September 28, 2009

Chester Long Distance Sculls

My favourite event of the whole year took place yesterday, the County of Chester Long Distance Sculls, a 3 1/4 mile race on my own river, the River Dee. There were two divisions and for the first time that I can remember I raced in both of them, in my single in the morning and in my quad in the afternoon.

Steve Walker Grosvenor RC Vet E 4x winner

It was almost perfect conditions, not cold but not hot either and with very little wind. There were 7 single scullers in my age group and I managed to finish 3rd in it, which is where I had hoped to finish. Inevitably though I am gradually slipping down the overall finishing order as the years progress.

In the afternoon we had a cracking scull in our quad, going over the course at a phenomenal 34 strokes per minute and beating our immediate opposition by 2 & 1/2 minutes. And my club, Grosvenor Rowing Club, won the Victor Ludorum trophy for the first time in living memory. So it was a grand day.

Photos are courtesy of Brian Chapman who has been sculling in our quad the last 2 years but is out of action at the moment.

Posted by Stephen Walker at 03:28 PM

September 09, 2009

Southampton Boat Show

Ahoy-Boats will NOT be taking a stand at the Southampton Boat Show again this year. Maybe next year. Meantime I am going to make some new videos of the rowing boats that I offer so look out for them in about a month's time.

But if you want a bargain Yole I have a couple of used ones available. It is very difficult to get hold of these popular boats second hand so don't hesitate or the opportunity will be lost.

If you want to buy a NEW boat of any description with ONLY 15% VAT then it must be DELIVERED to you by 31st Dec 2009, even if you have paid in advance! Revenue and Customs have anti-avoidance legislation in place that means you must pay 17.5% VAT for deliveries on or after 1st Jan 2010.

Posted by Stephen Walker at 10:02 AM