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Lockdown Bake-Off

Anyone who has been to one of our regattas knows that the cakes are as much of a draw as the racing. Sadly our spring regatta couldn’t take place this year because of lockdown, but we made our own fun in a Lea R.C. bake-off where club members rose to the challenge whilst staying indoors.

Gail Bryson and Vanessa Meade who organised the event found it very tough to judge so many tasty-looking entries on photographic and video evidence alone*. We had 24 entries in a number of categories. The joint winners in the People’s Choice category were Captain Jennie Brotherston’s Rainbow Cookies, and Head of Schools’ Programme Sara Cinamon’s Sweet Almond and Tumeric cakes. Unfortunately we had no selfies of the winners but Daisy the dog did pose with Sara’s offering!

In the Biscuit Scene category, Francesca Franchi took the prize for her brilliant biscuit sculler. She was closely followed by Vanessa Meade’s astonishing Tiger King cookie scene.

In the Rainbows category, former Captain Richard Ellis won with his Smiley Rainbow Cake, pictured, and a close second was Camilla Powell and her Rainbow Sprinkle cakes she made with her daughters.

The Great British fruit scone by the husband of our President Antoinette Jucker dominated the British Classics category. Elizabeth Stephens' controversial cucumber and ham bagel came in second!

Congratulations to all involved for making this lockdown a bit more bearable, and for brilliant Lea R.C. team spirit. All entries pictured below.

Stay safe, and see you at the cake stall at the next regatta, whenever that will be!

*A tin of rainbow cookies was left at someone’s door!

Shaun Griffin

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