COMPETITION was fierce and rivalries were tested at North Berwick Rowing Club’s annual regatta last Saturday.

Thirteen clubs from across Scotland took part and the lack of wind made for some fast times.

The event was once again a big success and club captain Jo Drewitt said: “Once again we have put on a day of races that visiting clubs and spectators have thoroughly enjoyed.

“It is good to see medals distributed around all the different clubs, which encourages people who are new to the sport.”

She also thanked all those who helped in the organisation, the supporters and especially the sponsors.

With 10 races for men, women and mixed crews, there was plenty of offer for all the spectators.

In the over-50s’ categories, North Berwick won the men’s race, with Boatie Blest from Cockenzie and Port Seton winning the women’s race.

The over-40s’ age group saw Eastern Amateur Rowing Club win the men’s race and Broughty Ferry the women’s.

In the mixed open event, which consists of two men and two women of any age, North Berwick came in first place.

A novice race was also in place at the regatta for those in their first year of rowing or those who had not won a medal before – this year it was won by Eskmuthe from Musselburgh.

The 240-plus race, where the ages of the four rowers must total 240 or more, was won by Crail, with the mixed over-45 category won by Troon.

In the blue ribbon events, which are always the men’s and women’s open categories, North Berwick claimed the men’s title with the fastest time of the day – 16 minutes, 40 seconds.

Broughty Ferry took the ladies’ crown in the last race.