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.
The Club sculling races were held on Sunday 5th July, unfortunately it rained most of the time. Mark Wakelin, who runs the new Thorpe Ferry, kindly offered to run the other way round the island for us on the day. Peter James acted as starter in a launch kindly driven by ex member Adrian Hodge and Phil manned the finish. We conveniently had 8 entries in the handicap single sculls – Adam, Carol, Chris F, Christine, Jane, Peter, Shawn and Sue. In the final, Chris beat Peter by about 3 lengths.
The mixed doubles had 4 entries:- Christine & Shawn, Jane and Anthony, Carol & Chris F, Claire & Peter. In the final Jane & Anthony had a comfortable win over Claire & Peter.
At the British Rowing Masters on 13/14th June Anthony and James Green (now York City) won Bronze in E doubles, Anthony and Lawrence Taylor (Broadland) won Bronze in F doubles and Anthony and Roger Swift (Tideway Scullers) came 5th in G doubles.