FBC Summer Rally was another Success!

sponsored by Farndon Marina

7th, 8th & 9th Sep 2018


FBC News Editor

2018 Farndon Boat Club Summer Rally kicked off on Friday evening with fun and games in the marquee with Knots Bar & Restaurant providing food and drink, as usual, the family fun and games soon got serious with members and visitors keen to win the prizes & cash on offer. We won’t mention their names, but some took the competitions a little too serious. 

Saturday started with the registration for the weekend boat handling and skills-based competitions. 


Throughout the day spectators perused the marquee.

The rally weekend was graced with the presence of the Dogs Trust, RNLI, Scouts and FBC Wine & Water and FBC Tombola stalls.

This year we were introduced to the first FBC Bake Off, with a great selection of cakes we were all spoilt for choice. Congratulations to all those that entered...

The club also ran for the first time a boat jumble stall giving boat owners the opportunity to sell some of their unwanted boat accessories/items and pick up a bargain too.

Stalls in the marquee...

With the weather holding (just), boat handling competitions commenced at the entrance of the marina on the River Trent. It was good to see lots of boats entering the different disciplines including some new to boating giving it a go.

 As the rain subsided, spectators were given not one, not two, but three fly pasts by the Lancaster Bomber

Saturday evening provided boaters the opportunity to share stories about their boating season. New couple-based games were introduced along with a modern disco giving all the opportunity to show their moves on the dance floor.

We all woke to a cloudy but a warm Sunday morning. As the sky brightened up; the competitions got underway with the river bank and footbridge lined with spectators. As the boat handling competitions finished and the pool competitions began.

The weather continued to be nice throughout Sunday, the decision to run the Grand Duck Race out on the River Trent was made. 


NB/ no ducks were harmed during the race...


A big thank you to the individuals who donated some fantastic prizes and money:

  • Kathy & Dave Fillingham (San Jamie)

  • Stefan and Anne Rzepinski (Jipster)

  • Karen Thomas

  • Lee Rudd & Sonja Ellis (Prose Echo)

  • Farndon Boat House

  • Knots Bar & Restaurant

  • Sallie Roberts (China Girl)

  • Rob & Jo Ellison (Odin)

  • Farndon Marina

  • Newark Marina

  • and to those that donated on the day...

The ticket drawing of the Grand Duck Race was swiftly followed by the prize giving for the boat handling competitions and the competitions that took place in the pool.

The Commodore Cruise....

The committee would like to thank the following people for giving up some of their time over the weekend to help make 2018 Summer Rally a success:

  • Janet and Paul Ainsworth (Farndon Marina) - main sponsors

  • Alex Boden (Farndon Marina) - Exhibitors

  • Stuart Parker (Merlin) and Martin Savage (Sea Otter) - Judges

  • John Skinner (Tarka) - Events Compare

  • Miles Lowther (Afeica) and Rob Ellison (Odin) - Competition Course Layout

  • Lee Rudd (Prose Echo) - Rally Advertising and Communication

  • Sallie Roberts (China Girl) and Lee Rudd (Prose Echo) - Friday Night Entertainment

  • Dave Fillingham (San Jamie), Stefan and Anne Rzepinski (Jipster) - manning the Safety Boat

  • Lee Rudd (Prose Echo) and Kayleigh Reddish (Making Memories) - FBC Boat Jumble Stall

  • Tracey Templeton and Pauline Hind (Temptation); Sallie Roberts (China Girl); Jo Ellison (Odin); Amanda Ayres (Afeica) - FBC Bake Off, Wine & Water and Tombola Stalls

  • Chris Bowles (MoonShadow) and Peter Barnard - RNLI

  • Lynne Wright (Calypso) & Ladies - Dogs Trust

  • Mike Bools - Competition Registration Stand

  • Brad Wilson - Safety Officer & Organiser

  • Tracey Templeton - Rowing Class Instructor


The committee is asking members to provide feedback via either the clubs website, Facebook Group or on email for the coming boating season 2019. Suggestions wanted regarding activities and events that members would like to participate in throughout the year, with specific details and examples would help in the planning of suggested events.


Don't forget, the AGM meeting and the Laying up Supper on November 10th, 2018 at Knots Bar & Restaurant.


See the club's website for further information: www.farndonboatclub.co.uk