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.