Saturday, 30 November 2019

Carrow Cup 2019

It can't be Christmas without the Carrow Cup, which will be held on Saturday 7th December on the river Wensum in Norwich. This year's entries in the "Traditional" boat category are:

Carrow Cup 2019 PROVISIONAL Starting Order andTimes

NumberNameClubboatboat namerowersWm
1HollidayCRA BlakeneySt Ayles skiffHoi Larntan4411:30:00
2WindhamNorfolk Skiff ClubThames skiff 22'Seraph2011:30:20
3BorgnisCRA BlakeneySt Ayles skiffBluejacket4011:31:20
4CuttingLower Thames RCCeltic LongboatCeilidh4211:31:40
5CuttingLower Thames RCCeltic LongboatVictory4211:32:00
6CuttingLower Thames RCLara Skiff triple sculledRenown3011:32:40
7WilliamsN. Norfolk gig clubPilot gigSowenna6011:34:20
8WhiteBenfleet YCSeax gigRozinante4211:34:40
9ElliottBroadland BCTub pairStu,Phil2011:36:20

Sunday, 27 October 2019

Festival de Loire d'Orléans 2019

The river festival at Orléans on the Loire is held every two years. This year boats from the Thames and elsewhere in England were invited and Cherub, a double skiff built in Richmond upon Thames in the 1890s, was included.

Wednesday, 19 December 2018

Carrow Cup 2018

Benfleet Rowers. Worthy winners
 Once again crews from far and near met in Norwich for the Carrow Cup Race on 8th December. Blades Rowing of Dartmouth made the long journey from Devon to defend their winning position in 2018. Crews from Benfleet, Lower Thames, Blakeney, North Norfolk Gig Club and Norfolk Skiff Club were ready to row over the traditional course from Bishop Bridge in the heart of Norwich to Broadland Boat Club in Thorpe St Andrew.
North Norfolk Gig Club in Sowenna

Waiting for the start; it could be July.

Jo and Jake join Norfolk Skiff Club veteran Fran in Seraph

 On the second Saturday in December every year, Norwich Rowing Club invites rowers in fine and traditional boats to race on the river Wensum, continuing a tradition, which started in the early years of the 19th century.

The (second) Carrow Cup Trophy, originally presented in 1813, is awarded to the fastest four oared boat. In 2013 The Norwich Society gave a new trophy for the fastest "traditional" boat on handicap and it was this fine silver bowl, The Bi-Centenary Trophy, which would be the prize.

The weather was blustery, but dry. Under supervision of the starters and marshals from Norwich Rowing Club, the crews were set off at intervals, because the course passes through bridges and narrow sections of river in the first few hundred metres.

Once past Carrow Bridge the faster crews were able to overtake the slower. Blades, who had started first reached the finish line without being overtaken. Benfleet in Rozinante
charged impressively through the fleet to finish first on corrected time.

The Warns family in Seraph put in a good time, gaining a place for Norfolk Skiff Club. This year Blades had to settle for second place.

Lower Thames approached the event in the right spirit, reserving enough energy to continue rowing past the finish line. They were booked in for a Christmas Dinner at The Ferry House in Surlingham.

Lower Thames in colourful kit.

Anta gives the Blakeney crew some last minute instruction.
 If you are interested, the results can be seen on the South East Coastal Rowing Forum Facebook page.
You're heading the wrong way Lower Thames.

Monday, 11 December 2017

Carrow Cup 2017 results

Winners, Blades of Dartmouth
It was cold, cold, cold on the River Wensum for the 2017 Carrow Cup Race on Saturday 9th December. Hardy crews from the local rowing clubs were joined by visitors from Dartmouth, North Berwick, Southend, Leigh on Sea, King's Lynn and Blakeney. 

King's Lynn winners for couture

Numbers in the traditional race, for fixed seat boats without outriggers, were slightly reduced this year, however ten assorted skiffs and gigs mustered by Bishop Bridge, built in 1340 and witness to Carrow Cup races going back to the early 1800s.

As before the "traditional" rowers compete on handicap for the Bi-centenary Bowl, which was given by The Norwich Society in 2013 to encourage use of the River Wensum in Norwich and to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the existing (and second) silver Carrow Cup.

North Berwick in Eton skiff Seraph

In the event, Blades of Dartmouth, who had made the long journey from Devon were too strong for last year's winners, Lower Thames Rowing Club, and for the North Berwick pair, who were beaten into second place. The 30 second winning margin appearing to contradict the neck and neck struggle witnessed by spectators on the bank.
Southend junior girls put in a good time amongst senior (and in some cases very senior) opposition.

Southend in Rozenante
The local Derby between Blakeney and King's Lynn in their St Ayles Skiffs was won by Blakeney, but King's Lynn had a deserved place on the podium for their Christmas Fairy costumes. Perhaps rowing in wings was not an advantage.

Vanessa Trevelyan, chair of The Norwich Society, presented the Bi-centenary bowl to the Felton Flyer crew and David Bolton, chairman of Norwich Rowing Club, invited everyone to return to Norwich for The Carrow Cup 2018.

Lower Thames prepare by Bishop Bridge
The name of Blades of Dartmouth will now join those of Lower Thames Rowing Club and Langstone Cutters Rowing Club on the silver bowl.

