Richard Andrews, Bard of Barton, returns to form with the following report of today’s row – a run at the competition course set for The Robin Combe Trophy. You will detect a play on the word ”Wayford” …
“Twas blowin’ a hooley!
This did not put off the Olympian crew of David,Tony, Barry and Adrian “Superstroke” – coxed by Richard back from the abyss. We set off from Cox’s after very efficiently launching from the road trailer, as the previous days outing to Coltishall was aborted. Superstroke set a nice steady pace up to Watford Bridge, we encountered strong northwesterly headwinds enroute. With lots of psychological focus given to the crew by Cox the team was pumped up upon arrival at Waytford Bridge. Tony supplied our secret energy slices which fortified the crew.
After a team pep talk we set off towards the Boot Tree, gently building the rate until the imaginary chequered flag was dropped, and then we were off! Superstroke maintained a strong rate and our pace was assisted by the blow. At times the craft was planing, a massive bow wave causing swans, ducks and otters to escape our passage.
At the halfway point the crew thought of an individual who once lived on the Ant thus giving them an injection of energy. The final third needed that extra boost and the whole crew reacted like they were Rafa Nadal in the fifth set in Melbourne. This resulted in a magnificent time which cannot be divulged, however we are now ready to take on the challenge from Watfurd Bridge. To celebrate the historic row Barry tied a celebratory knot on the bow rope. Links to a YouTube video on how to tie/knit this masterpiece will be provided shortly.”