Sunday June 24th was a warm sunny and calm day. Perfect for our races and a good entry from members took part anxious to gain racing practice. The lesson of the day however was that straight courses are often the hardest to steer! Kenny kindly provided the amusement by falling in to entertain the supporters at the club as well as the pub customers. He was so refreshed that he then won the double sculls with Karina who had just joined the club. Ant and Manuela won the single sculls and Alex turned in a captain’s performance to take the handicap singles. There were a lot of very close races and fun was had by all. Many thanks to Anthony and Tony for the organisation. We are also grateful to our neighbour, Phyllida, for the photos on Facebook.
Paddy’s Run Round Seven
The seventh and final round of the 2018 Norwich Masters Sculling Ladder took place on April Fool’s Day. It turned out to be the most eventful round; one sculler suffered irreparable damage to his blade following a collision with another sculler near the starting line.
Broadland’s Laurence Taylor held off Robert Conway (Norwich) an Anthony Meynell (Yare) to claim the title of fastest man while Lou Green (Yare) was the fastest woman. Tom Hockley (Norwich) was the fastest newcomer while Alex Meadows (Yare) won the Meynell Medal for being the oldest sculler to complete all seven rounds.
Yare Boat Club would like to thank David Wynn and the volunteer time keepers who made this event possible.
The cold snap and windy conditions were not enough to keep YBC from participating in their first regatta for 2018. This year, nine of our members participated in the Norwich Head Race, hosted by the Norwich Rowing Club. The course covers a 5km stretch of the River Yare, from River’s Court to Whitlingham Green.
YBC Chairman, Ant and Charles (Molesey BC) rowed the newest boat, Liberty II to victory in the Mas.C-G 2x with a time of 22 minutes 41 seconds. Mark and Adam finished 2nd, achieving the same raw time as winners Ant and Charles.
The women’s quad (Manuela, Lisa, Inger and Kerry) rowed Rhythm & Blues to a brilliant 2nd place with an adjusted time of 22 minutes 3 seconds, only 37 seconds behind Champion of The Thames Rowing Club.
Norwich Rowing Club won the Open 1x in 21 minutes 10 seconds while Greg and Alex battled the wind and choppy conditions in their single sculls, finishing 5th and 6th with respectable times of 23 minutes 19 seconds, and 23 minutes 32 seconds.
Congratulations to everyone who took part. YBC would like to thank the Norwich Rowing Club, organisers and volunteers for making this a successful event.
Alex (Club Captain)
It was YBC rowing veteran David Wynn, who had dreamed of a race that would represent the ultimate challenge for the hardy, committed, competitive bunch. They call it simply, Paddy’s Run, and the scullers of Norwich, Yare and Broadland boat clubs have rowed the race every year since the winter of 2013/14.
Rowed over the 13.5 km course along the River Yare, participants race from Whitlingham Broad to Paddy’s Pump and back. Some are determined to set the fastest time while others have set their sights on outpacing a fellow rower.
YBC were pleased to see 7 of its members participate in the 5th round of Paddy’s Run. Overall, twenty-one took their single sculls on the flat calm River Yare. Andy Green set the 5th fastest time of 65 minutes 25 seconds, only 3 minutes behind the winner. The 6th round will take place on Sunday 25 February.