Glad to be able to report four more wins for the club yesterday at Gloucester:

  • Stuart, Matt, Richard and Jon won Mas C 4x by a few lengths over Liverpool Victoria.  They also split into two doubles but both lost successively to a very quick double from Christchurch
  • Linda, Trish, Helen and Jo won WMasE 4x by a couple of lengths over City of Swansea.  This was the first win for Trish and Helen, so they lose their novice status.  Linda and Jo also raced in WMasE2x and won their first round over Avon County but lost in the final to Exeter.
  • Liz and Maggie had a convincing win over Gloucester in W Mas E/F 2-.  The Gloucester pair had failed to turn up for a two-boat race with them at British Masters, which deprived them of a gold medal, so there was a bit of needle in this race!
  • Chris and Andy won MasC Nov 2x by a good distance over Liverpool Victoria, so they too lose their sculling novice status.

Honourable mention also goes to Andrew and Jeremy who went down to a narrow defeat by Taunton in MasF 2x, and to both Matt and Jemima who had their first ever single sculling races in Mas D and J14 categories respectively.  Well done to all the Upton crews.

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Deb and Sal lost their IM2 semi, to a very tidy Nottingham double, who also won in the final by a long way. But then they won their Masters A/B, having declined the 1 second handicap they were entitled to.
In the double semi final Jo and Linda beat that Llandaff double who though they’d won at Evesham by quite a long way instead of 3 feet, they then went on to beat Hereford by an equally good margin in the final.
The ladies quad of  Linda, Jo, Maggie and Liz beat the Llandaff /Swansea quad, who had a 6 second advantage, by a length or so.
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Upton recorded two good wins at Evesham yesterday.

The MasC men’s quad of Maurice, Stuart, Adam and Keith overcame an enormous handicap to beat a Bewdley MasE crew.  They started a full 16 seconds down and it took them most of the 1000m course to get back within range, but in the closing stages they stormed past impressively and won by two lengths.

In WMasE 2x, Jo and Linda had a ding-dong battle with a Llandaff crew all the way down the course, but seemed just unable to get ahead of them and that is how the two crews crossed the finish line.  After an hour of contemplating what might have been, they were astonished to discover that the finishing judge’s verdict (which had never been announced) had been awarded to them by three feet.  What they hadn’t fully realised was that the finish line is staggered significantly in favour of the crew on the outside of the bend, i.e. Upton.  So a narrow defeat was converted into a much more acceptable victory.

The men’s MasC Novice four of James, Andy, Chris and Dan had no Masters opposition and were therefore put into the Open Novice event, against crews who were some 30 years younger.  They met the eventual winners in the first round – Monmouth Comprehensive School – and unsurprisingly it proved something of a mismatch, but they had a good row nonetheless and will hope to find opposition closer to their own ages in future.  Andrew and Jeremy also raced, in MasF 2x, but were beaten by a couple of lengths from a local double from Evesham.

Jo and Linda also raced in the 500m event on Sunday, but it wasn’t one of their best rows and they were beaten by a sprightly crew from Falcon Rowing Club (Oxford).