The Club Gig William Rose along with Claydon Skiff Lt. Washington travelled to London at the weekend to take part in the Great River Race on Saturday 8th September. The race is 21.6 miles along the Thames from the Isle of Dogs to Ham – going past the Tower of London and Houses of Parliament and under 28 bridges along the way – a pursuit race with the slowest boats going off first and with more than 320 boats taking part.
Lt. Washington had a men’s super vets crew (all over 60): Will, Keith, Russell, Brendon, Mike and Jeremy. And William Rose had a women’s veteran crew (all over 40) Sally, Shirley, Maria, Judy, Caroline and Philip (Cox). The rowers were a mix of SSC Rowers (fixed seat coastal rowers), Sudbury Rowing Club Rowers (sliding seat) and some with an oar in both Clubs and styles!
At least one Claydon Skiff from SSC has taken part in the race each year since 2008, but it was the first time that we had taken William Rose. In the Claydon Skiffs we have been the first mixed vets crew home in the race overall a few times (alas no trophy for that!) and we have been second in the Claydon Skiff class a few times, but have never won it.
Until now! The men’s super vet crew came home in 2 hours 51 minutes and 55 seconds beating arch rivals Gladys from Langstone by 37 seconds and taking both the super vets trophy (which Langstone have won each year since 2005) and the Claydon Skiff Trophy. The crew also came in 9th overall and 3rd in the veterans (over 40’s). So a brilliant performance and the crew have not stopped smiling since and are reputed to be still polishing the silverware.
The women’s veteran crew in William Rose also had a fantastic day, crossing the line in a time of 3hrs 8 minutes and 11 seconds. They came seventh in the women’s veteran (over 40’s) category and beat one hundred and sixty four crews to the finish line, including one hundred and forty men’s and mixed teams – way to go girls! And as a bonus a picture of the Harker’s Yard start (including William Rose) past the Thames Sailing Barge Adieu made it in into the Sunday Telegraph – fame at last! If you need a clue William Rose is the beautiful yellow Gig closest to Adieu!