RABC Regatta 2022
The Second Annual RABC Regatta was held last weekend (12 Aug) in interesting conditions on the River Aln. Six RABC crews were joined by Ken Murray from Tynemouth SC for 2 'sprint' races around the RABC short course, under the watchful eye of Race Officer George Ternent and team.
The plan was originally for racing to start around 4.30pm around High Tide, however, with 30 mins to go, the river was shrouded in mist as the coastal sea fret conspired to reduce visibility to a matter of yards.
Our race team however, were not deterred and started the race promptly, although it must be said that getting to the line in very little wind, against the incoming tide was challenging...
Once the first mark was rounded all crews [eventually] made their way up river and returned to complete a single lap - Ken Murray in his Laser/ILCA, the winner.
Happily the mist rolled back and a light breeze filled in for race 2 - a similar course in full visibility enabled all boats to complete a second one lap race in fabulous conditions - Pete Hammond winning in his Solo.
The remainder of the afternoon/evening was spent in the convivial surroundings of Pease's Park, where prizes were distributed and refreshments enjoyed!
Many thanks to:
George and team for race management
Pete Hammond for prize-giving
Nick Spurr for prize donations
John Taylor for photography
The start of Race One...