Captain’s Report July 2018
Henley, as we all know, was a bit disappointing this year with our two entrants missing out on qualification. Both crews did their best and we look forward to our next attempt.
We were represented well, as always, at the Henley Masters Regatta. There were athletes (loosely speaking) competing for BRC and also in BRC/Star composite crews. Entries were in MasE8+, MasG4- & MasC4+. Closer links are being made between BRC and Star Club at this level and results are starting to come. The “Old Boys” raced at St Neots and Sudbury Regattas securing good wins at both.
The juniors represented BRC at the British Rowing Junior Championships in Nottingham and sent a good number of young athletes to the regatta. Crews competed in age levels J14, J15 & J16. Our J14 boys competed in the “Omnium” on Friday which demonstrates their skill in handling a single scull. Techniques from standing rigger dips to slalom rowing to 360 degree spins and letting the blades go while sitting at front stops were all part of this competition. The J15 and J16 competition was regular racing with time trials in the morning of Saturday then finals starting in the afternoon. Sunday was for the A & B Finals to which our WJ152x qualified. Unfortunately one of the girls was taken ill overnight and so the crew had to withdraw on the day. Good results were achieved by all.
St Neots was attended by the whole club and, once again, we had to take two trailers to carry all our boats. Wins were achieved by MasEF8+(Star/BRC composite), WMasDEF2x, WJ15.1x, Op2-, WJ15.2x. Special congratulations go to the Op2- of Karsten Funk and Philippe Kindelis who won their pots in their final event together – Philippe is moving to Brighton for work and will continue his rowing in coastal boats. Also the WJ15.2x – we had both our crews qualify for the final. Katherine Gendron and Ellie Cooke took a lead at the start which Ailidgh Monaghan and Jess Offer could not recover.
Unfortunately we have two small cases of damage to our fleet. Two doubles are now taking in water and will have to be repaired. Jacqui H was holed on the capping on the hard, I believe, and although John has filled the hole it is still leaking and will have to be checked out. Sara has a hairline crack in the hull where another rigger has creased the shell. Both boats will be sent to Paul Cousins for repair when its convenient. The single scull Apus Melba has a bit of damage to the bow canvas where it was tied to the trailer a bit vigorously – this will also have to be fixed by Paul when convenient. All boats are able to be used with no risk to the rower.
The River Festival in Bedford went with a lot of success. We entered the Dragon Boat Race and, with a mixed crew, finished just outside the qualifying time for the final. For the next festival we should plan on entering two crews – one to seriously challenge Tribe for the silverware and another to offer a fun outing for club members.
The tent in the Sports Village saw a lot of visitors to the only rowing club advertising. The “flyers” were well received and we are starting to accumulate enquiries from them. The remaining leaflets are now available behind the bar. If anyone is organising an event where they could be distributed let me know.
The juniors had a tombola in front of the club where they were raffling anything they could find at home. This ranged from previously loved teddy bears to unwatched DVDs to jars of glace cherries raided from the fridge. This raised around £750 for the junior funds to be spent on equipment for the juniors.
The trolley for boat storage has arrived and is now assembled and ready in the “eights bay”. It will be used for the training boats to allow a reallocation of club sculling boats and the renting of the freed shelving. This can pay for the trolley within two years.
As mentioned above the junior section have competed at National level at the British Rowing Junior Championships and all performed to their utmost ability. The club should be proud that we can enter so many young athletes and achieve well. St Neots also saw the junior section enter the largest group from the BRC contingent. They are unstoppable.
At the time of writing they have just completed a 24 hour Rowathon for charity but I don’t have the final details of money raised – more to come next month.
The latest course has finished and the students have moved into the relevant squads. We have another course fully subscribed and a waiting list that is too long. We have decided to run a second course parallel to Lynda’s normal Saturday session on Sundays. Matt Farley and Sara Reay have agreed to take this on but of course any help is always welcome. We hope to convert some of the potential rowers who are waiting into club members as fast as we can. There are some younger people enquiring who could turn into some useful athletes.
11-12 August Peterborough Summer Regatta
2 September Great Ouse Marathon
9 September Cambridge Autumn
22 September Milton Keynes