Captain’s Report October 2018
Winter training is started in earnest and fitness levels in the club seem to be improving. Keep it up!
We have had a few entries during the month including Worcester, Tideway, Bedford and Upper Thames.
Worcester saw a win for one of our newest members Rachel Armstrong in W MasB/C 1x.
The Tideway Pairs Head saw a win for two stalwarts of the club in Sara Reay and Nicky Hele in W MasF 2x despite the atrocious conditions on the day.
Bedford Small Boats Head had several wins for the club. Open 2x was won by Malys and Taylor, W MasD/E/F 2x Reay and Hele, W J16 2x Cooke and Blake Hurworth, Open 1x Farley, J16 1x Band 2 Kilby, J15 1x Band 3 John.
Upper Thames Head saw our MasF 4- come second by 1.3 seconds to a local crew from UTRC. Well done to the old boys.
Congratulations also to Rachel Armstrong who was wearing our colours in America at the 54th Head of the Charles. Racing in Women’s Senior Masters Singles (40+) she managed a great result – 14th out of 32 – with an ambition to do better next time. Practice on the course was difficult in the windy conditions.
Paul Cousins is back from his holidays but it doesn’t mean we can be less careful. We have a bit of maintenance that needs to continue which I will arrange with him.
The new Felippi is now in the UK and will be collected next weekend. We will take delivery at Henley during the Scullers Head and the boat will be available to the club. Please ASK before using this boat. It is for competent oarsmen for racing. We don’t want to wear it out by day to day training in it.
The juniors have already taken delivery of their new single scull and it will be on the race course this weekend at Henley.
We are now racking more private boats than ever before and more enquiries are coming.
We had our annual awards evening this month and a great turnout was seen to applaud the winners of this year’s awards. Bethanie Moore was awarded the Centennial Award for the most improved and the Junior Squad was given the Captain’s Award for the squad of the year. Bethanie has worked hard all year on her sculling which culminated in qualifying for Women’s Henley. She has been very determined in achieving this after she lost her training partner to injury early in the season. The Juniors have represented the club at the most events this year including two national events in Nottingham and one at Eton Dorney.
It seems that some of the excess gravel has been swept away from in front of the boathouse. There is still an amount of gravel entering the boathouse – can we all please try to keep it out (brushes are available).
There was a junior learn to row during the half term break there will be a new recruitment of members from the group that took part. The squad took the opportunity to have an outing to Downing College Cambridge to try their rowing tank. An hour in the tank allowed us to explain the technique of sweep rowing and hopefully we can put two junior 8s onto the river soon.
We have finished the latest Learn2Row course. The participants have now progressed to the restart of the Explore+ group. Lynda and a new coach, Peter Gell, have taken on these new recruits and developing their skills on Saturday mornings. As soon as is convenient we will start another course for new learners.
10 November Henley Long Distance Sculls
11 November Docklands Small Boats Head
16 November Club Dinner
18 November Star Club Head of the River