Findhorn bay.  The day started with sprint’s of around 500m , the women’s sprint team came 3rd with the men’s sprint team coming in 1st and the mixed sprint team rounding the sprint race’s of with a 4th.  Racing then moved to the 1.3km course which to be far felt a lot more like 1.3 mile’s.  The women’s , men’s and mixed team’s all came home in 1st place, well done to everyone who took part and helped us bring home another overall win for the club.21617818_709688672558813_4136728743759769374_n 21558964_709687115892302_118955060719258558_n 21558833_709688529225494_6961383082753913604_n 21557521_709688782558802_8977869193792865460_n 21463148_709688485892165_3397178493197740200_n 21432971_709688955892118_7901000172620797333_n 21432888_709688735892140_5510656286553584829_n

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Shieldaig Regatta 2017

Shieldaig regatta was held on Saturday 12th of August.  The west coast was very kind with the weather this year as we had beautiful sunshine and flat sea’s .  We had a great day with our mixed open taking 1st, the women’s open came 1st, men’s decades 1st, men’s open 2nd and the women’s decades coming in 3rd.  These results enabled us to come home with another trophy as we came 1st overall.  22366320_1891940634151225_4782646424385056167_n 20800062_10155076766828068_7026347014182499013_n 20770409_10154922185152685_992364817052908037_n 20770397_10155076766883068_3841505489184372407_n 20770369_732277106961556_4485117869591976731_n 20708200_10155076766313068_5340670787471458151_n 20708187_732277100294890_871760512948697725_n

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Helmsdale Regatta 2017

On the 5th of August we took Zephyr up to Helmsdale for their regatta .  We had a great day with great friends.  The weather was breezy but it stayed dry for the whole day.  We came home with a 3rd overall which was fantastic as it was also Belladrum weekend which a lot of the club was attending.  We had a win in the mixed 40s race , mixed open 4th, men’s 40+ 1st, Ladies 40+ 3rd and the women’s open came 3rd.  Another great regatta was had by all with a lovely meal and drinks to finish the day .

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Cromarty Regatta 2017

For once we didn’t have to travel to far for this one , just 9 miles up the road.  Cromarty held their first regatta / funday on the 22nd July.  What a fantastic day we had with lovely sunny skies and a little bit of breeze , Avoch showed up in force.  It was lovely to see so many families enjoying a day out on Cromarty beach.  As we were so close to home we took both our boats over , this enabled us to get a record number of rowers out on the water.   Some great rowing and great crack was had by everyone who took part , a massive thank you to Cromarty for a fantastic day.  Avoch came home with the overall trophy after a 1st and 2nd in every race.

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