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January 1, 2018

Captain’s Report January 2018


January has seen only one event entered – Star New Year Head.

From the Star Club website it seems there were 149 entries. 37 of these were BRC crews. There were 52 categories and we won 10 trophies. Our juniors won 6 of the 10. So we had 25% of the entry and won 20% of the trophies. In my opinion not a bad day. Our J16.2x of George Reed and Dylan John won at J17 and posted the fastest time of all double shells on the day at 7 minutes 30 seconds beating all our doubles and pairs and equalling a J18 double from Broxbourne. I think the performance was impressive and a good indication of things to come.


Only one repair this month – our men and ladies had a coming together which resulted in some split carbon and ripped leggings. Amanda’s decency was protected but Swite’s forward bulkhead needed some attention.

I have now got a quote from Swift for the boat trolley and will soon be placing an order for this to try to free up space for more boats in the boathouse. Jacqui H will soon have her shelf back and the training boats will be on the mobile rack.

Club News

We have been looking at buying a gazebo to be used at club events for some time and it is with great excitement that I can now confirm that £1000 of sponsorship is secured for this purchase. I am in negotiation with a supplier who will print our name and shield on the roof and the sponsors names on the side panels. The sponsors are Beard Group.Com and Simply Tree Services whose logos will be screen printed onto the sides of the gazebo.

There is also a possibility of more sponsorship for junior rowing from the Gale Family Trust of which Russel Beard has an interest. I will keep you informed as this goes forward.

The interest in the club training camp is increasing and we have close to 50 members wanting to take part in the camp to take place at Wimbleball lake in Somerset at Easter. If anyone wants to join in just let me know.

Junior Rowing

The junior section of the club goes from strength to strength. At the Star Club head they won 6 of the club’s 10 wins on the day. Regularly on a Saturday afternoon we can have more than 20 juniors boating sometimes close to 30. This represents a huge headache for the coaches but a huge bonus to the club. These are the rowers who will be winning at Henley in years to come. We just need more help with coaches on the bank.


This group is continually developing new rowers. The last Learn2Row group has progressed into the Explore+ and some have moved on. Three of the ladies and one gentleman have started rowing with the recreationals as well as continuing with the Saturday sessions with the captain. We still get occasional requests online for Learn2Row despite the weather and we will take these into the group if not too many. The next Learn2Row course will be started near to Easter when the weather warms up.

Forthcoming events

Bedford 4’s & 8’s: 11 February

Henley 4’s & 8’s: 17February

Trent Head: 5 February

Tideway 8’s Head: 11 March

Cambridge Winter League: 21 Jan, 18 Feb, 17 Mar.

Club training camp: Easter holiday