The fifth championships of the English Rowing Club
During the anniversary celebration, when the founded archive papers about the English Rowing club’s history were publicized, the Club’s Board decided to run the club championships in new terms and with a new formulation. In archives it was found that the annual club’s race took place, according to the statute, on the third Sunday of July, along the 1.5 km (5250ft) course. Repeatingthese rules in full was not possible this year due to bad weather and the race course was reduced approximately down to 600m. Nine rowers raced for the Champion title, and at the first time the semi-finals were included into the Championships program. The main final saw the defending club’s champion A.Konovalov, going through his second sportive youth veteran A.Fedorov and keeping wonderful fitness A.Kabaylov.
The race promised to be interesting, but the weather prevented it – big waves disturbed rowers right up to the late evening, when organizers could not delay the race anymore. As a result Alexander Kabaylov became the new club’s champion, by overtaking Alexey Fedorov at the finish line. The Club’s Board plans next year to finalize the improvement and stabilize the format of the club championships. It’s worth to remember that in the “former” history of ERC, the championship (annual race) was held in four boat classes: single, coxed double, coxed pair and coxed four. The “Silver sculls” prize was competed for in singles. The Club’s Board will need to integrate in optimal way the historical traditions to the modern club’s realia. That is possible that increasing the variety of boat classes will meet the interests of these realia.