Captain’s Report January 2019
January started well with Star New Year Head. We made a huge entry to the local event and walked away with a lot of the prizes. We took 10 trophies as BRC and a share of one as Star/Bedford composite. Highlights were our Mens 4- with a sub 6 minute row, Matt and Kernius to win in our new Filippi double and first wins for Daniella Flemons and Alex Brown both J17 in Open Mixed Doubles. Karsten Funk and Philippe Kindelis took to the water for the last time in the Open 2- we wish them both the best of luck for the future in their new jobs.
The Brownie 4+ went to Northampton for a cold row on the Nene. They finished fourth on the day, with father and son in stroke and bow seats, in an event that had less than 6 seconds between 1st and 4th place.
The Star/Bedford composites took their boats to London for the Quintin Head. The younger MasE boat were 2nd of 9 in their category and the MasG crew were happy with their win over three other crews.
Three boats went to Peterborough Head last weekend and if we had a “podium” at rowing events they would all have been there. Will Todd came 3rd in 1x.Band1 and Ana Shreeves was 3rd in W1x. The Brownie 4+ came 2nd in what looks like an exciting race. Having been overtaken by a St Neots crew they hung onto their stern to make sure of finishing ahead of a fast RAF crew and a younger but slower St Neots boat.
The new double we named on Boxing Day was raced at Star Head and, in its first competition, took the win leading by 22 seconds at the finish line. We are now in a period of maintenance with shoes being the first priority.
Posters have been placed in the club house advertising the 2019 Training Camp. This year it was a request from the Juniors that we go somewhere warmer than last year. So we have booked a trip to Gravelines in France for April this year. Though it’s predominantly a Junior event we are now looking for any Seniors who would like to join in. Let me or Lynda know if you would like to take part.
The Juniors continue to train hard and provided a significant entry to the Star Head. Three of the ten club wins came from the junior squad. There is a constant stream of membership requests and as soon as we can arrange another taster we can start recruiting. We are making further character checks on club members to allow Juniors to cox and row with the adult crews.
The current group in the Explore+ squad are moving on. We are now looking to start a new course in March and have filled all the seats already. We now need some more club members to help out with the coaching of the new recruits.
10 February Bedford Eights and Fours Head
24 February Nottingham Head of the Trent
18 March Oarsport Junior Sculling Head
9-13 April BRC Training camp – Gravelines, France
14 April Bedford Small Boats Head