A return to racing! Nerves evident!
After nearly 18 months with no on water competitive racing we could wait no longer so had our own mini head from Canny Bank 3000m to Castle Hills. It was a tough pull against the tide and stiff head wind but other than that nice water.
Eight boats comprising of 3 singles, 3 doubles 1 quad made the start line. The crews then waited patiently for the sweep 4+ to eventually reach the start.
Experience was set off first with Gordon and Ian S in the double, quickly followed by single sculler Robin.
Then Ian B, who made a quick stop in the bank. Hilary set off after Ian and decided to follow him down the bank out of the stream and wind; thankfully, Ian was being a gentleman and gave Hilary a shout before she also visited the bank.
With the singles out of the way, Lee and Susan came next as the 2nd of the three doubles. The self-named HMS Rough and Ready coxed 4, Andrew, Fraser, Owen and Mike, ably coxed by Evan; still warm after the late arrival at the start, charged down the river, taking an expert course. A quad of Shelley, Steph, Ailsa and Carol then had to negotiate the turbulent waters, following in the wake of Rough and Ready! Their first experience of racing.
Last, but by no means least, Ewan and Harry set off and were to visit the ladies quad to check on their progress at the bypass.
It was a tough pull, but it appeared that everyone enjoyed the experience and will be back to do it all again soon.