Men’s A embarked on a 6 day road trip to the annual rowing regatta at Muiden, near Amsterdam last week. Whilst our ladies crew took the easier route of flying from Exeter (lightweights or sensible?) What a brilliant weekend we all had – on and off the water. It’s an intense regatta. 3 long rows of at least 40 minutes each and then there’s the obligatory partying in between. We seemed to cope though. Just.
Jeremy, Mike, Andy, Paddy, Paul and Mark (coxed by Lynn) were in first place after their first two races on the Saturday. But that 1 second lead was unfortunately broken in Sunday’s final when Caradon just pushed them into 2nd place overall (out of 19).
Well done too to Gosse & Bauke Buurma who also joined us for the weekend and were invited to row with a local Dutch gig crew. Most of the gigs at this event were from Holland. This year, it was just FMPGC, Penryn, Salcombe and Caradon who had travelled from elsewhere.
The ladies (Liz, Lynn, Madeleine, Marianne, Celia & Caroline) finished 5th out of 19 gigs and will never forget the biblical conditions in which they had to row on the Sunday morning. They were all grateful for the steadfast coxing of Pat who, in the face of hail stones the size of your hand (well… sort of), had to try and navigate our course back to safety. It was brilliant fun and we were laughing most of the way though.
For some of us it was our first time in Muiden and we’d definitely recommend it. The Dutch were so pleased to see us and the event is brilliantly organised. We were proud to be rowing in Vilt – which received so many lovely comments. As they all said, she was definitely the best looking boat there.
Pictures below (from top): Our men’s crew in Vilt, Our Ladies in Vilt (& fancy dress!), the men receiving their prize, Gosse & Bauke in 1&2 seats of Neptunus.