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.
Meanwhile, we also had two entries at Henley Masters this weekend. Jules won his first round of Mas E 1x over a Marlow sculler by 3 lengths. In the semi final he faced Gwilliam of Stourport and they had a ding-dong race with the lead changing hands more than once, but in the end Gwilliam held on to win by a canvas. Stuart, Adam, Rich and Jon made their debut appearance in Mas C 4x but had the misfortune to be drawn against the British Masters gold medallists from Exeter, and lost by two lengths. Exeter went on to win all their other races, including the final by four lengths.