To the Hamble River Raid, where Langstone Cutters fielded three boats for the first time, Solent galleys Langstone Lady and the newly revarnished Bembridge, and Teifi skiff Millie. The weather was fabulous and the beer tent did not run out, both in stark contrast to some previous years.
But the big new trend was a new, higher standard of T-shirt wit.
Hamble River Rowers had these:
My favourite rowing family had two boats in the race, their Bursledon gig Mistress and the Head of the Family's new skiff Cordelia (they said the children don't want to row with them any more as they want to win. How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is, to have a thankless child!).