After the Saturday success the day before, the club was ready for more wins from the younger juniors, in our 500m sprint regatta. The club were aiming for the Victor Ludorum again, but competition was much tougher on the Sunday, with City of Oxford dominating almost all of the Quad events, which pick up the most points in the VL Competition, and this gave them an almost unassailable lead. The club performed well, placing 9 crews in finals, resulting in 4 wins. Congratulations to all our crews!
For the first time in rather a long while, Kingston Rowing Club came away from their home regatta with the Victor Ludorum Trophy. Cambridge University have dominated this competition for the past few years, but thanks to our strong club performance, Captain Danny O'Dowd was able to walk back to the club with the 3 Pint Tankard Trophy in his hand, which I've heard he made good use of at the summer party later that night. Congratulations to all of our crews, who in total made 13 finals, resulting in 10 wins, including both of the prestigious Diamond Jubilee Sprints Trophies.
SEN.8+ and Men's Diamond Jubilee: George, Nick, Pete, Matt, Greg, Craig, Sam, Simon & Zara (c)
W.IM2.8+ and Women's Diamond Jubilee: Kakay, Caroline, Kirsty, Henriette, Emma, Olivia, Lene, Deryn & our two coxes, Rachel & Sarah
Congratulations to one of our J13 Athletes, Olivia Janss Lafond, who has broken the Girls 11-12 Concept 2 1000m World Record. In an astonishing time of 3:41.0 (an average split of 1:50.5) she goes into the record books, and long may it stay that way. Well done Olivia!
After their victory over Molesey yesterday, the Thames Cup Eight were ready for their next competitors, Remenham rivals, Thames R.C. Both crews knew that it was going to be a tough race, and you could sense the nervousness at the start. Thames went out hard and fast, opening up a sizeable lead by the end of the island, but the Kingston crew stayed calm and focused and started to inch back coming past Fawley. Coming past Remenham, the noise was incredible, and the Kingston crew made full use of the support and again started coming back at Thames. At the Mile signal, Kingston was still down around 2/3 of a length, but made a huge step on coming into the enclosures. The Thames crew had absolutely nothing left in the tank after their ferocious start, and were doing their best to hold off the Kingston surge. Coming in past the progress board, the gap was down to 1/2 a length, and over the finish Thames just hung on by 1/3 of a length. An excellent race, which got featured...
After prequalifying for the Thames, the boys were well rested for their first race against local rivals, Molesey. Winners of the event last year, the pressure was well and truly on, but Kingston were ready. After a fast start, the Kingston crew took about a canvas at the end of the island, and with Adele Hing driving them on, the crew started to make use of their advantage, and open the gap. Coming past Remenham, we had opened up a lead of around 3/4 of a length, and from there, Kingston opened up their lead a little more through to the finish. Kingston won over Molesey B.C. by 1 length.
After last year's hiatus, Richmond Regatta was back and wetter than ever, as the high tide rolled in and sent the entire regatta under water. The club had a successful day with 10 crews in finals, culminating in 6 wins:
With our Britannia and Thames Cup 'A' crew pre-qualified, it was just up to the 'B' crew and our Remenham eight to prove they were worthy of joining them in the regatta-proper.
First up were the girls in the Remenham Challenge Cup, racing in a strengthened boat, with a few members of the Henley Women's Quad joining the girls in the eight. The girls raced hard, but unfortunately failed to qualify. It was, however, fantastic to see the girls close many of the gaps that existed at Henley Women's Regatta. In their first year with Ian South as coach, it is great to see the girls making such huge steps, and we hope they will return next year and go that step further.
Next up were the boys in the Thames Cup eight. In a crew built up of mainly those in their first year racing outside of the novice system, for many it was their first race between the booms, a daunting prospect even for the most experienced oarsman. The boys dealt with the pressure well and did their best comple...
Thames Valley Park Regatta, based just below the Redgrave Pinsent Rowing Lake, is one of the main junior regattas of the year, with competition being notoriously tough and racing very tight. KRC came away from the regatta with a total of 5 finals, culminating in 3 excellent wins: