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  • "I would have thought that the reporter who wrote this article would have done at least a tiny amount of research! They may have been teams of rowers, but they certainly weren't rowing in the bell boats, they were paddling them. Rowers use oars which are set in rowlocks (sometimes spelt rollocks - the pivot point used to transfer the power to the water) and face the direction they have come from. These people were facing their direction on travel, and were using paddles which are not placed in a rowlock to paddle along. Canoes, bell boats, dragon boats, and kayaks all use paddles (kayaks using a double ended paddle) and rowing boats and skulling boats use oars.

    At least people had fun and money was raised for a good cause!"
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Messing about on the Tees all in a good cause

Darlington and Stockton Times: SPLASHING AROUND: Daisy Chain Charity held its annual Bell Boat race at Tees Barrage. Picture:SARAH CALDECOTT SPLASHING AROUND: Daisy Chain Charity held its annual Bell Boat race at Tees Barrage. Picture:SARAH CALDECOTT

A TOTAL of 18 teams of rowers raced on the Tees for a good cause on Saturday (JULY5).

Each team had eight rowers each and they were taking part in the 11th annual Daisy Chain boat race at Stockton's Tees Barrage.

They were raising money for the nearby Norton-based autism charity, the Daisy Chain and watching friends and family enjoyed the fine weather by the river.

In a hotly contested three way-final Lima Victor, the team from LV Shipping and Transport in Middlesbrough, claimed the winner’s spoils.

“We are so grateful for everybody who has rowed for us today,” said Judith Haysmore, Daisy Chain chief executive. “They have provided some terrific entertainment for the spectators and the money they have raised will help maintain the services we can provide for our families.”

The charity, which was established in 2003 and opened a charity 'superstore' on Portrack Lane in Stockton in May, is based at the 5.5 acre Calf Fallow farm and provides support and help for autistic children and their families.

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