British Rowing Sculling Gala   Leave a comment

GB Rowing held their second Sculling Festival at the National Water Sports Centre this weekend (16th/17th August 2014). The Sculling Festival is a national event and is open to any registered member of a club affiliated to any Great Britain rowing body.

The Festival is aimed at anyone looking to improve their skills in a single scull and with the drive and ambition to continue Great Britain’s position as the top rowing nation in the world. As well as the main event, the weekend offered a Beginners’ event for those genuinely in their first year of the sport, with races generally being run over a shorter distance. Participation over the 2 days of competition also included a barbecue on the evening of Saturday 16 August.

But what was really a joy to behold from a photographer’s point of view was so many happy competitors involved in not just racing but also in a series of Skills & Maneuverability tests! These involved standing up in a rowing boat no deeper than a saucer and turning around 360 degrees! A tremendous amount of fun – for those watching as well as those taking part.

Thanks once again to British Rowing for the friendliness and hospitality they extended to me. More pictures can be found here:

Here’s a link to the British Rowing site’s report on the event (with my pics – hurrah!):

Here’s the event in words and pictures:

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There was normal rowing too of course – with lost of races taking place on Saturday and Sunday…..

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Skill come be tested by doing such things as 360 standing turns! Shown being accomplished here with aplomb! But …. there was also a tremendous amount of opportunity to fall in.

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Which some people (this is Tim) grasped with both hands……

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And threw themselves into it with great abandon.

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Nice one Tim!


This was strenuous just to watch!


But everybody seemed to enjoy the challenge.

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Even though they were under constant scrutiny from the judges and officials.

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Unfortunately for this competitor stylishly hoinking your boat back and forth on dry land wasn’t one of the official events.

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And nobody needed to be told to pull their socks up!


And there was always a helping hand ready to assist.

(C) Copyright Drew Smith Photography


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