Friday 4th February, 2022. The Robin Combe Trophy Race.

A great report from Alan C here. Many thanks to him. The competition is really getting under way.

“Once we remembered to put the bung in place, we all knew what had to be done.  We wanted to add our names to the list of those that competed in memory of Robin. He would not have been put off by a little rain, so nor would we.

Wearing our waterproofs, Richard, Rob, Alan, Jenny and David in that order from stern to bow set off for Wayford Bridge only stopping to photograph the Boot Tree.  Having warmed ourselves with this leg, someone commenting on the feeling beginning to return to their left middle finger, we stopped for elevenses.

Richard encouraged us to get our skiff up to racing speed as we crossed the start line -The Boot Tree. This proved a little difficult as Rob was stroke and had to stop rowing to set his STRAVA App.  Alan took over the stroke from starboard side until Rob joined back in.  Boat speed picked up again with Richard steering the shortest course back to Cox’s Boatyard.  Did he cut corners? You bet your life he did!  We were intent on getting our names on the Leader Board even if only until someone put in a faster time……

Richard had already identified the halfway point and called out our time -very encouraging, we were on target for a fast time.  More encouragement from Richard and the endpoint was in sight, just 50 meters to go, final pulls and, stop the clock!  Quick calculations and yes, we had finished!

Rob is at this very moment uploading the data from STRAVA to his mainframe computer and we will know for certain our record time.  Whether this information is shared publicly is up to Humphrey the Captain of Rowing, to whom we will submit our data.  Meanwhile Richard assured us we were the fastest crew he had rowed with that morning.

We did enjoy ourselves and would encourage all members of CRAB to have a go.”