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Boat awaiting crew

Line of crew registering

A boat crew walking onto the plastic pontoon where the boats were moored and the judges had their podium

Smiling coxswain

Lifeguards (while we were there they didn't have a chance to practise their skills, luckily)

The drummer's stick is raised for the first stroke, the oars raised together

The stick falls, the oars bite the water. I am told that this crew were not very well coordinated; they impressed me, though.

Neck and neck

Having been first to seize the banner from a buoy along the river, the cox hands it to the judges, making his boat the winner of this race

Waving cox

Dog in a bag

This dog belonged to one of the competitors' relatives. It seemed perfectly happy. I suppose that at least this position kept it out of harm's way.