It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. The worst bit was the appallingly bad crew names:
Oarll the trimmings (313): 8.37.8
The Gravy Boat (308): 8.47.8
Eight too much (311): 9.13.3
Prawn Coxtail (309): 9.19.7
Rowst Poartatoes: 9.20.9
It would probably be unfair to say which was which, since Simon did a good job of mixing us up. Suffice to say that I won :-). To start with, the often-unsung heroes and ines who pull the strings.
(all pix are nicked from Rob Roy, BTW, since Paul-the-official-photographer had a little accident after the party, or so I'm told).
So much for the shouty bits at the back. What of the powerhouses?
There was a good crop of costumes this year, too many to pull out individually. The "captain's prize" list was Dave "cabbagehead" Byrne, #2. But I've forgotten who was #1 and #3! Never mind, someone will remind me. I'm fairly sure Chris "carrot rasta" Wood didn't get his just deserts.
As you'll observe, some were unwise enough to wear costumes so voluminous that they got in the way of rowing - notable winners in this department included Steven and more particularly Simon L, who went to absurd lengths. I did not fall into this foolish trap, you'll notice.
While I'm here, I should congratulate Bailee on her fantastic result in the British indoor rowing championship, coming 8th in the 2k and gaining an incredible silver medal in the 500m! (only losing by .4 of a second, in a time of 1.38.8, to someone who had not done the 2k).
For reference, boats and crews were:
The Gravy Boat (P O'Kane)
Will M -cox
Prawn Coxtail (Walker)
Eight Too Much (Webb)
Row-st P-oar-tatoes (Octocox)
Oarll The Trimmings (Dawntreader)