A win for Julian in Masters E 1x, beating the Stourport rower who won MasE 1x at Nottingham, Hollowell and Molesey in the final, the winning by several lengths. Upton’s second Henley Gold Medal!

Julian was also in a composite Upton/London Boat Club MasD 8+ which beat Maidenhead and Nottingham but lost the final to Molesey by ¾ length.

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Sal_DebDebbie & Sally had good rows in their novice 2x, winning early rounds by 2-3 lengths. The finals competition looked very good as well but not good enough, and Upton won by 3 lengths. Unfortunately their MasB crew scratched on the day. Toby also looked good in novice 1x and won the early rounds by similar or better distances. His final was quite tight, just losing out in the latter stages and crossed the line just over 1 length behind a very capable sculler.

John & Keith in MasC2x had a great start but then had a steering issue/nightmare. Checking the vegetation is one thing, but it is normally done on your own side of the river. DSQ.

Stuart and Maurice novice 2x got off to a bad start when we met the competition – both well over 6′ and younger than us. It got worse after we boated and found we (ok I) had put the wrong seats in Montel and the seats would not go past the ribs so could not get anywhere close to front stops. We moved our foot plates as far as they could which allowed us to get full strokes in, but no time to practice a start. We had a solid start and they seemed to head towards the far bank so from early on we got a 1/2 length lead. We tried to get the boat running and slowly edged away. I took Ron’s recommended racing line, rowing along the buoys at the pontoons, fortunately no collisions. Upton win by ~ 3 lengths.M4

The Mas C quad (Jon, Keith, Stuart and Maurice) opposition was a pain as they had a v busy crew member umpiring, racing etc so would not commit to a time to race. In the end Jon talked to his Bewdley doubles opposition in the bar and one volunteered to sit in the Swansea boat. Swansea were happy but put him in bow (steering the quad). We boated early and had chance for a practice start. In the race, again we had a solid start and transition into stride, not the tidiest but OK and starting to take a lead. I could see Bewdley heading for the boats coming up so just concentrated on staying in the middle and trying to keep the boat running. Upton win by ~ 3.5 lengths.

Andrew had a good row in his Mas F single but had a couple of duff strokes at the start and so was never in a position to challenge the Ross guy, but stayed pretty close through to the finish, losing by ~ 2 lengths.

Jo & Linda’s early round WIM3 doubles opposition scratched so they had a late straight final. They seemed to have a good row despite the age difference – opposition were Avon county J18s who had been at Henley trials recently. Unfortunately Upton were out–powered and lost by 1.5 lengths but a very creditable performance.

Horrible weather, alternating between heavy drizzle and rain all day. Fortunately wind was not too bad.

Evesham to Upton row via Tewkesbury – 4/5th July 2015.

Participants: Peter Barker, Sandy Barker, Terry Mason, Pauline Mason, Patrick Adams, Duncan Jardine, Sheila Adamson, Sandra Bristow, Paula Corlett, Andrew Spencer, Sarah Spencer.

Leaving Evesham CropThis proved to be a successful event and we were fortunate that the weather was very good. Two recreational boats, one sweep and one sculling, (including two of URC’s affiliate American rowers Andrew and Sarah Spencer from Hereford RC), set off from Evesham at 10.00 am on Saturday.

We arrived at The Anchor, Wyre Piddle at 12.45 where we moored and had a good lunch (14 km and 2 locks). Terry Leaving Fladbury Lock Cropwas on ‘shore’ duty.

In the afternoon we rowed to Eckington, arriving at about 18.00 where we moored and stored the boats in a field (15.5 km and 3 locks). The crews walked into Eckington village where we enjoyed a good meal at the Bell. We all drove home afterwards.

On Sunday, Terry and Sheila swapped roles. We reassembled at Upton and drove back to Eckington, where the boats set off at 9.45, reaching Tewkesbury lock by 11.30 (9 km and 1 lock). From Tewkesbury we joined the Severn, and, after a brief stop at AB Severn at the Mythe, we carried on to Upton arriving about 1.30 pm (10 km no locks). This was a 50 km row approximately.

Thanks to Ian, (who unfortunately wasn’t able to attend as he was away) and Peter for organising the logistics.Nafford Lock Crop

Caledonian Canal

We left for Scotland on 22nd May. I crewed for John Westoby (the boat owner) with Nick Meyer in a Swallow Bay Raider 20. We entered a series of 10 races sailing and rowing over 7 days.

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We visited Loch Linnie at Fort William, Loch Lochy, Loch Oick and Loch Ness, linked by the Caledonian canal to the last day on the Moray Firth at Inverness. Rowing races were held on the canal stretches. There was snow still on the mountain tops and the wind at the east end of Loch Ness was Force 5 to gusting 6.

The even was attended by crews from throughout UK, Italy, France, Holland and Sweden all entered. In our class of 5 boats we were second.

