YACHTS have returned to the waters around North Berwick.

East Lothian Yacht Club has been able to get back on the water as lockdown restrictions have eased.

On July 25, it held its first sailing dinghy racing event since lockdown.

To meet Covid-19 guidelines, there were 15 boats, split into three flights of five boats.

Each flight launched separately, races started 20 minutes apart, and two races were held for each flight.

Nick Roche, commodore of East Lothian Yacht Club, was pleased to see boats back on the water.

He said: “Yachts were first out of lockdown, craning into the harbour earlier in July.

“Dinghy racing was able to return on July 25, with limits and precautions in place to meet government and Royal Yachting Association guidelines.

“And last week we were able to get back to limited cadet training for our young sailors.

“Like all business and sports clubs, we have had to re-engineer how we do things and create new habits which will act as firebreaks in the event of any local infection.”

And he added: “Sailing has huge benefits to mental and physical health.

“We are so fortunate to have fantastic sailing on our doorstep; the lockdown has made us all grateful and appreciate our sailing waters all the more.”

RESULTS: Flight 1: 1 Rory Ferrier sailing a Topper dinghy; Flight 2: 1 Scott Logan sailing a Laser Radial dinghy; Flight 3: 1 Iain McGonigal sailing an Aero 7.