Club members who opted not to sit in traffic but come down for August Bank Holiday Monday were in for a treat. Blue skies, sunshine and a relaxed atmosphere meant you could have been on holiday at some far off land. It was 28’C on my car thermometer, so occasionally even the adults fell in. The race started with 4 teams and lots on a team, so the private SUPs proved a useful attraction for adults and youngsters.
The Annual Crouch Endurance Trophy race was, as usual a fun packed affair with 39 racers taking part in four teams. As the wind was so light rule 42 was suspended with some interesting pumping. Mind you the winning team was the one that realised that sailing was faster than paddling and pumping. The lead changed hands several times over the 6 hours with only 2 laps separating first and fourth place.
So, to the results
Fourth place went to the Leaf Eating Dragons – Joseph, Sophie, Eloise, Charles, Stephen, Keith, Olivia, William, Bella and Samantha.
In joint second were Rock and Roll (Chloe, Tansy, Euan, Fiona, Adrian. John D, Mike S, Poppy, Kate and Ellady) and Sunny Sailors (Cillian, Daisy, Elsie, Mike G, Viv, Neil, Martha and Dan).
And first place went to the aptly named team fast of – Alex Chadbourne, Sam Grayton, Tobias Beaumont, Britta Bayman, Phil Dyne, James Beaumont, Robert Stevenson, Alice Harvey and Jo Riddell
Thanks to a great race team led by Deb Pennington with the able help of Mandy Davie, Phil Dyne and Viv Weston but also to all the supporters who came down and made it such a joyful fun event.
Some photos from the morning from Viv Weston & David Eberlin