This year, we were pleased to see 12 YBC members participate in one of the oldest boat races in the country. First held in 1813, the Carrow Cup predates the Henley Royal Regatta and the Oxford Cambridge Boat Race. The course covers a 3km stretch of the River Wensum, from Pull’s Ferry to Broadland Boat Club. As well as the modern fine boats competing, traditional boats were invited to race in their own class. Many got into the Christmas spirit by dressing up in Santa outfits and decorating their boats with tinsel and Christmas tree ornaments.
Weather conditions were very favourable, with calm water, bright sky and very low windspeeds. Unfortunately, YBC had to withdraw the men’s quad after two crew members were taken ill. The mixed quad (Alex, Harriet, Carol and Greg) finished 3rd with a respectable time of 16 minutes and 12 seconds, less than a minute behind Broadland Boat Club.
Mark Moore and Adam Knights secured a win for YBC, completing the course in 15 minutes and 19 seconds in the double scull. Rowing veterans Bob and Chris also took part in the double sculls event, finishing 4th with a time of 18 minutes and 47 seconds.
The women’s quad (Manuela, Lisa, Inger and Kerry) rowed Rhythm & Blues to a brilliant 2nd place with a time of 17 minutes and 7 seconds, only 18 seconds behind Broadland Boat Club.
YBC would like to thank the Norwich Rowing Club, organisers and volunteers for another successful Carrow Cup.
The winter season is underway down at the boathouse, and we are pleased to welcome back two YBC veterans; former YBC captain Jane and former Club Treasurer, Richard. After a 7-month break, they rowed beautifully on the flat calm water wearing nothing but smiles on their faces.
Congratulations to Harriet, who recently rowed Fitzwilliam College (Cambridge) to victory at the Cambridge Winter Head on the 18th of November. This race saw 1807 participants from Cambridge University college clubs, London-based university clubs and many others. Harriet, who is currently reading Geography at Cambridge University will also be participating in the upcoming Carrow Cup (9th December).
The Norfolk sculls took place on 28 October 2018. Held annually, the Norfolk sculls is a head race between crews from all over East Anglia. The
race takes place on a 4.2km course on the River Yare in Norwich. Among the YBC participants were ‘first-timers’ Kenny, Kerry and Shaun. With heavy winds and strong tide, conditions were as bad as they can be for good rowing, but all crews rowed beautifully. YBC would like to thank the organisers and helpers for making this year’s Norfolk Sculls a great success.
||Arthur, Rod, Mark and Alex
||Mark and Alex
||Kenny and Ant
||Shaun and Ian
||Carol, Inger, Kerry and Manuela
On Sunday 1st October, after successfully completing the first round of Paddy’s Run, the YBC members attended the launch ceremony of the Liberty II. The new double scull is sponsored by the Alan Boswell Group and will make a fine addition to the club. We look forward to testing it on the river.