This years Kingston Head of the River Race ran on the 18th March 2017. Division 1 start at 11:00am and Division 2 at 2:00pm
Photographs by Iain Weir, Rowing Photography
The Flyer with event and payment details.
John Francis Pearce
1941 - 2017
It is with sadness that I have to report the death in the early part of this year, of John Pearce, a Vice President and great stalwart of Kingston Rowing Club. He was educated at Kingston Grammar School and rowed in their 1st Eight whilst there taking a few years off when he left school, to study marine engineering at Tough Bros in Teddington. Upon completion of an apprenticeship with this company he returned to row at KRC. By this time, his father had firmly established Thames Ditton Marina and work commitments meant that John had less time to devote to his rowing. After a few years concentrating on work with the Marina, John joined his younger brother Peter who had since joined KRC, to row with him in a pair entering the Goblets at Henley Royal Regatta. The following year, both brothers teamed up with Peter and Geoff Risk to enter the Wyfolds at Henley Royal Regatta making the first time a pair of brothers had entered as a crew! After giving up rowing, he spent time as a coach with our highly successful Britannia Four, deputising for Ron Needs their coach, on the occasions when he was unable to get down to the Club.
Alistair Court-Smith 1942 - 2016
After a prolonged battle with illness, it is with sadness we report on the death of one of our longstanding members, Alistair Court-Smith. His association with the Club goes back over 60 years when he was rowing at Kingston Grammar School and as such, was a Cadet member of KRC.
On leaving school he studied civil engineering and worked on the M1 which was under construction in those days. From building highways in the UK, his career took him to the Bahamas working for Sir Robert McAlpine where after five years, his work took him to Algeria, Belgium, back to the Bahamas returning in the late eighties to Belgium once again.
In 1990, he returned once more to the UK and renewed his contact with KRC rowing in the veteran crew on a Sunday morning. Marrying June in 1992, his career had changed from being an active engineer to Project Management, becoming a director of Widnell and running their project management division.
It was his skill in project management that was to be so useful to KRC when he was involved with others in negotiating the new lease for the Club. His help was to be invaluable in negotiating the terms of the new lease and with the planning of the alterations that we have started to make at the boathouse.
Following retirement, Alistair became a non-executive director for the Primary Care Trust NHS and also a non-executive director of Rosemary Simmons Memorial Housing Association based in Esher.
He leaves behind his wife June and daughter Melanie.
13th June 1952-1st November 2016 – A Colossus of World Rowing
If I had three words to describe Richard Ayling who has just died at the age of 64 they would be: passion, commitment and fun. He was a giant of a man, who loved, just loved, the sport – every bit of it. He always wore his heart on his sleeve. And his laughter – Richard could take a joke as well as dish them out – was always raucous. His life touched so many who helped make our sport great. But it would be typical of ‘Lurch’ – his ‘70s nickname given to him by his crewmates in Bob Janousek’s British squad – to give credit to others. Make no mistake though; British rowing owes a debt to Richard Ayling.
(KRC / HOOP composite)
KRC men competed at the British National Rowing Championships at Holme Pierrepoint Nottingham on the weekend of October 22/23. We entered in a new 'Club Shield' category for 4- and 8.
There was a tragic occurrence at Kingston Rowing Club on Saturday morning, 17th September, when Rosie Mitchell collapsed and lost consciousness while rowing. Paramedics arrived promptly on the scene but were unable to revive her and she died in hospital shortly thereafter. Rosie was 15 years old. Our hearts go out to Rosie’s parents, Rachel & Andrew, family and friends.
The Club have opened a Book of Condolences for Rosie Mitchell. The Book will be open for two weeks to allow as many members as possible to contribute, should they wish. The Book is in the Club entrance hall, between the kitchen and bar.
We would welcome all members to contribute - perhaps a few words about Rosie, a shared memory with her, maybe simply a message of support and sympathy for her parents and family.
Please do not remove the Book from its table.
The next Kingston Small Boats Head will be on the 4th November 2017.
Kingston Head of the River for Eights and Fours will be held on the 18th March 2017.
Kingston Small Boats Head 2016 was held on 5th Nov 2016 over two divisions. The 1st Division at 10:30. The 2nd division at 14:00.
Final 2016 Results:-
The entries poster lists the events available. Entries have now closed.
Please ensure you read the 'Instructions for Crews' and understand the 'Course Map' below as a minimum before boating.
- The Start Order has been published for:-
KGS W.J15A.4x+ moved to Div 1 3/11
Any enquiries may be emailed to the Organiser Peter King.
(Gold) (KRC / HOOP / SLAV composite)
(KRC / HOOP / SLAV composite)
Two KRC coxes were selected for the England squad for the Home International Regatta 2016, held in Cardiff Bay on Saturday 23rd July.
Adele Hing (KRC Senior Men's Cox) was selected to cox for England (Senior Men's 4+ and 8+). Scott Cockle (KRC Junior Cox) was selected to cox for England (Junior Men's 4+ and 8+, along with other GB Junior Triallists from Claires Court School, St. Pauls School, Hampton School, Bedford School and Canford School).
Conditions at Cardiff Bay were tricky, with a strong cross wind and rough water and narrow lanes to contend with. The Senior Men's 4+were up first and led from the start and sat ahead of the field for the entire race. They dealt with the rough water well and had a very strong 500m, fighting off the Irish crew in the last 300m to win by 3/4 length.
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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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.
Do you want to improve your sculling skills? We run courses for experienced juniors and both experienced and beginner adults. The courses are for five days from 09:00 to 17:00 on the following dates:
The courses are limited to twelve athletes working with two top level professional coaches ensuring a fantastic coach to athlete ratio. Athletes can bring their own 1x or we will provide boats. There will also be sessions in 2x and 4x-. The course will be tailored to the abilities and goals of each individual and will include the following components:
- How to go faster by being more efficient.
- Use of video analysis to assist.
- Optimal rigging and oar setup (all athletes who bring their own boat will benefit from having it rigged and set up for them)
- Advice on maintenance.
- Direction on tailoring training programs for specific events. Includes fitting in optimal amounts of training and rest for maximum benefit.
- Weight lifting technique.
- Core strengthening.
- Direction on goal setting and achievement.
- Race preparation and execution of race plan.
- Nutrition and hydration.
The five day course costs £395.00 and includes lunch and snacks.
For further information please contact Nick Rowett.
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.
