Sunday 21st August saw Lower Thames Rowing Club host their Fourth Annual Pier Race. The club hosted some 17 boats from 8 clubs from as far away as Langstone on the South Coast and some 70 crew of all ages and abilities. The conditions were challenging as the gusting wind mixed with a spring tide produced some waves and white caps to be dealt with.
The crew from Queenborough in Kent in a fast Celtic Longboat took the honours with the fastest time of some 46 minutes, over the 5 mile course, closely followed by the Lower Thames Gig crew at 48 minutes, these crews, saw the rest of the field struggle, third place was some 10 minutes behind the first crew.
With a strong Westerly wind and high waves the Victory ladies crew with determination and firm rowing raced with great enthusiasm with Tyrant Mens Crew from RCRC on the return to the finish line. Although very close Victory came a respectable 6th overall and 1st Ladies Crew.
The day created an excellent spectacle for the Leigh Town Council Maritime event, showing a colourful backdrop on the River Thames.
The Fastest Boat overall, the Lady Daf from Queenborough Rowing Club
The Fastest Harkers Yard, Vandurara from Brightlingsea Rowing Club
The Fastest Gig (two Crew missing as they had follow on engagements) in Dauntless, from Lower Thames Rowing Club
T he Fastest Skiff and Mixed Crew in Leigh Ho, from Lower Thames Rowing Club
T he Fastest Ladies Crew in Victory, from Lower Thames Rowing Club
T he Masters Crew in Renown, from Lower Thames Rowing Club
T he Best Use of the Course, From South Woodham Ferrers Rowing Club
|CLUB||BOAT TYPE||Actual lapsed time||Final h/cap time|
|LTRC||SPIRIT OF DUNKIRK||01:05:09||01:13:24|
|LTRC||SPIRIT OF TRAFALGAR||01:11:04||01:20:02|
|SWF||SPIRIT OF ADVENTURE||01:28:57||01:37:22|
|Harkers Yard Gig|