It hardly seems possible that we have almost reached the end of our third Harker’s Yard Gig Winter Series with the Club Gig William Rose.
We travelled to Stone Sailing Club at St. Lawrence Bay for the penultimate event on Sunday 17 February on another extraordinarily spring like February day. The course at Stone is usually a mass start with a longish triangular course with port turns, and taking advantage of the great stretch of water which is all within sight of the beach and the Club house. This time the course was rowed the other way round with starboard turns for a change – and it proved to be both more choppy and breezy than looked likely and also rather longer than expected. After the last women’s boat took 42 minutes to finish the course was then shortened for the men’s and the mixed.
Our men’s crew have been a bit disappointed with their placings in the series so far, however William Rose with her super-veteran (well over 60’s) stormed home in a fantastic 4th place in the men’s race – hard on the heels of the third placed crew of youngsters, and stealing the place on the line. A bit of a change from 14th last time out.
The women’s and mixed crews rowed well but were disappointed to only place 9th and 11th overall. At the end of the day with one event still to go William Rose is sitting in 6th in the women’s, 10th in the men’s and the mixed and 8th overall.
The last event in the series will take place at Brightlingsea on Sunday 10th March. Brightlingsea is a great place to watch the action – so come along and see what it is all about.