Yare double at Lea Regatta and a message from David

Catharina and Ariane took part in their first double sculling race at the Lea Spring Regatta on Easter Sunday, travelling with the Norwich Rowing Club, whose juniors were taking part in their first side-by-side racing of the season.
It was all about gaining their first experience of racing from the stake boat on a two-lane course. Although our ladies didn’t win their straight final they learned a lot and really enjoyed the day. The sunny, warm and still conditions added to the enjoyment.
If you know the Lea, you will be familiar with the great atmosphere there, with cheering supporters all along the bank, and the slightly tricky course with its deceptive bend and the narrow boats moored on the Essex (reservoir) bank!  (Not to mention the traditional-style cafe at the finish line.)
So a big well done to our Women’s Novice double, who are being coached by Kim (and got some briefing on regatta starts and on the Lea course from David).  We won’t dwell on David’s race in the Masters “D” singles – excuse: they didn’t give me any handicap start despite being “E” category!
Catharina and Ariane definitely want to try again. Who else is up for some racing this summer?
David W
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