Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Have a Look!

"Have a look" ... is the expression to use, if you want to get a sculler's attention, rapidly. One nearly rammed our stern, and ended up in our propeller, as we were travelling up from Iffley lock. But, yelling this at them avoided the collision. We also spotted the sculler who'd crashed into us on our last visit to Oxford. So the experience hadn't put him off sculling. Which was good to see.

It seems like complete and utter madness, to be rowing yourself backwards, and into the path of all sorts of river traffic, without mirrors. I really don't understand it's popularity, myself. I appreciate that it has a long and historic tradition with the colleges. But they didn't have tripboats, and speeding cruisers to contend with, back in the day.



  1. AnonymousJuly 28, 2011

    I'm genuinely surprised that Health & Safety haven't insisted they have wingmirrors on their boats. seen a couple of people with caps and mirrors attached. but none on boats. would have thought it would be "common sense". but i suppose that is in short supply, in Oxford. :)