“Once again Lower Thames swept the board, with the ladies in their new Celtic Longboat setting a blistering time, which could only be matched by the Lower Thames men in their Spirit Gig Dauntless. However, in this race, the ladies get a 10% time advantage, which was quite sufficient to give them a lead of more than a minute on corrected time.
In the St Ayles Skiff race, the Blakeney men overturned last year’s victory by Blakeney ladies, who were beaten by just one second on corrected time by King’s Lynn in Lynn Rewet. This was the first time that King’s Lynn had attended this event, but their visit will be remembered for their traditional yellow oilskin rig and accompanying flock of seagulls.”
(The handicap system is, I gather, loosely based on the Great River Race system but with a small number of diverse boats it seems an annual nightmare for Adrian to fine-tune it for the Carrow Cup! Ed.)
Our congratulations to the ladies from Lower Thames, but whatever the results and the rain, everyone agreed it was great fun. Now next year…
Yes it really was wet!
Photos of the sumptuous apres-row party at Anta’s were censored! Fabulous food and great to be in the warm! Lovely way to end a memorable day. Brilliant. Thanks Anta.
Many thanks to Rosemary, Robin and Alan for the pictures.