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Down Your Wey – July 2019

The Guildford Rowing Club Newsletter

Headlines

  • Successful Senior and Junior sculling camps at Henley
  • Juniors selected to represent Thames London Region at JIRR
  • MasH 4x win Gold at National Masters regatta
  • Juniors win Bronze at National Schools regatta
  • Not one but two Summer parties
  • National Junior Championships’ finalists
  • Victor Ludorum at Molesey Junior regatta
  • Over 30 wins at regattas this season so far…………

 Rowing

The last head race of the season was at Abingdon where Jeff Watling (Southsea) and Robert Hall won the MasG/H 2x event.

Sculling camps took place at Henley for both Senior and Junior squads (below).

The regatta season is now coming to an end but it has been a successful one across the Club. Some weekends have seen GRC crews and individuals racing in 3 different locations thanks to a lot of coordination by the Captains and our great volunteer trailer towers.

For reasons of space and brevity only the winning individuals and crews are reported here but we should be very proud of the many Guildford rowers from all squads who have represented the Club up and down the country in all weathers and at all levels.

The regatta season story so far: based on performances at the Junior Sculling Head and other winter races three GRC crews were selected to represent the Thames London region at the Junior Inter-Regional Regatta to be held at Peterborough:

WJ15 4x+ Rebecca Boddington, Silvia Harrop, Aimee Newenham and Francesca Morland coxed by Ella Simms.

J14 4x+ Columbus Mais-Harding, Daniel Gilbert, Ben Isherwood and Nick Summerfield coxed by Sofia Palau.

WJ14 4x+ Ella Curtis, Erika Booth, Darcy Pellowe and Imogen Wells coxed by Yzzy Rawlinson.

Doubles from these crews also won their selection events but were not selected as we were already providing the quads! Alas, the event was cancelled at the last minute due to forecast poor weather.

At Marlow Spring regatta Helen Gray and Aimee Marshall won the WMasA/B 2x event and Jeff Watling (Southsea) and Robert Hall won MasH 2x, whilst the Women’s Adaptive 1x event was won by Gerry Brierley.

At Nottingham Masters the MasH 4x- of Nigel Hopkins (Eton) Steve Denley-Hill (Ardingly) Robert Hall and Jeff Watling (Southsea) won the Gold medal.

At Shrewsbury Open Ben Hopwood won the 1x Band 1 and MasA/B 1x, Mike Spruzs, Richard Cooper, Bill Mansfield and Arnold Paiken, coxed by Vicky Shutt, won Mas E/F 4+ and the W 4x A event was won by Aimee Marshall, Anika Gleichman, Jackie Johnson and Helen Gray.

The next day at Shrewsbury Sprint the MasD/E 8+ of Tom Ostle, Richard Cooper, Richard Warne, Mike Spruzs, Bill Mansfield, Brad Bryant, Paul Woowat and Richard Coldrick, coxed by Vicky Shutt, won their event and Paul, Richard W, Richard C and Brad also won the MasE 4x- whilst Richard Cooper brought home the MasD 1x trophy! A very successful and fun weekend.

A motley bunch masquerading as the GRC MasD/E 8

The Junior squad entered 10 beginner quads at Maidenhead Junior regatta, reached 5 finals and recorded wins for Julian Herschel, Jacob White, Seb Oakey and Morley Pendred, coxed by Ella Curtis (J13s rowing up as J14s) in J14 4x+ and for Cecily Wilkinson, Freya Cameron, Erika Booth and Emmie Dowling, coxed by Yzzy Rawlinson in WJ14 4x+.

Junior Squad at Maidenhead Junior

At the National Schools regatta held at Dorney Lake the WJ15 4x+ of Rebecca Boddington, Silvia Harrop, Aimee Newenham and Francesca Morland coxed by Sofia Palau finished 15th from 68 crews in the time trial, missing the B final by just 3 seconds.

The J14 4x+ of Lucas Hanin, Daniel Gilbert, Ben Isherwood and Nick Summerfield coxed by Charles Currie-Aird qualified for the A final from 41 crews and finished 5th, whilst the

WJ14 4x+ of Ella Curtis, Erika Booth, Darcy Pellowe and Imogen Wells coxed by Yzzy Rawlinson also qualified for the A final by finishing 3rd from 41 crews in the time trial and won a Bronze medal in the final, missing Silver by less than a second.

