Bigton Regatta 2003

Before the big event ....

The next Bigton Regatta will take place on Saturday 7th June 2003. Day time activities will include a BBQ, soup and sandwiches, ice-cream, beer tent, face painting, hair braiding, pony rides, Oscar Charlie, tug o' war and sand castle competition, as well as the rowing programme. Night time we'll be having a bonfire and live music in the beer tent courtesty of Rock Bottom. So bring your rowing gloves, bucket and spade, and dancing shoes for a fun-filled day and night on the beach.

Recycling Initiative: On regatta day, we will be separating the rubbish into glass/aluminium/other. Please look out for the labelled bins

The race order has been finalised and is as follows:

12noon - Under 16 Lasses
12:45 - Women
13:30 - Under 21 Men
14:15 - Under 21 Women
15:00 - Veteran Men
15:45 - Under 16 Boys
16:30 - Men
17:15 - Veteran Women

As in previous years, there will be a towing service for the yoals available from the lower carpark from 11am. If you wish to use your own 4x4, please take direction from the stewards, drive slowly and keep a sharp eye out for children. 4x4's may park on the sand or upper carpark. Please leave the lower carpark free for elderly and disabled users.

In the, hopefully, unlikely event of the rowing races being cancelled due to weather, the party will still carry on at the beach or, ultimately, at the Bigton Hall. So please join us.

Enjoy your day and good luck!

And after ....

regatta day 2003The day dawned fair and bright (many thanks to all those who prayed for a bonny day) and it stayed bright. All the races went off relatively smoothly, the only hitch being the late arrival of the Whiteness and Weisdale boat due to it being stopped by the police?! The Under 16 lasses were given the Bigton boat to compete in but unfortunately broke a kabe on the way in and did not finish. Kabe replaced, the Bigton women headed off to compete in their race - the biggest of the day with 11 boats - and came a commendable 4th, losing 3rd place to Whiteness & Weisdale by only 0.8 of a second! Aaargh!! The Veteran men were the next Bigton team to compete, doing us proud once again by comfortably taking first place and the Johnnie Morrison Memorial Trophy. Well done! The winning veteran men's team. Back Row: Mike Grundon, Laurence Smith, Iain McDiarmid, Brian Adamson. Front Row: Magnie Mouat, Jim Budge (cox), Phil Dinsdale
After the Under 16 boys came the men's race. 10 boats lined up for this one with Bigton again placing very well in 4th position. The final race of the day was the Veteran Women with Bigton picking up the prize for 3rd place. Many congratulations to all clubs who picked up prizes and to those who did not. Thank you for an excellent day! Full results can be seen on the results page. Just click here  

Rowing finished, the men lined up for the tug of war. After several strongly fought heats Yell was triumphant.

The bairns were not to be left out either, they had a sand castle competion and also appeared to be competing with each other as to who could stay in the water longest. Brrrrrr!!!

There are a lot more photos on our gallery page.

As the night wore on, the band started up and the bonfire was lit. Fancy footwork became the name of the game as the dancing started and our galant barkeepers fought to keep up with the constant requests for refreshments.

Thank you to all those who helped in the run up to the regatta, on the day itself and in the clearing up on Sunday. Finally, a big thank you to all those who came on the day to compete, support or just to join us in our very successful rowing and beach day.

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