Ian

 

We had eight people racing at the British Masters Championships in Nottingham this weekend (horrible weather again – the BBC apparently reported that Nottingham was the wettest place in the country on Saturday) but our team all did very well – here are the highlights.DSC_1382

DSC_1375Debbie and Sally were drawn in an outside lane a six boat final in the Masters B Novice 2x final. At the halfway mark, a crew from Falcon RC (from Oxford) had the lead but our crew were well up in second place, with the remaining four crews dropping back. As the race progressed, the leader’s gap got smaller and smaller and the crews were almost level with ten strokes to go (left). In the end, Falcon’s closing burst proved enough to give them the verdict by just 0.25 of a second, but Upton came away with a very well-earned silver medal (right).

DSC_1352Our women’s quad was also on the wrong end of a 0.25 second verdict, in failing to make the final by that margin in an ‘Elimination race’ (left), which shows a blanket finish for the contending crews.

Jo and Linda also raced in Mas E 2x, in both the Championship and Intermediate events. In the first of these, they had a very tough semi final, being drawn with last year’s gold and bronze medallists as well as two doubles from DSC_1349Tideway Scullers, and with only three to qualify for the final. But they really rose to the occasion and qualified in third place, eliminating one of the Tideway Scullers crews and the 2014 bronze medalists from Christchurch (right). In the final they rowed to a very creditable fourth place, beating the second and third placed crews from the other semi, but missing out on the bronze medal. In the Intermediate event they had a straight final of six crews and again finished fourth – frustratingly just out of the medals once again. But this was nonetheless a big step on from last year, and they are clearly on an upward trend.

DSC_1414Maggie and Liz raced in a handicap Mas D/E 2- event in a field of just four crews. As the only Mas E crew, they were given the handicap start and held the lead until the closing stages but were unable to hold off two of the DSC_1389younger crews and finished third (left). And under the rules of the event, because there were less than six crews no bronze medal was awarded in this case. However they also rowed in a composite women’s eight (Upton/Grosvenor/Norwich/Northwich) which did win a bronze medal (right, Liz at bow, Maggie at six), and Maggie also won a silver medal rowing for Birmingham in MasF 2x.

DSC_1357Jules and Tabs raced in Mixed Mas D 2x, the event which they had won at Nottingham a month ago. However, this DSC_1365time they found the opposition a bit fiercer. Their main competition was City of Oxford, whom they had beaten into second place the last time, but on this occasion the Oxford crew won by about a length, and Upton were also pipped on the line for silver by a fast-finishing crew from Abingdon (left) and were left with the bronze medal (right). But Jules finished off his regatta with a gold medal in Mas D eights, rowing for London Rowing Club in the very quick time of 3.03 for the 1000 metre course. (left.)

DSC_1399So although there were some disappointments, we had a lot to celebrate in Nottingham: all but one of our crews achieved a top four placing in their various events. We should build on that for the future, and we’ll aim to take a bigger team to Nottingham next year with that in mind.

Ron

Reports from Ron on the URC entries at Nottingham Masters:

The crews who raced at Nottingham had to cope with very challenging conditions. There was a strong and blustery cross/headwind which also made the water very lumpy, particularly in the lower-numbered lanes which was usually where our crews were drawn. These conditions eventually caused the organisers to cancel racing altogether for some of the junior crews.

DSC_1152Upton recorded one victory – Jules and Tabs won the Mixed Mas D 2x. A strong City of Oxford crew led the field DSC_1196from the start, but Jules and Tabs caught them by the half way mark then pulled gradually away for the remainder of the race to win by a length (Photo Left). Jules also came close in the Mas E 1x, where his main rival was Gwilliam of Stourport, who is the reigning British champion in this category. With Gwilliam in lane 6 and Jules in lane 2 this was always going to be a tall order. In the end, Gwilliam held on by about a length (Photo Right), with all the other scullers trailing at least 100 metres behind.

DSC_1215The women’s Mas E 4x of Linda, Liz, Jo and Maggie also found themselves in lane 2 but battled well into the wind and maintained contact throughout the race (Photo Right) – they lost out in the closing stages but still finished ahead of a Norwich crew in lane 5.

DSC_1138Earlier, Jo and Linda had a good row in Mas E 2x, but from lane 2 (again) finished at the back of the four-boat field (Photo Left).

Andrew and Jeremy (lane 2 – need you ask?) had a similar fate in Mas F 2x (Photo Below Right)

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Debbie and Sally were one of the few Upton crews not to be in lane 2 (hooray!). Unfortunately they were in lane 1 (even worse – boo!), but they still managed to finish second in a field of three (Photo Below Left).

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So a tough day for everyone, and I only spotted one group who didn’t seem bothered by the weather (Photo Below Right). But it was a good rehearsal for the British Masters Championships on the same course DSC_1202next month, and let’s hope the wind has died down by then.

Ron.