We now have a crew, and a strong one I think. I suggest we take Gladys this time, although it seems to make little difference which one we enter.
The lineup is:
The competition will also include a couple of Bursledon Gigs from the Hamble, I believe.
I will reply to the organisers tomorrow.
Do you all want to stay overnight or return same day? If staying, do you want to camp or go to B&Bs or something?
To my surprise, my parents in law planned to travel up to bro-in-law's place near Maldon on that very day, so I will be giving them a lift.
I rang one of the organisers, Cath and told her the glad news of our participation. She said that Stone Sailing Club is offering free camping on the site, and there is lots of local accommodation. I personally plan to camp, returning first thing on Sunday.
Apparently there will be three Bursledon Gigs and two Claytons in the race, including Witchoar.
Nigel tells me that Witchoar are spoiling for a fight, even actually training. So who is around for a run Sunday at the open rowing? We should be able to get on the water at 1700 so let's all assemble then and experiment with a few seat positions.
I am delighted to say that noted oarsman and Essex resident Joe Lane will be joining us tomorrow, so Damian can cox and poor Frances can stay in bed.
Travel arrangements will be down to the individuals on this occasion, as we all seem to be doing our own thing. I will be taking my in-laws up but returning with an empty car so if Damian and Mark want to go up with Alan and back with me that would save a bit of petrol. I am undecided whether to stay the night or come back in the afternoon so I will go with the flow. What is the consensus chaps?
Yes no problem to take. What time do we want to meet there? Race starts 12.30 so 11.30 meet?
If so then I suggest 8.30 leave here. I could pick up Damian first from Westbourne 8.15, then Mark from Denvilles 8.20