By Steven Sullivan
A late change to the Red Rose Sprint date between all Lancaster based rowing clubs meant that this year's event ran a little bit chaotically:
- one club didn't know that the event was running,
- the initial timetrial had to be scrapped,
- the last crew turned up 45 minutes late,
- one sculler had a 4+ handicap and a mixed 2x racing as female!
The main highlight of the event was the JOG 4x (favourites) extending the handicap that the LRGS 4+ had to make it "fairer", then the JOG crew caught a crab which allowed the boys to go on and win the first semi-final race.
By the end of racing 8 crews had raced down three times from the Aqueduct to the Club for a final placing of:
- LUBC/JOG 8+
- LRGS 4+
- JOG 4x
- LRGS 1x
- JOG 4x (vets)
- LRGS 2x A
- LRGS 2x B
- LRGS 4x+
JOG went on to win the event by virtue of having 8 men in the top three boats, LSRA placed second as they had 8 participants, LRGS placed third as they had 5 participants, and LUBC placed last as they only had 4 participants.