• May 7, 2017

Maidstone Hasler race – a close second place

There was drama aplenty at the second Hasler race of 2017. Borrowed boats, misplaced start-lines and last minute changes contributed an element of chaos. But that didn’t stop Royal Canoe Club stealing some much deserve points and silverware.

In Div 9, beginner Martin cruised through in a cool 54.10 minutes to pick up 19points, out of a maximum of 20. He narrowly missed out on promotion, which only means he has the opportunity to bag maximum points at the next race, before climbing up the divisional ladder.

Eleanor and Bella were the second Royal crew home, and bagged 20 points each with their first place result. Hot on their tail, Elise and Erin completed a Royal 1-2 at the top of the podium.

Tom, in his second race in division 8, scored a highly respectable 5th place. He proved that racing is not just for the kids, but also for the parents.

Michael and Harry showed good promise during the weeks training and we were not disappointed by their show on the water. They increased the club’s points tally with a second place result.

Tom and Rosko paired up in a K2 and took the win. In a post-race interview, Rosko had this to say about his winning performance: “I thought it was really good, really enjoyed the race.” A man of many inspiring words, this will be a duo to watch for the upcoming races.

Ruslan is Royal Canoe Club’s only canoe (as opposed to kayak) racer. His lonely figure cuts a tall shadow across the water, as he kneels high in his narrow canoe. Few of us could stay upright in his boat, let alone complete a 4-mile race in choppy waters.

Jack and Ed were probably the youngest pairing in division 5. That didn’t stop them taking a respectable 5th place, not far behind Bea and James Clark who finished 3rd.

Ellen also joined the medal haul in division 5, with 18 points for her K1 result. Here strong performance was rewarded with a promotion to division 4.

In division 3, Aussie Mark complete his first race for Royal and bagged 16 points. Dean suffered severe rudder issues, but took 13 points after a severe rudder control issues.

In the fastest division of the day, Division 2’s Lewis Kirton had to borrow a K1. Busy fixing the boat together, his arrival to start line was delayed and he missed the race. That didn’t stop him catching up the field and taking the win by a good 6 minutes 30 seconds!

This was a good outing for the club and a promising sign of things to come. Every member contributed to the final tally of points, which saw us come in a close second – just beaten by Elmbridge Canoe Club.  Every racer matters and the Hasler series is a great way for beginners to get started.

Here’s to a successful racing season!