The senior men began their Henley campaign after camp in Seville with a squad of 16 rowers and 2 coxes. A good addition to the squad was Leon Taylor who joined in early March. Leon previously won the Britannia Cup in 2012 with Star Club.
Our first races were Wallingford Regatta at Dorney and BUCS in Nottingham. In windy and rough conditions at BUCS we finished a creditable 6th in Championship 4- (Bow James Marsden, Hal Bedford-Payne, Jonty Webber, Str. Rich Sharratt). James and Hal also finished 7th in the Championship 2- time trial and Emil Biese and Ed Davies coming 15th/42 in the Int 2- time trial. Decent performances against top level opposition.
At Wallingford, both boats were entered into the premier Challenge events. Both rowed hard but were slow off the start and finished a bit off the pace. 8+ Bow. Tom Hopkins, Sam Tunbridge, Nick Pepper, John Coughlan, Leon Taylor, Andrew Bedford, Ben Handy, Str. John Ciccarelli, Cox: Adele Hing. 4+ Bow. Nick Pepper, Andrew Bedford, Ben Handy, Str. Sam Tunbridge, Cox: Prue Seaward
The Met regatta was up next, 4 weeks later:
Sen 4- Bow. Leon Taylor, John Ciccarelli, Hal Bedford-Payne, Str. James Marsden
IM2 8 Bow. Tom Hopkins, Sam Tunbridge, Nick Pepper, Ivan Zovich, Andrew Bedford, Jonty Webber, Ben Handy, Str. Rich Sharratt, Cox: Adele Hing
IM3 4+ Bow. Manny Powell, Marko Manning, Ed Davies, Str. John Coughlan, Cox: Prue Seaward
An exceedingly successful weekend for the Kingston Masters rowers with 8 gold, 3 silver and 2 bronze medal winning crews, putting us fifth place in the Victor Ludorum. In 2015 we won 3 gold medals so this is a significant step up.
KRC fielded a team of 10 men and 18 women this year, and 7 men and 17 women came away with medals.
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The club will be running a number of Rowing and Sculling courses over the Summer:-
- Adult Learn to Row Course (Weekends July/August).
- Three Junior Learn to Row Courses (August-September).
- Three five day Sculling Courses for Experienced, Novice and Junior scullers (July - August).
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 women's novice four dominated the event winning their heat, semi and final all by large margins. The eight got through their semi with some ease and then in the final they were 3/4 length ahead of Thames RC until half way and then put in a tremendous push to win by a number of lengths. The women's novice doubles final was an all Kingston affair, with both crews getting through a heat and a semi final to line up against each other in the final. Our masters D double looked impressive, powering away from their opposition early in the race to secure their win.
W Mas D 2x Caroline Willett and Birgith Sims.
W Nov 8+ Henriette Storen, Kakay Halle, Ulana Fries, Kirsty Warner, Amelia Reeves, Julia Dickman, Kam Grernsranoi, Holly Walmsley and Jen Hughes (cox).
W Nov 4+ Henriette Storen, Kakay Halle, Julia Dickman, Kirsty Warner, Jen Hughes (cox).
W Nov 2x Melissa Stockton and Molly Stalley.
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.