I decided to take the boat up to Cambridge to watch a bit of rowing in the Bumps. First, Hugh had his training session in advance of taking some fellow students (from Emmanuel College) on for a trip on SG next week. Here he is, reading the boat’s instruction manual
Then he took the boat through Bottisham lock on his own, telling me what to do
And then he set off into the distance, leaving me on the bank
I caught up at Clayhythe, where I cleaned the boat and installed the bunting – the colours of Clare Boat club, where I rowed many years ago…
As it was nearly Her Majesty’s birthday, I also broke out the Diamond Jubilee flag. Approaching Horningsea.
A few shots to show the start of each race (a fuller explanation, and the rules, are here).
At 30 seconds to go the boat is pushed out with a pole, with someone on the bank counting down …
.. and the crew are now waiting for the starting gun. Note the cox is holding the bung in her right hand – this is connected via a chain to the bank. She must not let go until the race starts.
I then walked to the Emmanuel Sports Ground to watch Hugh (on the right) play cricket. I missed his wicket-keeping exploits in the morning (three catches). So instead I saw him keeping the score, doing some umpiring, and then putting his pads on just before the game was won (without needing his batting skills).