Phoenix Shed Trustee Chris Freeman and his rowing team pulled off the double in the St Gemma’s Hospice Windermere Row that took place on 1 and 2 of July.
The crew, Graham, Chris and John were a man short this year, but the threesome still managed to beat stiff opposition to win the 10 miles row by 8 minutes and the 21 miles row by a staggering 56 minutes. Not only that, but this is their 12th consecutive win. How Oarsome is that?
Chris went to the St Gemma’s Hospice Garden Party last Sunday to collect their trophies and got a mighty surprise when their team, John Mercer and Friends, were awarded the Dorris Miller Lifetime Achievement Award. The crew have been competing in the event since 1995 and in 1997 Chris made a rudder to allow them to keep the boat going in the right direction.
Fast forward to 2014 and Chris made 11 wooden rudders for the Hospice to help any crew that wanted to borrow a rudder. Another urgent request for more rudders came to Chris last year and he naturally went to The Phoenix Shed to get help. Local builder, Dave Ellis provided the plastic UPVC sheet needed and the guys at The Shed set to and managed to make 18 rudders in just 13 weeks.
The rudders have all been made to the original design that Chris came up with in 1997. the design allows the rudders to be lifted in shallow water so that they don’t foul the bottom, which could so easily break them. The Windermere Boatmen love them too because they don’t damage the boats when they’re fitted correctly.