Race organiser Angela Hook’s foreword….
What a great start to 2018! OTRC had seven winning crews at the Northampton Head on 20 January. Congratulations to them all (see the match reports below for details).
This success went a long way towards making up for the seasonal but disgusting weather on the day. Although the forecast had predicted cold but dry, it turned out to be cold and very wet. In fact it even snowed during Division 3. We think this was a first, as no-one can remember the club ever racing in snow before.
However, the OTRC Spirit was very much alive on Saturday, despite the condtions. Juniors and their parents responded brilliantly to some last minute changes of plans brought on by the dreaded ‘lurgy’. Adults swapped crews for the same reason. Many pairs of cold hands rigged and de-rigged continuously throughout the day, anticipating all the requirements of the different divisions.
Thanks to everyone for making it such a successful day. Special thanks to the juniors and their parents who changed their plans, to our hardy volunteer coxes (Anita, Paul, Will B and Conor), to Paul for efficiently taking on the admin of the event, to our trailer drivers, without whom we would literally be stuck at the club – this time they were John M, Dick and Nick. And to Gary who stayed behind to find out the results and collect all the pots/medals and bring them back in a LARGE bin bag. No carrier bags for OTRC – too many pots!
Well done to everyone, even those who didn’t win, for surviving the weather

Read the full report here

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