Rowing Day

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Enjoying promenading on the Promenade at Portobello (it’s what it is for, after all!) with chum and the Old Hound last weekend. We often see the skiffs being rowed off the shore, along with small yachts from the yachting club on the Prom, but this weekend there were no less than four rowing back and forth, while a large group, gathered around some tables on the beach, were watching. Not sure what it was, a race or meet up or whatever, but it caught my eye, and again I was glad of the decent zoom lens on my old but very serviceable camera.

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At one point they all came together rather nicely from my perspective, ideal for a few more photos!

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Row, row, row your boat

Arriving early for work I had a few minutes to go grab a coffee and have a walk along the Promenade at Portobello. Gorgeous autumn morning, cool but beautiful autumnal light on the Firth of Forth, when I spotted the sailing and rowing club folks out in the lovely old skiff Jenny Skylark, having an early morning row, so I snapped off a few shots before I had to head into work:

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A vry different scene to a month or so back when the haar had settled on the Forth – I saw the rowers out in the skiff, but only dimly, moving through the sea mist just off the shore at Porty, and managed to get these pics, very different weather from the other pics!

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Time for launch

Down on a pretty overcast, cloudy Portobello this afternoon, and saw the handsome wooden skiff Jenny Skylark being prepped for launch:

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And there she goes, slipping into the waters:

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And off she goes, rowing out into a pretty misty Firth of Forth (you can just see one of the larger islands vaguely through the haar in the background):

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As they rowed further out I took one more shot – the sea and the mist were blending into one another so much that they started to look the same, as if the boat were rowing out into a blank, white dimension…

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Meanwhile I found some of their compatriots pulling their skiff along the Promenade on wheels to get it ready for launch (either that or this is some bizarre new boat-car hybrid):

Boat Car

And on a non-related note, I spotted this bizarre sculpture on the beach – quite creepy looking thing, isn’t it? Blair Witch Beach Project, anyone??

Blair Witch Beach