After the cancellation last year, which was disappointing, it was good to finally get to race at Rame this year. Moreover, it was good that so many of the club chose to camp and socialise together for the weekend. It was a great chance to talk to everyone and not just nod at not so familiar faces.
This year’s event was busy with many of the competitive Cornish crews turning up as well as the South Coast crews. In fact, there were so many crews there that the A and B races for both men and women were run in two heats.
Bristol fielded Men’s and Women’s A and B, a mixed crew and Men’s and women’s Vets.
Thankfully we were able to grab a place on the beach to hide in the shade for fantastic sunshine. It was packed really quickly and navigating the beach was a course in itself let along getting out on the water.
The course set out across the bay with a fairly easy but tight-ish set of 3 buoys, but both the outward leg and the homeward leg felt incredibly long.
Men’s A off first and as this was in fact mostly the Men’s Vets A crew we were pretty pleased to not finish last in what was a very tough and hard fought contest. Men’s B, which trained just the once before the race were pleased also that they didn’t finish last either, another hard race.
The ladies crews also battling hard to keep up with their pride not dented too much.
The mixed crew was made up with two of the youth attending and a huge thank you to them (and their parents) for making the long trip down for just the one race. Judging by the smiles it seems thy enjoyed taking part despite Heidi not having rowed a full adult course distance before. Not the first long race for Rhys, as he had also raced in the Men’s B race. A Splendid idea for a warm-up. Well done and good on you both for getting in there and giving it a really good go.
Men’s Vets were off first for the vets races followed by the ladies. Another close battle with Lyme Regis (again!) saw the Men’s crew home in 3rd place and the ladies finishing equally strongly in 6th. Both the vets races were very competitive and some big names were left behind Bristol boats in the vet’s races.
It was really good to have lots of Bristol rowers at every change over as well as everyone mucking in to sort loading and cleaning up our stretch of beach
Rame know how to organise a regatta, including systematically sorting the boat exodus from the beach in an organised manner, they also have a well-appointed Gig shed with lots of beer, a band, and simply brilliant fireworks.
Rame is a great venue, a happy beach, and a brilliant place to race. It is definitely one for next year.
Thank you to Tim Edwards for towing and To Helen H for helping out with the towing at Rame itself. Tig for sorting rowing fees, and everyone fopr mucking in and helping out on the day!
Ps Breakfast in the morning was a very nice and slow affair with good food at the new canteen at the Makers field well many of us lazed in the sun eating bacon sandwiches. Many stayed to explore the beaches