And so to our home race.
The sun was shining and the weather smiled on us today, setting the scene for an exciting day of racing. The Anacondas arrived feeling fresher than usual for a race day, ready to take on the visitors on our home turf.
We also did our best to make our visitors feel as welcome as possible and our club bakers had excelled themselves with the variety and amount of cakes, cookies and snacks on offer on our cake stall. Tuck in everyone, make your boats as heavy as you can mwhahahahah... ahem.
Evil plans aside, it was a day of close and exciting racing for everyone. The Anacondas were out in force and this event saw the return of the Anaconda Toos ready to take on all challengers and eager to show the Anacondas how it's done.
The ladies fought hard in the S12 to take third place overall, chasing Firestorm in first place and Amathus Ladies in second.
The Open S12 crew finished third in a very tight race but were bumped up into second place after Soaring Dragons were given a one-second time penalty for finishing out of their lane.
In the S20s the Anaconda Toos took 10th place as they absolutely stormed ahead of the competition in the bowl minor final, finishing over four seconds ahead of the second placed crew.
The Anacondas put on a truly spectacular performance, racing against Wraysbury, Typhoon, and Amathus. Chasing Wraysbury to the finish line we ran out of race before we were able to catch up, taking fourth place.
The 2000m races proved to be real crowd pleasers, with both Anaconda crews showing our 'sexy turns' according to one YouTube commentator! There was also some excitement with Amathus losing their steering arm after the last turn of the cup race, costing them some time but not the race thanks to the skills of their helm, who quickly grabbed a paddle from one of the crew and steered the boat across the line to take first place.
The Anaconda Toos finished fifth in the plate final and the Anacondas took fourth place in the cup final.