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2006 North East Regatta - River Dee, Aberdeen  13th & 14th May


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Gary Bain presents the Championship of the Dee award jointly to Carol Wallace and Connie Robinson, the Presidents of ABC and AUBC

Aberdeen Boat Club and

Aberdeen University Boat Club
are joint winner of the  Championship of the Dee award at the 2006 North East Regatta

FULL RESULTS:   'pdf' file    Excel file  
This includes names of winning crews and all individual race results.

Championship of the Dee results     (html)       (pdf)       (Word)      

Historical Championship of Dee results

General Notes          (html)         (pdf)          (Word) 

List of names of all entrants

Entry statistics


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Championship of the Dee 2006

 North East Regatta 2006          13th  & 14th May 2006

Championship of the Dee  2006

 The Championship of the Dee is the victor ludorum award for the main rowing event in Aberdeen.  It is calculated over both days of the North East Regatta.  Each winning finalist in an event earns his (or her) club two points.  Runners up (losing finalists) are awarded one point.


Saturday Points

Sunday Points

Total Points

Final Position

Aberdeen Boat Club (ABC)





Aberdeen University Boat Club (AUBC)





Aberdeen Schools Rowing Association (ASRA)





George Heriots Rowing Club





Inverness Rowing Club





Victoria Bridge Rowing Club (VBRC)





Strathclyde Park Rowing Club (SPRC)






A small entry from ‘foreign’ clubs resulted in even more of an inter-Aberdeen tussle for the top award at the North East Regatta.

In traditional fashion, ASRA led at the end of Saturday’s racing after entering a large number of junior and open crews.  Looming school exams took their inevitable toll on ASRA’s Sunday entries but they still accumulated a further 28 points to take them into a credible third place overall.

AUBC  were leading ABC at the end of day one and a string of early victories on Sunday by the university club made the organisers think that they would walk (or paddle!) away with the award.   

ABC, however, fought back - especially amassing points in the smaller boats events.  At one stage, the organisers thought that the Championship would depend on the result of a single race (the Mens R2 Pairs final between ABC and AUBC).  To add extra excitement, this race was started no less than four times before reaching a conclusion – it was stopped at the top of the wall following a collision and restarted there; this was repeated above the Suspension Bridge but the crews again exhibited mutual attraction coming through the QE2..  At that point the umpires sent them back up to the start for their fourth start when the ABC crew finally triumphed.  The ABC winners amused onlookers at the prizegiving by taking a meandering course to collect their tankards!

After the regatta there was considerable debate about which club a squad double scull had represented  during their race – this affected the points total and the organisers finally concluded that it was impossible to separate ABC and AUBC’s achievements so they were jointly awarded first place.

The recently-formed VBRC featured on the points table and notched-up their first ever wins at an open event (not their last, I would suspect!)   

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North East Regatta 2006          13th & 14th May 2006


“Foreign” entries were again very low – possibly due to competition with the Edinburgh/Glasgow Univerities Boat Race on Saturday.  George Heriots sent a large squad for Saturday’s junior racing.  This was still led by Bob Neill – it was great to see him but I thought he had retired?!

Thanks go to the following SARA officials; Peter Morrison (Senior Umpire), Catriona Wilson, Carol Wallace, Gary Bain, Fiona Thomson, Niki Chambers,  Terry McNeill, Neil McFarlane, Bryan Steel, Jen Thomson, Fiona Murray, Aideen Lyons, John McKinney and Sandy Walker.   Bob Reid and Hazel Smith had also hoped to attend but were unable to be present on the day.

The weather in the week leading up to the event was glorious with T-shirts and tans being the orders of the day.  Regrettably, the weather turned colder for the event and a strong downstream wind made conditions difficult at times for competitors and officials.  The umpires found that Raymond Dixon’s new jacket could still not keep out all the chill blowing down over the QE2 Bridge!

A few heavy showers on Saturday and a smaller dampening on Sunday was balanced by some fine sunny spells – ah the joy of rowing in Aberdeen!

Everyone (organisers, officials and competitors) played their parts to help run a very smooth event with racing on both days finishing ahead of time.

One crew was disqualified for boating a competitor without a racing licence and unfortunately the Womens Novice sculls event on Sunday had to be declared void after the “winner” was found to be non-novice. There were no other water-based disqualifications but (yet again!) a number of crews were warned about the requirement to compete in club colours.

We again listed names of all entrants in the regatta programme and would like to thank clubs for helping us to provide this service.

Sponsors for the 2006 event were;

AJ Geddes
Alan Rae of Alan’s Disco
Erich Bachmann
Gary Bain
Sponsor of the Brux Trophy
Douglas Cameron
Niki Chambers
Graham Dale
Adrian Graves
Russ Haley
Drew Hendry
David Hunter
The Lardee Boys
Alan Lawrie
Linda Mathieson
Bob Newton
Mr & Mrs DRK Sorrie
Bryan Steel
Fiona Thomson
Ron & Carol Wallace
The Wilson Family
Naill & Maureen Young

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