Summer finally arrived on Saturday 4th June in time to provide ideal conditions for 11 YBC members, accompanied by three from Broadland B.C. and one from Maidenhead R.C., to paddle up to the Surlingham Ferry pub for lunch, returning later. As usual, Tony had arranged the tide to be at exactly the right height and landing on the improved quay heading was much easier than usual. 12 non rowers and supporters joined in to make a very enjoyable occasion.
Chris F., Jonathan, Christine and Rod made up one quad and Inger and Lisa (the returning vikings) joined the two Amandas from Broadland in the other. Pete, Sue, Katherine, Sarah (Maidenhead) and Lawrence (Broadland) made it in singles while everyone was shown up by the “Mark Anthony” double training hard for the National Masters regatta next weekend. Andy and Tina (clearly too exhausted after a paddle in the Lake District) joined Tony & Nick as non rowers. 8 visitors came to join in including Bryan (BBC Chairman), Lotte (Nick’s wife), Margaret & Harry (Tina’s parents), Derek & Nancy (Inger’s parents in law with sister in law Jenny and her husband John).
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Nick Cooper (with apologies for any names missing or misspelled).
The club races took place on Sunday 15th May in calm and pleasant conditions providing interest and amusement for the many diners at the two local pubs as well as onlookers and supporters at the clubhouse. The course was from the bottom of Arthur’s garden to the boathouse and straight enough to provide challenging but not difficult steering. The men’s open singles had eight entries and was won again by the ever young Anthony beating in the final Adam, who improved enormously in confidence and ability during the day. There were four entries in the ladies open which was won by Inger who clearly has forgotten nothing during her recent absence. Eight members contested the handicap sculls and Pete emerged triumphant and then collected the “crash & splash ” prize for falling in afterwards right in front of the crowds. New member Nikki excelled with Christina in winning the doubles event and showed promise for the future. The event not only stimulated newcomers to enjoy the fun of racing but also offered excellent practice at regatta starts and side by side steering.
The Norwich Head ended potless for Adam and me but was good fun all the same.
The weather was cold and slightly windy, but with some glorious sunshine breaking
through the clouds to warm us as we waited at the start.
There were lots of entries from Yare Boat Club and it was also successful day for
composite crews. A big well done to Ian, Andy G, Tim (from Broadland) and Elliot
(also from Broadland) who beat the French quad by seconds to bag the trophy in a
very competitive Division 1. (They were about a minute quicker than me, Rod, Andy
C and Adam).
I think Anthony and Charles (from Molesey Boat Club) were just pipped to the post
by a Deben double in the afternoon in another very competitive race. Andy, Jane,
Rod and Tina also pulled in a good time in a mixed quad in Division 2.
After his triumph in the quad in the morning, Ian braved the strong afternoon
headwind in a single and again finished with a good time.
Well done to all who competed!
Thanks to Mark for the report.
3 champions from St Neots Regatta! David Wynne, Ian Postlethwaite and Simon Mulvany!
Absolutely cracking news and special edition goblets to celebrate 150 years all round.