Clear skies and calm conditions greeted the inaugural club Fun Day. The twenty-two brave or foolhardy competitors took part in a set of three team challenges in either single or double sculling boats.
First up was the “Race with a Twist”, in which competitors backed down for 100m, then spun the boat 180 degrees before racing 250m to the finish line.
“Dream Team” took the honours in the event, followed by “The A Team”, “Wintechnically Challenged” (definitely winning plaudits for the best team name!) and then “Don’t Mind”.
Fastest double scull was crewed by Dream Team’s Thomas Jackson and Connor Ribbons, completing the event in 1:39.
Not far behind them was Wintechnically Challenged’s Chris Elder with the fastest single scull, taking 1:49 for the challenge.
The skills omnium followed, with each team boat rotating 360 degrees in each direction against the clock, then completing as many rigger dips as possible in a minute, then as many chops from backstops as they could in a minute.
The A Team picked up their first win with a clean sweep in all events. Don’t Mind also had a chance to shine with their best score of the day in second place. Wintechnically Challenged stoically remained in third place, with Dream Team a disappointing last.
Dream Team were able to salvage some pride though, as Thomas Jackson and Connor Ribbons acheived an impressive 178 rigger dips, helping their team to take second place in the sub-event. As with the twist race, Chris Elder put in the best single scull performance with 131 dips.
In the chops, Don’t Mind and Wintechnically Challenged tied with team totals of 468 person-chops. Chris Elder again took the singles title with 110 chops, but it was the women’s double of Sarah Watson and Nia Griffiths who came out on top with 126 chops.
Boat rotation was always going to favour the fine single sculls, with the top three times going to singles. The only sub-one minute time went to Finlay Ribbons from Don’t Mind with a speedy 53 seconds. The fastest spinning double went to the women of The A Team again, but this time Helen Lavelle and Gee Rossouw managed both rotations in a time of 1:15.
The final event of the day was the 3x250m relay race.
The A Team continued their excellent form with a deserved win, followed just ten seconds later by Dream Team. Wintechnically Challenged were fourteen seconds behind, making it home before Don’t Mind.
The club would also like to welcome surprise competitor Alex Totty, who came to visit the club after moving to Peterborough a day earlier. It wasn’t long before he found himself spinning, chopping and dipping with the best of them on behalf of Don’t Mind. Maybe the wins will come next year!
Thanks to Chris and Jo Burton for the fantastically well-organised and very welcome barbecue to restore the competitors’ spirits afterwards, thanks as always to the volunteers who make these things possible and thanks to Steve Brown for organising the event somewhat against the odds!
|The A Team||2||1||1||1|
|The Dream Team||1||4||2||2|
|The A Team||Don’t Mind||The Dream Team||Wintechnically Challenged|
|Helen Lavelle||Hayley Shipton||Clementine Hambly||Eric Holt|
|Gee Rossouw||Thomas Bodily||Henry Barnett||Claude Drouin|
|Sarah Watson||Freya Woodall||Connor Ribbons||Chris Elder|
|Nia Griffiths||Rosie Turp||Milly Hilton||Callum Scane|
|Calum Gilby||Finlay Ribbons||Thomas Jackson||Eve Cresswell|
|Chloe Reed||Alex Totty|