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A New Era for Henley Whalers (6/10/06)
In September 2006
Henley Whalers entered a new era. The Trevelyans moved away from the Henley
area in August and Molly left her mooring on the Thames for the last time
to compete in the Great River Race on 16th September. After the race we
said our fond farewells and returned to Henley with a different boat -
Vancouver, kindly loaned to us by Richard (Dick) Wynn.
An Uncertain Future (6/10/06)
Having Vancouver in
Henley for the winter is only a temporary arrangement, so the hunt is
on for a longer-term replacement. In the absence of another committed
single owner we are trying for a boat under collective ownership - but
so far our
ambition for a whaler to row and sail is beyond our funds if we can't
raise more money. Thus we are searching for a boat that we can afford
to buy and which will allow us to continue Wednesday night rowing on the
(common otter) - Henley
Whalers' first boat
Picture of Molly by JM
"Fastest Whaler" award at Eddystone Challenge.
Bad weather forced the organisers to run the race up the Tamar and back, but we all agreed it was an excellent day out, and still a great challenge, with no shortage of exciting moments.
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Sunday brought slightly lower winds, allowing a thrilling sail around the breakwater, with s.o.g. 9.8Kts.
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Here we are with Saturday's trophy.
wins "Gold" in first competition!
The Annual Phyllis Court Time Trail, all the warmer for being a few weeks earlier than last year, saw Vancouver winning gongs for "Fastest Whaler".
Rowers, Helmsgirls, and passenger all received "Gold" medals for this precedent-setting result. (See here you disbelievers!)
Do we now have a standard by which to judge future improvement?
(Report supplied by Ton G Ueincheek)
|Help The Skipper
Define his Job
Honoured by being elected (first)* "Skipper" of our new vessel, I wonder if you each have your own expectations of my role.
*(I realise I could be voted out.)
From purely nautical point of view, I am totally confident of overseeing the safe operation of the ship.
An area in which I would prefer to defer to others, is that of technique and style of oar-handling, i.e. the most efficient use of oars. We've got real rowers for that.
Please tell me what you expect, and I will aim to deliver.
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