Better, not worse, at Worcester
Mystery drummer joins Kingston in City Loop
Still reeling from the lack of hazelnut torte, the Ladies set a blistering time of 1.06.75 in the 200m time trial, 2nd fastest only by 0.25 and gaining a place in the Cup Major. A photo finish saw us lose out by seconds, finishing third - our best placing this season.
Open/Mixed 200m time trials proved we were a stylish crew with good technique and timing. Flirting with disaster our boat wedged onto a tree branch under the bridge, and with the rescue launch racing towards us, we wrestled free and made it to the start. The Cup Minor saw our fastest time of the day.
Seeded 2nd in the first 1800m group, we chased the crew ahead from the off, quickly pulling them in and stomping past. The turn was hairy, hurtling for the riverbank and sweeping branches out of faces, we swiftly got back on pace and stayed out front. After a long day racing, the 1800m Cup Minor felt like a race too many, but true to style, Kingston Royals dug deep, refused to be overtaken, and improved our time.
A solid day’s racing in the Worcestershire sunshine and a good end to the season.
text: Jo Pugh
photo credit: Helen Downton