Coble boat race has been an important local event since the first recorded
race in 1880. In the past most of the local boys would work on the salmon
net fishing, learning to row the 18 foot salmon coble with the result that
this annual race was battled out between local youths and men who were excellent
Since the end
of the netting in 1996 the people of Newburgh are determined to keep the tradition
going and the boat race remains a significant event in the community. During
the weeks leading up to the race the boats are back on the Tay giving the
next generation a chance to learn to row and prepare for the race.
In the past the local oarsmen would also test their skills against competitors coming in from other parts of Scotland.