J14 4x+ at National Schools, Dorney Lake

 Twickenham regatta saw Jeff Watling (Southsea) and Robert Hall win in MasG/H 2x

Thames Valley Park regatta, near Reading, recorded wins for several Junior crews in a very strong field:

WJ15 4x+ Rebecca Boddington, Silvia Harrop, Aimee Newenham and Francesca Morland coxed by Sofia Palau.

WJ14 4x+ Ella Curtis, Erika Booth, Darcy Pellowe and Imogen Oakey coxed by Yzzy Rawlinson from an entry of 26 crews.

WJ14 2x Yzzy Rawlinson and Imogen Wells.

The J14 4x+ of Daniel Gilbert, Columbus Mais-Harding, Ben Isherwood and Nick Summerfield coxed by Ellie Young finished 2nd in their final from an entry of 35 crews.

Kingston Borough regatta saw wins for the

WJ12 4x+ of Amber Wild, Annabella Evans, Isabella Hanin and Esme Young coxed by Olivia Howie;

The J13 4x+ of Julian Herschel, Jacob White, Seb Oakey, Morley Pendred coxed byToby Forwood;

J14 4x+  Lucas Hanin, Dylan Taylorson, Daniel Gilbert and Nick Summerfield coxed by Yzzy Rawlinson

Henley Masters didn’t produce any wins for Guildford but is a premier event with a high standard of competition. Jeff Watling and Robert Hall lost in the final of the MasH 2x; the MasG 4x- of Nigel Hopkins, Paul Woowat, Jeff Watling and Robert Hall lost to the eventual winners in the semi-final and the MasD4+ of Manu Pezier, Tim Ostle, Richard Cooper and Richard Warne, with Vicky Shutt as guest cox, lost to a star-studded Molesey crew in the semis who also went on to win the event.

Richmond regatta saw crews from both men’s and women’s masters’ squads racing but with no wins.

The National Junior Championships, held at  Nottingham, was a step up from previous years and saw the J14 4x+ of Lucas Hanin, Dylan Taylorson, Ben Isherwood and Nick Summerfield coxed by Sofia Palau, finish 10th from 23 and the WJ14 4x+ of Ella Curtis, Erika Booth, Darcy Pellowe and Imogen Wells coxed by Yzzy Rawlinson qualify for their A final in the 3rd fastest in the time trial. An equipment issue in the final slowed the boat and despite an extraordinary effort they finished 5th, just out of the medals. Very disappointing but they will be back next year.

Molesey regatta in July did not see any wins for Guildford crews but it was notable for the first entry by a beginner 4x- under the guidance of the Women’s Captain. A great demonstration of what is possible for those new to rowing as adults.

.On to Molesey Junior the next day (after some complex trailer-loading) where the WJ12 4x+ of  Amber Wild, Lottie Isherwood, Annabella Evans and Esme Young coxed by Olivia Howie won the Open J12 event (beating a boys’ crew from Weybridge in the final). There were also wins for:

J13 4x+ of Julian Herschel, Jacob White, Seb Oakey and Morley Pendred coxed byToby Forwood;

J14 4x+ Lucas Hanin, Dylan taylorson, Ben Isherwood and Nick Summerfield coxed by Sofia Palau;

WJ14 4x+ Ella Curtis, Erika Booth, Darcy Pellowe and Imogen Wells coxed byYzzy Rawlinson;

WJ14 2x Ella Curtis and Erika Booth

WJ15 4x+ Rebecca Boddington, Silvia Harrop, Aimee Newenham and Francesca Morland coxed by Sofia Palau;

These wins earned the Club the Victor Ludorum trophy for best Club at the regatta.

And most recently at Staines (-on-Thames) regatta Jeff Watling (Southsea) and Robert Hall won MasH 2x.

