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Down Your Wey July 2018

Down your Wey

The Guildford Rowing Club Newsletter


  • Regatta wins for Seniors, Juniors and Adaptives
  • New double scull ordered
  • GRC National Masters Champions
  • The BIG ROW is coming soon!


Nottingham Masters’s Regatta.  The coxless quad of Nigel Hopkins (Eton Excelsior), Paul Woowat, Robert Hall and Jeff Watling (Southsea) won the Masters H/J event and Robert and Jeff went on to also win the Masters H/J double sculls.

Walton and Weybridge regatta saw wins for the WJ14 quad of Adelaide Oakey, Aimee Newenham, Francesca Morland and Silvia Harrop coxed by Ella Curtis and for Aimee and Francesca in the WJ14 double.

The next day at Weybridge Ladies regatta the younger juniors won J13 double sculls with Ben Isherwood and Benjy Kingerlee, and Ben also won the J13 single sculls event.

Marlow Town the following weekend was cancelled due to a waterlogged meadow (hard to believe now) but the regatta went ahead for the adaptive events and Guildford won the Mixed ADA double sculls with Chris Boys and Hilary Birkinshaw, and Rachel Morris won the WADA singles event.

The same weekend at the British Rowing Masters Championships held in Nottingham the coxless quad of Jackie Johnson, Amy Marshall, Helen Grey and Anika Gleichman won Gold medals in the Women’s Masters A event and Jackie and Anika won a Bronze medal in the WMasB event. Well done.

Thames Valley Park regatta, near Reading, marked a good day out for the juniors with wins for the J15 coxed quad of Zac Harrison, Eddie Vaughan, Joe Bryant and Josh Ingham coxed by Reece Marriot, the WJ14 double of Aimee Newenham and Francesca Morland and the J13 quad of Lucas Hanin, Daniel Gilbert, Ben Isherwood and Benjy Kingerlee coxed by Hannah Kingerlee.

This busy period continued with Richmond Town regatta on the 26th June where Harold was rowed to another victory in the Masters E event crewed by Richard Warne, Manu Pezier, Tom Sawyer, Richard Cooper, Bill Mansfield, Paul Woowat, Steve Wright and Richard Coldrick coxed by Becky Tsao.

At this point it should be pointed out that the Captain and all 3 senior vice-captains had won a pot! The Junior vice-captain cannot join in the fun as he is not a junior!

Henley Royal didn’t feature a Guildford crew this year but many members were seen and heard talking a good race from the towpath.

July featured two Kingston regattas – Amateur on the Saturday and Borough on the Sunday. The junior squad attended both and achieved wins in J15 coxed quads for Zac Harrison, Eddie Vaughan, Joe Bryant and Josh Ingham coxed by Sofia Palau and in the J15 double for Joe and Eddie on the Saturday. A hugely popular win was for James Reckord in the J17 single sculls where he saw off a Claires Court sculler in the final who looked twice his size.

J15 quad – Josh Ingham, Eddie Vaughan, Joe Bryant, Zac Harrison, Sofia Palau

James Reckord – J18 1x

Sunday saw the coxed WJ14 quad of Rebecca Boddington, Aimee Newenham, Francesca Morland and Adelaide Oakey win their event, followed by Aimee and Francesca in the WJ15 double sculls.

WJ14 quad – Adelaide Oakey, Aimee Newenham, Sofia Palau, Rebecca Boddington, Francesca Morland

Space prevents recording all the other crews and races won and lost at these events but the level of commitment and the yellow boats have stood out and everyone involved in racing at and supporting these events is to be congratulated. An immense amount of work goes in to organising the entries, boat allocation, trailer loading and towing and ensuring all is in order for each event. The Club is extremely grateful to the teams of volunteers who make all this possible – it doesn’t just happen.

Sculling Sprints. The Club-run sculling sprints have been taking place throughout the summer and have been great fun for a wide range of scullers from across the club. Many thanks to Lenjka and Peter for master-minding these evenings.

