Nithsdale Regatta 2015

Nithsdale Amateur Rowing Club regatta was a momentous event this year, as in 2015 the club celebrated 150 years since the foundation of the club (NARC). The traditional 750m sprint race on the river Nith in Dumfries took place on 11 April, coinciding with Oxford v Cambridge 2015 races date.

On the morning of the Nithsdale rowing regatta I joined a large crowd of participants from all Scotland and the North of England, their fans and a television crew at the NARC headquarters and boat house The latter, despite various alterations, still remains at the same location on the north bank of the Nith near Greensands as in 1866 when the first boat house was completed.

There was a festive buzz in the air. Multiple sculling oars were brightening the river bank, their blades bearing their clubs’ colours. Shells were busily carried to and from the river by their crews. Observers of all ages gathered on the cycle bridge that served as a finishing line and cheered their favourites on. There were lots of youngsters taking part, and, surprisingly, local ducks were completely unperturbed by either humans or the races. Ha-ha!

Nithsdale rowing club boat house on the morning of the regatta

Nithsdale rowing club boat house on the morning of the regatta

Nithsdale regatta hasards and circulation map

Nithsdale regatta hasards and circulation map

TV interview covering Nithsdale regatta 2015

TV interview covering Nithsdale regatta 2015

Regatta officals

Regatta officals

The crew preparing their boat for racing

The crew preparing their boat for racing

Crowds on the cycle bridge that served as the finishing line of Nithsdale regatta

Crowds on the cycle bridge that served as the finishing line

A view on the NARC boat house from the cycle bridge

A view on the boat house from the bridge

The cheering fans

The cheering fans

Boats apearing from the race start on the river Nith

Boats appearing from the direction of Academy Bridge on the river Nith

Double scullers approaching the finish

Double scullers approaching the finish

Tears

Tears

Observing the order

Observing the order

Tools of the trade

Tools of the trade

One of the finished quads through the rails of the cycle bridge

One of the finished quads through the rails of the cycle bridge

Doonhamers observing the proceedings

Doonhamers observing the proceedings

Club members helping their friends with landing after the sprint race

Club members helping their friends with landing after the sprint race

Rowing crew carrying the shell after the race

Rowing crew carrying the shell after the race

Blades carring club colours

Blades bearing club colours on the lawn

It was great to see so many young rowers taking part

It was great to see so many young rowers taking part

Young participant

Young participant

The ducks under the bridge don't mind their human neighbours and the races

The ducks under the bridge don't mind their human neighbours and the races

Drying the boats at lunch break

Drying the boats during lunch break

If you want to see more photos from this event please visit my Nithsdale Regatta 2015 gallery on Flickr.