Thursday, 15 December 2016

Carrow Cup 2016 Results

Here is the result of the 2016 Carrow Cup Traditional Boat Race for the Bicentenary Trophy.

Traditional boats muster for the 2016 Carrow Cup

No. Club Boat type Boat name rowers Elapsed time Corrected time
233 Peck Lower Thames RC Lara skiff Hornet 3 00:22:19 00:18:22
235 Dunmow Lower Thames RC Celtic Longboat Victory 4 00:21:47 00:18:22
232 Large Lower Thames RC Lara skiff Leigh Ho 3 00:22:29 00:18:30
240 Southend CRC Loddon Skiff Silverback 2 00:21:51 00:19:41
238 Riddle Lower Thames RC Hanningfield Gig (Spirit) Dunkirk 4 00:23:03 00:20:05
231 Combe CRABlakeney St Ayles skiff Hoi Larntan 4 00:24:39 00:20:14
239 Nawrat Lower Thames RC Hanningfield Gig (Spirit) Proud Mary 4 00:23:21 00:20:20
241 Southend CRC Seax gig Rozinante 4 00:24:02 00:20:24
236 Hodge Norfolk Skiff Club Eton 2X+ Seraph 2 00:24:08 00:20:39
237 Forrest CRABlakeney St Ayles skiff Bluejacket 4 00:24:35 00:21:14
234 King's Lynn CRC St Ayles skiff Ouse Rewet 4 00:26:00 00:21:54
230 Harris Norfolk Skiff Club Faering Raineach 2 00:29:56 00:22:29
243 Meakin Norwich RC 2X+ 2 00:19:38 00:18:33
244 Livesey Broadland BC 2X+ 2 00:30:52 00:32:25
242 Frost Mersea CRC Hanningfield skiff 2         DNS

Once again Lower Thames Rowing Club swept the board taking the first three places in the sixth year  in modern times that "traditional"boats have taken part in this historic event. The traditional course follows the rivers Wensum and Yare through the centre of Norwich, finishing at Thorpe St Andrew. Jonathan Hooton, chairman of The Norwich Society, presented the impressive silver bowl, which had first been given by the society in 2013 to mark the bicentenary of the Carrow Cup Race.

Thursday, 17 November 2016

Carrow Cup

Christmas - Bah Humbug!

The Carrow Cup Race, now in its 203rd year, will be held on the River Wensum in Norwich on 10th December 2016. For the 6th year Norwich Rowing Club has invited traditional rowers to bring their skiffs, galleys and gigs to the event. The traditional boats will muster at Pull's Ferry, in the shadow of Norwich Cathedral, at 11.30 a.m.

 Entries to:- Harry Scott, C/O Carrow Cup Entries, Ravensmere House, Ravensmere, Beccles NR34 9DZ or by phone 01502 713589 email: 
Entries Close 6pm Saturday 3rd December 2016 
Cost £11 a seat if paid before race day and £12 on the day 
Cheques payable to Norwich Rowing Club 

Lower Thames Rowing Club will be bringing 5 boats to defend their successes in 2014 and 2015, and  the Norfolk clubs will be there to give them a run for their money. Both King's Lynn and Blakeney will be sending St Ayles Skiffs and The Norfolk Skiff Club will field a skiff and a Norwegian Faering.

There's still time to register and I hope that the other clubs from this region and elsewhere will make the journey to Norwich for this traditional start (if you are a rower!) to the Christmas season. 

Monday, 18 July 2016

Norfolk Skiff Club Summer Picnic

 At long last summer arrived and Norfolk rowers and scullers gathered at Barton Turf for a relaxing day on the water.

The Rewet crew from King's Lynn made the cross county journey for an opportunity to sample the pleasures of The Broads and they were joined by scullers from Norfolk Skiff Club and CRA Blakeney.

After a picnic at tranquil Gay's Staith, the flotilla landed at the Norfolk Punt Club raft for tea and cake.

In truth little was achieved, but everyone appeared to have enjoyed themselves and finished the day with promises to return next year.

Our thanks are due to Simon and Sheila of Barton Turf Adventure Centre without whose hospitality the day would not have taken place.

Sunday, 13 December 2015

Carrow Cup 2015 Results

Cold, wet and horrible were the conditions for the Carrow Cup event in Norwich on Saturday 12th December. Despite the weather 11 traditional boats mustered on the start line in the centre of Norwich  ready to compete in a 3200 metre race over a course which has been the scene of rowing competitions for more than 200 years.

Crews from Lower Thames RC, Southend RC, Blakeney CRA, King's Lynn CRC and Norfolk Skiff Club had answered the invitation of Norwich Rowing Club and brought a variety of boats to the River Wensum. Because of the diversity of boats and crews, the race for the Bicentenary Bowl is a handicapped event. Smaller boats getting a time advantage, but all must have fixed seats and no outriggers.

