Seabird Centre to film annual regatta
You don't have to brave the elements to watch a record number of boats battle it out in this year's North Berwick Rowing Club Regatta on Saturday.
For the club has enlisted the help of the town's Scottish Seabird Centre, which will use one of its cameras on the north side of the island of Craigleith - around which the boats will row during races - to beam back live footage of the racing to a big screen in the Hope Rooms, where spectators can watch in comfort.
This year's regatta is the biggest yet, with 16 St Ayles skiffs from a number of Scottish coastal rowing clubs descending on the West Bay.
As well as the host club, East Lothian will be well represented by skiffs from Boatie Blest in Cockenzie and Port Seton and from Dunbar Coastal Rowing Club.
In addition, other clubs confirmed as taking part are South Queensferry, Portobello, Eyemouth & St Abbs, Crail, Anstruther, Pittenweem, Newburgh, Royal West (Greenock), and even as far afield as Ullapool and Coigach.
The crews will row a course of approximately 1.8 miles around Craigleith, with most races lasting between 20 and 30 minutes.
The action gets under way at 10am and among the categories included will be Men's Open, Mixed Open, Men's 50+, Ladies' 40+, Mixed Novice Open, Mixed 60+, Men's 40+, Ladies' 50+ and Ladies' Open.
Spectators can enjoy tea, coffee and light snacks served throughout the day at the Hope Rooms, while the presentation of the winners' medals takes place at St Andrew Blackadder Church at 7pm, followed by entertainment for the visiting clubs.
The big growth in entries for the regatta comes as the sport of coastal rowing quickly grows, with the inaugural Coastal Rowing World Championships set to take place at Ullapool next year.