Host club Barking & Dagenham CC provided safety cover with power boats along the course but there were few retirements and everything went off smoothly to plan. We hope that B&D can arrange some local parking and secure the future of this long-standing event on the River Roding.
The next race will be at Chelmsford on 14 January - see Chelmsford race information page.
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.