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WOW in the medals

posted Jul 11, 2013, 4:11 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Jul 11, 2013, 4:38 PM ]
More news from Jane Johnson, pics Wendy Brown

Day 3 at the Tasmanian Embassy based at Arkle in Ullapool is actually the first day of competition. 12.30 and the nervous pair of Huon Valley representatives combined with the Rowporty pair Patsy and Pam in the Over60's. With Tim Brown as cox, the takeoff from near the ferry terminal was perfect. Leading from the start, the crossing of the channel in good time and equally good return meant the first medal for the team...Wowporty..silver presented at the 3pm medal ceremony. An hour later and the crew of Martin Riddle as cox, Tim as stroke, Jane, Shane and Marguerite, charged into the mixed over 50's
The sea breeze was in making the crossing wild and wet but the team worked hard to come in halfway through the field, qualifying for the final scheduled for Thursday...huge cheers from the beach and a new first for Franklin, breaking the 15min barrier for the first time ever. The final event for the day was a rescheduled long row of 6.4km for the women, which was cancelled the day before due to thick fog. This time the course was set south across Loch Broom and returning into the stiff sea breeze. Deb made her debut in the team, with the reward of a proud third placing. Berwick and Ullapool had crew in their thirties, so a great result for the average age of the Boatie Blest crew...Tasmania..of around 50. The colours of the Cockenzie club who had built the Skiff matched the Aussies so there was huge support and cheers from the beach for Boatie Blest. The incredible Loch scenery made the tired crew forget the aches, and the first cider at the Arch Inn overlooking the water slipped down beautifully....more tomorrow.