Despite a bitterly cold weekend, the turnout for the Cheshunt Winter Series race was a good one, with 126 competing over 3, 6 or 8 miles on the River Lea.
The race was notable for the number of Canadian canoes taking part, as these have been declining in recent years. As well as the four boats in the C2 race (won for the second time in succession by Anna Maria and Stefanie of CAM), there were five C1s. David Shipway (LBZ) competed on the short course in Class 16, while four others (Paul Stenning of LBZ, Andy Porter of CLM and independents Ross Pearton and Nicholas Boyd) took on the 6-mile course - Paul won the medal for first C1.
The organisers and volunteers of HYM-COPS - the smallest of the clubs who host the Winter Series - worked very hard to provide a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone. They also ran a raffle to raise funds for Crisis at Christmas.
The next race will be at Barking on Sunday 3rd December - see the Barking WS page for full details.
A good turn-out for the opening event of the FRA Summer Series, with 34 paddlers from Chelmsford CC, Leaside CC, Lee Valley Paddlesports, Bishops Stortford CC, and hosts HYM-COPS.
Early morning rain had given way to glorious sunshine by the time the 500m races started on the river. The paddlers transferred to the lake for the 200m races, in K1s, K2s and K4s.
Despite a day of continuous cold rain, 108 determined paddlers turned out for the fourth race of the Winter Series - and there was not one single retirement.
The results of this race can be found on the Winter Series Results page. There you will also find the cumulated series results from all the four races to date, both for individuals and for clubs. Please remember that each competitor/crew has to have paddled in at least three races this season to be eligible for a series prize, and also that we only count your best 5 results - you may be doing better than you think.
Many thanks to Chris & Maria Sze for the pics!
After lunch there was the opportunity for some to try out the K4s - and for the volunteer safety crews to practice their K4 rescue skills! Fortunately the day was warm and sunny.
The day ended with the usual the prizegiving. The full results can be seen on the Summer Series Results page,* where you can also see the competitors' overall series positions to date.
(*K2 & K4 200m times now added - 15/5/16)
The next regatta will be at Leaside on 7th August.
There were 114 competitors at the race on 6th December, hosted by HYM-COPS at Herts Young Mariners Base, Cheshunt - a slightly lower turnout than usual, probably due to the blowy conditions. Choppy water caused a couple of capsizes at the start, but the course was well-manned with rescue crews.
The series will continue after Christmas with a race at Barking on 10th January.