Well done to Linda, Pippa, Trish and Jo, who won W MasD 4x at Llandaff.  They were not given any handicap but convincingly beat a younger crew from Gloucester.  Linda and Jo nearly repeated the feat in W Mas E 2x, again with no handicap, but lost by 2 feet to a younger crew from Llandaff.  Chris and Andrew got to the final of Mas E 2x, but lost to Stourport.  Liz, Maggie, Sally and Debs had no Masters opposition in the three events they entered (W 4+, W 2- and W2x) but won all their races except the finals in each case. Again all the event winners were younger, sometimes by decades!  Andrew and Dee also raced in 1x events but didn’t get beyond the first round.  You’ll see from the above that there is a certain theme – Llandaff were trialling the new points system, and this quite often led to significant mismatches in age.  I hope this isn’t a sign of what is to come at future regattas.

 

Meanwhile, we also had two entries at Henley Masters this weekend.  Jules won his first round of Mas E 1x over a Marlow sculler by 3 lengths.  In the semi final he faced Gwilliam of Stourport and they had a ding-dong race with the lead changing hands more than once, but in the end Gwilliam held on to win by a canvas.  Stuart, Adam, Rich and Jon made their debut appearance in Mas C 4x but had the misfortune to be drawn against the British Masters gold medallists from Exeter, and lost by two lengths.  Exeter went on to win all their other races, including the final by four lengths.

Lynn Stirling from Upton and myself joined the other rowers gathering at Coalporter’s clubhouse on Friday evening 26th of May 2017. After a welcome and briefing from Anne Hock, who is a member of both clubs and the lead organiser of the event, the very hospitable members of the club produced a magnificent barbecue on the boathouse apron overlooking the River Itchen.

Read Peters full report here – The Great Coal Row 2017

David Semple was a founder member of Upton Rowing Club which was formed in 1995. Throughout the life of the club he was a stalwart and enthusiastic supporter of all aspects of club activity. He was chairman of the club for a number of years before taking on the role of president. He will always be remembered for his wit and good humour and was always ready to help the club with fundraising.  He will be dearly missed.

The club recently acquired several new boats including an eight – all of which needed naming. It was thought that the eight should be called ‘David Semple’ but in seeking his permission he suggested that it should be called ‘OK Dave’ which is how his granddaughter Eleanor greeted him and became a family catchphrase.

The boat was duly named ‘OK Dave’ by Eleanor on Sunday, 30th April at a ceremony held at the clubhouse and attended by family and many members and friends. Though David was much missed it was a happy event with many stories being told about David’s adventures.

David’s family, from left to right back row:  His wife Wendy, Beki, Cardboard Cutout of David, Marc, Andrew Front Row: Jacob, George, Eleanor and Imogen.