Swanbourne Cup Mixed Board Rescue
Firstly thank you to Peran Bishop and Ben Juengling for their assistance in the setting of the string line, to a more than acceptable level of taut-ness. Thank you also to Erin Gallagher and the Nippers for loan of the string line. Thanks also to Cherie McLachlan and Leesa Equid for officiating! Thanks also to the Peran Bishop and Tony Leaversuch for retrieving the string line, washing everything and putting it away.
The easterly was in for the day, so flat conditions with not much assistance for the mixed board paddle. So it was going to come down to a drag race and which teams got their timing and positioning right.
Jules and Gunz thought they had a Swanbourne Cup at last only for Tilly and Clancy to slowly reel them back in from 2nd position at the end of the swim. Everyone other than Tilly and Clancy once again rued not being lighter faster swimmers/paddlers! Tilly and Clancy were also using Lucy’s board. Again!
So congratulations to Tilly Banfield and Clancy Banfield who are the winners of the Swanbourne Cup Mixed Board Rescue Race for 2022! A hat-trick from 2020 to 2022!
Thanks to Ben Leonard and Peran Bishop for the following videos
Semi 1: https://youtu.be/Civ9BM5bCwc
Semi 2: https://youtu.be/MqFQVTHNWLU
And a different view of the final: https://youtu.be/thgVPKBvSC8
- 2020 was definitely the youngest winners – both for individual ages and combined age.
- Previous youngest winners were James Doyle and Elizabeth Fitzhardinge in 2002, both about 19 and half years.
- The oldest winners were Jane and Tony Leaversuch in 2013.
- Winners combined age peaked in 2013 and is now on a downward trend.
- Since 2011 the age difference between the winners has not been greater than 4.5 years, averages 2.0 years and on 6 occasions the winners have been about a years difference in age.
- Similarly, average combined age peaked at 67 years in 2013 and is now slowly decreasing.
- Average combined age from 2001 to 2021 is 62.0 years (no data for 2004 or 2005)
- Jules’ and Lucy’s combined age closely follows the average combined age until 2014, but is now heading in the opposite direction! Is their winning window now closed?