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‘Twas the night before…. the big Thames win…

September 15, 2013

Twas the night before Christmas the Great River Race,

And all through the house campsite, 

Not a creature was stirring – except Nick and Ali.

LM night before the raceThe boats had been trailered to the Isle of Dogs with care,

In hopes that all the rest of the crew soon would get there.

Woudrichem photo our 'Beautiful Boats'By midnight Coigach were nestled snug in their tents,

While visions of their long journey south danced in their heads…

LM Crofters all!

LM a pint of Doom at the Ham TapEarlier the ‘local’ had been enjoyed by the lot… 

The hog-roast and ‘Doombar’ had fair hit the spot.

When in the camp marquee, there arose such a clatter

The Dutch Oompah band was drowning out the chatter!

LM Dutch oompah band Fri night in the tentThe moon on the bodies of the late-revelling rowers

Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below us

But all too soon the crack of dawn arose 

And knackered rowers, groaning, climbed into damp clothes.

Now Alison! Now Calum! Now Grethe! Now Dan! 

 Now Lesley, Nick, Seumas, Gerry, Mark, Ish, Alan and Sam!

More rapid than eagles the buses they came                                                                  

And the stewards had everyone checked on by name.

CP launch 2 all but Dan

CP launch plus flag and nameAnd so through the Thames mud, slithered the rowers

Taking time to get the craic with all the other oar-ers

Our old friends from Holland had the Groot & Grut close by…

Groot & grut woudrichem friends

…And Lesley was interviewed by the telly folk from Dubai!

TR launch big viewThen into the Thames the bonny skiffs they rowed

Each boat with six crew and  a load of bananas stowed.

As dry leaves before a wild hurricane blow, 

When the start horn went, the ‘Coigach Lass’ and ‘Lily~Rose’ were  GO!

CP Just StartedThey pulled on their oars, they didn’t need a whistle,

And away they all flew  like the down of a thistle! 

They spoke hardly a word but went straight up the river 

Passing boats left and right with hardly a quiver…

Ed M Crossing the line Lily Rose

Sheard C Lass from a bridge

Sheard LR from a bridge

the 2 skiffs skiffin past london hi rises CPNeck and neck for a while strove on the two boats

But the ‘Coigach Lass’ rowers were feeling their oats…       

Coigach Lass winning for Ully Ed M…And pulling ahead of all opposition

2 mins. ahead of the ‘Lily~Rose’ –  they secured First Position!

(Mixed 4-oar section!)

04_-_smallTheir eyes how they twinkled, their dimples how merry….!

celebration Coigach Lass crew NG…Their cheeks were like roses, their noses like cherries! (…on the cider)

But we heard them exclaim as they all flew North out of sight…

NG-Great River Race - before -                             Happy rowing to all – and to all a goodnight!

LM the Spong Trophy among the litter of triumph

With huge apologies to the original, classic poem…… 🙂

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