We had an excellent day today by nipping over the border to Monmouth. Here are the highlights:
Andrew had entered for Masters F/G single sculls. He was drawn against a Masters G sculler from Bewdley who had a six second start to take account of the age differential. This produced one of the tightest races of the regatta, but Andrew hunted him down all the way down the course and came through in the last few strokes to win by 1/3 of a length. This took him to the semifinal where he met a sculler from Staines, but before the race started his opponent apparently sustained a muscle injury and withdrew from the race. In the final he raced against a very classy sculler from Molesey who had won the equivalent event the previous day, and Andrew was unable to match the Molesey sculler’s pace. But overall this was a very good performance in what was only his second ever regatta in a single scull.
Our women’s quad of Linda, Liz, Jo and Maggie was drawn against a composite Welsh crew from Llandaff and City of Swansea in a straight final of the Masters D/E 4x event. As the older crew this time Upton had a 5 second start, but the younger Welsh composite were unable to make any inroads into this margin and our quad rowed away to a decisive victory. The only threat to their win was a malfunctioning rudder which meant they had to steer with their oars, but they still managed to extend their lead in the closing stages while exerting minimal pressure with their right hand blades in order to stay on line for the finish.
Our third entry was in Masters E 2x where Jo and Linda again had a straight final, this time against a different Llandaff crew. As they had done in the quad, they took control of the race from the start and drew steadily away all down the course to a clear victory.