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Sunday League - Round 6 - Ebchester - 4 August 2019

Links to related pages:


* Sunday League 2019 - home page    * Round 1 - Tyne ARC      * Round 2 - Durham

* Round 3 - Berwick     * Round 4 - Tynemouth (cancelled)      * Round 5 - Hexham


Top class videos now on YouTube


Thanks to Ebchester Village Trust friend Noel Adamson we have high quality videos of all racing plus the prize giving at the event on 4 August.


On YouTube at:

Part 1: https://youtu.be/iz_e851aoio    Part 2: https://youtu.be/5pgpWt5eIrM

Report on Sunday League and Ebchester Regatta day

First of all thanks to everyone at Ebchester Boat Club for a fabulous day.

After some late changes there were 7 open and 3 women's entries for the Sunday League doubles team sprints, which was a relay over 800m -see info below about exact format. Winners in each category were:

Under 50 Open - Tynequila (Tyne ARC)
Over 50 Open - Wrecked Again (Tees RC and DARC)
Under 50 Women’s - Tynemouth Gulls (Tynemouth RC)
Over 50 Women's - Ebby, Steady, Go! (Durham ARC)

Results and times for the doubles team sprints are here as a pdf.


There were 25 entries for the 200m singles and doubles sprint events. Categories raced and winners were:

Under 50 Open 2x - Jamie McCarron (Cambois RC), Chris Eke (Berwick ARC)

Under 50 Women’s 2x - Lee Fenton, Susan Rutherford (Berwick ARC)

Under 50 Open 1x - Jamie McCarron (Cambois RC)

Under 50 Women’s 1x - Lee Fenton (Berwick ARC)

Over 50 Open 2x - Paul McCalvey, Rae McKeever (Tynemouth)

Over 50 Women's 2x - Debbie Jahangiry, Shirley Robinson (Durham ARC)

Over 50 Open 1x - Colin Percy (Tyne ARC)
Over 50 Women’s 1x - no entries


Results and all times for the sprint doubles and singles races are here as a pdf.

Medals were presented to winners in each category.

Colin Lawson’s photos are at:
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10156673141667075&set=a.10156673137157075&type =3&theater



The event took place in lively weather on August 4th. It was a departure from the usual Sunday League format as the course on the River Derwent isn't wide enough for side by side racing and neither is there enough space to carry out skills exercises in coxed quads as was the original intention.


Therefore we are offered a solution that combined elements of the Sunday League with reviving elements of Ebchester Regatta, an event last staged in 1973. The main element was a timed relay race - a Doubles Team Sprint (see below). As we aren't using quads the result didn’t count towards Sunday League points but Ebchester medals were to winners in Open and Women's events.

Format of Sunday League Doubles Team Sprints


The relay involved teams of 5 (4 rowers plus 1 cox) who boated in two doubles, one uncoxed, one coxed. The uncoxed boat raced up the course, span at the far end and then raced back to the start> The the coxed boat set off for a similar second leg. The combined team time over 800 metres (including the 180 degree turning time) was recorded and decided the outcome. There were prizes for under 50s and over 50s.


Format of Ebchester Regatta doubles and singles sprint events


Sprints in single and double sculls were also offered, a format similar to the original Ebchester Regatta. Entry for these was open in advance and on the day. The format was a straight time trial over 200 metres from the far end of the course to the finish opposite the clubhouse.


Archive documents etc


The entry form for the Sunday League Doubles Team Sprint is here. Entry form for the other events is here. Revised poster is here.


Ebchester Boathouse is at the bottom of Chare Bank in Ebchester on the B6309. Background information on the Ebchester Boathouse Development Partnership which is redeveloping the long disused boathouse is on http://www.ebchester.org/community/ebchester-boathouse-development-partnership/.


Page updated on on 29-09-19.