Once again Lower Thames swept the board, with the ladies in their new Celtic Longboat setting a blistering time, which could only be matched by the Lower Thames men in their Spirit Gig Dauntless. However, in this race, the ladies get a 10% time advantage, which was quite sufficient to give them a lead of more than a minute on corrected time.

In the St Ayles Skiff race, the Blakeney men overturned last year's victory by Blakeney ladies, who were beaten by just one second on corrected time by King's Lynn in Lynn Rewet. This was the first time that King's Lynn had attended this event, but their visit will be remembered for their traditional yellow oilskin rig and accompanying flock of seagulls.

After the race the crews enjoyed the hospitality of Norwich Rowing Club at their new Whitlingham headquarters. Jonathan Hooton, chairman of the Norwich Society, presented the Bicentenary Bowl to the Lower Thames ladies and an engraved plaque to the 2014 winning crew, also from Lower Thames. Jonathan explained that The Society's support for this event was part of a plan to breath new life into riverside Norwich. The city had turned its back on the river, which had been the reason for its existence and the centre of activity in earlier centuries.

Nigel Kippin, captain of Norwich Rowing Club, thanked all who had made the event such a success and invited everyone to return next year.


Start Cox Club Boat type Boat Name Elapsed  Corrected
No. Time Time
1 28 Jackson-Smith Lower Thames RC Celtic longboat Victory F 00:21:34 00:18:14
2 26 Gaze Lower Thames RC Randan Skiff Hornet M 00:23:22 00:19:22
3 25 Alder Lower Thames RC Skiff Leigh Ho M 00:23:28 00:19:27
4 26 Chinnery Lower Thames RC Spirit gig Dauntless M 00:20:58 00:19:27
5 27 Southend CRC Seax Gig Rozinante M 00:21:50 00:20:52
6 27 Budds Lower Thames RC Spirit gig Spirit of Dunkirk F 00:25:51 00:21:35
7 29 Combe CRA Blakeney St Ayles skiff Bluejacket M 00:25:02 00:21:51
8 30 Therrien Lower Thames RC Spirit gig Spirit of Trafalgar M 00:23:55 00:22:12
9 31 Hodge Norfolk Skiff Club Thames skiff 26' Cherub M 00:24:47 00:22:36
10 32 Kings Lynn CRC St Ayles skiff Lynn Rewet M 00:27:07 00:23:40
11 24 Duffill CRA Blakeney St Ayles skiff Hoi Larntan F 00:30:08 00:23:41

Monday, 7 December 2015

Carrow Cup 2015

Unseasonably warm weather, but The Carrow Cup is here again. This year on 12th December. For the fifth year Norwich Rowing Club has invited traditional boats to the event and the traditional rowers now have their own division. The first boat will start from Pull's Ferry at 11.30, with the next boat 20 seconds later. The slower boats start first, so if the handicapper has done his sums right, all boats should converge as they approach the finishing line at Whitlingham.

Lower Thames Rowing Club will be attending in force in the hope of retaining the Carrow Cup Bi-centenary trophy, but there will be competition from an expanding fleet of St Ayles Skiffs from Blakeney and King's Lynn, together with local skiffs from Norfolk Skiff Club.

Follow the link for the provisional starting order:

Sunday, 26 July 2015

Skiffs visit the Broads

Skiffs from the Thames and Holland visit the Broads. 

Sunday, 7 December 2014

Carrow Cup Traditional Boats REVISED results

Dear Carrow Cup competitors. I, your handicapper humbly beg your pardons for making an error in the handicaps. The revised result is below.

Carrow Cup 2014 Finishing order and corrected times Elapsed time Corrected 
actual time 
Name Club boat boat name
137 Alder Lower Thames RC Hanningfield hybrid gig Dauntless 00:19:42 00:17:37
129 Edwards Lower Thames RC Hanningfield hybrid gig Spirit of Dunkirk 00:22:28 00:18:05
134 White Southend CRC Seax gig Rozinante 00:22:07 00:18:19
126 Burley Lower Thames RC Skiff Renown 00:24:49 00:18:26
136 Sverdloff Lower Thames RC Hanningfield hybrid gig Spirit of Trafalgar 00:20:40 00:18:29
127 Marczewski CRA Blakeney St Ayles skiff Hoi Larntan 00:25:09 00:19:02
133 Combe CRA Blakeney St Ayles skiff Bluejacket 00:23:34 00:19:49
135 Hodge Norfolk Skiff Club Thames skiff 26' Cherub 00:22:23 00:19:53
130 Jackson-Smith Lower Thames RC Hanningfield Hybrid gig Proud Mary 00:24:56 00:20:04
161 Williams Norfolk gig Pilot gig Sowenna 00:21:59 00:20:14
132 Paice Lower Thames RC Skiff Leigh Ho 00:24:50 00:20:34
128 Cranness Norfolk Skiff Club skiff 20' Widgeon 00:29:37 00:24:05
125 Irons Carrow YC skiff 16' 1X+ 00:37:09 00:24:51
131 Sassoon Norfolk Skiff Club Thames skiff 20'10" Seraph 00:33:52 00:27:56