Thanks Emily, we all had a great day, brilliant representation from the Gigs.
Stars of the GRR are the Juniors! Under 3 hrs thanks to great training and prep by Perry and the energetic Juniors.
Of course the mongrel CShel crew did very well being first home of the Hayling Gigs in approx 2h40mins!
Who says it's too hard on skewif stretchers, heaviest boat and not much together time! ( thanks Tim for your slow recovery trick! Worked a treat).
Spirit and Heart had a great day too, polished off with much amber ale...
Lots of effort getting here by the towers and organisers, thanks for your hard work.
Just home and yes good day had by all. C Shel was off like a rocket and no-one caught her. Spirit and Heart stayed together with Swanage for a long stretch of the race and can I say all the ladies rowed their socks off, with lots of GRR newbies and I think all Gigs finished below 3 hours - so a result. The "buoys & belles" were brilliant and Molly's cutters crew came second in the u18s and we think third ladies overall.
Ok so no trophies but some pretty fast times - a great row in sunshine, showers, thunder, lighting & hail - eek!
Can we thank the all the organisers, towers and support staff and especially all family and friends who made the journey just to support us. It gave us a great boost to hear you cheering us on, especally in the latter stages and also for mucking in to retrieve all the gigs at the end, made a chaotic job much easier.
Thank you to all for the fantastic support including two crazy parrots, thanks to all for the lifting, towing, pulling of the boats, thanks to the cutters for lifting a very heavy heart of hayling into the water 😁. Great event 😁
C, Shel 2h 43.41
Spirit 2h 49.27
Heart. 2h 53. 11.
Acorn. 2h 58.29
Seahawk 2h 49.17
Congratulations to all our crews , especially to our juniors all finishing in less than 3 hours .
This years entry for the GRR was 332 fixed seat rowing boats .