Ever wanted to Learn to Row? We run a Learn to Row course for adults every year at the start of our season, to offer a taster of our sport and to provide opportunities to join our club.
Why learn to row?
Rowing is a great team sport for men and women of all ages. It is an ourdoor sport that offers a full body work out and no expensive equipment is required. A desire to learn a new challenge and a willingness to be outside in a little rain is all that is required!
- Our club rows on one of the longest and calmest stretches of the Thames between Hampton Court and Teddington Lock, with some beautiful scenery.
- We have a history of notable International Representation.
- We have boats specifically tailored to beginners.
- A team of experienced coaches and rowers will lead the course.
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.
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JUNIOR WINS 2016/17
J16 4+ (Matt / Will / Harry / Jordan / cox: Max)
WJ15 4+ (Halli / Hannah / Evelyna / Amber / cox: Sian)
Weybridge Winter Head:
WJ14 8x+ (Scarlet / Jessie / Liveen / Sophie / Alix / Charlotte / Sophia / Ella / cox: Megan)
WJ15 4+ (Halli / Hannah / Emma / Beth / cox: Sian)
J14 4x+ (Ollie / Freddy / Ben / Daniel / cox: Megan)
WJ13 8x+ (Sandrine / Maia / Hannah W / Layla / Annalisa / Olivia / Tallulah / Safia / cox: Issy)
Kingston Small Boats Head:
J16 4+ (Matt / Will / Harry / Jordan / cox: Max)
WJ14 4x+ (Annalisa / Olivia / Safia / Tallulah / cox: Issy)
WJ14 2x (Alix / Ella)
WJ14 1x (Jessie)
KRC held a boat naming event at Canbury Boathouse on Sunday 10 April, to name three new boats. We had a number of distinguished guests – the deputy mayor of the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames, Councillor Geoff Austin; the deputy mayoress, Sheila Austin; Annamarie Phelps, chairman of British Rowing; Councillors Hugh Scantlebury, David Cunningham and Maria Netley; John Parrish, chairman of Canbury and Riverside Association – and Jacquie and Rod Payne, parents of Giselle.
Our president, Peter King, was frustrated on his long journey from Essex by an M25 closure and our chairman, Mike Bate, stepped in to conduct the affairs of the day. The deputy mayor congratulated the club on the great contribution that KRC makes to the Royal Borough and Annamarie Phelps spoke inspirationally on the unique nature of rowing and how it forms peoples lives – better than any other sport! Next we had the Jack Petchey awards – the deputy mayor presented a leadership award to Chris 'Foxy' Fox and Annamarie presented a range of Petchey awards to ten members of our junior squad
We named three Boats:
The new eight was named Giselle after Giselle Cowie (née Payne) who died at the tragically young age of 43 in September last year from cancer. Ian South, who coached Giselle in the 1980s, brought her memory to life and then Rod and Jacquie spoke emotionally of the their daughter. The naming was by Giselle’s husband, Jamie, and Giselle’s children, Will, Ollie and Jess. Also present with their families were Giselle’s sisters, Georgina and Gabrielle, both former KRC rowers.
A new four was named Foxy, after Chris Fox, a much loved member of the junior coaching team. Chris launched the successful grant application to Sport England which allowed the purchase of the boat. Chris Griffiths spoke fondly of Foxy who then poured the champagne and named the boat.
Last but not least, the new pair was named after ‘club treasure’ David Ford, universally known as Dinsdale – so that is the name of the boat! Mike Bate emphasised the unrelenting work that Dinsdale does behind the scenes to keep Canbury Boathouse going. David then poured the champagne and named the boat. A crew made up of all squads at the club took 'Giselle' out for a row after the naming (pictured below), whilst senior men James Marsden and Hal Bedford-Payne took the pair for a row.
Thank you to Dermod Sweeney for organising the event and to all who attended - it was a great occasion!
Two Senior Men's Eights took part in the Head of the River Race on Saturday March 19. Conditions were relatively benign by Tideway Standards with a 10mph north easterly wind.
The 1st 8 finished 29th, which is the best result for KRC for about 10 years. Going over the course at about 35, they built from Barn Elms in and crossed the line at 38, having moved away from the Newcastle crew following, and gaining on the Lea 1st 8 ahead by some distance. This was a mature performance from a young crew. We had a 17 year old junior at bow, a 2nd year rower at 2 and a lightweight novice at 3. The stern five and cox were part of our squad from the past two years.
The 2nd 8 that raced on the day was compromised exclusively of new members to the senior squad apart from returning cox Prue Seaward. The majority came from other clubs and a couple from our novice squads from last year. They were unlucky to lose their leader and stroke man Rich Sharratt, the only returnee from last senior's squad, to illness before the race. His absence required a major line up rearrangement and inclusion of a substitute. Their position of 135th did not reflect the true quality crew. They will be back!
Overall the squad had a decent performance giving us optimism and encouragement for the upcoming season.
1st 8: Josh Burrows (Bow), Sam Tunbridge, Nick Pepper, Andrew Bedford, Ben Handy, John Ciccarelli, James Marsden, Hal Bedford-Payne (Stroke), Adele Hing (Cox)
2nd 8: Tom Hopkins (Bow), Manny Powell, Marko Manning, John Coughlan, Jonty Webber, Ivan Zovich, Emil Biese, Ed Davies (Stroke), Prudence Seaward (Cox)
KRC had one full crew entered into the race and two other KRC women rowed in composite crews. The senior women's squad targeted the novice (club) category this year, in part due to the composition of the squad but also due to the decision by the race committee to no longer offer IM3 or IM2 categories. The goal was to come top 3 in the novice (club) category, top 100 in the overall ranking and to beat the Thames RC novice crew, who were 4 seconds faster than us at the Hammersmith Head two weeks prior. We achieved all of these targets:
- 3rd place out of 23 novice (club) crews in a time of 21:21.6
- 4th place out of 67 novice (club and academic) categories combined
- 73rd place overall out of 299
- 24.3 seconds faster than the Thames RC Novice crew
All of the hard preparation work paid off with the crew producing their best performance of the season so far. Cox Scott Cockle steered the perfect line from start to finish making sure we had full advantage of the stream, and the girls rowed long and efficiently, maintaining technique throughout the course. Given that we are not a big crew (average 5k time being 21:01 and no one over 5'9" tall) this is an excellent result.
We also had representation in two composite crews in Masters events. Birgith Sims rowed with three Dutch ladies and a mixture of women from British clubs in a Masters F crew for Time Only. Megan Addis rowed with our friends at Putney Town RC in a Masters D crew with a time of 22:50.4 (21:54.4 with handicap applied).
