North v South report

QRC captain Marianne writes: What a great day for the club on Saturday!  To kick things off, Gabe, Ade, Cheryl and Taciana, coxed by Louise, rowed a hard fought race in testing conditions to retain the North South trophy for QRC by the narrowest of margins – one metre. Well done to both crews for exciting start to our day. 

A hard-fought race…
With a thrilling finish. Photos by Scott Boyd

The action then moved to the marina and the Shed, where we welcomed our friends from North Queensferry for a day of fun ‘Andy style’ sprints and food.  

And what an afternoon it was!  Six crews with rowers and coxes from each club mixed together took part in a race series that saw ‘Puffin’, crewed by Mel, Lesley (NQ), Shona and Ewan, and coxed by Jenny T, overtake ‘Fulmar’ in a thrilling last race to finish two boat lengths ahead in first place.  Special mention to Ewan who, aged 14, was part of the winning ‘Puffin’ crew, and to Lois, aged 17, who coxed a crew in the three boat final. Well done to you both!

Puffin’s crew celebrates
Lois at the helm. Photos by Scott Boyd
(Most of) the North-South crews receive their prizes…
And Puffin’s crew get theirs.
Some thank yous

Anne P – for putting crews together, coming up with the race format, and for adjusting, readjusting, right through the day to make sure everyone who wanted to had two rows.  Mike B for all his hard work behind the scenes.

Thanks to the rowers and coxes from both clubs who so eagerly jumped in boats and enjoyed some fun racing! Some of you were new to racing, and we had two people trying out race coxing for the first time, and I hope you enjoyed this gentle introduction.  

Three cheers for race starters Douglas and John on Committee boat Faithful, and joined by Scott, whose wonderful photos can be seen on the club Flickr. Mike McD on his boat, gently shepherding boats into the right place.  Anne F, Lorna, Sharon, Steph, Barbara and Stuart in the timing tent keeping track of all the results.  Thanks to May for keeping an eye on crew changeovers on the slip.

The timing tent. Photo by Barbara

Food – Peter and Stuart, who managed to keep everyone supplied with hot food from the BBQ all day! Shona and Beth who did the shopping. Our club ‘soup dragons’ Alistair and Val, who kept us fuelled with nourishing broths!  Thanks to EVERYONE who brought food – as usual members from both clubs did us all proud!

Stuart and Peter kept the barbecue fired up. Photo by Scott
The shed was buzzing. Photo by Barbara

Clearer uppers – Barbara, Rachel, Steph, Stuart and everyone else who pitched in.

North Queensferry for joining with us to and helping make the day such good fun.

I am bound to have missed people, so apologies for that, but thank you nonetheless. Events like these always needs all hands to the pump to make them work, and members from both clubs, as ever, certainly rose to the occasion.

Finally, just huge thanks to everyone from both clubs who came along and contributed to a wonderful, relaxed and happy day! 

Here to more events involving our two clubs!