Sunday, 16 November 2014

Carrow Cup 2014 start times

Here are the start times for the Carrow Cup Rowing Festival  on Saturday 6th December 2014.
For the full programme please see the Norwich Rowing Club website.

9.30 Division 1 (Short)
9.45 Division 1 (Long)

11.30 Division 2 for traditional craft under handicap times. (Long course from Pull's Ferry to Broadland Boat Club)

1.30 Division 3 (Long course)

Entries to Nigel Kippin, C/O Carrow Cup Entries, 55 Bracondale, Norwich NR1 2AT, or by phone 07833 453103.

If you will be entering a traditional boat please include a description of the boat and details of the crew so that we can derive a handicap time.

Friday, 31 October 2014

Carrow Cup 6th December 2014

It's that time of year again and rowers thoughts turn to the Carrow Cup, the annual rowing race, which starts in the centre of Norwich within sight of the cathedral. Once again Norwich Rowing Club has invited "traditional" boats to take part and their crews will be racing for the Bi-Centinary Silver Bowl, which was given last year by The Norwich Society and River Wensum Partnership.

Lower Thames Rowing Club, last year's winners, will be bringing 6 boats to compete with the St Ayles Skiffs of CRA Blakeney, skiffs from Norfolk Skiff Club, Solent Galley from Langstone Cutters RC, Norfolk based Cornish pilot gigs and a variety of other boats from far and near.

The race starts at Pull's Ferry near Bishop Bridge in the centre of Norwich and follows the course of the river Wensum to finish at Whitlingham, a distance of 2700 metres.

A unique handicap system allows different types of boat and both men's and women's crews to race against each other. The race is run as a time trial, with the slowest boats starting first. All being well the slower boats will be clear of the narrow part of the river before being overtaken. No overtaking is allowed in the first 1000 metres.

For more information please follow the links above, or post a comment.

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

The Ice Cream Cruise

How do they do it? Once again the sun shone on the Norfolk Skiff Club monthly outing. This time the rendezvous was at Coldham Hall, Surlingham on the river Yare and the hardy perennials of the Norfolk rowing fraternity were joined by some fresh young blooms.

As usual the tide was out at Blakeney, so the CRAB St Ayles Skiff Hoi Larntan joined the flotilla manned and womanned by a crack crew, prepared, for once, to abandon the salty spume for the tranquility of the Broads.

Stalwart Jumping Jenny, crewed by Frances and Jeremy made the voyage from Brundall and the veteran Cherub, with matching crew made up the trio.

Thanks to the kindness of the members of Coldham Hall Sailing Club, two boats launched from the club slipway making a trip of oh 50 yards necessary before the lunch stop at Coldham Hall Tavern. However, we were not here only for the beer, so a little exploration of the river and Bargate Broad occupied the pre-lunch interval.

Selecting a long picnic bench in the pub garden and rejecting those with a tendency to list to port, 9 skiffers enjoyed lunch from Natalie's kitchen at the Tavern. Regaled with pork baguettes and Woodforde's bitter, the skiffers, once again, boarded their craft (with difficulty because of the low tide) and made their way up river. Beyond the acres of GRP with undignified names moored to the Brundall shore, the banks were densely clothed with trees in their spring foliage. Almost hidden on the southern bank is the entrance to Surlingham Broad.

With a sense that we were entering waters little frequented by today's trippers, the crews rowed on, which is why the chance encounter with a floating ice-cream seller came as a surprise.

But, this was an opportunity not to be missed and soon it was ice-creams all round. Now clutching ice-creams and rowing one handed the flotilla penetrated the remote and reedy Surlingham Broad, until we could go no further.

Then, back across Bargate Broad, with the rotting frames of long sunk wherries showing above the water, the two remaining boats returned to CHSC and the road home.

A grand day out, was the consensus view.

Monday, 21 April 2014

Three Cheers for King George l

Well it's not every day that I'm invited to row in an 18 strong crew, so the chance to row the Queen's Row Barge Gloriana in a re-enactment of George l arriving at Hampton Court was irresistible. Follow the link for a short slideshow of the event.

My next outing will probably feel like an anticlimax, but I can always wear the Gloriana shirt.


Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Getting ready for summer

Yesterday Bill, Dan and I rowed from Ely to Cambridge in glorious spring sunshine. Here's hoping that it will be boating weather from now until autumn.

I'll write more about this trip in a later post.

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Provisional starting order for Bi-Centenary Carrow Cup

Subject to amendment by the race officials, here is the starting order for the Carrow Cup 2013.

Time Number Name Club Boat type
11:30:00 136 Raineach Norfolk Skiff Club Norwegian faering
4 mins.
11:34:00 137 Leigh Ho Lower Thames Rowing Club Hanningfield Skiff
1 min.
11:35:00 138 Widgeon Norfolk Skiff Club Double Skiff
1 min.
11:36:00 139 Hoi Larntan Coastal Rowing Assoc. Blakeney St Ayles Skiff
11:36:20 140 Spirit of Dunkirk Lower Thames Rowing Club Hanningfield Gig
11:36:40 141 Bembridge Langstone Cutters Rowing Club Solent Galley
11:37:00 142 Renown Lower Thames Rowing Club Hanniningfield Skiff
11:37:20 143 Cherub Norfolk Skiff Club Thames double skiff
11:37:40 145 Proud Mary Lower Thames Rowing Club Hanningfield Gig
11:38:00 146 Dauntless Lower Thames Rowing Club
1 min.
11:39:00 147 Sallyport Langstone Cutters Rowing Club Solent Galley
11:39:20 148 Sowenna Norfolk Gigs Cornish Pilot Gig
11:39:40 149 Phantom Norfolk Gigs Cornish Pilot Gig
11:40:00 150 Yole Norwich Rowing Club Yole (outrigged)

Friday, 6 December 2013

Wivenhoe enters Carrow Cup

Wivenhoe Gig Club has entered Audacity, their Harker's Yard 4 oared gig for the Carrow Cup. I hope they have better luck than last year, when a failure of their tow vehicle prevented them attending the event.
As far as I am aware this is the only Harker's Yard gig in the race and entries close in less than 24 hours.
I am expecting 15 traditional boats to muster at Pull's Ferry, Norwich for the Bi-centenary Carrow Cup. It will make a great spectacle, best viewed from Riverside Road.
A Harker's Yard gig, but not Audacity