At least two records were broken at the British Masters Championships at Nottingham on Sunday 18 May.  With around 750 crews taking part, the organisers believe that this was the biggest one-day regatta ever held in this country.  And seven of these crews came from Upton, which must surely be a record for our club as well.

The steady increase in the popularity of this event in recent years has been matched by a rise in the quality of the crews taking part, and medals are harder than ever to come by.  Veteran rowing in Britain has become highly competitive, and all of our crews found the pace pretty hot.  But even though we didn’t bring home any prizes, it was a very enjoyable day out for all the Upton rowers who took part, and an excellent way to kick off the season before we turn to local regattas.

All of our women’s crews ended up having to row in Championship (i.e. elite) events, in which the pace was even hotter.  First up were Debbie and Sally in Mas A coxless pairs; since Mas A starts at the tender age of 27, this is really an elite event and the crews at the front soon opened up a big gap.  The main consolation is that next year our crew will be in Mas B!

Debbie & Sally

Debbie & Sally

The women’s quad of Liz, Linda, Jo and Maggie came next.  Having only six sculling points between them they had entered the IM3 event, but a rule change made by the organisers this year made them ineligible;  this was because Maggie held four of these six points and was thereby not entitled to race in IM3 in this regatta.  So up to the Championship Mas E/F event they had to go, where their opposition included the gold medallists from last year, from Tyne United.  And to add insult to injury, Tyne United were to be given a 10 second start by virtue of being Mas F compared to our crew’s Mas E!  After an interminable delay at the start caused by a very strong cross-headwind, the race got under way.  The Upton crew rowed extremely well but couldn’t quite match the pace of the winners – with 200 metres to go they were holding on to third place, but lost it by under a second to Mortlake Anglian and they finished only 7 seconds behind Tyne United, who had defended their 10 second start by just enough to take the gold medal again.

Maggie, Jo, Linda and Liz

Maggie, Jo, Linda and Liz

Our quad then split up and rowed in two other events – Mas E double sculls and Mas E coxless pairs, and again these were both Championship events;  this time Jo and Linda had legitimately entered the IM3 event, only to find that the organisers then elected to combine the two events so that they had to race against the top crews anyway.  They didn’t help their cause by a disastrous start in which they stopped for several seconds under the mistaken belief that the starter had called them back, by which time all the other crews were heading over the horizon.  After they finally got going they managed to row very well, but found themselves chasing a lost cause.  Liz and Maggie also had a good row, but were outgunned by two much bigger crews.

Jo & Linda

Jo & Linda

Maggie & Liz

Maggie & Liz

Julian and Tabitha made their debut in Upton colours in Mixed Mas D double sculls – another Championship event.  This again proved to have attracted a highly competitive field in which they finished fifth, although only a length or so away from the bronze medal.

Julian & Tabitha

Julian & Tabitha

Our remaining two crews had Andrew and Jeremy in a MasE IM3 double scull and Maurice, Duncan, Dan and Matt in a MasC Novice quad, and both performed creditably.  In the double sculls event, Derby showed a turn of speed that belied their status and left the remaining three crews well behind.  In the end, Andrew and Jeremy had to settle for fourth place, but they were in close contention with these other two crews throughout the race.  This was their first competitive appearance in a double, and they should be able to achieve better results in the future.  The quad  managed to come second in a three-boat race, ahead of Newark but behind Norwich, who took first place.  Since they had had their first outing together for several weeks only the night before the race (after suffering from various work-related absences in the last month), this was quite encouraging, and with more time together this crew should have much more potential.

Andrew and Jeremy

Andrew and Jeremy

Matt, Dan, Duncan & Maurice

Matt, Dan, Duncan & Maurice

We clearly have some way to go to match the standard of the top crews at this event.  However, it’s still a great event to go to and be part of, and we can only benefit from the competitive experience of testing ourselves against the best Masters crews from all over the country.  Let’s see if we can break our new seven-crew entry record again when we go next year!

Ron Paterson

L2R sessions are now being run by Lynne Stirling on Wednesdays at 18:30, with additional outings on both Monday and Tuesday evenings (also at 18:30). Lynne would appreciate any help from club members who could be available at these times and sit in with beginners to make up crews. Please get in touch with Lynne (or just turn up) if you can help.

Club Rowing – Wednesday

With effect from May 7th, Club Rowing will now start at 6:30pm.

