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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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.
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.
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.