Forthcoming events:

Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd July – Molesey Seniors and Juniors

Saturday 28th July – Staines

Sunday 29th July – Burway Sprint

Saturday 4th August – Henley Town and Visitors

Saturday 11th August – Maidenhead

Sunday 19th August – Oxford City Sprint

Saturday 25h August – Gloucester Masters and Juniors

Sunday 26th and Monday 27th August – Ross Masters and Juniors

Saturday 8th September – Junior Beginner course assembles

Sunday 30th September – Club Big Row

Bosun – Boat & Equipment use

The Club has placed an order for a new lightweight double to replace Swan which has gone to that great boatyard in the sky. We have chosen a new make of boat this time – Kanghua – which is a Chinese-manufactured craft of a similar specification to the Swift boats. It will have wing riggers and should arrive in September in time for the new season.

Craft damage levels have reduced slightly despite the intense levels of use and regular de-rigging and trailer loading. Well done all. Please check boats and equipment before and after use in order to identify faults before they get worse. Many minor issues are magnified by using equipment which is loose or incorrectly fitted, or slightly damaged. We budget for maintenance so do not hold back from alerting the Club to a need for a spare part or repair.


The summer party which was scheduled for 30th June was cancelled in order to concentrate on the Big Row which will incorporate a social element to celebrate the Row that evening.

 Committee Notes

The Committee meets on 18th July and then has a break in August with the next meeting scheduled for 5th September. Please contact your Committee if you wish to raise anything of a club nature.

There is one area where everyone could help the committee: as a ‘business’ we do not qualify for rubbish removal as part of our business rates deal with the Council. To have our rubbish collected will cost over £1000 per annum: we are sure you would prefer we spend that money on the club. The cleaner takes away a bag a week and puts it with their household rubbish. If you have a party or function at the club please arrange for the rubbish and recycling to be taken home by someone, and, if you see a buildup of rubbish at the club and happen to be there with your car please consider taking it home for us. Many thanks.


Summer rowing – dos and don’ts:

  • Take drinking water in the boat, especially at regattas where you may be afloat for longer than expected
  • Use sunscreen
  • Wear a hat
  • Cover up do not strip off when training or rowing (the Club bye-laws prohibit topless training and rowing)
  • Do not be tempted to jump into our river, especially not from our landing stage, as many hazardous items are thrown into the river at this time of year
  • Beware of increased levels of unqualified/unpredictable river traffic, particularly day-hire boats from Farncombe.
  • Wear bright clothing if rowing at dusk
  • Wash the boats and equipment thoroughly after use – with the lack of rainfall the river is very slow-moving which will make it more likely to hang on to things that would usually be washed away quickly – say no more.


The Big Row is coming again – Sunday 30th September. We last did this row in 2015:

And it was great fun for all – and quite a lot of hard work for many – but a huge success. So we’re doing it again and we need your help:

  • Form a crew and book one of the boat slots available. You need to raise £25.00 per seat to take part.
  • Sign up to help with the lock parties.
  • Volunteer to help with the reception at the Club to welcome the rowers and entertain guests and sponsors.
  • To do any or all of the above contact [email protected]
  • Lock navigation in a racing boat is a challenge so there will be training days on Sundays 9, 16 and 23 September using the nearby Millmead lock

The event is open to Seniors and Juniors. It is possible to swap crews at various stages – 15 miles and 10 locks is a test of stamina and watermanship.

But at the end of it all a great welcome awaits.

Our target is £10,000 – we can do it

And finally…..

Congratulations to Angus Groom and Lucy Primmer for reaching Henley Royal finals this year. Both rowers started their rowing careers at Guildford and have continued to build on their experience. Angus won the double sculls event with his GB team-mate Jack Beaumont, and Lucy rowed in a Molesey crew which reached the final of the coxless quads where they were beaten by the GB squad crew.

Good luck to all our alumni – we look forward to seeing you on the regatta circuit.