Gloucester and Ross Regatta

Yesterday saw Upton’s women’s crews winning three more events at Gloucester.   In Women’s Masters A/B double sculls, Sally and Debs were drawn against a strong Gloucester crew who had beaten them by some distance at Llandaff last month, but this time it was a different story.  Upton took the early lead and seemed to have the race under control, but Gloucester mounted a fierce attack in the closing stages and Sally and Debs had to fight hard to hold on, crossing the line with a victory by just three feet.  This took them to the final where they met a lively crew from Cotswold Rowing Club but gradually opened up a lead to win by a length and three quarters.

 

 

 

The women’s Masters E quadruple scull of Linda, Pippa, Trish and Jo were drawn against a crew from City of Swansea and put in a strong performance that resulted in … Continue reading

Bewdley Regatta 2017

Sally and Debs won the Mas A 2x event on Saturday, away from the glare of the cameras (or my camera at least). They beat a Worcester crew by a length and a half despite having no handicap in their favour to take account of the fact that they are in a higher age category.

On Sunday, Ben opened his account in Novice sculls with an emphatic win over a sculler from Bridgnorth.  His semi-final opponent withdrew, leaving him to meet a Stourport sculler in the final and rowed steadily away from him to win by two or three lengths. He then teamed up with Dee in the Mixed Novice double sculls event and they had a substantial win over another crew from Bridgnorth in a straight final.

Not to be outdone, Alice won the Women’s Novice sculls event with a strong performance that ended in a comfortable win over a Bewdley sculler.

Stuart, Adam, Rich and Jon came up against a crew from Trafford (Manchester) in the Masters B quadruple sculls – again the Upton crew was rowing against a younger crew without the offsetting benefit of a handicap.  They were leading by a length as they approached the … Continue reading

Llandaff and Henley Masters 2017

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.

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