First of all thanks to everyone at Ebchester Boat Club for a fabulous day.
some late changes there were 7 open and 3 women's entries for the Sunday League doubles
team sprints, which was a relay over 800m -see info below about exact format. Winners
in each category were:
Under 50 Open - Tynequila (Tyne ARC) Over 50 Open - Wrecked Again (Tees RC and DARC) Under
50 Women’s - Tynemouth Gulls (Tynemouth RC) Over 50 Women's - Ebby, Steady, Go! (Durham
Results and times for the doubles team sprints are here as a pdf.
There were 25 entries for the 200m singles and doubles sprint events. Categories
raced and winners were:
Under 50 Open 2x - Jamie McCarron (Cambois RC), Chris Eke (Berwick ARC)
Under 50 Women’s 2x - Lee Fenton, Susan Rutherford (Berwick ARC)
Under 50 Open 1x - Jamie McCarron (Cambois RC)
Under 50 Women’s 1x - Lee Fenton (Berwick ARC)
Over 50 Open 2x - Paul McCalvey, Rae McKeever (Tynemouth)
Over 50 Open 1x - Colin Percy (Tyne ARC) Over 50 Women’s 1x - no entries
Results and all times for the sprint doubles and singles races are here as a pdf.
were presented to winners in each category.
Colin Lawson’s photos are at: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10156673141667075&set=a.10156673137157075&type =3&theater
The event took place in lively weather on August 4th. It was a departure from the
usual Sunday League format as the course on the River Derwent isn't wide enough for
side by side racing and neither is there enough space to carry out skills exercises
in coxed quads as was the original intention.
Therefore we are offered a solution that combined elements of the Sunday League with
reviving elements of Ebchester Regatta, an event last staged in 1973. The main element
was a timed relay race - a Doubles Team Sprint (see below). As we aren't using quads
the result didn’t count towards Sunday League points but Ebchester medals were to
winners in Open and Women's events.
Format of Sunday League Doubles Team Sprints
The relay involved teams of 5 (4 rowers plus 1 cox) who boated in two doubles, one
uncoxed, one coxed. The uncoxed boat raced up the course, span at the far end and
then raced back to the start> The the coxed boat set off for a similar second leg.
The combined team time over 800 metres (including the 180 degree turning time) was
recorded and decided the outcome. There were prizes for under 50s and over 50s.
Format of Ebchester Regatta doubles and singles sprint events
Sprints in single and double sculls were also offered, a format similar to the original
Ebchester Regatta. Entry for these was open in advance and on the day. The format
was a straight time trial over 200 metres from the far end of the course to the finish
opposite the clubhouse.
Archive documents etc
The entry form for the Sunday League Doubles Team Sprint is here. Entry form for
the other events is here. Revised poster is here.
Ebchester Boathouse is at the bottom of Chare Bank in Ebchester on the B6309. Background
information on the Ebchester Boathouse Development Partnership which is redeveloping
the long disused boathouse is on http://www.ebchester.org/community/ebchester-boathouse-development-partnership/.