Tuesday 29 January 2008

Cornish Flashboats

5h- flashboat mens four oars
Originally uploaded by Brave Tales
The Cornish race these light, slim boats and it looks like Grade A fun, despite my natural aversion to exertion or competition in any form. Flashboats are apparently so-called because an old fashioned builder of the heavy traditional workboats that used to be raced until the latter part of the 19th century were losing to specially-built, lightweight racing boats. "Bloody flash boats," he called them, and the name stuck.
This great pic of mens fours racing in Cornwall last year was taken by Brave Tales on Flickr.

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