Bordeaux Rowing Exchange

City of Bristol Rowing Club have had a great visit from Club d’Aviron de Bordeaux (Emulation Nautique de Bordeaux) rowers this weekend – part of our celebration of the 70th anniversary of the twinning of our cities. It was such a pleasure to host this group of lovely, polite, friendly sportsmen. They were a credit to their club! We all hope this inaugural visit will lead to further exchanges between the clubs in both directions.

The Bordeaux crew had a good, training row yesterday in perfect conditions. They went down the docks, through the city of Bristol and along the Feeder, coxed by CoBRC cox, Paddy (aged 82). Today they had three sprint races against a good CoB crew. Bordeaux took a little time to warm up (especially after a good party on Saturday night at Underfall Yard) and lost the first two. However, they came to life in the final race and took the honours in that one. So, 2-1 to City of Bristol RC this year. Of course, the weekend was not about rivalry (well, perhaps a bit!) but about friendship and building relationships. Plenty of that went on, and every effort will be made by both clubs to keep the exchange going in future years.

It was lovely to have the Lord Mayor of Bristol, Lady Mayoress and Hon Consul for France (Bristol & Bath) down at the Harbourside to watch the racing and meet the crews. The LM also presented the certificates and tee shirts to City of Bristol juniors who have passed their initial ‘start to row’ programme.

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Thanks to all who have helped out!

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