Carrow Cup 2017 Traditional boat Result Elapsed Corrected
Club Boat type Time Time
Peters Blades Rowing River Dart St Ayles skiff special Felton Flyer 00:21:51 00:19:00
Wightman North Berwick RC/NSC Thames skiff 22' Seraph 00:22:47 00:19:30
Packer Lower Thames RC Hanningfield Hy gig Spirit of Trafalgar 00:22:36 00:20:28
Gardiner Lower Thames RC Hanningfield Hy gig Proud Mary 00:22:13 00:20:39
Hodge Norfolk Skiff Club Thames skiff 26' Cherub 00:23:29 00:20:58
White Southend CRC Seax gig Rozinante 00:24:12 00:21:29
Forrest CRA Blakeney St Ayles skiff Hoi Larntan 00:26:23 00:22:23
Howes CRA Blakeney St Ayles skiff Bluejacket 00:25:45 00:22:25
Kings Lynn CRC St Ayles skiff Ouse Rewet 00:27:20 00:23:11
Jackson-Smith Lower Thames RC Hanningfield Hy gig Spirit of Dunkirk 00:24:31 00:23:22

Thursday, 26 October 2017

Carrow Cup 2017

Nights are drawing in and, as temperatures fall, the autumn calendar proceeds from Halloween to Guy Fawkes Night, Advent and Christmas.
But, for rowers there's another important event to be remembered, The Carrow Cup, when crews in a variety of ancient and modern boats take to the River Wensum in the shadow of Norwich Cathedral to race for The Carrow Cup and Bi-centenary Bowl.
Once again Norwich Rowing Club has invited traditional boats to compete for the trophy given by The Norwich Society for the bi-centenary of the Carrow Cup in 2013.
This year the event will be held on Saturday 9th December. Further details will be available later.

Thursday, 15 December 2016

Carrow Cup 2016 Results

Here is the result of the 2016 Carrow Cup Traditional Boat Race for the Bicentenary Trophy.

Traditional boats muster for the 2016 Carrow Cup

No. Club Boat type Boat name rowers Elapsed time Corrected time
233 Peck Lower Thames RC Lara skiff Hornet 3 00:22:19 00:18:22
235 Dunmow Lower Thames RC Celtic Longboat Victory 4 00:21:47 00:18:22
232 Large Lower Thames RC Lara skiff Leigh Ho 3 00:22:29 00:18:30
240 Southend CRC Loddon Skiff Silverback 2 00:21:51 00:19:41
238 Riddle Lower Thames RC Hanningfield Gig (Spirit) Dunkirk 4 00:23:03 00:20:05
231 Combe CRABlakeney St Ayles skiff Hoi Larntan 4 00:24:39 00:20:14
239 Nawrat Lower Thames RC Hanningfield Gig (Spirit) Proud Mary 4 00:23:21 00:20:20
241 Southend CRC Seax gig Rozinante 4 00:24:02 00:20:24
236 Hodge Norfolk Skiff Club Eton 2X+ Seraph 2 00:24:08 00:20:39
237 Forrest CRABlakeney St Ayles skiff Bluejacket 4 00:24:35 00:21:14
234 King's Lynn CRC St Ayles skiff Ouse Rewet 4 00:26:00 00:21:54
230 Harris Norfolk Skiff Club Faering Raineach 2 00:29:56 00:22:29
243 Meakin Norwich RC 2X+ 2 00:19:38 00:18:33
244 Livesey Broadland BC 2X+ 2 00:30:52 00:32:25
242 Frost Mersea CRC Hanningfield skiff 2         DNS

Once again Lower Thames Rowing Club swept the board taking the first three places in the sixth year  in modern times that "traditional"boats have taken part in this historic event. The traditional course follows the rivers Wensum and Yare through the centre of Norwich, finishing at Thorpe St Andrew. Jonathan Hooton, chairman of The Norwich Society, presented the impressive silver bowl, which had first been given by the society in 2013 to mark the bicentenary of the Carrow Cup Race.

Thursday, 17 November 2016

Carrow Cup

Christmas - Bah Humbug!

The Carrow Cup Race, now in its 203rd year, will be held on the River Wensum in Norwich on 10th December 2016. For the 6th year Norwich Rowing Club has invited traditional rowers to bring their skiffs, galleys and gigs to the event. The traditional boats will muster at Pull's Ferry, in the shadow of Norwich Cathedral, at 11.30 a.m.

 Entries to:- Harry Scott, C/O Carrow Cup Entries, Ravensmere House, Ravensmere, Beccles NR34 9DZ or by phone 01502 713589 email: 
Entries Close 6pm Saturday 3rd December 2016 
Cost £11 a seat if paid before race day and £12 on the day 
Cheques payable to Norwich Rowing Club 

Lower Thames Rowing Club will be bringing 5 boats to defend their successes in 2014 and 2015, and  the Norfolk clubs will be there to give them a run for their money. Both King's Lynn and Blakeney will be sending St Ayles Skiffs and The Norfolk Skiff Club will field a skiff and a Norwegian Faering.

There's still time to register and I hope that the other clubs from this region and elsewhere will make the journey to Norwich for this traditional start (if you are a rower!) to the Christmas season.