Congratulations to Birgith Sims and Caroline Willet who took the Women's Masters 2x title at a very wet and windy Pairs Head of the River. This marks KRC's first wins of the 2018/19 season, and we're sure it'll be the first of many. Congratulations also to our WJ18 2- and WJ16 2x who both placed 2nd in their categories, despite some major crashes and obstructions from the slower crews.
Daniel O'Dowd, Captain of Kingston Rowing Club, formally invites all members and friends of Kingston Rowing Club to the boat naming ceremony of our new Senior Men's 1st VIII and Junior Women's IV+. The Captain has chosen to name these boats after two members of the club who have been an integral support to him throughout his captaincy, Dermod Sweeney and Chris Griffiths. The ceremony will start at midday, on the green alongside KRC. We hope to see as many of you there as possible.
KRC took our biggest entry to Wallingford for the past few decades as a total of 15 boats represent KRC at the regatta last weekend. We took a total of 1 win, and 6 crews making the A final. Our winners were the WJ16 4+, who continue their unbeaten run in this boat since the National Schools' Regatta last year. Other top results included Ch 1x, Geir, who placed 5th in a highly competitive field. Special mentions also to our Ch 4+ (B) who made the A final over the Ch 4+ A, as well as our WCh 4- who also made the A final. A good weekend for the whole club.
We had 6 crews racing at the Scullery. Some good results all round, especially considering this was the first 2k race for all but one of our crews.
J14 4x+ - We had two crews in this event. One boat made the A Final and the other the B final. The A final boat finished 3rd and picked up the bronze, with the B final boat finishing 2nd, placing 8th overall.
WJ15 4x+ - Just the one crew in this event. Looking to improve on their JIRR result, the girls had an excellent time trial, but unfortunately made an error in the final and missed out on the bronze by 2 seconds. Lessons learnt, time to move on to NSR.
WJ17 2x - Also just one crew in this event. Our WJ17s had a good time trial and placed 5th. This was the result they held onto in the A final. A great result for them.
WJ14 4x+ - Our last two crews raced this event. After a not so great time-trial from one of our crews, both crews found themselves in the B final. After regrouping and some words of encouragement from coach G...
KRC took a handful of crews to Chiswick Regatta for the bank holiday weekend, with the rest of the squads racing at the Scullery and Wallingford. We were thrilled to come back with two wins in J14 and WJ14 2x. Well done to Ben Stanchev, Joey Sparks, Yasemine Cheng and Hannah Webb. Thank you also to Dave White of Tiffin RC for towing our boats their.
On Saturday 21st April, 3 KRC crews ventured to Nottingham to represent Thames London in the Junior Inter-Regional Regatta. The club had great performances all round.
Our WJ16s continued their winning form, however this time in the coxless four. After qualifying 2nd fastest for the final, they went on to win gold by half a length over Lea RC (Eastern Region), despite some creative steering, exploring all sides of their lane, and a little of the lanes either side...
Our WJ15s were hoping to match last years performance in the WJ14 2x, where they won gold. After placing joint 4th at the Scullery just over a month prior, they knew some work would have to be done to get up into the medals. After qualifying 3rd for the final, the 4x+ went on to miss out on silver by just 0.03 seconds, coming away with bronze.
Our J14s were looking to improve on their 4th place at the Scullery too. However their chances were hindered after a slight hiccup in the heat resulting in a broken bl...
On Tuesday, after a busy day at the Schools' Head, the juniors were off to Dorney, to the Junior Sculling Head. Yes, you did read that correctly, a head at Dorney.
First up were the J15 Squad. In challenging conditions, (standard Dorney cross winds) we boated two WJ15 4x+ and one J15 4x+. The two WJ15 4x+ put in some fantastic performances to come away with a highly creditable 4th place (3 secs off bronze) for the A boat, and a 3rd place (of all B boats). The J15 4x+ rowed well and came away with 16th.
Our J14 squad performed well, picking up a bronze in WJ14 8x+, which we believe to be the clubs first medal at this event. After a slight mechanical failure at the start, the crew had a good row, placing behind LEH and Nottingham & Union (who much like the HORR, both won in a dead heat). The J14 4x+ also had a good race. With three of the crew beginning rowing this year, it was impressive to see them going off number one in their category. After a strong second half, th...
We had two crews racing at the Schools' Head on Monday afternoon. After two 2nd places last year, we were desperate to come away this year with a pink pennant. Sure enough the pink pennant was delivered by our WJ16 4+, who not only won their category, but also set a new course record in the process. After a few hair raising near misses in our brand new boat, the crew swept through their opposition picking up KRC's first pennant since 2011, where our WJ16 8+ similarly took the course record. This course record was impressively beaten on Monday.
Our J18 4+ had a rough ride up to the race, with injury of one of their key member hampering their preparation. Coming in 6th position, the boys will be looking now to build and improve upon these results, in order to retain their fantastic result at the National Schools Regatta in May,