Upton RC Tour to Wirral 30th May – 1st June

Seven club members got off to a wretched start thanks to heavy traffic on both M5 and M6 and it was nearly 7.00 pm before we arrived at our hotel in Greasby.  Treasurer of Liverpool Victoria RC had kindly asked us to a meal on Friday night. Outside their house Pauline stumbled on uneven pavement and fractured her femur close to the hip. Full ceramic hip replacement operation on Monday morning with Terry on bedside duty. Amazingly they were both back home on Wednesday.

Saturday morning was “free time”. Found we were on a convenient bus route so being such a vibrant young club bus passes to the fore. Joined the tourists and crossed the ”Ferry to the Mersey” though none of us could remember the words. Walked round the rejuvenated docks and admired the Liver Birds before taking the bus back through the tunnel and enjoy a chat with the very friendly locals.

LV Visit June 2014Off to Grosvenor RC in the afternoon using park and ride in Chester. 1800s black and white Boat House on banks of Welsh Dee. As we were down two rowers, LV produced three sit-ins to make up an 8 with our club contact Heather Parry coxing. Rowing upstream was like rowing on the Thames at Marlow with very expensive real estate lining the banks.

LV Visit June 2014After rehydration at a nearby pub it was back to the Hotel for a shower and a meal next door with LV members .

On Sunday morning we were off to Liverpool Victoria RC in dockland at Wallasey. We were all envious of their boathouse on two floors with gym, showers and bar, all above a spacious boat store stuffed with boats.

LV Visit June 2014The club is restricted to rowing on about a mile of dock with moored freighters and warships alongside. Our 8, again crewed by pressed volunteers from LV, was coxed by Greer who with her renowned vocal cords declined the use of a cox box. Peter at stroke has been suffering with ear drum problems ever since! Structured row with a very vibrant Club.  With one less car we were very grateful to Sheila for whisking us home in her well packed Jag.

LV Visit June 2014 A big thanks to LVRC and GRC for making us so welcome and arranging a very enjoyable weekend.

Ian Mackie