Rowing Festival 2019

Four boats and crews from Stour Sailing Club were joined by six other boats and crews from Brightlingsea Coastal Rowing Club, Burnham Coastal Rowing Club, University Sailing Club Brightlingsea, Blakeney Coastal Rowing Club, and Blackwater Rowers at Stone for our Rowing Festival on Sunday 16 June.

The race was to Wrabness and back – about seven miles with a start time scheduled for 11am. The tide took an age to come in and it was touch and go whether we would get all of the boats launched in time for the start. However our beach Marshalls did a sterling job and the last boat was launched just in time.

The weather conditions seemed benign at the start after the miserable weather of the previous week. However the race proved to be a tough one with a strong cross wind for most of the race and rough conditions down towards Bradfield and Wrabness challenging crews.

The race is handicapped for fixed seat coxed boats using a variant on the Great River Race handicaps so that the first boat over the line is not necessarily the winner! This year however the first boat over the line was also the fastest on handicap and the big winner of the day –  Harker’s Yard Gig Willow with a men’s crew from Burnham Coastal Rowing Club. The full results are below:

Name of Boat Club Time over course Placing on elapsed time
Willow Burnham CRC 01:18:08 1
Vanduara Brightlingsea CRC 01:23:56 2
Molliette USC Brightlingsea 01:25:21 3
Witchoar Stour SC 01:32:23 4
Velocity Brightlingsea CRC 01:41:16 5
William Rose Stour SC 01:42:57 6
Lt Washington Stour SC 01:50:28 7
Fly Blackwater Rowers at Stone 01:53:08 8
Hoi Lantern Blakeney 02:08:19 9
Myrto Stour SC DNC

Class and Handicap Prizes:

Fastest Coxed fixed seat Willow
Fastest Harker’s Yard Gig Willow
Fastest Coxed fixed seat on boat handicap Willow
Fastest Coxed fixed seat on overall handicap Willow
Fastest Super Duper Veteran Crew (all over 70) Velocity
Fastest Claydon Skiff Witchoar
Fastest Home Boat on overall handicap Witchoar
Fastest St Ayle’s Skiff Hoi Lantern
Fastest Women’s Crew on boat handicap Lt. Washington