> > According to Sooty's 2006 calendar the Tideway Small Boats is cancelled.
> > Might as well put my single away until the spring now - there's nowhere to
> > race it until April as far as I can see.
> Well there are out of the Thames region. Stourport Winter Head and Boston
> Head come to mind and I'm sure there's more.
mmmm....a few thoughts from moi about all the heads mentioned so far...
Peterborough head of the Nene: long way to go fromthe tideway for just
one 3km race in a single as they only allow singles in one division,
unless you can persuade/pay/blackmail 3 others to do a 4x with you in
the 2nd division (also 3km I think) or get 7 others and a small person
to do an 8 for the 5km last divsion. If they let you do singles in the
first 2 divisions then great, I'd be up for that..(anyone from
peterborough reading this?)
Boston: not been there, tempted as the course is hardly a challenge
steering-wise, last 3km of the gb trials course isn't it? but again i
*think* that there is just one division so a long way for some of us in
the thames valley (usually about 3 hrs driving to get there if memory
serves me well)
stourport winter head: ok, 3 divisions, i think you can race anything
in any division but they may have changed that since I last did that
(2001) about 4 km with the stream, generally well organised from what i
remember too. Only glitch was when some jokers capsized a coxed 4
whilst marshalling up at the start and the division was delayed whilst
they were rescued.
did someone ask about the thames valley head? i thought they did allow
1x but to be honest do you really want to race 1900m on dorney lake
when you will probably be racing side by side there every other weekend
come the regatta season. Not for me really
what else is there?
cambridge head-2-head in january sometime (20th?) organised and run by
the fabulous city of cambridge rowing club, last bastion of supreme
oarsmanship and athletic excellence, ahem... basically you do 2
headraces end to end, 2x2.6km as far as I know, 3 divisions all
scheduled for the morning so you can be finished and in the pub just in
time before they stop taking orders for lunch (they have their
priorities straight at CCRC; beer and pies before everything). i am
sure they will accept entries for everything, in any division, they
would probably let you race a bath tub with riggers stuck on the side
if you asked and paid the entry fee.
city of bristol head has 1x too, happens late feb, 3.5km, never been
there, think there is more than one division, not sure really.
norwich head about that time too, they prob take 1x, god knows how long
it will take to get there from london though.
does worcester head take 1x? have done that one in march in a four but
don't remember whether there was anything smaller than a 4 racing.
looking even further ahead there is bedford sbh in april but even
though they have multiple divisions, a nice bar, instant results, and a
great cake stand at the bedford schools boathouse I don't think I will
do it in my 1x again for one reason: the bridges, too much stress for
one small person.
of course none of this is taking into account whether or not you are
likely to get any other competition in your category at any of these
events or whether you will have driven to the other side of
nowheres-ville only to be the only overpointed saddo racing by yourself
in elite, but that is a whole other issue entirely.
why does everything t'other side of xmas have to revolve around 8s? it
is soooooo unfair on those of us who smell and have no mates.