Kingston's women enjoyed another very successful regatta winning four of the five events they entered. The novice men also had a good day, with both fours getting through a round before being eliminated and a very strong performance from the eight rowing up a status in IM3. They got through their heat coming from 3/4 length down at halfway by putting in an impressive push to finish ahead with clear water.
The club will be running a number of Rowing and Sculling courses over the Summer:-
Walton & Weybridge Regatta 21st May
KRC had good representation with lots of crews from junior, senior and masters squads competing. We had a very successful day with 6 wins and some notable performances from other crews. Lots of our younger juniors and novice seniors gained useful racing experience.
The Kingston University rowers attended the BUCS Rowing Championships in Nottingham over the bank holiday weekend. This is the largest regatta in Europe and attracts a huge entry from across the UK making most of the events really competitive - for example the men's beginner 4+ had 77 crews entered. Racing was in the format of a time trial followed by regatta racing in semis and finals. Events are offered in championship, intermediate and beginner categories. Nottingham produced its normal weather conditions with a nasty cross head wind over most of the regatta, leading to some of the minor finals being cancelled and some very testing conditions.
We produced a really good set of results with each squad reaching the same or higher finals compared to last year.
From the senior men, our Championship 4- of James Marsden, Hal Bedford-Payne, Rich Sharratt and Jonty Webber came 6th in the A final in an extremely competitive event. This was a great performance and our highest placed crew at the regatta. Alex Rachwel came 3rd in the B final of the Men's Beginner 1x displaying no fear in sculling over nasty waves to produce the highest placed beginner result we have had in a long time.
The beginner girls 4+ of Ulana Fries, Lene Pettersen, Amelia Reeves, Emma Bleasdale and Liv Edwards came 4th in the B final from 63 crews which is the highest result compared to number of crews entered in an event for our crews. Our intermediate women made the C final in the 2x which was then cancelled due to conditions. Last year our top intermediate crew made the D final so this is a good improvement.
Junior Inter-Regional Regatta
The junior’s had one crew, a J15 4x+, representing our region Thames London at JIRR this year. For 3 of them this was their first mulit-ane event, and for 2 their first ever regatta (no pressure!). They sculled well in their heat coming 2nd with York City RC 1 length ahead, this placed them with the 5th fastest time going into the A final. They lead off the start of the final by 3/4 of a length, and held this up to the 500m mark, but unfortunately in a close battle ended with 5th place. Thames London did well as a team this year, coming 2nd in the girl’s categories, 1st in the boy’s categories and 2nd (by 1 point!) in the overall points table.
The Junior Coxed four were placed second in their heat, losing out by two feet to Reading Blue Coat School, after a well fought battle resulting in the boys losing it all in the dying strokes. However, the time was sufficient to qualify us for the final, where we would be placed against 4 crews from the other heat, who all recorded some quick times. After a good debrief from coach, Danny O'Dowd, it was time to settle down and watch the junior double race.
The Double scull, containing a J16 racing in the J18 category, had a great race. Being drawn straight into the final, they were fresh and ready to take on some of the favorites for the National Schools Regatta, later in May. After a very good middle thousand, the boys placed in 4th place, losing their third place in the final 500, to the crew from Wallingford Rowing Club.
An hour later, the coxed four were sitting at the start ready for their final. There was now a strong cross wind, and sitting in lane two, the boys were really being blown around, making alignment a tough task for cox, Scott Cockle. After what would be best described as 'not the greatest start we have ever done', the boys were sitting half a length down on the field. After some mending in the middle thousand, and a more positive final 500m, the boys snuck away with a decent 4th place, with the race being taken by Westminster School, Princess Elizabeth Finalists in 2015. The regatta was overall positive with a lot learnt, and signs showing that the crews still have more speed to find, especially after only being formed a week before the regatta.
We had 4 crews racing at Chiswick Regatta this year. The boys J15 4x+, won their heat against Tiffin by 3 lengths. In their final they were up against their biggest rivals, TSS. They sculled well in an intense race, but lost by 1/2 a length after a bad run-in with some wash! The MasD 8+ rowed well against Upper Thames and Thames Tradesman. They came 2nd in their straight final. Our 2 WJ14 4x+ did extremely well, having split from their octuple for this event. They were in 2 evenly matched crews. One losing in their first round to TSS, however, the other (Sian, Tilde, Amie, Leah and Rose) battled through to win their first heat against, St. George’s and Emmanuel and their Semi-final against Walbrook. Their final, against TSS, got off to a rocky start with them down by 1 length off the start. However, with some serious determination, they sculled through TSS to win in the final 200m by 1 &1/2 lengths. (see photo) Well done girls! (pictured below)