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 finish, but nearly came to grief in the last few strokes in very shallow water – fortunately their momentum was enough to carry them over the finish line to win the event.
Stuart and Debs produced the race of the day against Birmingham in IM2 Mixed double sculls, not once but twice because the first race was declared a dead heat and they had to do it again. In the rerow, they led from the start and held on for a very impressive victory.
Liz and Maggie were part of a composite eight with Bewdley and Birmingham that won Women’s Mas C eights. And honourable mention also goes to a new men’s Mas D coxed four of Steven, Keith, Maurice, Ferg and Rob, who lost by 3/4 length to the eventual winners from Monmouth; the women’s Mas E quad of Linda, Pippa, Trish and Jo who beat a Mas D crew from Monmouth before losing in the final to a Mas C crew from Stourport, again with no handicaps; Maurice and Steven who also lost to a Stourport crew in Mas D double sculls; Jo and Linda who lost to Monmouth in the Mas F double sculls final; and Dee who lost to Loughborough in Mas C Novice sculls and, with Pippa, lost to Bewdley in Mas C double sculls. Overall, a great day for the club with spirited rows from everybody.