Rowing Beginners Graduate
In glorious sunshine, the beginners from the recent Putney Town learn to row course graduated in style with not one, but two barn storming races.
After just six weeks the men where rowing in eights together and the finale for the course was to be a race, rowing all eight, from petrol pumps to Chiswick Bridge. Off a rolling start, the crews had a taste of side-by-side racing and the competitive coxswains beasted them to within an inch of their lives to get their boat into the lead. With the winning crew smug with their win, and both crews thinking their work had been done, James surprised them with another race, from the crossing point to Barnes Bridge. With the previous winning crew in the stream, sides were swapped and another race ensued. It was neck and neck to the bridge with coxes yelling, rowers puffing and fishes no doubt swimming furiously away from the oncoming flailing of blades! With a late push, the winners from the first race got a nose ahead and took a second win!
All the beginners remarked how much fun they had whilst enjoying beers and burgers at the post race barbecue. We look forward to seeing the beginners progress and racing again in a regatta soon.