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The Boats

The Boats

Model Boats on the River Nith

The River Race

Sailing Race winner Mark Zygadlo

Nithraid’s main attraction is the river race! Organised by artist Mark Zygadlo, the event started out as a sailboat race from Carsethorn to the Millgreen at Dumfries’s town centre where the festival village welcomes the competing crews. Since it’s beginning in 2013 the race has evolved and grown to include 3 categories Sailboats, Coastal Rowing and Miscellaneous and we have become a regular event for Scottish Coastal Rowing Association’s calendar and have single person skiffs competing in the race. The race has had to be cancelled in the last two years (2019, poor weather & 2020, Covid) but we are remaining positive and hopeful that the race will return in 2021 with all of the sign-up sheets and information for competitors shall be accessible here.

Past Winners of the Nithraid Sailing Race

2020Race Cancelled (COVID Pandemic)Race Cancelled (COVID Pandemic)
2019Race Cancelled (Poor Weather)Race Cancelled (Poor Weather)
2018PrudenceMark Zygadlo
2017Scottish BluebellsDavid and Paul Sleggs
2016The MayflyDavid Golding
2015BlueSteven Cochrane
Local Organisations

We would like to offer a special thanks to Nith Inshore Rescue, Annan Harbour and Roy Kerr for the fantastic service they provide looking after the safety of all of those on the water.

If you want to get involved with any of the local water sports organisations, we have started to put together a list below:

The Virtual Festival Village Navigation

Click or tap on the buttons below to explore:

The Fire Pit – Storytelling Corner

The Coo! – The Salty Coo Poem and History

The Small Tents – Activities

The Boats – Race and Boat Information

The Musicians – The Stage For Music And Poetry

The Seagull Island – Wildlife and Nature Information

The Camera’s Eye – Virtual Reality and Drone Footage

Artist – Art Gallery

Nithraid 2020 is kindly supported by:

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