On to sunny Bristol for race 2 of the BDA league, this picturesque venue once again buzzed with activity and the echoing sound of dragon boat drums.
The journey time had an effect and Notts Anaconda fielded quite a small crew having to borrow 3 ladies from Cambridge Royals to make up numbers in the ladies boat, thanks ladies!
Our first race of the day was the open heat which had us facing off against a combined crew from Soaring Dragons and Typhoon, and St Neots in our own pool boat. We proved quickest off the start and although the other teams pulled back some distance towards the end we finished with a decent 2 second lead, taking us straight through to the semi finals.
Notts Anaconda 01:00.13
Soaring / Typhoon 01:02.25
St Neots 01:02.69
Next up was the ladies heat, this proved to be a hard fight with wash from the juniors boat giving everyone some rough water.
The ladies finished second in their heat behind Exe-Calibre ladies but unfortunately didn't qualify for the semi finals. Next time ladies!
Exe-Calibre Ladies 1:11.55
Notts Ladies 1:12.14
St Neots Ladies: 1:13.05
Once again we faced a familiar lineup in the semi finals (hi guys, its us again) we gritted our teeth and got ready to chase that finish line down. Wraysbury got off to a flying start and pulled a boat length ahead almost immediately but Notts fought hard to chase them down, trading second place with Amathus along the full length of the course! We waited for the results with baited breath for what seemed like an eternity before discovering we had taken second place by less than two tenths of a second!
Notts Anaconda 00:59.51
Now to the major cup final, and more shock as a super speedy Typhoon beat the firm favourites Wraysbury to take first place, with Notts taking home the third place trophy.
Notts Anaconda 00:59.80
The final race of the day saw some very weary and wet crews setting off on the 3.5km pursuit race. Notts fought hard to put in a great time but some controversy saw us impeded in the first turn, losing precious seconds after having to slow down. we took 8th Place with a time of 14:20.63.
Overall it was a great day, the races were (mostly) on time and the weather provided us with some handy sunshine to dry off those wet clothes.