Race organiser Simon Murray’s forward….
Dark, cold and muddy are the words that are usually used to describe this event. This year we can add fog as well. The club has been well represented at Northampton Head for many years, and indeed has been very successful. This year 18 crews and a total of 50 competitors took part. On our arrival we met the usual conditions (see above) and there was much activity as the boats were rigged, crews boated and disappeared into the gloom toward the start. Mi-raculously the fog lifted during the morning and the sun came out (for a while). There were some excellent performances from OTRC crews; a special mention for the J14 boys double of Leon and Jacob who rowed extremely well at their first competition; and wrote their own match report (see below). Congratulations also to our winners (Hugh’s crews?).
The event was very well organised, Northampton RC were efficient, helpful and friendly (and you don’t always get that combination), so much so that the last division finished promptly and we were back home with boats re-rigged in time for tea!
Thank you to all those who supported and cheered; and also for the help in rigging/derigging both before and after the event. As always, a special thank you to John and Peter for towing the trailers – without these guys we wouldn’t be competing at all. Next stop Doncaster on 11 February

Read the full report here – Northampton Head – January 2017

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