The Hexhaminer- May 2018
Well it’s almost here! Regatta time again and the club needs your help to make it as big a success as possible.
There’s enough water in the river, the weather forecast is OK and a dastardly plan to shorten the course has been thwarted... now there’s just the small matter of coping with 1,000 plus competitors and staging a race every two minutes between 8:30 am and the finish.
As always, we aim to make Hexham the friendliest, most welcoming and most efficient regatta on the North East circuit, and everyone can do their bit to help.
Volunteers are needed from 10 am on Friday for jobs like putting out buoys, assembling number packs, sourcing tables and chairs, putting out signage and erecting tents and gazebos.
People are also wanted from 7:00 am on Saturday to do things like install the PA system, erect the start gazebo and entries table and put up umpires’ umbrellas.
Helpers will be organised into three shifts on regatta day itself, 8:30 am to 12:30 pm, 12:30 pm till 4:00 pm and 4:00 pm until the finish, around 8:00 pm. If you haven’t put your name forward yet and can do one, two or even three shifts, Elizabeth Waterman is managing the rota and can be contacted on email@example.com
Everyone knows just how busy it gets. The more people who make themselves available, the easier it is for Elizabeth to get all the jobs covered. And you’ll probably have fun as well!
Entries for the regatta have been coming in thick and fast and before the cull of crews without competition, Catherine was reporting 360 plus crews wanting to race, ranging from our near neighbours to clubs as far away as Abingdon. Chester-le-Street is currently topping the poll for the most entries, with a whopping 42 crews. Go ClS!
The provisional draw is imminent and it will go straight out on the website. A new development this year will be the use of EasyRegatta software. Everyone can download the app for free and then enjoy live results throughout the day.
A final word on volunteering. The juniors will again be running a cake and savoury stall and any contributions either in food or time will be gratefully received by Nicci. Get in touch on firstname.lastname@example.org
The Club chairman has thoughtfully dug into his recipe book and sent in two tried and trusted recipes for cake stall items, which are attached.
The juniors will also be running a raffle and many of you will have seen Nicci’s plea for more prizes. This can be anything from a bottle of wine, a box of chocolates or a voucher for any goods or services... free haircut, meal out etc. Please be generous and again get in touch with Nicci direct.
And finally, speaking of the juniors, they followed up an exceptional performance at the Tees Regatta with another productive day at Wansbeck at the weekend. They put out eight crews, which all performed well. The WJ14 4x+ were minus Toni-Louise Brown, who was on holiday, but with Eliza Nicholson sitting in, they had a comfortable win by some distance over St Leonard’s. Lucy Thorpe and Hayley Hannant then went on to beat another St Leonard’s crew in the final of the WJ14 2x.
Well done to Gabe Wells Johnson and Aidan Wright in the J14 2x. They won their heat by a distance and their final by two boat lengths.
There were wins for some of the seniors too, but the talking point of the day was the medals for the women’s masters crew, who despite a rather meandering course, came home with a win when their opposition were disqualified. Then there was the Old Gits’ masters F crew, who were only narrowly beaten by a Chester-le-Street D crew, despite not being allowed their full handicap!
And finally, finally
It’s been confirmed that Chester-le-Street Regatta will go ahead on 8 September, after being postponed in April. Remember, you read it here first last month!
BROWNIE TRAY BAKE
Plain flour 1 lb 12 oz
Margarine 1 lb 4 oz
Granulated sugar 1 lb 4 oz
Cocoa 3 oz
Vanilla essence 1 tsp
Melt margarine, add in rest of ingredients.
Press into greased baking tray
Brush with water, sprinkle with granulated sugar.
Bake 15 mins Gas Mark 3 / 160C /325F
½ cup oil 2 cups plain flour
1½ cup sugar 1 tsp bicarb
½ cup cocoa 1 tsp salt
3 eggs 2 tsp baking powder
1 cup yoghurt 1 cup boiling water
Mix oil, sugar, cocoa. Add eggs, yoghurt.
Add remaining dry ingredients (flour, bicarb, salt, baking powder)
Mix well. Add boiling water, mix quickly then bake immediately in well greased tin
30 mins Gas Mark 4 / 180C/ 350F