June 27, 2004

Henley Royal Regatta

I am off to Henley-on-Thames for Henley Royal Regatta tomorrow, Monday, for the week in my capacity as head coach for Manchester University Boat Club.

The men's 1st VIII have drawn Imperial College (B), which is better than drawing IC (A) like we did two years ago in the first round. As they have qualified and our 2nd VIII haven't we know that they will be no pushover but we are well prepared and looking forward to the unique challenge that Henley Royal Regatta's match racing tradition presents.

I will be contactable most of the time but there are times and places at Henley when the mobile has to be switched off.

Posted by Stephen Walker at 08:12 PM

June 10, 2004

Back from France

What a fantastic time we had on the Quiberon peninsula! The weather was pretty miserable virtually the whole time except for the day we all sailed from Port Haliguen to the island of Houat. Then it was brilliant sunshine with a good wind. We ran out and beat back, making about 6 knots in each direction. Not much opportunity for reaching but the little we did was exhilarating.

The hospitality was exceptional, as always, with a picnic on Houat and a hearty evening meal in a marquee accompanied by Breton music and followed by Breton dancing.

And yes, this was work. I had to go. I brought a new Magnum 21 demonstrator back with me and I have much to discuss with my French colleagues when I am there. Life is tough sometimes.

Posted by Stephen Walker at 09:35 AM