Veterans Squad

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.

British Masters Championships 2016

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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      British Rowing Masters Championships - 13th & 14th June 2015

      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.

      Champ A 4x Gold

      Champ FG 2x Gold

      Nov A 1x Gold

      Pair's Head Win 2013

      Congratulations to Andrea Finn, with Kate Grose on winning the Pairs Head Master's C 2-, coming a very creditable 252/437 overall (just beating Birgith Sims into second place by 3 seconds on handicap).

      First strike of the new season to the ladies!

      FISA World Masters Regatta Lake Varese 2013

      Varese - 4 winsIf 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.

       

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      Masters at Molesey Regatta 2013

      Kingston Masters D Quad

      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.

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      Henley Masters 2013

      Henley Masters 2013

      Henley Masters was represented by Andy Tompkins and Birgith Sims this year and both came away with wins. The course runs upstream from Temple Island along the Henley RR course but in consideration to age finishes early at 1000m by Upper Thames RC.

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      Two wins at Veterans Head 2011

      The Vesta Vets Head was held the day after the Tideway Head on 3rd April. Preserving the normal Vet routine of morning rowing outing, drinks at the bar, Sunday Lunch meant the race had to start at 9:00 just two hours before low tide. This added another minute or so to the time, unfortunate for those who thought the race was plenty long enough already, and even more unfortunate for those starting at the tail end in slack water.

      The veteran squad boated an all Kingston men’s entry for the first time in a year or two. The Master’s D crew contained a number of new and old faces, and several who hadn’t been seen in their racing vest for a good while! - Steve Peters, Charles Worthington, Miles Fellows, Peter Fish, John Fitch, Steve Drury, Ray Merrall, David Livingstone and a somewhat jaded JP Salter as cox suffering from post Tideway Head party overindulgence.

      In addition to the all KRC crew there were a number of members who could be spotted sporting their Kingston colours in assorted composite crews. Andy Kapica slotted into the winning bow seat of a six club Vet H crew (that’s an average age of 70-75!) with some very long standing crew mates. Birgith Sims stroked and won Women’s Vet D-F, Helen Gadsden raced in the 5 seat of a Women’s Vet C Eight, and Andy Tompkins rowed at 5 in another Vet D Eight.

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      Kingston composite with Warwick BC/Walbrook/Poole

      MasD

      20:03.7

      2nd out of 42

      82

      Kingston composite with Henley/TSS/Bradford/Sheffield/Minerva

      MasG/H (H)

      21:37.6

      1st out of 7

      93

      Kingston RC

      MasD

      21:42.7

      21st out of 42

      139

      Kingston composite with Crabtree BC/Walton RC/Dart Totnes RC

      W.MasC

      22:35.2

      3rd out of 12

      142

      Kingston composite with Medway Towns RC/Walbrook/Barnes Bridge Ladies/Burway RC/Maidenhead RC/Fredensborg/Thames RC

      W.MasD+ (F)

      22:40.1

      1st out of 9

      KRC Veterans in Trakai, Lithuania.

      The FISA World Veteran meeting 2008 took place in Lithuania on the East coast of the Baltic.

      The FiveFive 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.

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      Veteran Section Update Sept 2008


      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.

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