At the AGM on 22 July 2018, Jon (“Mac”) MacKinney was elected Captain of the Club. Mac has been a member of the Club for a number of years.
Mac said “Firstly, I would like to thank Danny for the outstanding work he has put in to the Club over the past three years. He is a tough act to follow!
As Captain, I am looking to build on Danny’s good work for the coming season. KRC is one of the few clubs in the country to have success across all squads, from GB representation through to beginners winning their first pots at Town regattas. Particular highlights for me from the past season are the amazing win at Women’s Henley by our Junior girls, ALL of our Senior Men’s squad qualifying for Henley Royal Regatta, and a growing Masters’ Squad.
This coming season we’re going to build on that success and I am pleased to announce that Danny has agreed to accept a new position of Rowing Director.
I am proud to be Kingston Rowing Club’s Captain but even pr...
The J13 and J15 squads raced at Thames Valley Park this year, based just outside of Reading, tucked in opposite the Redgrave-Pinsent Lake. With 3 octos racing, and even more small boats, it was one of the largest entries we've ever put in for these squads. For those who have never been, TVP is the same weekend as Marlow, and so attracts a large junior entry from J13-J15 from most of the top schools and clubs in the Thames area. Over 500m, upstream, its a proper splash and dash, but run to an excellent standard, with no umpires launches and all officiating taking place on towers placed along the course.
We picked up 2 wins, in the WJ15 2x (above) and WJ13 4x+. The WJ15 2x had a breezy ride into the final, dominating off the start in each race, and then won their final by just over a length to Maidenhead. The WJ13 4x+ had a similar route to the final, comfortably seeing off competition from Henley and Guildford RC. They won their final by a considerable margin. Special...
The senior men are now into the heart of their racing season. So far we have raced at Wallingford (at Dorney), Ghent and the Met (at Dorney). Next up is Marlow (at Dorney) and Henley Royal Regatta. The results have been encouraging and probably the best that the men have had at this stage of the season for quite a while. It is worth stating that conditions for both Wallingford and the Met were perfect. Absolutely fair and very benign. I’ve probably just jinxed Marlow!
As an opener Wallingford showed that we have decent potential and have a good solid squad. Geir Suursild finished 4th in elite singles and our B 4+ won their heat in championship 4+ and raced really well in a close and well contested final. The crew was from bow; Matt McWilliam, Dritan (Tony)
Bakalli, Andrew Bedford, Peter Wales and Anna Cackett in the cox’s seat.
Most of the squad doubled up in 4s and 8s so got some good hard strokes under their belts. A week later the top hal...
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.
This year saw our most successful Nat Schools in over a decade. We are so proud of every single one of our juniors that competed at such a top level national event. Apart from HWR or HRR, this is the hardest and most competitive junior regatta in the country, and is the highlight of many junior calendars.
On the Friday, we had 7 crews competing over just 1k. 2 J14 4x+, 2 WJ14 4x+, a WJ15 4+, a WJ15 4x+ and a J15 4+ (full crew lists below). This year all J14 events were run as a time trial with finals being sorted post TT. Our WJ14 boats came 11th and 22nd, placing them in the B & D finals. They came 5th in the B final and 4th in the D final. The 2 J14 boats came 11th and 17th in their TT placing them in the B and C finals coming 2nd in the B final and 4th in the C final. All J14s rowed extremely well and competitively and we are sure to see some great athletes in the coming years.
Also on the Friday we had 3 J15 boats. All 3 crews qualified for the A/B semi-finals...
Kingston Rowing Club took a small section of the Senior Men's Squad out to Ghent International this weekend. After a successful weekend, we picked up a medal of each colour (M4+ Bronze Sat, M1x Silver Sat, M1x Gold Sun). A fantastic weekend and a massive well done to our Senior Men. #TopGeir
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...
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.