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.
Kingston Rowing Club works closely with Kingston University to provide their students with the opportunity to row. These athletes then represent Kingston University at all BUCS events.
With regatta season well on the way, over sunny May bank holiday (5th-7th), the clubs student crew headed up to Nottingham water sports centre to compete at one of the biggest university rowing competitions in Europe, BUCS regatta. Clubs from all over the country attend this event, some of which include Oxford Brookes and Newcastle University.
The majority of our students that attended are complete beginners and have only been rowing since the start of October 2017. This would have been their first racing experience (as sadly Kingston Head could not go ahead) and on my behalf I can say they were all eager to get on the water to race.
This year, we were able to enter both beginner and intermediate boats, which included our fellow committee members, competing in the Mint4+, WInt2x, MIntL1x...
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.
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
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.
On Saturday 16th September, Kingston Rowing Club hosted a charity event for Rosie Mitchell, a member of our club who tragically passed this time last year. As Rosie was so heavily involved with rowing at the club, her parents, Andrew and Rachel, wanted to get the whole club involved by running a regatta in her memory, to coincide as a fundraiser ahead of Andrew's epic 1000km cycle to Valencia, Spain.
We had a good turnout from the club, with 7 eights and 3 coxed quads racing against each other. Everyone donned their pink t-shirts and hit the water for some close, fun and exciting racing. The races were so close in fact, that no crew won a race by more than 3/4 of a length. With a crowd of more than 100 watching outside the club, the atmosphere was absolutely electric, especially in the final, which was our closest race of the day. The eventual victors, featuring Captain Danny O'Dowd, beat their opponents by just 3 feet.
After the regatta ended, and the sun began to se...
After the great club successes at Kingston Regatta, attention quickly turned to Molesey. On the Saturday, the Senior and Masters crews raced over the 750m course, unfortunately coming home empty handed, so it was left to the Juniors on the Sunday to bring home the bacon. The atmosphere was quite tense in the Kingston camp for the majority of the day, after a lot of finalists had come away with nothing, and having only won the one event so far, we were worried it was going to be our least successful event of the year. Luckily in came the final hour of racing, and it was as if we had been waiting for a bus, 4 all came along at once. This resulted in a total of 5 wins for the club across the weekend.