The mighty River Yare played host to dozens of Christmas-themed crews for the Carrow Cup on Saturday 10th December.
Scullers dressed as elves, snowmen and Santas marshalled at Bishop Bridge in three different divisions ready to jingle all the way along the 4km sprint to the finish at Broadland Boat club.
The Carrow Cup is always a fun race and this year was no exception with many boats blasting out festive music to keep crews in high spirits.
Weather conditions were close to perfect and the crowds lining the Riverside banks and bridges also enjoyed the race with lots of enthusiastic whooping and cheering. Even the bewildered few who weren’t sure what they were watching managed smiles when they saw the Father Christmases and elves scull past in a flurry of glitter and cotton wool.
YBC fielded four crews on the day: Nick Cooper expertly steered three of our junior Christmas angels through Division One and Elliot and Andy sculled Division Three in a spectacular double decorated with tinsel and 14 helium balloons. The budding Brian Coxes at YBC hypothesised about how this might raise the boat slightly off the water and reduce drag or even create some Magnificent Men in the Flying Machines/Chitty Chitty Bang Bang-esq spectacle. Sadly, however, we will all have to wait until someone tries that again next year because the balloons barely made it 500 metres along the river before they were jettisoned into a tree. (Local reports of sparrows with unusually high-pitched tweeting around Whitlingham are as yet unconfirmed!)
Mark and Adam went for a minimal ‘just a Chrimbo jumper’ outfit and were totally outshone by Jane and co, who raced in a ladies quad as The Nativity, complete with a plastic Baby Jesus (which took an unorthodox cox position from behind Carol in seat two.)
Unfortunately, none of our crews were quick enough to bag any trophies on the day, but if success can be measured in the size of people’s smiles, then everyone at Yare Boat Club was a winner!
Well done everyone for a cracker of a day!
On a day of unexpectedly good weather, when none of us thought to bring sun cream or sunglasses, Yare BC fielded nine boats (3 quads, 3 doubles, 3 singles – don’t you just love the symmetry?!).
In Division 1, Adam and Mark set a good time in NOV.2x, but were beaten by just a few seconds by the only other crew in their category, while Ian raced in MasD.1x, with a number of strong contenders. Sadly, the new international double combo of Ant and Ariane, and equally new and international women’s quad (Inger, Carol, Lisa and Jane) had no direct competition, though the latter crew were very happy to fend off some repeated aggressive attacks from a chasing pack of UEA coxed fours. A couple more jelly babies each and we might have beaten them!
Division 2 had the strong Yare / Broadland composite double (Andy and Elliott) setting the best time for IM1, and the best double time of the day. All our other boats entered in this division were bumped up a category. No handicapping was applied, which gave them a tough challenge. Excitingly, both men’s quads raced each other in MasC. The experience in the second boat (Nick, Richard, Arthur, Ian) showed when they passed the first boat (Mark, Chris, Adam, Rod) early on. Although they didn’t beat the only other boat in their category, I’ve been told several times that they would have won with a 30 second handicap! Meanwhile, in the MasE.1x, featuring Ant and David, Ant was just 22 seconds behind the category winner (cue the handicap comment again!).
All in all it was an enjoyable day’s racing – perfect weather, efficient organisation, and most importantly of all just great to see such a good turnout and performance from Yare BC. Well done to all our rowers. Next stop – Carrow Cup on 10 December. No BR membership required so let’s see if we can get an even bigger contingent!
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Sunday 16 th October 2016.
Delighted to see three quads, two doubles and five singles from YBC out early this morning while I was sculling. The forthcoming Norfolk Sculls race (29 th October) has certainly generated some interest.
Another sunny day and another great day’s racing.
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