Property manager Chris Markham is joining forces with airport firefighter Pierre Mahy in the Swoffers-sponsored pairs boat for this season’s Guernsey Rowing Club championships.
‘We’ve given the boat a complete overhaul during the off-season with a fantastic new paint job and signwriting and we’re really pleased with our first few outings on the water,’ says Chris.
The duo are currently training for the annual Sark to Jersey inter-insular challenge which takes place next weekend, weather permitting.
‘We haven’t had as much time training together as we would like but both of us have been hitting the gym and we feel ready to compete.
‘The Sark to Jersey isn’t only a physical challenge but a mental one too, as you need to plot your course taking into account the tides and currents and of course avoiding the many rocks along the north coast of Jersey. We’ve both completed the race a number of times before but never rowing together so it will be interesting to see how we get on,’ says Chris.
As well as the domestic championship, Chris and Pierre are also planning to take part in the Gorey to Carteret race at the end of July which sees teams from France, the UK, Jersey and Guernsey tackling the 27km course from the east coast of Jersey across to the French mainland.
‘The Gorey to Carteret is my favourite race,’ says Chris.
‘It’s a test of your offshore rowing ability and navigation where you look to get everything right on the day. The support and cheering as you sprint up the estuary to the finish line in Carteret sends shivers down your spine and makes up, somewhat, for the blisters, pain and exhaustion from your efforts. The French hospitality is always wonderful, and we are lucky to have France on our doorstep and part of our season.’