Sunday and Monday of the Bank Holiday Weekend saw our Rowing Teams head to Burnham for the Burnham Week Gig Races.

Sunday promised to be a fine day for the Nelson Cup.

This is a tough 6.2nm race from Crouch Yacht Club up river to Cliff, back past the start point and further down river passed Corinthian Yacht Club and turning hard back up river to the finish line at Crouch.

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The fine English summers day took a turn for the worse as the race began with the wind picking up and unforecast showers, making the going against the out going tide heavy work.  Our gallant crew of Spirit of Endeavour battled hard against 13 other gigs and some very strong teams. A big well done to Neil (cox), Steve R, Amanda, Graham and Shirley for their hard work and utter determination.

Monday promised to be hot and sunny – and it was!!

Perfect conditions for the Battle of Trafalgar Sprint Races of approximately 1 mile.

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First off, the ladies crew of Amanda, Jane, Sue C and Louise, coxed by Steve R.  After a scramble to get Endeavour ready, the girls flew off the start line and enjoyed the lead for the entire race, finishing in first place in fine style.

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Next up, the mens.  SWFYC had 2 boats in this race; Endeavour coxed by Neil with Cam, Will, Harry and Tom in the crew and Adventure coxed by Louise with Steve R, Sam, Danny and Clinton.

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The race started and in the heat of competetiveness, as all the boats came off the line, Willow struck Adventure and Mehalah struck Endeavour.  The race officials called everyone back and decided to re-start.

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Second time around and both the SWF boats got away cleanly with Endeavour taking a lead before the turn.  A scramble to make the turn saw Mehalah get ahead with Adventure now pushing on. At the finish Adventure pipped Endeavour for second place – a very exciting race.

Last but not least, the mixed.  Endeavour was out again with Neil as cox, Caroline, Danny, Charlotte and Clinton as crew.  All the boats set off at a cracking pace on the slightly changed and extended course.  The Harkers gigs got ahead and once they had turned and were running with the outgoing tide, there was no catching them.  Endeavour came in ahead of the Burnham boat, Spirit of Burnham and did themselves proud against a strong opposition.

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Big thanks to everyone who came to help, watch and take part.  A special shout out to the SWFYC members who crewed our rescue boat – Matt, Nick and Alan, and Doug, Sue M, Steve W and Louise who were the race officials over the 2 days along with Andrew Blitt from British Rowing – these events wouldn’t be able to happen without you guys.

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Also, a huge shout out to Dawny and Jerry from BOCCRC for their hard work and hospitality.