Cockleshell Heroes Challenge at Eastney Cruising Association June 9th and 10th
The Eastney Cruising Association are planning another “Cockleshell Heroes Challenge” weekend of rowing on the 9th and 10th June. For those who attended last year, the format is much the same.
The following are planned:
1. Saturday 9th June: Sprint races for all boats followed by a 3 mile race out to the fairway marker and back (a race of between 30 mins and 45 mins). This will be well within the capabilities of all club members. There will be a BBQ in the evening and live entertainment later (possibly a Dolly Parton tribute).
2. Sunday 10th June: The “Cockleshell Challenge”, a handicap race of 7 miles in the Solent round one of the forts and back. There is the potential for some tough water conditions so I would suggest this would be for the more experienced rowers.
We will look to take both Solent Galleys and Mike will be taking his St Ayles Skiffs so there should be some opportunity to win some trophies as well as an opportunity to socialise with the members of some of our local rowing clubs.
The ECA is located at the far tip of Eastney opposite the Ferryboat Inn and has a fantastically located clubhouse (sea views on 3 sides) serving drinks, breakfasts and lunches.
As you can imagine the races and courses are all weather dependent but assuming the conditions are good we can expect two glorious days with the ECA gig club who are excellent hosts.
If you are interested and want to take part please post in the normal way. Can you please indicate if you are interested in the Saturday, Sunday or both.
There is quite a lot of boat lifting required to take account of the fast changing tides so the more attendees the better in order to lessen the workload for everyone.
Last year, one of the galleys was rowed to/from the event. We can look into whether this will be an option nearer the time.
If you are available to tow a boat to / from Eastney, can you please indicate on your post.
PS. The Round Hayling Race will be the following weekend so this is a good opportunity to hone your skills in readiness for that – I will post details of Round Hayling in a few days time.