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December 4, 2018

Captain’s Report November 2018


Events entered this month include The Veteran 4s Head, Kingston Small Boats Head and Star Club Head.

The Vets Head on the Thames saw two Bedford crews and one Star/Bedford composite. The composite and one of our crews were in the MasD4+ event and both crews finished around the 22 minute mark. The third crew on the day was our intrepid double of Reay and Hele who completed the course in 24:05.0 for second place in WMasE/F2x.

Kingston Small Boats Head was attended by Will Todd and Ana Shreeves who both completed the 5.2k course twice. Will competed in the MasA-C 1x and Op1xB1 and achieved fourth place in both events. Ana made a similar entry in W1xB2 and WMasA-F1x and in times of 22:57 and 22:38 respectively won both events.

The juniors took a trailer to Henley for the Long Distance Sculls Head and entered 12 crews. Those who rowed in the morning division enjoyed some fresh sunshine and posted some good times. Unfortunately, the weather changed in the afternoon and the division was run with cold winds, rain and hail. Best result on the day was Rachel Armstrong in WMasC1x with a third place against some well-known opponents.

Docklands Head saw three crews from Bedford. Our Development squad entered two coxed fours and the ladies a coxless quad. While there were no wins there were some respectable times posted.

The last event of the month was Star Head but I always have problems when trying to interrogate their website for any results. I do know that Izzy Blake-Hurworth won in WJ16.1x and our 4- won the open event.

Congratulations to all who raced this month.



We have taken delivery of our new double/pair. I have unwrapped it and will very soon put some riggers on it. As announced at the Club Dinner it will be called “Jayne” to acknowledge all that Jayne Smith has done and continues to do for the rowing club. We will arrange a “Naming Day” soon and Jayne will be given first try in the new boat. It will be principally a boat for racing so if you train hard and show that the boat will help you win then there will be a chance to take it racing – Good Luck.

Club News

November saw the Club Dinner at the Park Inn and all diners had some fine food and fun. The silent auction and raffle raised a good amount as usual and an impromptu game of Heads and Tails added to the pot. Numbers were a little disappointing this year – maybe the Friday night was a difficult night for some. Next year has been booked already for Saturday 30 November. Put it in your diaries now.

The next Club Event will be the Christmas Raffle draw on Friday 21 December. There will be 50 plus prizes up for grabs. Buy your tickets at the bar and “Be in it to win it”.

Then Boxing Day Scratch 8s. Get your Xmas jumpers ready we want to put as many 8s on the water as possible. It’s a great way to work off the Christmas Day hangover

Junior Rowing

The juniors continue to enjoy their training. The next target is the BRIC – British Rowing Indoor Championships. A group of our juniors will be travelling to the Olympic Velodrome to compete again in this huge event.



The Explore+ group is progressing well. We have a core group of rowers who row on Saturday mornings under the tuition of Peter Gell and Mike Biggs. As soon as they are able we will progress them to the next squads in preparation for racing.


Forthcoming events

1 December        Scullers Head – already cancelled due to weather

8 December        British Rowing Indoor Championship

21 December      Club Christmas Raffle draw

26 December     Boxing Day Scratch 8s

19 January          Star Club New Year Head