Worcester fight off Hurricane Bertha

One of our favourite events of the year took place on Saturday 10th August.  It was time to invite all the teams to the home turf of Worcester.  With 24 hours to go there was nervous anticipation that the weather would defeat us as the news were full of reports of the remnants of Hurricane Bertha hitting the country. With solid determination 16 crews travelled to Worcester to take part in the event and although there was some heavy rain and we had to make some last minute amends to the course the event went ahead as planned.  The tents were put up, the BBQ fired up and all the teams raring to go. A great days racing of 200m and 1500m city loop started at 10am with the time trial to seed teams for the 200m racing.  A change to the Worcester programme saw us operate 2 boat racing which worked well and ensured that all teams were fighting all the way through Worcester were leading the way with 3 boats on the water, Worcester Dragons, Worcester Dragonflies and Worcester Source.  It was a second outing for the Worcester Source this year as a racing crew and the team paddled well and were beating some crews who had been racing all season. Then the inevitable happened and the Worcester Dragonflies met the Worcester Source in the final race!  It was a tight race all the way down the course with the Dragonflies just taking it on the line. A full ladies programme with 5 teams entered meant that there was 2 heats before a 2 boat final.  Worcester Ladies had 2 boats and Worcester Ladies 1 made the final to take on a Kingston/Thames mixed boat and were just edged out at the final line to take a 2nd place and continue their domination of the league. A favourite race for all teams is the 1500m city loop which sees all the teams setting off at 15 second intervals and going down to the road bridge with a turn and then back up to the racecourse.  On a lovely sunny day there are normally plenty of spectators to cheer the teams on, the rain had kept the public away, however the brave souls who had come out were in loud voice as the boats came home. It was a good days racing and all teams went home with a smile and the sun started to shine. Special thanks for the smiles have to go to our wonderful BBQ ladies who kept everyone well fed and watered and kept us going with their sing songs!