Le Fig took off at a crackin pace - and the Cutters were released to chase after them with a ...wait for this
20 min and 13 sec handicap!
When SteveS rang in the team had just crossed the line having set a superb pace and to quote from the deck (the noise was incredible..)
"They were bl**dy close" as they came in just EIGHT minutes behind...
WELL DONE THAT TEAM! But Well Done to Le Fig too!
However this does mean victory to Le Fig for this race - All credit to them. This makes it much more interesting now.
The sounds from thew background were jubilant people and "an amazing amount of support from watchers on the quay side" the rowers had certainly "bust a gut" to get where they did.
So that was Leg 5 done - Amfreville to Notre Dame de la Garenne
But bear in mind that leg was 25 miles and both crews did that in around 5 hours (makes me feel kinda weak here...pushing heavy keys)
Quote of the day "Rowers are shattered and plastered* "
*Fear not readers - the "plastered" refers to the band-aids not copious bottles of french lager! (thats to come one hopes)
Onward to stage 6 - the teams have to go up through the locks...and the view is for them to do stage 6 tonight..
More as I get it..