Novice 8+ Crew Listing: Scott Cockle (cox), Rachael Kugele (Str), Kakay Halle, Kirsty Warner, Henriette Storen, Amy Sims, Julia Dickman, Jo Berry, Holly Walmsley (Bow).
Five crews raced at the Hammersmith Head on 20 February.
IM1 8+ - 5th overall, won category
IM3 8+ - 10th overall, 3rd in category
MAS E 8+ - 61st overall, 4th in category
WNOV 8+ - 74th overall, 2nd in category
WJ14 8x+ - 108th overall, 1st in category (pictured)
Both senior men's crews had good races and had a good chance to experienced all the conditions the Tideway has to offer. It was great to have both crews come in the top 10 crews, especially a strong result for the 2nd 8+. The 1st 8+ had an encouraging result placing 8 seconds ahead of Molesey's IM1 8+.
The Junior girls, having come 6th at Hampton Head (after breaking a blade 200m from the finish!) were determined to come out fighting at Hammersmith Head. The crew stormed to the top of their category with a win of almost 1 minute ahead of the 2nd place crew from Emanuel. The girls are now in a confident place as they train hard to come out strong at National School's Regatta later in the year.
The days racing was invaluable for all crews in the run up to the Head of the River Race, Women's Head of the River and Vets Head of the River next month.
*** KHORR - EVENT CANCELLED ***
Further to our earlier bulletin on river conditions, following consultation with the Environment Agency, the organisers of the Kingston HoRR have decided, with regret, to cancel the event. The EA is currently (Friday 11 March, midday) showing "red board" stream warnings on the Teddington Reach and have informed us that it is 99% certain that the same warning will be in place tomorrow for the time we plan to hold the event. With the safety of competitors as the prime concern, the event organisers' decision, therefore, is that the race must be cancelled.
This is the first time for many years that stream conditions have caused the cancellation of Kingston Head. We hope that this will not reoccur for several years and look forward to welcoming competitors back to Kingston for the Small Boats Head in November 2016. Further notices will be made concerning refunding of entry fees.
|26-Sep-15||Wallingford Long Distance Sculls||W Mas D/E 2x||Caroline Willett, Birgith Sims|
|10-Oct-15||Pairs Head||W Sen 2-||Andrea Finn, Kate Grose (TSS)|
|10-Oct-15||Pairs Head||W Mas F/G 2x||Jackie Darling (BBL), Birgith Sims|
|17-Oct-15||Weybridge Silver Sculls||W Mas A 2x||Rachael Kugele, Caroline Willett|
|17-Oct-15||Weybridge Silver Sculls||W Mas D 2x||Caroline Willett, Birgith Sims|
|31-Oct-15||Kingston Small Boats Head||W Mas C/D/E 4x-||
Hilary Cook (MAA), Caroline Willett,
Jackie Darling (BBL), Birgith Sims
|31-Oct-15||Kingston Small Boats Head||W Mas F/G 2x||Jackie Darling (BBL), Birgith Sims|
|31-Oct-15||Kingston Small Boats Head||Mas E/F/G 2x||Dick Findlay (QBC), Andy Kapica|
|31-Oct-15||Kingston Small Boats Head||IM3 1x||Josh Burrows|
|31-Oct-15||Kingston Small Boats Head||IM1 2-||Ben Handy, Hal Bedford-Payne|
|31-Oct-15||Kingston Small Boats Head||Head Crew||
Rich Sharratt, Andrew Bedford,
Jon Mackinney, Matthew Zammit
|31-Oct-15||Kingston Small Boats Head||J15 1x||Matthew Cramp|
|31-Oct-15||Kingston Small Boats Head||Mas F 1x||Andy Tompkins|
|31-Oct-15||Kingston Small Boats Head||W Nov 4+||
Rachael Kugele, Kakay Halle,
Amy Sims, Henriette Storen,
Jen Hughes (cox)
|31-Oct-15||Kingston Small Boats Head||Mas D 4x-||
Neil Bascombe, Charles Worthington,
Timothy Povey, Miles Fellows
|31-Oct-15||Kingston Small Boats Head||J18 2-||Tristan Betty, Josh Burrows|
|14-Nov-15||Teddington Head||W IM3 4+||
Rachael Kugele, Olivia Marshall,
Caroline Willett, Kakay Halle,
Jen Hughes (cox)
|14-Nov-15||Teddington Head||W Nov 4x-||
Kirsty Warner, Julia Dickman,
Molly Stalley, Maddie Jackson
|14-Nov-15||Teddington Head||W Nov 1x||Megan Addis|
|14-Nov-15||Teddington Head||W J16 4+||
Madeleine Jheeta, Claire Oliver,
Usrula McNicol, Beatrice Williams,
Scott Cockle (cox)
|14-Nov-15||Teddington Head||W IM2 2x||Emma Scruby, Rosie Brunning|
|12-Dec-15||Walton Small Boats Head||W Mas B 2x||Sophie Faldo, Caroline Willett|
|12-Dec-15||Walton Small Boats Head||W Nov 2x||Kirsty Warner, Kakay Halle|
|12-Dec-15||Walton Small Boats Head||W J17 2x||Louise Bate, Sophia Stiling|
|19-Dec-15||Remenham Challenge||W Nov 8+||
Rachael Kugele, Kakay Halle, Kirsty Warner,
Julia Dickman, Amy Sims, Molly Stally,
Lucy Long, Holly Walmsley, Rosie Brunning (cox)
|06-Feb-16||Hampton Head||W J13 4x+||
Jessica Martin, Alex Frankenberger,
Sophie Bate, Ella Garland-Bailey,
Scott Cockle (cox)
|20-Feb-16||Hammmersmith Head||IM1 8+||
Hal Bedford-Payne, James Marsden, John Ciccarelli,
Ben Handy, Andrew Bedford, Jonathan Webber,
Rich Sharratt, Emil Biese, Adele Hing (cox)
|20-Feb-16||Hammmersmith Head||WJ14 8x+||
Mia Dulay, Leah Howard, Hannah Medcalf,
Aime Medcalf, Tilde Palmer, Jaya Jones,
Schiehallion-Rose Herbertson, Amber Harwood, Rose Keri-Nagi (cox)
KRC fielded six 8's at the Remenham Challenge. Overall results:
Men's 1st 8, Intermediate, 5th
Junior Boys, Intermediate, 13th
Men's 2nd 8, Intermediate, 17th
Open Masters Men, 23rd
Masters Women, 32nd
Novice Women, 34th
The senior men's 8's both raced well maintaining good technique and pace. The 1st 8 placed 5th overall and 2nd in Intermediate, 17 seconds off the overall Elite Winners (Thames RC, containing a number of their 2015 winning HRR Thames Cup 8+ and a couple of full internationals on board). The 2nd 8, also racing as intermediate, placed 9th in the division. This was an encouraging overall performance for our young squad
Our junior boys were the only Junior Status crew entered, so they stepped up to race as Intermediate, against other clubs men's crews. They placed 7th out of 13 and had a solid performance in difficult conditions. The young athletes gained valuable experience of Tideway rowing and Captain and Coach Danny O'Dowd was very pleased with their result.
