Below, videos of start/finishes by Chris (BSCC) and from K2 camera by David & Penny (Cambridge CC)
A number of perpetual trophies are already in the bag for some high-performers. Leanne Brown & Aaron Jordan (Senior K2), Keith Moule (Mens K1), Danny Beazley (Vet Mens K1), James Russell (u18 Mens K1), Melissa Johnson (u18 Ladies K1), Caitlin Field O'Hanlon & Danielle Clifford (u16 K2), and Katy Dixon (12 Girls K1) have each managed to win all five of their races so far, and are therefore unassailable. In most other cases though, the winners of the class trophies (engraved glasses for first, second and third place) and the perpetual trophies hang on the outcome of the last race. Check how you are doing in the series results so far. Please remember that it is your best 5 results only that count, and each paddler/crew must have entered at least three races to be eligible.
The series trophies will be presented at the final race - Leaside on 6th March.
It was a cold day - but not unreasonable given that it is January after all! There was no repeat of yesterday's rain and we even had wintery sunshine. In total there were 107 entries. The new courses (2, 4 or 6 laps) meant that those on the longest course did not need to go out so far into the estuary, and thus avoided the issues with tankers which bedevilled last year's event. It also made a much better race for the spectators who got to see a lot more of the action.
The organisers were careful to check that all boats had buoyancy (note well for next year!) but got everyone onto the water with great efficiency. It was a later than usual start for the race due to the tide, but the nature of the new courses enabled many of the classes to start simultaneously and prevented much waiting around.