British Rowing Annual Tour

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Wednesday, 14 September 2011 08:50 Written by Administrator

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Following on from last year when the 17th tour went from Nottingham to Lincoln, this year’s tour was a more sedate tour along the length of the Lancaster canal.

The 64km picturesque row was held over two and a half days. The canal, as one would expect, was narrow, very twisty and extremely restricted in places by reeds and weed; however the views across Morecombe Bay and through numerous glades were fantastic. One hundred and nineteen bridges and five aqueducts were negotiated during the row, all requiring blades to be brought in, and in some cases the use of paddles. The stress of all this activity necessitated various stops at public houses for rest and recuperation each day.  

Lunch varied, one day was a packed lunch taken at Bilsborrow where the annual Oyster Festival was taking place. Live music was playing throughout which was most enjoyable. Lunch on day two was at a craft centre/public house and the final lunch was a buffet in a marquee. Accommodation was either at Lancaster University or the adjacent hotel; we being skinflints choose the former. All evening meals were however taken together at a different location which was very congenial.

Eighty four people took part, representing twenty three clubs, in sixteen boats ranging from Galleys to stable Explore 4X+ boats.   Five members of Nottingham Explorers joined in the tour - Nigel Bennett, Sandra Bruiners, Beverly Hargreaves, Kenwyn Rees and Richard Pickup.

NRC teamed up with Newark Rowing Club and used their Swift Explore Rowing 4X+boat and trailer. The Swift boats are much lighter and more adaptable than the Wintech Explorer boats the club own.

Following the success of the tour Nottingham and Newark are hoping to hold a social row from Torksey Lock to Lincoln in October. Maidstone Invicta has also invited NRC to join them for a weekend on one of their local 21km rows, incorporating 8 manual locks.

Next year’s 19th British Tour is going to be on the River Thames for those interested in participating.