The women's squad entered two crews and came away with excellent results. The masters crew came 2nd (of 3) and the Novices won (of 8) with some efficient rowing in the rough water. (pictured below)
Winning crew: R. Kugele (str) / K. Halle / K. Warner / J. Dickman / A. Sims / M. Stalley / L. Long / H. Walmsley (Bow) / R. Brunning (cox)
More red and white success with another three wins at Walton Small Boats Head. Racing started with perfect conditions, but the 3rd and 4th divisions were unfortunately cancelled due to winds gusting over 40mph, so not all our crews were able to compete. Our Juniors fielded a large team and won in the WJ17 2x category, plus an encouraging 3rd place in WJ16 1x (Beatrice Williams). The Senior Women came away with 2 wins in WMasB 2x and WNov 2x, and 2nd place in WIM3 2X. Our WMasG 2x composite (Birgith Sims and Jackie Darling of BBL) raced time only (having scared away the competition!) but with handicap were the fastest Masters womens double by an impressive 18 seconds. We also had representation from the masters men with two single scullers. KRC has now racked up 24 wins at racing so far in the 2015 season.
KRC had a successful day's racing at a very wet and windy Teddington Head. The women's squad picked up four wins and the junior women gaining the fifth win of the day, whilst also subbing into one of the senior crews. We also had a number of very close second places with the WJ16 4x-, Mas F 1x and the IM3 8+ (pictured below) all narrowly missing out. The men's squad IM3 8+ had a good race, building experience from Kingston Small Boats Head and a great stepping stone for the main head season. The W IM3 4+ was also the fastest women's 4+ on the day.
Two crews raced at the Fours Head of the River Race on Saturday 7 November. Both crews rowed well in very tough Tideway conditions.
IM1 4+, placed 52nd overall, (climbing 80 places from last year) and 4th in their category, behind Tideway Scullers, Leander and Molesey Boat Club, all having GB U23's, triallists and ex Blue Boat squad members in their crews. Our crew coped well in the rough water and had a strong race, maintaining speed well and overtaking half a dozen crews over the course.
Our Jun4x, placed 83rd overall and 12th in a 40 strong field, climbing 17 places from last years result. The crew only rowed together a few days in advance of racing and pulled off a good result considering this.
Another two wins for the club from the senior and masters women's squads along with some very strong results from the Juniors made for a successful day at Weybridge Silver Sculls. Our WMasA 2x won in a very close race, with a margin of only 1 second over Weybridge RC. Our WMas C 2x produced a much more comfortable win by 20 seconds. The Junior Squad achieved four very creditable 2nd places as well as another four crews in the top 10 of their event. These results are very encouraging for the Junior Squad for the upcoming season.
Full results are as follows:
Win (of 3) W Mas A 2x C Willett / R Kugele
2nd (of 11) IM3 1x J Burrows
2nd (of 7) J14 2x M Hamdi / J Phelan
2nd (of 7) J14 1x J Phelan
2nd (of 3) W J14 1x A Harwood
7th (of 30) J18 1x J Burrows
7th (of 18) W J16 1x B Williams
9th= (of 17) W J14 2x T Palmer / S Curtis
9th= (of 17) W J14 2x L Howard / R Keri-Nagy
9th (of 10) Mas D 1x M Cook
12th (of 18) W J16 1x C Oliver
16th (of 18) W J16 1x C Scott
17th (of 18) W J16 1x M Jheeta
18th (of 24) W J17 1x N Paterson-Moody
19th= (of 26) J16 1x J Hare
19th (of 24) W J17 1x L Bate
20th (of 25) W J15 2x M Baker / R Mitchell
21st (of 26) J16 1x M Saccomani
21st (of 24) W J17 1x S Stiling
22nd (of 25) W J15 2x S Sullivan / F Marton
We had three crews racing at the Pairs Head on Saturday 10th October. We came away with two wins and one 2nd place.
Andrea Finn (KRC) won the Womens Senior 2- in a composite with Kate Grose (TSS) and were 0.33 seconds from being the fastest overall women's pair in the race. Birgith Sims (KRC) won the Womens Masters F/G 2x in a composite with Jackie Darling (BBL) by a very large margin, not needing the handicap to beat the F crews and were only 2 seconds slower than the winners of the E category. (With handicap applied they were the fastest women's double in the race). Andy Kapica (KRC) came a creditable second place in a composite with Dick Findlay (QBC) in the Masters G/H 2x, out of the nine crews in their category. Unfortunately our Senior 2- had to withdraw due to illness.
Andrea Finn (KRC) and Kate Grose (TSS) winning W Sen 2-
KRC took a large contingent of the Junior Squad to race at Wallingford Long Distance Sculls over 4250m, as well as a Senior Womens double. For the first race of the season the weather was fantastic, with bright sunshine and clear skies as our scullers raced down the course. We recorded our first win for the season with the women's Masters 2x winning their category by a considerable margin.
Our next race of the season is Weybridge Silver Sculls on Saturday 17th October.
Kingston dominated the Small Boats Head with an impressive 12 wins and 7 second places. On a day with stunning conditions - flat, still water and bright sunshine - our rowers came out top with more wins than any other club. The success was spread throughout the squads, full results are listed below. A huge thank you needs to go out our team of volunteers who make this event possible.
Some 150 athletes turned out our Start of Season Meeting on September 5th. A great turnout of both existing squads and many new members attended along with our Executive Committee members. Captain Danny O'Dowd and Rowing Manager Nick Rowett covered key information about the club for new members and outlined key contacts which can be found here
We had an extremely exciting and successful 2014-15 season, 2015-16 sees much more to come on the horizon!
