Cockleshell Challenge

Perfect weather; beautiful location; a warm welcome and a great day’s racing. Our deepest thanks to the Eastney Cruising Association for making us really welcome to their event (we are deeply envious of your magnificent clubhouse and facilities!). The 3 races held on the Saturday left us quite exhausted but ready for the evening’s BBQ and excellent beer. (The chilli burgers made Julian gasp a bit but the huge sea bass caught 2 hours earlier was magnificent!) To cap it all; we came away with the ECA Commodore’s Challenge Trophy!

Julian, Nat, Jon and Del pulled like Trojans to take the last race (I’m not sure I added a lot, shouting from the Cox’s seat) and we all learnt a lot about competing against a variety of different boats.

We didn’t make the Sunday race as some wanted to see Portsmouth docks and I didn’t want to be dragging the boat around the M25 later in the day; If more people come next year (possibly both skiffs?) we may be able to do both days.

Given the opportunity, we will be back next year!

 

Author: Bob Panrucker

"If you believe me, my young friend, there is nothing - absolutely nothing, half so worth doing as - simply messing around in boats!"

4 thoughts on “Cockleshell Challenge”

  1. Thanks Bob, a great write up describing a great event and a very welcoming host club. I’m in for next year. Well done to all the team.

  2. It was a wonderful weekend. Our team were by far the best!
    Thanks to ECA for
    their superior hospitality.
    Hope to return soon

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