Race Report

Nottingham - 2012
12 August 2012

Well, what can I say, a new venue WITH A BAR !!, take note for future event's BDA, great weather, a great day's racing (probably one of our best of the season) .... and no one left in an Ambulance this week, all in all a successful day.

Can I begin with a massive thanks to everyone for their help and support on the day I must admit to being a little nervous at the prospect of standing in for Al but as a team you made it a very enjoyable experience so thank you all. Also a big thank you to both Tim and James for their efforts, it was great to have you paddle with us and a pleasure to have you both in the crew.

Well, onto the racing and we seemed to be up and ready straight out of the blocks impressing in our first 200m of the day and avoiding the dreaded rep's before going on to finish in a creditable 7th place following a minor final shoot out with both Anaconda and Execaliber. Onto the more gruelling 2000m, which was my personal favourite of the day, and another fantastic effort from everyone to finish in a more than respectable 5th place, particularly to those racers who are still fairly new to doing 500m never mind the longer distances, well done to everyone. Last, but by no means, least, the 450m races and overcoming the added challenge of one of the shallowest start lines I think I have raced from. Once again we excelled in our first race, beating Typhoon, again :-), to again avoid the reps and put us into the Cup, and I may stand corrected here, for the first time this season. Unfortunately we were just not strong enough to beat a surging Worcester crew, though we did hold them and even start coming back at them for time in that race. Finally onto the Cup tail race which we won in impressive style beating both the second Notts crew and BA to take a fantastic 8th place overall and a very welcome points haul.

Once again it was an absolute pleasure to paddle with you all this weekend, now back over to you Al for Worcester !!

Captain (for the day)


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