Kingston Rowing Club's summer sculling courses were a great success. For three weeks we ran courses with two professional coaches, Nick Rowett and Andy Medcalf and some helpers, for a group of 12 or fewer scullers, giving a lot more coaching attention to individuals than other similar courses. Feedback from athletes was extremely positive and some have already booked places for next year. We will be running them again in 2016 in July and August. To register your interest please contact Nick Rowett
KRC again hosted another very successful regatta over two days, with over 500 crews racing every 3-4 minutes for a total of 20 hours. The regatta was sponsored again this year by CNM Estates Ltd.
KRC squads were successful in several events. The Senior Men won the Open Diamond Jubilee Sprint 8's. Our junior squad had a strong entry of 25 boats, seeing 7 finals and 2 wins in the J16 2x and WJ15 1x. We also had wins in WMASA/B 2x, MAS F1x and a number of 2nd places.
A few lucky crews had their trophies presented by Sir Steve Redgrave CBE and Anna Watkins MBE who fitted a prize-giving into their filming with John Inverdale for the BBC's coverage of the Rowing World Cup from Lucerne. The regatta was pleased to welcome Lord Sterling of Plaistow, who commissioned the Queens Row Barge Gloriana. Gloriana was rowed downstream by volunteers from racing and was moored at the Gazebo landing stage for both days.
KRC is looking for ambitious oarsmen to join their senior men’s squad.
The current squad is a rapidly up and coming young group dedicated to winning at Henley Royal Regatta.
The 2014/15 season posted strong results:
2nd in Senior 4- at the Fours Head
4th fastest open weight U23 4- at the British National Championships
3rd in Elite 8s at Wallingford
Top 3 finishes in Senior 4+ at the Met and Marlow.
We need equally motivated and talented rowers to join us.
You do not need to be the finished article, our approach is all
about development. You do need to have big ambition, dedication,
discipline and drive.
Our Junior Squad have posted a healthy set of wins at both Molesey and Staines Regattas.
Molesey Regatta: 11 crews entered, 4 finals and 2 wins in WJ13 4x+ and WJ15 2x
Staines Regatta: 11 crews, 8 finals, 5 wins in:
Well done to all crews who raced!
“Draaawww…” shouted cox Zara, “… wind, wind, now lengthen…”. We’re off in a 3-way semi-final, pushing away from the grey hulk of Chiswick Bridge. We haven’t started well but the school crew to our left are struggling and a canvas down already. On our right Quintin BC are level with us and rowing neatly. Slowly the crew finds its rhythm, we’re at rate 36, the boat is set level and we’re locking on well at the catch, leveraging our power advantage over the other crews, now pulling away with every stroke. Belief seeps through the crew as we power out to a clear water lead at 600 metres, the heart-warming sight of opposition boats lagging behind. Despite a few late wobbles as we cut through the Tideway chop, we cross the line 2 lengths clear – and into the final!
Some months earlier a squad had come together: a strong student contingent, some of last year’s novice crew, and a handful of recent Start to Row learners. From a diverse group – comprising various ages, heights, weights, nationalities and occupations – a core emerged who committed to the training. Good results followed – Head race performances gave other KRC crews pause for thought. Despite some personnel changes we had approached the regatta confident and prepared.
Emmanuel School are our final opponents. We expect a fast start from them but hope our mid race pace will come through. There’s nervous jockeying for position on the line as bow pairs tap it up, finally the umpires are happy. Our start is better than before – a glance across and Emmanuel are a seat up only. This time there are no wobbles, with a pounding rhythm we steadily walk up the opposition boat. The umpires screech a warning for us to hold our line but we’ve got clear water and don’t let go. Coach Adrian shouts from the bank as we wind for the line – we’ve won! Some nervous moments, as the umpires solemnly lecture us on holding line and Emmanuel protest, but to no avail. Back on the bank we de-rig and head back to KRC.
“3…2…1…go…” Zara flies through the air in a graceful arc, and drops into the water with a satisfying splosh. “Youz *******” she says as we haul her out of the river, and an exhausted but deeply satisfied crew and cox head to the pub in the late afternoon sunshine.
Eight KRC women represented us at the British Rowing Masters Championships at Nottingham. Despite a thoroughly very wet day, the lake was about as flat as I have ever seen it - most unusual for Nottingham. This event has Championship, IM3 and Novice events all for Masters rowers (27 years old+) and is raced over 1000m.
We had entries in eight events and won gold in three of these:
- Women's Championship A 4x- Emma Scruby, Sophie Faldo, Caroline Willett and Rachael Kugele (str). The crew had a great race as they were very close at half way but pulled out a really strong second half to win by clear water.
- Women's Championship F/G 2x Birgith Sims and Jackie Darling of BBRLC (str). Despite being one age category older than their three opponents, they pulled away from the field to win by a huge margin, sculling with beautiful efficiency.
- Women's Novice A 1x Wendy Saunders. If you are going to win your novice pot, a championship regatta is a good place to do it.
In all, six of the eight KRC rowers won a gold medal, and we were just 3/4 length off winning the W Nov B 4x- which would have been gold for the other two.
KRC had five crews racing at Walton this year and we came away with one win.
Our crews in the W IM3 2x, W Nov 4+ and M Nov 8+ all got knocked out in their heats, although the Men's Nov 8+ had an exciting race losing by only 1 length to the eventual winners and were closer to them than any of the other crews they beat - this bodes well for their next attempt to win their novice pot.
Emily Baylis, having her first go at Women's Novice 1x clearly scared off most of the opposition as both the other scullers on her side of the draw scratched so she rowed over to get into the final. She lost in the final but had a very encouraging first single sculls race.
Our winning crews was the Women's Masters A 4x- of Emma Scruby, Sophie Kennedy, Caroline Willett and Rachael Kugele (str) who their final 'Easily' over a Weybridge Ladies crew.
On Sunday 12th April two boats were named. Mohana named a Junior Eight and our juniors took the boat for its first outing on the river. Gordon Craig, Director of Fundraising and Marketing at the Royal Star & Garter Homes, named the four 'Row to Remember'.
Junior Eight - 'Mohana'
The Kingston Rowing Club juniors have an exceptionally strong spirit and when one of their number, Mohana Knipp, became seriously ill her response was to want to help her crew mates. Her mother, Bettina Knipp, donated £12,500 towards a new Stampfli racing eight. The club undertook a major sponsored row in 2014 to raise money for new boats and also to raise money for the Royal Star Garter Homes now with a home in the Borough. The club raised £5,800 for the Royal Star and Garter and sufficient funds to allow the acquisition of this £28,000 boat. This would have been impossible without the very generous donation from Mohana and Bettina Knipp.
