I hope everyone enjoyed the minihead today. Conditions were surprisingly good and we had the biggest turn out for at least several years with 14 crews. Thanks to all the timekeepers and for everyone helping get things going, particularly those who joined scratch crew or coxed.

Well done to the quad for being fastest on the water (and beating Jules for the first time?), though once handicapping was applied, Jules proved too quick for everyone else. Debs and Stuart did an impressive double race, having gone out early in the double before coming back to do it all again in different crews. Amazingly their self timing put them second on handicap!

Next Minihead is Saturday Dec 31st at 10am.

Crew Boat Time Basic Ranking Adjusted time Adjusted ranking
Peta, Olwyn, Paula, Sandra Cox Debs WMasD Rec 4+ 24:32:00 15 17:58 13=
Ron Mas G 1x 22:29 12 16:46 8
And & Judy Mx MasH 2x 21:05 7 15:52 3=
Kerenza & Chloe WJ15 2x 23:09 14 17:30 10
Daisy & Archie Mx J15 2x 21:52 10 17:19 9
Freya, Pippa, Deirdrie, Sandy Cox Annie WM F 4+ 22:46 13 17:52 12
Rob B, Patrick, Mike MT, Alice Cox Peter B Mas D 4+ 21:36 9 19:26 14
Jo & Linda WMasE 2x 20:32 6 15:52 3=
Andrew MasF 1x 21:27 8 16:21 6
Steve T & Lance MasC 2x 22:15 11 19:33 15
Keith & Maurice MasD 2x 19:16 4 16:38 7
Dan, Chris, Andy, James. Cox Dee Mas D 4+ 20:03 5 17:58 13=
Jon, Richard, Adam, Stuart Mas C 4x 17:20 1 16:15 5
Jules Mas E 1x 17:49 2 13:53 1
Debs & Stuart (Early) Mx MasB 2x 18:07 3 15:22 2

Crews from Upton Rowing Club have started the winter training season strongly with impressive performances in international and regional competitions.

Two crews represented Upton RC at the Pairs Head in London in mid October with top club scullers Julian and Tabitha Scrivener winning the mixed Masters D doubles event and the ladies pair of Liz Elston and Maggie  Jameson coming second in their Masters E/F category. The following week the Scriveners travelled to Boston, MA to compete in the Head of the Charles, (the world’s largest rowing event with around 11,00 elite athletes taking part annually), where they finished 15th out of a field of 37 crews in their event. Scarcely over his jet lag, Julian then competed in the Masters E single sculls at Gloucester at the end of October, securing a winning margin of almost four minutes.

This weekend the club had five crews racing at Stourport Small Boats Head, although due to mx-im2-2x-stourportthe relatively small number of clubs competing, only three Upton crews actually had opposition with the others racing as ‘time only’. The newly formed mixed doubles combination of Stuart Edney and Debbie Thompson won the IM2 event with a good winning margin over their opposition from Birmingham RC whilst the established women’s double of Jo Hammett and Linda Scott lost their Masters E event by one second to a crew from Loughborough RC and the Men’s Masters D 2x of Maurice Stanley and Keith Spencer lost to a very strong combination from host club Stourport.

The club will be represented at the Veteran Fours Head in London on Sunday 13th November and crews will be out in force on the Severn for the monthly internal Club Head on Sunday November 27th.

Well done to everyone who took part in the first minihead on Sunday. Here are the full results.

Crew Boat Time Basic Ranking Adjusted time Adjusted ranking
Janine, Chris W, John Davis, Mandie Bird, Cox John D Mx Mas D Rec 4+ 00:28:10 11 00:21:36 11
Daisy & Archie Mx J15 2x 00:24:01 8 00:20:36 9
Ron Mas G 1x 00:24:47 10 00:18:29 5
Sandra & Cara WMasE 2x 00:24:34 9 00:18:58 7
Peta, Chris E, Rich L, Anneke. Cox Debs MxMasC 4+ 00:28:45 12 00:24:57 12
Pauline, Freya, Paula, Maurice, Annie, Olwyn, Pippa, Deirdrie Cox Ian Mx E 8+ 00:23:22 7 00:20:59 10
Maggie & Liz WMasF 2- 00:22:35 5 00:16:29 1
Jo & Linda WMasE 2x 00:22:21 3 00:17:16 2
Trish & Alice WMasB 2x 00:22:29 4 00:18:13 3
Andrew & Malcolm Mas G 2x 00:23:04 6 00:18:46 6
Dan, Chris, Andy, James. Cox Johnny Mas D 4+ 00:21:38 2 00:19:23 8
Jon, Richard, Lance, Adam Mas C 4x 00:19:36 1 00:18:23 4
Crew Boat Time Basic Ranking Adjusted time Adjusted ranking
debs & Stuart mx masB 2x 00:19:32 sat 00:16:34
flow rate factor 00:20:41 00:17:33

Following on from the successful Upton rowing regatta held on Sunday 7 September, one of our Upton ‘Learn to Row’ crews attended the Birmingham regatta for a return match and succeeded in settling the score by coming first.

The Upton crew comprising, Janine Longbotham (stroke), Steve Blakeway (3), Chris Williams (2) and Mandy Smith (Bow) beat, Bewdley, Birmingham, Stratford and finally another Bewdley team to take the winning position. In fact, the first team to be overtaken by the Upton crew were the winners from the Upton regatta. The race was run on the Edgebaston reservoir in the heart of Birmingham and hosted by the Birmingham rowing club who were very hospitable and laid on refreshments for the day.learn2row

Eight crews entered the Explorer Series competition organised by British Rowing.

All eight crews were novice rowers having only been rowing for up to a year.  In the case of the the Upton crew, they started rowing with Upton rowing club’s ‘Lean to Row’ program, which runs every year from April to September.

Rowing is a very enjoyable way of keeping fit and having fun whilst enjoying the company of others.  It is suitable for all ages and because of its often technical nature exercises both the mind and body whilst providing some spectacular views of our waterways only able to be appreciated when water borne.

The final round of the Explorer Series of regattas for 2016 will be hosted by the Stratford club on Sunday 30thOctober.

Over the past few years the Upton Recreation Rowing group have been rowing along the River Thames. On the 23rd September 15 rowers from Upton RC headed to London to complete this year’s stage of the Thames Tour, rowing from Marlow to Weybridge over two days.

This years tour was blessed with fine weather. Saturdays row started at Marlow and headed downstream for 31km taking in sights such as Windsor Castle before finishing for the night at Wraysbury. Sunday morning saw a leisurely 11km row from Wraysbury to Weybridge followed by a pub lunch before heading back to Upton.p1010190 p1010193 p1010196 p1010198