Fixed-seat rowers do battle in Essex

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Close to 100 rowers took on a tempestuous River Blackwater on December 29th for the Maldon Little Ship Club’s annual Sponsored Row.

The fundraiser covered a 5km course at Hythe Quay, Maldon – raising money for the Royal National Lifeboat Institute (RNLI).

Awards on offer at the fun-filled event for fixed-seat rowers included Fastest Men’s and Women’s Boats, a Cadet Class trophy for U15s, and the hotly contested award for Best Fancy Dress.

“I cannot praise more the stoicism of the crews who battled with the elements and created a great atmosphere of both competition and camaraderie,” organiser John Rogers said. “We had one of the best events ever.”

“It is a huge responsibility having over 100 people out on the water in such inclement conditions, but it is down to the enthusiasm and determination of all the individuals who take part which makes an event so successful.”

Over £8,000 was raised at the annual fundraiser, which is now in its 35th year. The next Sponsored Row will be held on New Year’s Day 2014.

For more information about the Maldon Little Ship Club, visit http://www.mlsc.org.uk/.

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