Club Coxless Four - 'Row to Remember'
The Row to Remember fundraising enabled the purchase of a coxless four/quad sculling boat. The weight specification of the boat makes it suitable for our women's squad and our junior men and is a versatile addition to the club's fleet.
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Many of you will have fond memories of Dionne Davies (Bett) and will have been saddened to hear that she passed away last week. An active rower, club member and Women’s Captain in the late 1990’s – 2002, and then social member, Remenham member and active Henley supporter, a warm and loyal friend who will be hugely missed by us all.
Dionne's funeral will take place at 11am on Wednesday, 10th December at Clandon Wood Natural Burial Reserve, Epsom Road, West Clandon, Guildford, GU4 7FN. Tel: 01483 479614.
Dionne's wish was to be buried in a natural woodland and meadow setting at Clandon Wood. She will rest in peace surrounded by the things she loved, thirty one acres of meadow consisting of trees, wildflowers, grazing sheep and a lake.
PLEASE NOTE: Wear bright clothing and footwear to suit an outdoor setting. Your feet will get muddy! Club blazers and scarlet welcomed.
Please bring footwear to change into afterwards. Please do not wear black, Dionne made it very clear, bright colours only!
Her parents Penny and Gerry, and her husband Keith would like to invite you to join them after the service for a drink to celebrate Dionne's life at the Horse and Groom, Epsom Road, Merrow, Guildford, GU1 2RG. Tel: 01483 575375.
If you have photos you would like to share of Dionne please bring a copy as we plan to display for all to view.
It would be appreciated it if it was family flowers only at the funeral.
However, if you wish to make a donation you will be able to do so on the day. Donations will go to Cancer Research and CaringBridge.
Our past president Alan Spong has passed away, aged 94.
The timing is particularly aposite as the club is planning its 'Row to Remember' Sponsored Row and Alan was one of the last surviving Dunkirk veterans.
A dozen or so Scarlet Blazers attended his funeral to complement the Dogget Coat and Badge uniforms worn by three recent winners (Alan was a member of the Worshipful Company of Watermen and Lightermen of The Thames and was elected their Master in 1980)
The KRC junior squad had trials for the Junior Inter Regional Regatta to be held at Nottingham on 26th April. Six of our crews were selected beating opposition from Thames, TSS, Emmanuel, LEH and Hampton.
Kingston RC will be representing the Thames London Region in:-
J16 4+ and J16 8o,
J15 2X and J15 4X+,
J14 2X and W J14 4X+.
In the words of Vince Lombardi "winning isn't everything but the thought of winning is". This thought entwined with the renewed collective passion of the women's senior squad to achieve our very best has been the driving force behind our training camp at the club over the Easter break.
The Senior Men raced at Hammersmith Head on Sunday 9th March in glorious spring sunshine. The weather was in stark contrast to the preceding 2-3 months which had confined the squad to the ergs. The race was only the 7th water outing for the squad since 20th December! KRC I went off 13th which is where they would finish (3rd out of 8 in IM1). KRC II went off 18th and finished 56th (13th out 18 in IM2). The expectation within the squad this year meant that the crews were slightly disappointed with their result but perhaps not too surprising given the lack of water time. The stroke rate of both crews was significantly lower than the opposition. However, with the river now off Red Boards, a reorganisation of the crew line ups and more water outings, both crews have every hope to be able to significantly improve on the Hammersmith results at Kingston and the Tideway Head.
- KRC I (Matt Piechowicz, Chris China, Ali Lee, Andrew (Jeremy) Bedford, John Keen-Tomlinson, Ertan Hazine, Jon (Mac) Mackinney, Hal Bedford-Payne, JP Salter (cox).
- KRC II (Rob Blackie, Tom Rawlins, Adam Dracott, Piers Morgan, Elan Schoonmaker, Chris Churchett, Jonny Davies, Sam Richards, Mikey Lowarth (cox).
Sadly I have just heard that another Life member, Clive Hallt passed away on Mon 10th March 2014. Clive was Chairman of the Regatta Committee that moved the Kingston Regatta to its present location and was an inspiration and coach behind the Saxon Boat Club and various other antics in the late `60s and early `70s.
There will be drinks in memory of Clive in the Saddlers Arms at Send from 1.00pm on Saturday 29th March. There will be no formal service - in line with Clive's wishes and because he bequeathed his body for medical research.
I have just received news that Doc Sutton - Dr Grahame Sutton MBE, passed away last Sat on 8th March 2014, aged 85.
Doc was a long time rower at Kingston, joining in 1970 and continued to row until some years ago in a vintage wooden veteran coxless 4 that was nearly as old as his rowing kit! He had a sharp wit, but was always sympathetic and helpful with any athlete's ailments. Doc received his MBE whilst serving as a medical officer with the Royal Norfolks in the Cyprus emergency in 1956. In the midst of a forest fire and despite 2nd degree burns to his arm, he went in search of survivors and attended half a dozen soldiers needing first aid.
The funeral is at Croydon Crematorium. CR9 3AT on Thursday 27th March at 2.15 p.m.
Family flowers only. Donations, if desired can be made to the National Autistic Society c/o W A Truelove & Son Ltd, 107 Stafford Road SM6 9AP oronline.
It is with deep regret that I have to inform members of the death of Ian Wylie during the night of 26th February 2014. Ian joined the Club in the early sixties and played an active part in KRC until moving to Kent in the mid seventies. In recent years, he returned to Kingston and has been helping out with coaching and became a regular member in the Leviathan squad outings.
Ian's funeral will be held at the Tunbridge Wells Crematorium at 2.30pm on Wednesday 19th March.
Jackie, his wife, has asked as many as possible attending the funeral, to wear their Henley blazers to celebrate Ian's long association with the sport.
If you ask some of the more senior members of the club what the Veteran regatta is about, they will likely regale you with stories of ‘having a pull’ quaffing a lot of beer and a party where you might ‘get lucky’. 20 years ago, that was not so far of the mark. If you knew which end of an oar to hold, the chances were that you would come home with a win.
Today, veteran, or as it is now known, Masters Rowing is a very different story. Gone are the beer bellies, the purple faces of heavily puffing unfit middle aged men trying to recreate their youth.
