Virus Yole sliding seat skiff last Sunday, after club rowing. It is the double scull version, which can also be used as a single with its ingenious removable riggers and seat rails that extend the whole length of the boat.
The rotomoulded hull is very stable and robust, and self-bailing thanks to the lack of a transom so all you have to do is keep the speed up and all the water runs out the back.
Unfortunately, this also means that when you move forward on the slide (ie backwards on the boat) the stern dips and water rushes back into the boat, which then comes to a halt.
The aluminium oars don't help either, but even with a nice pair of wooden Macons she was a pig to row.
Marcus and Christine Ball took her out too and didn't seem to be very impressed - the picture shows them coming back to land.
I will give the boat one more chance with a pair of full-length carbon fibre Macons that I happen to have.
Meanwhile, here's a picture of the event every father dreads. Darling daughter going to the school prom with some boy. Actually, he seems very nice and is learning Japanese, something I know I don't have the sticktoitiveness or talent to do. But it is a disturbing experience anyway.