does some serious Umpire work
Reading Town Regatta was originally established in 1877 as the
Reading Working Men's Regatta and received Royal Patronage in
is over the "Dreadnought Reach" and is quite short at
800 metres, so the race times can be quite fast.
being prepared for some umpire work during the afternoon at the
The morning was a bit
damp with the promise of more rain to follow. As it turned out
the weather was OK, only light winds and very little rain - ideal
conditions for racing
First task while raising
steam was to try and clear the prop which had a bundle of weed
picked up at Beale Park, this weed was causing an annoying vibration
on the rudder. Consuta does not have a weed hatch, and we don't
regret not fitting one; however debrie removal can be a bit of
a drama. The boathook was able to probe it but couldn't budge
the bundle on the prop boss so what do we do? Send for a diver!
Sonning base mooring
Paul Smith volunteered
to strip off and see if he could clear the prop by hand. It turned
out to be a mix of rope sticks and weed.
This finally came
free by pulling and gentley barring the engine over.
bit of rope!
rubbish doesn't look very much does it? but definately worth
The umpire launches and Consuta moored up during the
Majestic and Consuta
Doesn't it look deserted?
however very deceptive.When racing resumes the scene is very
busy with races starting at five minute intervals
was (I believe) the senior 2 coxless fours - Abingdon RC v Thames
a fast race, sorry don't have the times, I was told that Consuta
was up to 450 rpm on the engine for most of the run, probably
about 13/14 mph
half way down the course following the coxless four race
pictures later - return to Calendar
Two pictures of Majestic
following a woman's Coxless four race.
Majestic was previously
named Magnolia. Built by Sam Saunder in 1902 with an electric
motor, she is only 40 ft and also has the same stitched hull
construction first used with Consuta.
carrying 11 persons the same number as on the 50ft Consuta see
in the pictures above, but looks more crowded, even though less
space is taken up by the engine. A much smaller launch
Majestic was extensively
restored in 1985.
If you would like to be involved with
our historic project please contact Brian Smith
email@example.com Volunteers are
always needed to help maintain and run Consuta. Why not give me
a call on 01488 658795