Nithraid 2016 Celebrates Maritime History of Dumfries

September 3rd saw The Stove’s fourth staging of Nithraid, a fun family event that takes place on and around the river. The daring sailing race, starting from the Solway Firth and sailing right up to the River Nith in the centre of Dumfries, was made possible by one of the highest tides of the year. While waiting for the boats to arrive, visitors and families were invited over to The Mill Green to enjoy the ‘arts and food village’.

With all the difficulties over flooding this year it was great to be celebrating the positive side of our beautiful River Nith again and showing the huge potential the riverside areas have as public spaces for locals and visitors alike. We were really pleased to have such a great turnout this year, despite the damp conditions. We would like to say a huge thanks to all those involved; our fantastic volunteer team, stall holders and workshop leaders, intrepid sailors and all those who braved the changeable weather.

The annual Nithraid event took place in Dumfries on Saturday 3rd September and, despite the rain, hundreds of people turned out to watch the parade of the legendary Salty Coo and the daring sail race finishing at the Mill Green.

The annual Nithraid took place in Dumfries on Saturday 3rd of September and despite the rain hundreds of people turned out to watch they parade of the " Salty Coo" through the town and the sail race finishing on the Greensands. Pix Kirstin McEwan

A large crowd of people also joined in with the legendary Salty Coo procession, starting from The Stove on the High Street and finishing at the Mill Green, and were treated to this year’s other-worldly and extremely colourful procession! This year Dillon Colthart and Jordan Chisholm designed and created a very special procession on the theme of ‘Acceptance’. Jordan said, “It is great mark of how things are progressing in Dumfries that students like Dillon and I can gain invaluable professional experience like this, in our home town, to complement our studies at college – there are not many of our fellow students who are getting breaks like this!” The Salty Coo procession commission is made possible through a special sponsorship deal with The Peoples Project who generously support many community projects in the town.

 

Winner of Nithraid 2016

A total of 17 boats took part in the sailing race, with all boats carrying a small cargo which must be delivered into the town to complete the race. The winner – lone rower, Dave Golding –  had the honour of lowering the legendary Salty Coo and releasing her into the river.

winners

And previous years here…
2014
2013

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Useful Information

Location

Carsethorn to Dumfries Whitesands

Nithraid is a celebration of the relationship between Dumfries and its river. It is created and produced by The Stove Network and supported by Dumfries and Galloway Council, Creative Scotland, The Holywood Trust, Barfil Trust and local businesses.

The annual Nithraid took place in Dumfries on Saturday 3rd of September and despite the rain hundreds of people turned out to watch they parade of the " Salty Coo" through the town and the sail race finishing on the Greensands. Pix Kirstin McEwan


Pix Kirstin McEwan