It was a lovely summers day with a blustery W wind gusting to the top of F3 with many a random shift and lull. Seven boats launched – some with trepidation following the squally experience of the Ladies Plate the day before – but in the end the conditions were manageable by all. A triangular A-course was set with a downstream buoy just above the draw dock and the rowing buoy serving our purpose on the Surrey side. From the start the main contenders were Rob Collingwood (solo in his Enterprise) and James (with novice crew) who both completed 9 laps, with Rob leading, exasperatingly for him, until the last one. They lapped everyone else at least once. The Browns and Alex Pape were next over the line after 8 laps, then the two Gulls of Lev Kolobov and Tim Young with 7 laps, and finally a creditable performance by relative novice Michael Wellburn with two crew in his Leader with 5 laps.
Enoch Rodriguez supervised us all and Dave Jones hovered to cover any mishaps. It was good to see Kurt and Margaret Berger at the start line.
Next week it’s the Long Distance Race – you pick your own start time with the intention of reaching Battersea Railway Bridge just as the flood tide starts, and you are responsible for recording your time back to Strand (downstream side of the Kew Railway Bridge). It’s a unique SGSC event and offers views of the ever-changing vistas of the Fulham, Wandsworth and Battersea Reaches as well as a challenge in reading the tide tables.