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BS: Excellent Boat Races yesterday!!

Bonzo3legs 05 Apr 21 - 11:59 AM
Bonzo3legs 05 Apr 21 - 01:16 PM
Rain Dog 05 Apr 21 - 01:38 PM
Backwoodsman 05 Apr 21 - 02:05 PM
punkfolkrocker 05 Apr 21 - 02:46 PM
Bonzo3legs 05 Apr 21 - 03:36 PM
Backwoodsman 05 Apr 21 - 04:07 PM
Bonzo3legs 05 Apr 21 - 04:37 PM
SPB-Cooperator 06 Apr 21 - 04:58 AM
Bonzo3legs 06 Apr 21 - 08:08 AM
EBarnacle 06 Apr 21 - 11:55 AM
Bonzo3legs 06 Apr 21 - 03:52 PM
Joe Offer 06 Apr 21 - 04:11 PM
EBarnacle 06 Apr 21 - 07:37 PM
Steve Shaw 07 Apr 21 - 06:45 AM
Raggytash 07 Apr 21 - 07:06 AM
Big Al Whittle 07 Apr 21 - 09:16 AM
Mo the caller 07 Apr 21 - 12:36 PM
Raggytash 07 Apr 21 - 01:13 PM
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Subject: BS: Excellent Boat Races yesterday!!
From: Bonzo3legs
Date: 05 Apr 21 - 11:59 AM

Excellent Boat Races from both men and ladies yesterday afternoon from the Great Ouse near Ely!!


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Subject: RE: BS: Excellent Boat Races yesterday!!
From: Bonzo3legs
Date: 05 Apr 21 - 01:16 PM

All the more interesting for us because they took place just a few miles from where we now go for our holiday!!


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Subject: RE: BS: Excellent Boat Races yesterday!!
From: Rain Dog
Date: 05 Apr 21 - 01:38 PM

Have you by any chance written a poem about it?


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Subject: RE: BS: Excellent Boat Races yesterday!!
From: Backwoodsman
Date: 05 Apr 21 - 02:05 PM

They were excellent races, far better than those Thames Tideway processional nonsenses. Took me back to my competitive rowing days in the ‘60s and ‘70s.


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Subject: RE: BS: Excellent Boat Races yesterday!!
From: punkfolkrocker
Date: 05 Apr 21 - 02:46 PM

My grandad used to run the boating pond at a local holiday camp, when I was a kid.
I think he got the job because he was a Dunkirk hero,
and so was bound to know a thing or two about boats..

I'd get free goes on a rowing boat first thing in the morning on my summer holidays.

Unfortunately that was not sufficient experience to qualify me for either Oxford or Cambridge.

So I went to a lefty Polytechnic instead to study class war...


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Subject: RE: BS: Excellent Boat Races yesterday!!
From: Bonzo3legs
Date: 05 Apr 21 - 03:36 PM

Why ever would I wish to write a poem about it??


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Subject: RE: BS: Excellent Boat Races yesterday!!
From: Backwoodsman
Date: 05 Apr 21 - 04:07 PM

”Unfortunately that was not sufficient experience to qualify me for either Oxford or Cambridge.

So I went to a lefty Polytechnic instead to study class war...”


You’d have fitted in fine at my local rowing club, pfr - all very ‘working-class”, not a university student or posh bloke among us, we were engineering shop-floor workers, electricians, car-mechanics, fire-fighters, office-clerks, A&E nurses, bus-drivers, you name it...

The idea that rowing is for public-school kids and Oxbridge students is very much out-dated and, quite simply, wrong-headed.


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Subject: RE: BS: Excellent Boat Races yesterday!!
From: Bonzo3legs
Date: 05 Apr 21 - 04:37 PM

Likewise polo!!


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Subject: RE: BS: Excellent Boat Races yesterday!!
From: SPB-Cooperator
Date: 06 Apr 21 - 04:58 AM

Missed it. What is all this c**p about the name? GEMINI boat race????? It is, and always has been called The Boat Race the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race or the University Boat Race. Or have I missed something where Oxford and Cambridge Universities have merged to form Gemini Universities or universities have now been re-designated as geminis? Or are they now contesting the race in gemini dinghies instead of rowing boats.


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Subject: RE: BS: Excellent Boat Races yesterday!!
From: Bonzo3legs
Date: 06 Apr 21 - 08:08 AM

Sponsorship perhaps - orders from the cheque book for these extraordinary people to display the antics of some hideous disco before getting down to the serious business of rowing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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Subject: RE: BS: Excellent Boat Races yesterday!!
From: EBarnacle
Date: 06 Apr 21 - 11:55 AM

If you want to see good competitive rowing, get involved with one of the groups that use Whitehall boats. No college degree required.
First we build them, then we row them.


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Subject: RE: BS: Excellent Boat Races yesterday!!
From: Bonzo3legs
Date: 06 Apr 21 - 03:52 PM

Possibly not to Olympic standard, which is why I always watch the Boat Race.


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Subject: RE: BS: Excellent Boat Races yesterday!!
From: Joe Offer
Date: 06 Apr 21 - 04:11 PM

Oh, are you talking human-powered boats? I was picturing the hydroplane speedboat races I used to watch on the Detroit River when I was a kid. Those were cool.

Human-powered boat races are cool, too. The Boys in the Boat is a "non-fiction novel" about the US boat team in the 1936 Berlin Olympics. It's a fascinating book to read, even if I've never heard of a "nonfiction novel." I suppose that's a pretty good description, though. It's factual, but reads like a novel.


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Subject: RE: BS: Excellent Boat Races yesterday!!
From: EBarnacle
Date: 06 Apr 21 - 07:37 PM

Emphases changed but based on fact. It's a good read.


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Subject: RE: BS: Excellent Boat Races yesterday!!
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 07 Apr 21 - 06:45 AM

They entered him for rowing on the boat-race day
He lost his oar and m********** all the way
They won by half a length but were disqualified
For splashing the spectators on the Surrey side

Don't blame me: there's a thread on it! :-)


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Subject: RE: BS: Excellent Boat Races yesterday!!
From: Raggytash
Date: 07 Apr 21 - 07:06 AM

Whitby in North Yorkshire has a regatta which today consists of rowing races, at sea. Various crews from 3 rowing clubs race a variety of distances depending on age and gender. The races, originally for yachts, have been going on for over 170 years.


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Subject: RE: BS: Excellent Boat Races yesterday!!
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 07 Apr 21 - 09:16 AM

I used to run the boating lake too. (I wasn't a veteran.) The main qualification you needed was to be strong enough to lift the boats out of the water and turn them upside down to get the water out


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Subject: RE: BS: Excellent Boat Races yesterday!!
From: Mo the caller
Date: 07 Apr 21 - 12:36 PM

Ah, Whitby regatta. Cursed by those looking for accommodation for Whitby Folk Week when the 2 clash.


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Subject: RE: BS: Excellent Boat Races yesterday!!
From: Raggytash
Date: 07 Apr 21 - 01:13 PM

True Mo, Basically it is down to the awkward attitude of the regatta organisers.

A few years ago I had a long talk with two of them, they suggested it was down to the time and height of the tides.

I got a tide table and showed them that two weeks prior the BIGGEST differences in the tides was 100mm (about 4 inches) and 13 minutes.

They wouldn't talk to me after that!


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