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,
On Sunday morning, two eights from Kingston Rowing Club set out on the tideway to race the most prestigious men's head race in the UK Rowing Calendar. After a difficult build up to the race with various injury and illness, the crews boated from Putney ready for a gruelling 19 mins of Tideway torture. The crews raced well, achieving our best results for quite some time, with the 1st 8+ placing 26th (improving 3 places on 2016) and the 2nd 8+ placing 71st (improving 64 places on 2016). Notable mentions must go also to Kingston RC member Matt Rowe who took the overall win while sitting in the bow seat of Brookes 1.
The 2018 Annual Club Dinner will be hosted at Kingston's new Hilton Doubletree Hotel, Skerne Road, KT2 5FJ on Saturday 3rd February. The dinner will cost £45 and tickets can be bought from: https://goo.gl/forms/PBQU720jD9AfKjw23
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.