The 2017-18 Winter Series drew to an early close at the end of January, with the finals as usual hosted by Leaside CC. Councillor Soraya Adajare came along in her ceremonial robes as Speaker of Hackney to add dignity to the occasion by presiding over the race starts as well as presenting the awards.
There were 123 paddlers taking part and in particular there was another big turnout in the K2 race (22 boats), with good numbers of mixed and all-female crews.
There were some close finishes, notably just a 5 second gap between Leaside's Finn O'Brien Chelmsford rival Oscar Griffiths in the Mens u18 K1 race. Barking CC came second overall to Chelmsford CC at this event, with host club Leaside CC just one point behind them. The full results of the day's racing are on the Winter Series Results page.
The prize-giving for the race was followed with the presentation of the series awards.
The team from Ealing CC, who have become regular attendees at Winter Series did particularly well, winning three of the series trophies.
While the senior K2 races have seen large numbers across the series, entries in the Junior K2 event have been sparse - a missed opportunity for somebody there!
Because the Winter Series has been running for so long, many of the trophies are little pieces of history in themselves, with familiar names gradually progressing from trophy to trophy: you can check out the full list of past Winter Series class trophy winners on the Results page.