After the cancellation of the HORR the day before, Sunday 26th March turned out nice. With the race on the flood tide, we assembled below Harrods Depository with enough glare to wonder where last season's sun cream had got to.
In long-established tradition, our Mas D crew hadn't had a single practice outing, and this time it showed. We were chased all the way down the course by a Bewl Bridge crew who gained through our rough patches. Keeping them just astern was all we could do. A result of 15th in category and 83rd overall was no worse than we deserved.
Other Sons crews included our W.MasA women who raced to a respectable 4th position in a category that included a very quick Agecroft crew. And in W.MasC, some technically accomplished rowers who don't all have time for serious fitness training, finished 9th in category.
So no bright honours to shout about, but an enjoyable day out on the river. And with higher wind speeds forcing more frequent cancellations of Tideway head races, it felt good to be able to participate in a big race in our own back yard.