WSPC Punting results – Summer 2013

Saturday 27 July – Chertsey & Shepperton

There were 12 races at Chertsey & Shepperton Regatta and DT was in 5 of them; Dave Taylor entered the Singles and the Doubles Handicap with Chris Thornton and Chris also did his Novice Singles. We reached the finals of all 3 events, with Chris winning his Novice Singles. The final of the Doubles Handicap was eventful and crowd pleasing as first we hit the peck at full speed thanks to advice from Old Tone who was umpiring, to ‘attack the peck’, though not literally I assume, which knocked Chris over, but he did manage to stay in the punt and then in the same race a Chris big wobble resulted in DT taking a swim… all good fun and part of punting.

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Saturday 3rd August – Wraysbury & Old Windsor

W&OW also featured 12 punting races over a slightly shorter course than normal due to the debris washed onto the course during the winter floods which has resulted in some build up of silt. Our entries were Dave Taylor in Gents Handicap Singles, Chris Thornton in Gents Novice Singles, Dave and Chris in Gents Handicap Doubles, Paul Barfoot and Ken Ducas in Gents Handicap Doubles, and last but not least Emily Ducas in Ladies Novice Singles.

Despite some close racing, Chris was the only winner, taking Novice Singles, and has now graduated to Junior! Dave Taylor and Emily Ducas lost narrowly in their finals and Paul and Ken lost in the final of Doubles.

Saturday 17 August – Walton Reach

Only 9 races here and one was scratched; our entry was Chris Thornton and Dave Taylor in the 2’ Singles H’cap and then together in the 2’ Doubles H’cap. We both had easily verdicts in our respective heats, then Chris got a bye to the final as the other person didn’t appear, while DT lost to Martin Egginton in the semi and he went on to beat Chris in the final; In the Doubles, we had the bye to the final, where we won easily.

It was very, very windy on the Walton Reach on Saturday which made it difficult for the skiffers to get to the start but they had a tail wind when they were racing, while for the punters of course, you had to race 2 of the legs into the awful head wind and the steering was very challenging for some. One person did almost half the leg going upstream broadside on, possibly quicker than they could have punted it!

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