Merry Christmas!

Emma Mitchell By

Well it’s been a pretty exciting end to 2013. We finally got our lovely Doris out on the water! It was awesome taking her for a spin and although a lot tamer than being out on the open ocean we got our first feelings of how it will be out on the Pacific. We also got our first experience of manoeuvring an ocean rowing boat. A learning experience for all as it turns out it’s not easy to turn around in a strong southerly wind when you have no rudder, dagger board or ballast. We owe a big thanks to our lovely friend Mark from Christchurch rowing club who allowed us to hitch a lift back out of the bay. We also took the opportunity to toast Doris with champagne and test out our tea making skills with the jet boil.
We also had our final psych session of 2013 with the ever patient Keith. I’m not sure what we would do without him!
We have all enjoyed having a bit of a rest over Christmas and spending time with our families and friends. However we have also been busy preparing for our next exciting event. Doris and the rest of the Coxless Crew will be at the London Boat Show from 4th – 12th January. Come and visit us, meet Doris, have a go at our rowing machine challenge and win prizes including the chance to come out with us on the boat.
We hope you have all had a great Christmas and see in the New Year with a bang! We’ll see you all in 2014!


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