Thanks to everyone at Talkin Tarn for organising the event. It sounds as though it
was a good day. Tynekerbell didn't take part so there were 9 teams. Tweed Titans
from Berwick were the fastest Open team over the two rounds of the sweep skills course
in 10mins 45sec, and Tynemouth Gulls were the fastest Women's team in 11min 43sec.
The scores after this round are very close at the top with one round remaining -
the sculling Splash and Dash at Tyne United on 6 October In the Open league It's
Chico Tyne lead on 38 points from Tweed Titans and Tynemouth Buoys in joint second
on 34. In the Women's league Tynemouth Gulls go into the lead on 31 points, one ahead
of Tynequila on 30, with Steel JAKS third on 27.
See full League Table after this round as jpg or pdf.
This was a sweep-oar skills event where each team had two attempts at the course
described below The total time for the two rounds determined the placings. There
was not be a blindfold round (see below).
The skills exercises wereas follows (and see map below for course):
1. 10 alternate blade slaps *
2. 360 degree spin on the spot
3. Turn 180 degrees round the buoy, back on to it and cox hold for 5 seconds
4. Emergency stop followed by 10 rigger dips (5 each side)
5. Outside arm only (inside arm on your head) and square blades to the finish
* Whole crew have their blades in their laps so that the feathered spoons are in
the air. The crew rocks the boat so that the spoons on one side slap the water, then
they rock the other way so the other side hits the water and so on, all the while
keeping hands/handles in their laps. 5 slaps each side, 10 in total (same with rigger
Each crew gets 2 runs at the course and the fastest combined time for the two rounds
determines the outcome.
1st gets 4+4 = 8 pts, 2nd gets 4+3 = 7 pts, 3rd gets 4+2 = 6 pts and 4th gets 4+1
= 5 pts. All others taking part get 4 pts
There are a couple of videos of the Sunday League at Talkin Tarn from 2014 produced
by James Andrews at https://youtu.be/HH7_VWocjIs and https://youtu.be/Uxulijgkgzu.
Crews were asked to do the second round wearing blindfolds but we won't be doing
that this time - not a resounding success!
There's also a video of James demonstrating
rigger dips and blade slaps on https://www.facebook.com/northernrowing/videos/848032561907223/