FISA World masters is now the largest regatta in the world, with races running every 3 minutes for 4 days. If you want to see luscious legs in lycra, come along. The idea of continuing to race as the years roll on has indeed caught the imagination of rowers from across the globe with 39 different nations represented.
This is a fairly complete set of the Scarlet Blade (the Kingston Rowing Club Newsletter going back to when it was reintroduced in 1987, following on from the original Don Somener's 'Scarlet Blades'.
They provide a history of the goings on at the club over the last quarter century, an eclectic assortment of editorial styles and the evolution of the Word Processor! However, very few of the newletters were dated, and so the dates I have assigned are somewhat arbitrary and a work in progress. If you have a correction please email me and I will amend accordingly. Likewise, if you have any missing newletters, or the original electronic copies, rather than the scanned photocopies here, please get in touch.
Scarlet Blade Archive
Well done to Charles Worthington, Neil Bascombe, Miles Fellows and Steve Drury (L to R in pic) on winning the Masters D Quadruple sculls at Molesey Regatta. They raced Eton Excelsior in their heat before beating Maidenhead in the Final by a comfortable 3 lengths.
BASIL CHARLES GRAY
Basil was born in 1921 in Westcliff-on Sea following on behind his older brother Alan.
Six years later the family moved to Thames Ditton thereby influencing his lifelong interest in the river and boating.
His application to become a pupil at Tiffin School was an important step for Basil. Apparently the Headmaster of that time one Tubby Dean in assessing Basil as a suitable candidate asked him how to spell the word ‘bicycle’. He seemed to have got that right thus ensuring his acceptance to the school. Clearly his other qualities were beyond dispute! No eleven- plus then!
Basil in due course became a keen member of the school boat club no doubt wishing to emulate his older brother, Alan who was already making waves as an oarsman competing for Kingston Rowing Club.
The Second World War quickly put a stop to these river pursuits and Basil volunteered to serve in the RAF and learnt to fly.
Amongst various escapades including the ‘pranging ‘of three aircraft for various reasons [I’m sorry I can’t enlighten you on this information] he was seconded to Canada in 1942 and taught budding pilots there to fly Harvards. He was then transferred to flying Mosquitos which he flew on active service over France in 1944.
One particular ‘highlight ‘of his flying missions was a raid set for August 9th 1944 into France when as one of four Mosquito pilots he flew to target the suspected secret Gestapo HQ in the Garonne district near Bordeaux. The twin towered building was successfully breached and a large number of the French Resistance [believed to be in the region of a hundred] were able to be freed.
After the war Basil quickly returned to the river and his boating interests both at KRC and The Skiff Club both clubs sharing the same Turks Boathouse HQ.
In 1946 KRC put together a crew to race in the Grand [the top event for eight oared racing ] and Basil found himself in the thick of it at No. 2 being stroked by the formidable character of Dick Bale. [I was coached in my early years at KRC by Dick and well remember his aggressive but dedicated style.] This was part of a learning curve for Basil however as the Crew succumbed to a Leander Eight by one and a half lengths.
In 1947 the same KRC crew raced Imperial College winning by one length but losing in the next round to Delft Sport. It was perhaps an irony that Kingston on Thames was by then already twinned to the Dutch Town of Delft.
Basil continued to compete at Henley Royal Regatta in the Grand Challenge Cup event for KRC having been promoted to the stroke seat on three occasions and including in 1949 competing in both The Grand and The Silver Goblets with his brother, Alan.
In October 1949 he was asked by Richard Burnell then head of the selectors to ready himself to represent England in the team to travel to New Zealand for The Empire Games. Unfortunately he didn’t quite make it as a heavier crew were finally selected
In 1953 the Club entered the Thames Cup event with Basil valiantly stroking a rather mixed ability crew of characters-- one being my schools rowing master who at the time was regarded by me as somewhat ancient! [he was probably only in his late thirties!]. Sadly they did not progress further.
Basil’s last entry to HRR was in 1956 in the coxless Wyfold Fours event when he took on the thankless task of steering from the bow seat. Despite cries from the towpath of ‘hit ‘em Bas’ their efforts did not match those of the Lady Margaret crew who rowed clear to win.
One of that Wyfold Four crew and Skiff Cub member was one Leslie Saywood who now hails from New Zealand where he is still very actively involved in the sport of rowing there. On hearing of Basil’s passing he sent these words:
“I am terribly sad to hear the news about Basil. He was a shy man but with a puckish sense of humour. Together in a double skiff we were quite successful over a number of years. I remember on one occasion we were asked why we drank between heats [I can only presume here he means a beer or two!] Basil’s riposte to this was that ‘we were idling below peak form’!!” Leslie adds that he rowed behind Basil in eights and fours. He was tenacious, never gave up and always determined to win. I will always remember him.’
Basil’s Skiff Club record is also impressive winning many events over the post war years and up to 1956 in both the Club Championships and The Skiff Championships and during that time he also served on the Skiff Club Committee.
I personally did not get to row with Basil joining KRC in 1957 as a sixteen year old but in my first year there found myself in the Thames Cup crew at Henley in1958 alongside the aforementioned Leslie Saywood . –So there is a tenuous link there between us.
Basil was by then a senior and stalwart supporter of the Club and of the younger generation and the new intake of recent schoolboys such as myself. My memories of Basil then were of his ever friendly face and keen interest in the crews and their fortunes.
In 1965 Basil’s life took quite a different turn meeting and marrying Ros. In 1974 Laurette came along and his interests matured into an active family life.
His interests for rowing and KRC did not fade however and Basil was always to be seen at the Regattas and Heads and the Club’s major social events. His particular involvement with concocting and dispensing the grog at the Club’s Christmas Rum Punch Party over many years is I am sure, well remembered!
John White [one of my contemporaries] now Chairman of Kingston Regatta has sent his regrets at not being here today but has written: ‘We young rowers never really appreciated how much the heavies like Bas did to run the club for our benefit. That only hit us when our turn came! And in more recent years I really appreciated his support for the Kingston Regatta and to see both Bas and Ros enjoying themselves at the Regatta Lunch.’
Basil who was often referred to by his generation of oarsmen as ‘the boy’ certainly became a ‘man’ in all respects and we salute you today.
Basil. You will be sorely missed.
The first new gathering of the Leviathan will take place on Sunday 12th February 2012 at 10.00hrs Lurch Ayling is unable to act as secretary so I am reverting to my original position as secretary/founder, until someone more capable can be enticed into this much sort after post.
