Captain’s Report March 2018
March – Plans were made the weather changed and the plans had to be remade.
Two races that weren’t affected were the Tideway Heads. The senior men’s 8 were on the start on 11 March with 229 on the back of our bowman and cox. Their finish position 137/297 in a time of 20:01 represents a great effort by all and sets up a better starting position for next year.
The Development Squad were competing on 25 March in the Vesta Veterans Head in many guises. We had the BRC MasC8 which finished in 20:57, BRC/Star Club MasD finishing in 22:48 and a Star Club/BRC MasD8 which had Richard White and Will Todd racing and Cathy Johnson coxing finishing in 19:58.
The club were also involved with some German ladies from Ruderclub Union Schoenebeck 1861 (DE)/Zschornewitzer Ruderclub (DE)/SC Magdeburg e.V., Abteilung Rudern (DE)/Ruderclub Alt-Werder Magdeburg 1887 e.V. (DE)/Pirnaer Ruderverein 1872 E.V. (DE). Their trip was organised by the mother of one of our members – Karsten Funk – and BRC rented a boat to them. They were very happy to finish in 23:18 in WMasEF which was reported in the German press.
We went to Somerset and the worst thing that happened was a few bolts fell out while we were towing the fleet half way across the country. There is some maintenance to do and a few spare parts to order but nothing major to report for this month.
The gazebo has arrived and was put to great use at the club training camp. It has come back wet and muddy but that was the theme of the Easter weekend.
The training camp was a success and all had a good time despite the weather. We had snow on Friday, rain on Saturday and sun on Sunday. When the wind and rain returned on Monday we admitted defeat and came home. We had about 50 people on site over the weekend including rowers, coaches, boat drivers and parents that all contributed to the success of the camp. We learned a few things and will make the next one better.
The junior section has been badly affected by the weather this month the Eastern Region Trials were snowed off in Peterborough and the replacement event for the trial, the Champs Junior Sculling Head in Cambridge, cancelled for arctic winds. Despite these setbacks the Eastern Region has managed to make a decision and TWO of our crews have been selected for the Junior Inter-Regional Regatta in Nottingham on 21 April. Huge congratulations to the junior athletes and to Lynda Elliot who is making such a great impact on the section.
We are now organising the next learn2row course which will start at the end of April. We already have enough applicants to fill the course and hopefully we can feed more members into the training squads in due time. This course will be run on Saturdays and Monday evenings as we are having to look at coaching availability due to overlap with the success of the juniors and regattas that we are planning to attend.
21 April: Junior Inter-Regional Regatta Nottingham – Holme Pierrepoint
22 April: Leicester Regatta
12 May: Bedford Amateur Regatta