Jeff Watling and Robert Hall win MasH 2x

Junior wins:

J12 4x+ Lottie Isherwood, Ruben Parnell, Harry Dowling and Isabella Hanin coxed by Toby Forwood (beat Weybridge boys – again);

Lottie Isherwood, Isabella Hanin, Ruben Parnell and Harry Dowling (absent on coxing duty: Toby Forwood)

Winners J12 4x+

J13 4x+ Julian Herschel, Jacob White, Seb Oakey and Morley Pendred coxed by Toby Forwood;

J14 4x+ Lucas Hanin, Dylan Taylorson, Ben Isherwood and Nick Summerfield coxed by Sofia Palau;

WJ14 4x+  Ella Curtis, Erika Booth, Darcy Pellowe and Imogen Wells coxed by Emmie Dowling;

J14 2x Ben Isherwood and Nick Summerfield;

WJ14 1x Imogen Wells;

Ella Curtis, Erika Booth, Emmie Dowling, Imogen Wells and Darcy Pellowe

Winners WJ14 4x+

And onwards and upwards……….

The regatta season continues. Please help all Club members by planning early and checking with your Captains so that potential clashes of equipment can be resolved early and with minimum fuss and impact on the rest of the Club. Do not assume you can have the boat you want when you want it – there is a bigger picture.

 Forthcoming regattas and events:

Saturday 3 August: Henley Town & Visitors

Saturday 10 August: Maidenhead

Saturday 17 August: Oxford City Royal

Sunday 18 August: Oxford City sprints

Saturday 24 August: Gloucester Juniors & Masters

Sunday 25 August:  Ross Masters & Juniors

Sunday 1 September: Great Ouse Marathon

Wednesday 11 September: Adult beginner Course commences (Weds eves and Sat mornings)

Saturday 14 September:  Isis Sculling Head

Saturday 21 September: Junior beginner Course commences (Saturday afternoons until half-term)

Sunday 29 September: Little Big Row (Junior squad fund-raiser from GRC to Send and back)

Visiting schools. Woodcote and Sunningdale schools had a day out at the club for their leavers (year 8s). Thank you to Mike Spruzs, Richard Warne and Paul Woowat.

Boats & Equipment

So lucky to have a great fleet – look after it.

Queen of Hearts, Mock Turtle and No 13 are away at Janousek boat builders getting a facelift after many years service – Queen is one of the oldest boats at the Club having arrived in 2002. Twelve oars have also been re-sleeved, tipped and new handles fitted.

Social

The Boat Race attracted a gathering of Club members to witness a win by…..can’t remember but it was either Oxford or Cambridge.

The Junior squad had a party in June which provided entertainment for all as most of the juniors ended up in the river.

And Georgie Moore organised a Summer party in July which made the best use of our unique location and where Club members and their guests enjoyed wood-fired oven-baked pizza and Pimms.

Next social event will be the Crew Supper in October – date and details to follow.

Please get in touch with Georgie if you have any ideas for Club social events and/or you can help her with the organisation.

Committee Notes

There’s something going on at the Rowing Club – maybe a Committee meeting?

Club Development continues and the land purchase is imminent as we go to press. We now have a Funding sub-committee which will lead on raising funds to support the plans of the Development sub-committee. The initial intention is to make the new land capable of supporting a boathouse structure. A new boathouse will be constructed in the next phase. Our planning permission will have lapsed by this time which will necessitate a new planning application, although most of the associated surveys and supporting documentation will be carried over which will save costs and time.

The current boathouse under construction in the 1950s – carried out entirely by club members

 Safety

Summer rowing – dos:

  • Stay covered up in sunny weather despite the temptation to soak up the sun
  • Use sun block and other protective screens when afloat – the sun’s effect is magnified by the water
  • Wear socks in the boat – we share our rowing shoes
  • Check the weather forecast when planning outings and attending events
  • Wear several thin layers
  • Bring spare clothing to the club
  • Think carefully about solo sculling – what happens if I go in to the water even in Summer
  • Wear bright clothing – compulsory for single scullers, bow steers and bow rowers in coxed boats
  • Continue to wash the boats and equipment thoroughly after use – as river flows slow there is more opportunity for water-borne bacteria to thrive.
  • Stay hydrated – take water with you in the boat; do not assume you can always pop back to the boathouse for a top-up.

Summer rowing – don’ts:

  • Strip off when using ergos outdoors – it sets a bad example to junior rowers and is an unpleasant sight for others
  • Lock yourself out of the boathouse whilst on the water
  • Leave the clubroom door open
  • Jump into or swim in the river off the Club landing stage: there is an unknown quantity of potentially dangerous rubbish in the river as a result of summer public activity on the island opposite
  • Leave food out after parties (especially BBQs) – the rats look forward to Summer as they get endless free picnics by the river………………

I know there’s a river somewhere…..