The 2015 Carrow Cup, Norwich

The Carrow Cup race will be held in Norwich on 12th December. It’ll be the 202nd year; so a magnificent tradition, organised by Norwich Rowing Club for both fine and traditional boats. Traditional boats (i.e. Fixed seat – that’s us!) compete on handicap for the Bicentenary Silver Bowl, which was given in 2013 by the Norwich Society.

The traditional boat race is run as a time trial (head race) and there will be a variety of craft competing for the “Bicentenary Bowl”. Any coxed boat, with fixed seats is allowed to compete. The handicap is based on that used in the Great River Race in London, but without the permission of the GRR organisers. In addition there’s a 10% time advantage to women. So, a crew of three men and one woman would get 2.5% advantage etc.

The start is at Pull’s Ferry, which is between the station and cathedral in the heart of Norwich. The handicap is used to arrange the starting order, with the slowest starting first and intervals between starters to reduce overtaking where the river is narrow. This does not always work out!

There is limited availability to launch at Carrow Yacht Club. The slipway is opposite the Whitlingham Boathouses/NRC slipway. Access is from Trowse rail bridge.  An alternative is at Griffin Marina, Griffin Lane, Thorpe St Andrew. Several of the visiting clubs will be launching there.

Adrian Hodge put a short video on YouTube some years ago. Look for Norfolk Skiff Club in the Carrow Cup…

I’ve attempted a map of the course, with a potential launching place. All to be confirmed…

Access to Carrow Yacht Club is as shown on the map. Turn left near the top of the Trowse rail bridge towards Lafarge Aggregates yard, but turn right before the entrance. The route to CYC crosses redundant industrial land (The Deal Ground) and three gates, which will be locked when not in use. Unfortunately this access road is used as a parking place by football fans, which could obstruct our exit after the race.

The course is about 3200m and will take just over 20 mins to row.

Detailed instructions will be issued nearer the time, but the traditional boats will marshall above Bishop Bridge allowing the fine boats to start at Pull’s Ferry. This is convenient for the pub if refreshment is required.

Once the fine boats have cleared the start line, marshals will call the traditional boats in starting order (slowest first). Last year there was 7 mins between the first and last starter.

After the race we recover the boats and attend the prize giving at Norwich Rowing Club (probably at the new Whitlingham Boathouse).