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Breakdown fails to stop rowers winning

MAIDSTONE Invicta Rowing Club chairman Harry Salmon, and his wife Anne returned tri- umphant after a race trip fraught with difficulty. Harry and his mixed double sculls partner

Anne planned to travel to the Gloucester Mas- ters and Junior regatta, and then on to Ross-on- Wye the following day. But the duo found themselves racing in bor-

rowed equipment after Anne’s car broke down en route, leaving their boat stranded on dry land near Sevenoaks. Undeterred, they battled on and returned tri- umphant,with two wins out of two. Anne said: “The weekend did not get off to a

very good start, but thankfully we were able to borrowa boat and oars to rowto victory.” Anne was on her way to collect Harry from

work in Sevenoaks when the car ground to a halt. It couldn’t be fixed by the roadside and so had to be towed – with the boat propped up on the roof rack – to Harry's office amile away. TheAArecoverymanwas able to take the car to the local garage for repair, but with no other

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wayofgetting theboat totheraces,Annehastily placed calls at the Gloucester and Ross rowing clubs to ascertain whether loan boatswould be available. When Gloucester said thiswould be possible,

the couple continued their journey. There was added tension near the end of the

first race when the pairwere given awarning by the umpire for their steering. “As I pulled hard to straighten the boatwe al-

most had a boat stopping ‘shipwreck’ but man- aged to scramble across the finish line,” said Anne.

Anne and Harry Salmon, and left, their car and boat are recovered by the AA

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