Monday, 11 December 2017

Carrow Cup 2017 results

Winners, Blades of Dartmouth
It was cold, cold, cold on the River Wensum for the 2017 Carrow Cup Race on Saturday 9th December. Hardy crews from the local rowing clubs were joined by visitors from Dartmouth, North Berwick, Southend, Leigh on Sea, King's Lynn and Blakeney. 

King's Lynn winners for couture

Numbers in the traditional race, for fixed seat boats without outriggers, were slightly reduced this year, however ten assorted skiffs and gigs mustered by Bishop Bridge, built in 1340 and witness to Carrow Cup races going back to the early 1800s.

As before the "traditional" rowers compete on handicap for the Bi-centenary Bowl, which was given by The Norwich Society in 2013 to encourage use of the River Wensum in Norwich and to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the existing (and second) silver Carrow Cup.

North Berwick in Eton skiff Seraph

In the event, Blades of Dartmouth, who had made the long journey from Devon were too strong for last year's winners, Lower Thames Rowing Club, and for the North Berwick pair, who were beaten into second place. The 30 second winning margin appearing to contradict the neck and neck struggle witnessed by spectators on the bank.
Southend junior girls put in a good time amongst senior (and in some cases very senior) opposition.

Southend in Rozenante
The local Derby between Blakeney and King's Lynn in their St Ayles Skiffs was won by Blakeney, but King's Lynn had a deserved place on the podium for their Christmas Fairy costumes. Perhaps rowing in wings was not an advantage.

Vanessa Trevelyan, chair of The Norwich Society, presented the Bi-centenary bowl to the Felton Flyer crew and David Bolton, chairman of Norwich Rowing Club, invited everyone to return to Norwich for The Carrow Cup 2018.

Lower Thames prepare by Bishop Bridge
The name of Blades of Dartmouth will now join those of Lower Thames Rowing Club and Langstone Cutters Rowing Club on the silver bowl.

Carrow Cup 2017 Traditional boat Result Elapsed Corrected
Club Boat type Time Time
Peters Blades Rowing River Dart St Ayles skiff special Felton Flyer 00:21:51 00:19:00
Wightman North Berwick RC/NSC Thames skiff 22' Seraph 00:22:47 00:19:30
Packer Lower Thames RC Hanningfield Hy gig Spirit of Trafalgar 00:22:36 00:20:28
Gardiner Lower Thames RC Hanningfield Hy gig Proud Mary 00:22:13 00:20:39
Hodge Norfolk Skiff Club Thames skiff 26' Cherub 00:23:29 00:20:58
White Southend CRC Seax gig Rozinante 00:24:12 00:21:29
Forrest CRA Blakeney St Ayles skiff Hoi Larntan 00:26:23 00:22:23
Howes CRA Blakeney St Ayles skiff Bluejacket 00:25:45 00:22:25
Kings Lynn CRC St Ayles skiff Ouse Rewet 00:27:20 00:23:11
Jackson-Smith Lower Thames RC Hanningfield Hy gig Spirit of Dunkirk 00:24:31 00:23:22