On a day of unexpectedly good weather, when none of us thought to bring sun cream or sunglasses, Yare BC fielded nine boats (3 quads, 3 doubles, 3 singles – don’t you just love the symmetry?!).
In Division 1, Adam and Mark set a good time in NOV.2x, but were beaten by just a few seconds by the only other crew in their category, while Ian raced in MasD.1x, with a number of strong contenders. Sadly, the new international double combo of Ant and Ariane, and equally new and international women’s quad (Inger, Carol, Lisa and Jane) had no direct competition, though the latter crew were very happy to fend off some repeated aggressive attacks from a chasing pack of UEA coxed fours. A couple more jelly babies each and we might have beaten them!
Division 2 had the strong Yare / Broadland composite double (Andy and Elliott) setting the best time for IM1, and the best double time of the day. All our other boats entered in this division were bumped up a category. No handicapping was applied, which gave them a tough challenge. Excitingly, both men’s quads raced each other in MasC. The experience in the second boat (Nick, Richard, Arthur, Ian) showed when they passed the first boat (Mark, Chris, Adam, Rod) early on. Although they didn’t beat the only other boat in their category, I’ve been told several times that they would have won with a 30 second handicap! Meanwhile, in the MasE.1x, featuring Ant and David, Ant was just 22 seconds behind the category winner (cue the handicap comment again!).
All in all it was an enjoyable day’s racing – perfect weather, efficient organisation, and most importantly of all just great to see such a good turnout and performance from Yare BC. Well done to all our rowers. Next stop – Carrow Cup on 10 December. No BR membership required so let’s see if we can get an even bigger contingent!