Captain’s Report June 2018
June started with Star Regatta. Our entry was again predominantly juniors. We did, however, get some good results. Our senior quad of Andy Taylor, Sam Baker, Kernius Malys and Matt Farley won the Open quad event. Andy and Kernius went on to win the Open doubles and Matt beat Will Todd in the Open singles. George Reed won the J16 singles. A J14 double of Ewan John and Elliot Mitchell were on track to post their first win of the season but the Town Bridge intervened and handed the win to their opponents. Unfortunate but a good indication of what’s to come.
Izzy Blake-Hurworth took her new single to Marlow Town Regatta to compete in the J15 sculls to come second in her final.
Bethanie Moore has worked hard all year on her fitness and technique and it all paid off when she qualified and raced at Henley Women’s Regatta. She competed in the Aspirational Lightweight category and although she lost her race she can be proud of the achievement.
Our coxless four went to Eton Dorney to compete in the Marlow Regatta in preparation for Henley. They won a place in the B Final where they put in a good show in a race that saw only 12 seconds between first and last.
Our ladies squad put in an appearance at St Ives Regatta. Racing in W.MasB.4x- they were unfortunately beaten in the final by a crew from Broxbourne. In their defence they were rowing rudderless as well as coxless.
The events at Weybridge Ladies and Ironbridge were entered but with the lack of opposition there was no opportunity to race.
Henley Royal Regatta – the club entered two crews into the qualifiers this year. The coxless 4 of Adam Dingley, Tom Westbrook, Louron Pratt and David Glasspool entered the Wyfold Cup and unfortunately did not qualify being beaten by fractions of a second. There were 9 places available and our crew finished 0.1 seconds behind St Neots B who were the first non qualifier and beating 22 other crews. A disappointment but potential for the future. Our quad also entered the Prince of Wales Challenge Cup where there were 8 places to be won. It was a shot in the dark and was no surprise when they did not qualify. They were, however, pleased to not be last beating the slowest crew by a minute.
The last event of a very busy month was the Peterborough Junior Regatta for J15 and younger. We took a strong team of juniors and came away with three medals. Gold for Reece Kilby and Alex Loveday in J15.2x, silver medal went to Ewan John and Elliot Mitchell in J14.2x and finally a silver for Izzy Blake-Hurworth in WJ15.1x. It was a very hot and very long day. The wind played havoc at the start with the longer boats crewed by very young oarsmen. The racing took an hour longer than anyone planned and the sun was too strong for some of the competitors.
The fleet is still in pretty good shape. We have only lost one rudder this month. I am hoping that the planned maintenance to the Swift 8 and Dennis Peet will take place this month. If there are any issues with maintenance of the fleet we need to know. It was brought to my attention that shoes in one of the lightweight singles were falling apart – if John or myself are not told we cannot do anything. Please use the reporting procedures and we can keep everything in first order
A team of boat drivers went to Olney River Festival last weekend to supply safety boat cover to their longstanding raft race. Thanks go to Dave Pendall and Mark Weatherbed for organising the event on our behalf. We hope to provide similar cover to other events as our reputation grows as a reliable supplier of safety cover. Other regattas and river festivals need the cover and we have the equipment and qualifications to be able to provide it.
July sees the River Festival in Bedford. We are entering the Dragon Boat Race and running a display in the sports village. We need volunteers for both. The club needs to attract a wider membership both rowing and social so we will be having a tent in the sports village where there will be two ergs for public humiliation and a sculling boat for people to have a look at. I need members of the club to help in the tent for the two days to attract new members to the club.
As already stated the juniors continue in their winning ways. Star, Marlow Town and Peterborough Junior Regattas all saw our young athletes put in a good performance. They are lining up to help at the River Festival and are a fantastic group, a big bonus to the club. The mothers are forming a fund raising group to try to generate cash for the junior section. They have already had an event at Great Denham Fete, are lined up to try to raise cash at the River Festival and then at Great Barford Village Fete later in the month. They want to go somewhere hot for the next training weekend.
The new course is almost over. There are a few more dates for the current students before they progress to the next level. We already have a full list for the next course which will start in August and are well on our way to filling yet another course. Our next problem will be what we do with any interest generated by the River Festival. The staffing of the L2R courses is already stretched to a limit, we need more volunteers to help. Our website is generating several requests every week sometimes more than three in a day.
4-8 July Henley Royal Regatta
13-14 July Henley Masters
14-15 July Bedford River Festival
20-21 July British Rowing Junior Championships
28-29 July St Neots
4 August Henley Town and Visitors
11-12 August Peterborough Summer Regatta