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.

Upton didn’t win any events at Evesham this weekend, but won a few races along the way.  Daisy Haynes and Archie Tyrell recorded our first junior victory by beating a crew from Llandaff in MxJ15 2x before going down to a double from City of Oxford in the semi final. Dee Haynes won her first race in Masters  Novice 1x, beating a Worcester sculler by two lengths, before losing in the final to a Hereford sculler.  Andrew Scott and Jeremy Harwood overcame a 5 second handicap to beat a Llandaff crew in Masters F/G 2x but lost to Evesham in their final.  Our other crews also had creditable performances against their respective opponents and gained valuable experience in the process.  Unfortunately, five other crews we had originally entered had to scratch because of various ailments or the absence of opposition.

Meanwhile, at the British Universities championships in Nottingham, club member Jack Gibson has won a superb silver medal in the Lightweight 1x event.

Thanks for participating in the final minihead of the season. Great turnout and some good racing. Thanks also to our starters Ferg and John, and our finishers Bruce and Marc.

Ron has also sent a link to his videos:

Here are the results:

Crew Boat Time Basic Ranking Adjusted Time Adjusted Ranking
Dee&Pippa WMasDx 00:23:57 12 00:18:47 8
Deirdre, Pauline, Sandy, Freya cox Peter WMasG 4+ 00:25:51 14 00:19:50 12
Ron&george Mas G 2x 00:24:09 13 00:19:39 11
Johnny, Helen, Sandra, Paula MxMasE 4x 00:22:23 8 00:18:53 9
Paddy, Richard, Malcolm, Andrew cox yes. (Jumbo Edwards) MasH 4+ 00:23:14 10 00:19:03 10
Josh, George,Olly, Daisy MxJ17 4x- 00:23:38 11 00:20:30 14
Liz & Maggie WMasF 2- 00:22:04 7 00:16:06 3
Linda, Jo WMasFx 00:22:01 6 00:16:39 4
IanMacMillan(worc) MasF1x 00:22:56 9 00:17:29 6
Andrew & Jeremy MasF 2x 00:21:15 5 00:17:40 7
Jules & Tabs MxMasD2x 00:19:13 3 00:15:47 2
James, Andy P, Dan, Rich L, Chris H, Matt, Maurice Cox Ian MasC7+ 00:20:57 4 00:20:26 13
SteveByford(birm) 1x 00:18:54 2 00:15:37 1
Stuart, Adam, Rich, Jon. MasC 4x 00:18:03 1 00:16:56 5