Carrow Cup Defines December in Norwich

It is perhaps surprising that there is still a great deal of rowing to be done, even when the evenings are approaching their blackest.  However December 9th 2017 saw events organised and attended by St Ayles skiffs at Strangford in Northern Ireland, Altena in the Netherlands and in Norwich, England,  showing the international nature of rowing in St Ayles skiffs.  The sprint event due to take place at Lochcarron was postponed due to snow, but will be rearranged for the new year.

The Carrow Cup is one of the oldest rowing trophies in existence and crews have been racing for the cup since the early 1800s.  Racing for the cup is by invitation from Norwich Rowing Club.  There are three races (or “divisions”)  over a city centre river course, two for sliding seat craft, and one for traditional fixed seat craft with no outriggers.

The Carrow Cup was won by a Norwich crew in a coxed four.  The Bi-centernary Bowl for the fastest fixed seat boat on handicap was  awarded to a crew from Dartmouth.

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.

One of the Blakeney crews before the start (photo: Alan, Blakeney)


Kings Lynn before the start: photo Norfolk Skiff Club

A North Berwick crew in an Eton Skiff, kindly lent to them by the Norfolk Skiff Club, came second overall in the fixed seat division.  Other fixed seat boats in the race included Hanningfield Hybrid Gigs from Lower Thames Rowing Club, a Seax Gig crewed by an excellent young crew from Southend, and of course the magnificent  and elegant 26 foot long Thames Skiff “Cherub” beautifully rowed by the Norfolk Skiff Club.   Over 100 years old and still going strong.

Full report and results on the Norfolk Skiff Club Blog

A big thank you to Adrian Hodge for organising the Fixed seat division and to Kathryn Trehane and Norwich Rowing Club for inviting us.

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