Debbie Thompson – Sponsored Trek

A message from Debbie:

I and two colleagues are trekking 50 miles across the Pennines in under 24 hours in June.  We are doing it for a charity called MedEquip4Kid.  The JustGiving link is:

Here is a little bit about them:

MedEquip4Kids works with medical staff, community nurses and other registered charities to provide equipment and improve facilities in hospitals. Our policy is to fund items known to improve the care provided to children, but not readily available within the NHS’ limited budgets.

Increasingly, the larger hospitals employ fundraisers to secure extra funds the NHS cannot provide, but smaller hospitals and community teams do not have access to a fundraising officer. It is common to find nurses and paramedics fundraising in their spare time and during their working day.

MedEquip4Kids believe these staff should be focusing on caring for children and the charity’s aim is to fundraise on their behalf. The money raised is spent directly on the items they request and no money is passed on to any third party.

Patrick and Ros Adams – Bicycle Tour

Since Patrick retired in March, he and Ros and their two dogs have been touring europe on their tandem bicycle (with trailer for the dogs!). Ros has posted a blog entry now they have arrived in Greece.

Evesham Regatta Report – Ron Paterson

Jo and Linda made their first appearance of the season in a Masters double sculls event at Evesham Sprint regatta on Sunday 4 May.  They were drawn against a much younger crew who had come all the way from Carlow RC in Ireland, and were given a handicap start to reflect the difference in the age groups.  Unfortunately, they had a rather sluggish first half of the race – this allowed the Irish crew to catch them very rapidly and take the lead before the halfway mark – but after that they found a good rhythm and pushed Carlow all the way to the line, losing in the end by just half a length.  Carlow were actually a pretty impressive crew and went on to win the event easily, beating an Evesham crew by some distance in the final.  So Jo and Linda were left pondering what might have been if they had managed to get into the race more effectively from the beginning.  All good experience for the future, however!Evesham 2 small

British Rowing Tour 2014 – River Severn

In 2014 Upton RC are delighted to be hosting the 21st British Rowing Tour. The tour will pass through to Upton on it’s journey along the River Severn, starting at Worcester and completing at the southern end of the Sharpness Canal near Gloucester, a distance of 70.5 km. The tour takes place from 28th to 31st August 2014.

Download further details and an application form here.

Learn2Row – 2014

The club is looking for volunteers to assist the coaches with this years’ Learn2Row programme. The sessions will start in April and will be run alongside Club Rowing sessions on Wednesday evening and Saturday and Sunday mornings. Will those willing to help please contact Steve Cox at

Reminder – URC Supper and Quiz Night

Supper and Quiz Night on 29th March.  The closing date for replies is Friday, 21st March.  If you would like to attend, please let Pauline me know at:

Saturday 29th March 2014

at 7:30pm

Supper and Quiz Night

at the

Ye Olde Anchor Inn, Upton-upon-Severn


Please choose one of the following


Homemade 100% beef Lasagne

Mascarpone & Pancetta Bacon Penne Pasta

Mediterranean Vegetable Lasagne

Breaded Chicken Fillets with Chips

Steak & Kidney Shortcrust Pie

Wholetail Scampi, Chips & Peas


Supper followed by a fun quiz !


Teams of up to 4 players

(You can pick your team before or on the evening!)

£10.00 each

Deirde Thompson is looking for volunteers to sell tickets during this years Upton Jazz Festival. Ticket selling is done in three hour shifts throughout the festival weekend, starting on Thursday 26th June, through to Sunday 29th June. Some slots have been filled but a few more volunteers are needed. Ticket sellers get a free weekend ticket and the slots are usually filled by a pair of people. If anyone can help would they please contact Deirde at

The last mini-head of the winter was held on 16th March Dec with 6 boats participating. The conditions were pretty much perfect, the sun shone and it hit about 17deg C. Whichever method of timekeeping we use, it seems our new friends in the double blitzed us all.

Crew Boat Time Basic Ranking Boat Sex Age Adjusted Time Adjusted Ranking
Matt + C4x 00:32:16 2 0.962 1.000 0.975 00:30:16 3
Johnny + F4x 00:33:15 3 0.962 1.000 0.923 00:29:31 2
Pauline + WF4+ 00:39:01 4 0.935 0.909 0.923 00:30:36 4
Julian/Tab MixD2x 00:31:50 1 0.901 0.952 0.958 00:26:09 1
Linda/Helen WE2x 00:40:14 5 0.901 0.909 0.943 00:31:04 5
Peter + Rec4+ 00:41:36 6 0.935 0.926 0.943 00:33:58 6