Tuesday, 13 December 2011
Row, row, row, row the boat
Here's a rare sight - a rowing crew gliding through Saltaire on the canal. Bradford Amateur Rowing Club has its boathouse on the River Aire up by Hirst Weir, on land given to them by Sir Titus Salt in 1893. You can often see rowers practising there, but I don't think I've ever seen them on this stretch of water. We've had a lot of rain lately and there are flood warnings on some of our rivers so I can only assume that the river itself is too swollen and dangerous to use at the moment. The canal looks fuller than usual, actually.
I know little about rowing so I can't say for sure what type of boat this is. The four oarsmen have two oars each so Wikipedia tells me that they are sculling. They have a cox too though. They must be dedicated, to be out practising on a Sunday morning in December in the rain.