Well done to everyone who participated in the mini-head. Our biggest turnout so far, this year. Thanks also to our starters Peter and Richard and our finishers Bruce and Marc.

Here are the results:

Crew Boat Boat Type Time Basic Ranking Adjusted Time Adjusted Ranking
Jules Own Boat M E 1x 00:18:42 2 00:14:34 1
Adam, Rich, Charles, Jon Gabby M B 4x 00:17:10 1 00:16:20 2
Deirdre, Sue, Tabs, Pippa, Liz, Maggie, Debbie, Alice, Johnny Torquing Heads W D 8+ 00:19:03 3 00:16:35 3
Paula, Cara, Sandra, Helen Kay W E 4x 00:20:40 5 00:17:02 4
Steve, Dan, Maurice, Fergus, Rob Jumbo M D 4+ 00:19:24 4 00:17:22 5
Andrew, George Miss Erica M G 2x 00:21:49 8 00:17:45 6
Chris, Lance C'est La Vie M E 2x 00:20:58 7 00:17:48 7
James, John Red Mist M C 2x 00:20:41 6 00:18:10 8
Peter, Colin, Malcolm, Clive, Karen Eve M H 4+ 00:22:39 9 00:18:34 9
Richard, Allan Royal Beth M D 2x 00:22:59 10 00:19:50 10
Chris, Olly, Janine, Mandie, Ian Stephen Of London Mx C 4x+ 00:24:18 11 00:21:17 11
John, Peter, Bob, Richard, Linda Steve Cox M E 4+ 00:26:22 12 00:23:14 12

Thanks for participating in the first mini-head of the season. Great turnout and some good racing. Thanks also to our starters Mandy and Liz, our finishers Bruce and Marc and Jo for stepping in as a cox.

Here are the results:

Crew Boat Time Basic Ranking Adjusted Time Adjusted Ranking
Jules, Tabitha Mx D 2x 00:19:42 1 00:16:11 1
Sally, Debbie W B 2x 00:20:38 3 00:16:43 2
Maurice, Johnny, Chris, Maggie Mx E 4x 00:20:34 2 00:17:45 3
Paula, Cara, Sandra, Helen W E 4x 00:21:36 4 00:17:48 4
Andrew, George M G 2x 00:22:34 5 00:18:22 5
Sue, Pippa W D 2x 00:23:36 7 00:18:31 6
Annie, Daisy W J16 2x 00:22:51 6 00:18:43 7
Deirdre, Freya, Malcolm, Pauline, Jo Mx G 4+ 00:24:46 8 00:19:55 8
Olly, Janine W C 2x 00:25:10 9 00:20:05 9
John, Peter, Bob, Richard, James M E Rec 4+ 00:26:32 11 00:21:02 10
Richard, Allan M D 2x 00:26:31 10 00:22:53 11

Club Awards were presented at this years annual dinner by Maurice, Peter, Steve and Wendy Semple.

This year saw the introduction of a new cup for the Best Junior Crew of the Year. This award was kindly donated by the Semple family in memory of David Semple, a founding member of the club who passed away earlier this year and will be sadly missed.

Well done to this years recipients:

Award Awarded For Recipient(s)
Committee Cup Non-Rowing Contribution Pauline Mason
Secretary’s Cup Cox of the Year Annie Derwent
Captain’s Cup Competitive Rowing Contribution Peter Barker and Ron Patterson
Chairman’s Cup Best Men’s Crew Jon Eaton, Richard Gill, Adam Checkley, Stuart Edney
President’s Cup Best Women’s Crew Sally Miles, Debbie Thompson and Jo Hammett, Trish Scorer, Pippa Riddell, Linda Scott
Treasurer’s Cup Junior Rower of the Year Daisy
Semple Cup Junior Crew of the Year Josh and Archie
Lambert Plate Most Outstanding Crew Stuart Edney and Debbie Thompson
Calamity Cup For getting Montel well and truly stuck in a tree Jon Eaton and Adam Checkley

Yesterday saw Upton’s women’s crews winning three more events at Gloucester.   In Women’s Masters A/B double sculls, Sally and Debs were drawn against a strong Gloucester crew who had beaten them by some distance at Llandaff last month, but this time it was a different story.  Upton took the early lead and seemed to have the race under control, but Gloucester mounted a fierce attack in the closing stages and Sally and Debs had to fight hard to hold on, crossing the line with a victory by just three feet.  This took them to the final where they met a lively crew from Cotswold Rowing Club but gradually opened up a lead to win by a length and three quarters.




The women’s Masters E quadruple scull of Linda, Pippa, Trish and Jo were drawn against a crew from City of Swansea and put in a strong performance that resulted in a win by two lengths.  Even more convincing was the win by Liz and Maggie in Women’s Masters F coxless pairs who rowed steadily away from their opposition from Dart Totnes to win by four lengths.





In the mixed Masters A/B double sculls, Stuart and Debs had come along expecting a showdown in the final with Gloucester.  Upton had won the British Championship title in the Masters B event earlier this year while Gloucester had won the Masters A event. But in fact, Gloucester were narrowly beaten in their semi final by a powerful crew from Exeter and failed to make the final.  This turned out to be another very close race, but the Exeter crew held on to take the title by a narrow margin.

In Masters C/D quadruple sculls, Stuart, Adam, Rich and Jon were drawn against a Runcorn crew which had been recording a number of wins throughout the season.  Runcorn, as the older crew, were given a 4 second handicap start and although the Upton crew gradually closed the deficit throughout the race they finished 3/4 of a length behind.   Runcorn went on to win the final comfortably.

In single sculls events, both James and Dee came up against tough opposition in their first races and didn’t manage to progress. (Images 2827 and 2742).

At Ross, Linda and Jo won W Mas F 2x , beating Dart Totnes by one length and bringing the club’s haul of wins for the weekend to four.  Dee got to the final of W Mas C 1x, but then lost to a sculler from Runcorn, and James lost in a straight final of Mas A 1x to a sculler from Monmouth.