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.
Sunday saw our annual Christmas Rum Punch regatta. First started by the Vamp, the race has been tradition at the club ever since. In the aftermath of the '12 Shots of Christmas' party in the night before, the strongest made it out of bed for some fun, side by side, 500m sprint racing. With the rum punch flowing, and mince pies for all, the event went down well, with 4 eights and 5 junior quads racing. It was fantastic to see the whole club mixing in together.
On Saturday 16th December, Kingston made their way down to the tideway for the last time in 2017, ready to battle their Remenham compatriots in the annual Remenham Challenge. In fairly flat conditions, just over 50 crews from the founding clubs and, for the first time, our good friends at Wadham College, Oxford. The club picked up a win in the WMas8+ category, and were more than 30 seconds (pre time adjustments) clear of their nearest competitors. Well done to Remenham for organising such a slick event!
KRC sent 15 crews to Walton Small Boats Head, from the Masters, Women's and Development Squads. The club came away with two wins, from our Masters Women's squads. Well done to Jacqueline Rudenko, Gurli Medcalf and Caroline Willett, who won WMasA1x & WMasC2x respectively.
Saturday 18th November saw a large KRC contingency take to our home water once more to the race. Our crews raced over the new 5200m course coming away with 8 wins total. Congratulations to our winners from the Junior Men & Women's squads and also our Senior Men's squad. A full list of our winners can be found here: www.kingstonrc.co.uk/club-wins-2017-18
The B4x (with Ian Hanley as a very late substitute for the injured Justin bravely taking the stroke seat) started 4th and set off at a decent clip. The race photos clearly show where we can make improvements, but despite the less than perfect technique they finished 50th overall (8th in Vet C) and were in high spirits in the Thames bar afterwards. (Ian, Syed, Boh and Tom)
The D4x will have heads the size of hot air balloons after seeing their race photos. They actually look like a pretty decent crew. Lovely straight arms, guys!! They finished 74th overall, 7th in Vet D 4x. (Tim S, Tim P, Ed and Greg). They were also grinning in the Thames bar. General consensus is that if they raise the rate 4 pips they might be in the real mix. It looks like it might be a good season ahead.
All credit to the boys, not only did they trail the boats back, rather than stay and enjoy the beer so that the senior men could reload for their race the following day, but the...
Saturday 4th November saw the 2017 edition of the Kingston Small Boats Head. With a large entry from Kingston, over 400 boats took to the water across the two divisions. Special congratulations must be given to the marshals, umpires and time keepers who collectively got both divisions started on time, and the results out within an hour of each division finishing. Congratulations also to all the winning crews, especially the 10 winners from KRC.
This Saturday (30/09/17), Andrew Mitchell will embark on his 1000km cycle to Valencia, to raise money for the charity CRY. His first leg will run from Kingston R.C. down to Southampton, where he and his team will get on a ferry to take them down to Northern Spain.
The first leg is just over 125km with a little more than 1400m of vertical ascent. The group will be meeting at KRC at 8:00, for an 8:30 departure. With two planned food stops along the way, the group will break for breakfast and lunch, and the ride will probably continue into the early evening.
Those interested in joining the group for this ride, should contact Danny O'Dowd before this Thursday.