I have been supplied with a previous list of e mail addresses which was used to keep everyone informed about our meeting dates etc., but some are so unorthodox, not to say obscene, that I would be grateful to receive an email from all those who would be interested in knowing what the Leviathan is up to. This will allow me to know names against the mail address. I am aware that some still do not have e mail and I will have to find another way of contacting you. Please let me know even if you feel I already have this information.
My telephone number: 01787 8805756
My address: 44 Bantocks Road,Great Waldingfield, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 0RT
For those who have not heard of the Leviathan, it is a social gathering for all old KRC members, indeed any old rower, who wishes to meet on an ad hoc basis. Thanks to efforts from some of our members we try to supply a lunch, and for those who wish to find out how far their rowing has waned, we try to organise boats. This is not compulsory and indeed in some (most?) cases is not recommended.
Our meetings also of course allow us to keep in contact with, and continue to support our club.
Would all interested parties please let me have your e mail addresses.
It is very sad to report the death of Andy Holmes MBE on 24 October 2010 aged 51.
Andy rowed at Kingston in the early 80’s before going on to win two Olympic Gold medals: Coxed Fours at Los Angeles in 1984 with Richard Budgett, Martin Cross and Steve Redgrave with cox Adrian Ellison; and then in Coxless Pairs at Seoul in 1988 with Steve Redgrave (where they also doubled up to win a Bronze in Coxed Pairs).
I am very sorry to inform you that Alistair Graham died on Wed 28th July 2010 in hospital following a fall at home.
Alistair was a former Captain of Kingston Rowing Club including the 1981 season when the Men's squad at Henley Royal Regatta reached three finals, winning the Goblets, the Prince Philip and narrowly losing in the Britannia Cup - the best results in a century. The Men's Pair and Coxed Four together with the Women's Double Scull of Astrid Ayling and Sue McNuff went on to represent Great Britain in the 1981 World Championships, a level of club rowing success unprecedented before or since.
As well as being a long standing and popular stalwart and coach of Kingston Rowing Club, Alistair was also a Vice President at Dittons Skiff and Punting club, Punting being a sport about which he was passionate. He will be much missed and I am sure you will wish to join with me in expressing sincere condolences to his surviving sister and brother, Deirdre and Charles and his nieces Victoria and Emma-Jane.
The FISA World Veteran meeting 2008 took place in Lithuania on the East coast of the Baltic.
Five intrepid participants set off from Kingston with the weather forecast warning of strong winds, heavy rain and low temperatures. Oh great- here we go again. The rucksack was straining at the seems with warm rowing gear, gilets and waterproofs.
Even my fleece hat got packed after last years near hypothermia experience in Zagreb.
Flylal (the Lithuanian version of Easyjet) got us there with no fuss and no food!. So having checked into the B+B, a very nice guesthouse in old Vilnius town (described on their web site as a sexy hotel for sexy people, so just right for us) we raided a McDonalds for burgers, coke and chips. Not a cool start.
As you may well know, the weather Gods destroyed the Veteran Eights Head. Our all Kingston Vet A girls got as far as to put the boat on the water before the whole thing was cancelled, whilst the Vet E girls were still gossiping with their Czech, Canadian, Norwegian and Dutch crew members. So no chance to try the nice new Janousec eight, kindly lent by Tiffin, only a swig of beer in Vesta.
It is with sadness that we report that Steve Chasey, a rower, coach, and a great character of KRC passed away last night.
Steve will be fondly remembered for his enthusiasm and love for all things rowing, and for passing some of that on to the many rowers, novice to elite, that he coached in recent years.
Steve's involvement in KRC spanned decades and his love for the sport is clear from this short excerpt of the History of the Kingston Regatta published in last year's regatta programme.
Steve Chasey who first rowed at the Regatta for Kingston Grammar School and has been a lifelong member of Kingston RC where he still coaches and with the greatest of respect to Steve can safely be described as being a member of the ‘MAD’ crowd. Steve writes:
“Without rowing I really don’t know where I would be. It has been the constant that has held everything together. From schooldays in Kingston through the hedonistic 60s into the armed forces, special forces, whatever the world has brought, rowing and the river has always given me space to breathe again. To take those gasps of air after a heavy workout on the river as the mist rises to reveal a warming sun saying ‘good morning’, easing those aching muscles, giving fresh light on the world again. The river has been my life, so much so that I can’t imagine life without it. I now live on a boat on the river at Kingston, a part of its ebb and flow. From competing at the Regatta as a boy to coaching crews I have been coming to the Regatta for 50 years now and I wouldn’t miss this day for the world.”
Our sincerest wishes are with Steve's family.
The funeral will be held on Wednesday 4th June 2008 at Kingston Crematorium, 2:20 and afterwards at the Club.
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KRC provides all members with information relating to safety at the KRC boathouse and our stretch of river, and requires all members to have read and to adhere to the Safety Plan as part of their acceptance of membership. You can download the KRC Safety and Boating Plan here.
KRC adheres to the Row Safe guide (replacing the ARA water safety code) and expects all members to adhere to these basic safety standards. The British Rowing Safety section of their website contains a wealth of additional documents.
The state of the stream at Kingston can be indicated by visiting the Environment Agency web site (Molesey Lock to Teddington Lock reach). The latest information is available by contacting the Lock Keeper directly on 0208 940 8723 Teddington Lock website.
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If you finished your rowing career a few years back, concentrated on climbing the corporate ladder or raising the family, but now feel the pull of the river, the KRC veteran squad may be just what you need.
This section of the club currently boasts competitors from 27 years to well above 60.
It is a very successful branch of the club, having returned from last years world meeting in Zagreb, Croatia with 21 medals with wins in all boat types from1x to 8+.
We had representatives in the first eights for both the men’s and the women’s Head of the River, as well as 2 eights entered for the sadly cancelled veteran Head.
The club is planning to send crews to Veteran Nationals at Nottingham in June, Veteran Henley in July and the World meet in Trakai, Lithuania in September.
We expect a significant number of wins.
As the club is operating an inclusive policy, we have had the benefit of training with the senior squad under the professionally led coaching team, headed by Ian South.
We are always looking to expand the group and welcome newcomers.
There is an opportunity to do as much training as you want, but also the benefit of being able to take a weekend off for less vigorous activities, without the risk of being dropped.
If you are considering getting back into a boat and rekindle the old competitive spirit, please contact Birgith via email to xxx or leave a message in the club letter rack.
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