Stourport Regatta, Sunday 9th August

DSC_1602Thirteen Upton crews raced at Stourport on Sunday, which must be a new club record, and two more would have done so but for the lack of opposition – the women’s Mas E quad and coxless pair. In their absence, Jo and Linda raced only in the WMas C/D double scull. They had a straight final against Trentham, where they rowed strongly and held off the younger crew all the way down the course to notch up another excellent win.

DSC_1550Sally and Debbie had a busier day, contesting two events. In WMas A/B double sculls they were drawn against Liverpool Victoria, and this proved to be a close race in every sense of the word. The Upton boat led for most of the way, but Liverpool put in a late surge and we had to wait for the finishing judge’s decision – Upton, by two feet! In the final Continue reading

Bewdley Regatta (Sunday 26th July)

As they had at Llandaff two weeks earlier, Upton crews battled dreadful weather conditions on Sunday at Bewdley regatta, but managed to win four of the events they had entered. Ironically, although the rain fell incessantly from the sky there wasn’t much water in the river, which was extremely shallow and affected the outcome of several races.

The men’s quad of Maurice, Stuart, Keith and Jon were seeking to repeat their victory from Llandaff in the Masters B/C event. In their first race against Trafford DSC_1444(from Sale) they established a healthy lead early on but ran into difficulties in the shallow water, which allowed their opponents to close on them. However, once they got going again they reassumed control of the race and held on to win by over a length . In the final they put on a fine display of powerful rowing to move smoothly away and record a decisive win over Stourport DSC_1487.

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