Great River Race – The full results


There were only 10 St Ayles racing on Saturday, with one using plastic oars so not counted for the GRR Trophy for the fastest St Ayles.

What that plastic oared skiff from Dartmouth did was to be first boat over the line by a margin of 2 minutes and 41 seconds in 2:32:52. The WSV Woudrichem Vet mens skiff was the next St Ayles over the line at 2:36:16, coming 2nd in the Veterans 4s, and winning the Jordan Boats Trophy for the GRR St Ayles competitors.

Third skiff in was Woudrichem’s mixed crew in 2:40:50, winning the Mixed crew trophy.

All the St Ayles results here.

Dartmouth

4

Felton Flyer

02:32:52

Woudrichem

4V

Groot & Grut
3

02:36:16

Woudrichem

X4

Groot & Grut
2

02:40:50

Heusden

4V

Dwarsbongel

02:53:54

St Ayles Rowing Club

X4

St Ayles

03:00:16

Woudrichem

X4J

Groot & Grut
1

03:01:00

St Andrews

4V

Sandbay Century

03:02:08

St Andrews

L4V

Blue Bay

03:15:36

Kings Lynn CRC

4V

Ouse Rewet

03:16:29

Kings Lynn CRC

X4V

Lynn Rewet

03:27:09

Though the Dartmouth crew were racing with the plastic oars which would disqualify them from normal competition, I have included their result here as a St Ayles crossing the line first, and by such a significant margin brings the skiff to the forefront of the huge crowds in London. It was also an excellent effort from Dartmouth in one of our boats that deserves to be commended.

St Ayles RC deserve a big mention as just before the start their rudder was attacked by a mooring buoy chain which snapped off its business end. The crew rowed the whole distance with cox Babs using a paddle as a steering oar.

Also worth mentioning were the thunderstorms which affected the race, shortly before the leaders arrived at the finish. These were of the intensity associated with tropical storms – fortunately the worst of these lasted only a few minutes rather than the hours or days being experienced in the Caribbean. Rowing in those conditions is not fun, though it could be said that Scottish Rowers are well used to rowing in torrential rain!

I spent the afternoon with Bonnie from Langstone Adventure rowing on the river bank, talking to potential St Ayles customers from Australia and South Africa as well as the owner of a kit in Kuwait (supplied from Australia), as well as numerous people from the Thames and its Estuary. Hopefully next year we will see a bigger entry. The success of the St Ayles on Saturday will help.

Alec Jordan

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