by James Oliver·Comments Off on Avon Tour 2019 – Stratford to Evesham
With 4 days to go before the tour and the heavy rain over the previous weekend, the Avon was in flood and it was uncertain whether the tour would happen. However, with fine weather over the next few days and the limited catchment area this far upstream, the river fell back quickly to safe levels. Indeed, it became apparent that our challenge would not be water but temperature, with the plume of heat coming up from the Sahara threatening temperatures of 35˚c (or 95˚f in old money).
We had 5 Junior boats at Monmouth regatta on Sunday. Matt in his first regatta rowed with Archie, they lost ground to a smart crew from Staines at the start and never got back on terms, but an encouraging first row. Willow dominated her Ross opposition in her first round then went on to win the final against another Ross rower, very impressive. Hugh had a straight final against a Monmouth sculler, in a epic battle there was nothing between them the entire 750 metres, Hugh managed to hold on and win the race, then lost his breakfast!! (Don’t ask!) Annie and Daisy, our most experienced crew used their experience to intimidate a novice Hereford Cathedral School crew to gain their first medal win. Archie had another chance in the J16 single scull, unfortunately his Monmouth opponent was very impressive and Archie lost out. Myself and Debs also got a win, making it 4 wins out of 6 events! Thanks go to Andrew Darwent for towing the boats and all of the juniors and parents for the effort put in, making it a great day. Thanks. Stuart.
by James Oliver·Comments Off on Successful Start to the Regatta Season for Upton
Upton rowers were seen in action at Evesham regatta this
weekend with a number of successes.
Saturday saw seven crews competing in the 1000m upstream regatta course,
Chris Horne and Lance Hollis lost out to a strong crew from Stourport in the
Masters D/E doubles, Stuart Edney and Debbie Thompson won their first heat in
the mixed doubles beating their opposition from Warwick with a verdict of
easily but lost to stiff competition from Poole in the final by a length and a
half. Richard Gill and Jon Eaton won the
Masters B/C doubles in a straight final with a verdict of easily over their
opposition from Warwick. A composite
crew of Andrew Scott from Upton and Mike Jones from Ross had a close race
against their opposition from Evesham in the Masters G doubles but lost by just
¼ of a boat length. Jo Hammett and Linda
Scott overcame a 10 second handicap against them to convincingly beat their
opposition from Avon County in the Women’s Masters F/G doubles straight
final. Andrew Scott had a tough row
against his opposition from Dart-Totnes and was beaten by three lengths. The last race of the day for Upton was the
Women’s Masters E quad of Linda Scott, Pippa Riddle, Sue MacGregor and Jo
Hammett who had a very close race against their opposition from Ross losing by
just a canvas.
Sunday saw another seven crews racing the 500m downstream
sprint course. First up were Hugh Edney
and Willow Haynes in the J13 doubles, with no mixed events for juniors they
raced against boys and won their first heat by two and half lengths against
their opposition from Avon Boat Club, the final was a closer race which Edney
and Haynes won by ¾ of a length over their opposition from City of Bristol. Annie Derwent and Daisy Haynes had a tough
race against their opposition from Avon County in the Women’s J18 doubles and
lost by two and a ¼ lengths. The Women’s
Masters E quad had another close race against Evesham in the Women’s Masters
D/E quads missing out by just two feet.
Archie Tyrell had a strong row against his opposition from Stourport in
the J16 singles, losing by just one length.
The Women’s Masters F double chalked up their second win of the weekend
with a result of easily over Bridgnorth in the heat of the Women’s Masters E/F
doubles, going on to win the final against Warwick by two and a half
lengths. Sally Miles and Debbie Thompson
won the Women’s Masters B doubles event with a verdict of two lengths over
their opposition from Evesham despite an altercation with a swan. The last to race were the Mixed Masters E
double of Sue MacGregor and Andrew Scott, winning their first heat against a
crew from Bedford by ¾ of a length. In
the final they were up against another Bedford crew, this time winning by a