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

Due to the continuing poor river conditions the mini-head scheduled for January was cancelled. Instead a 12,500m ergo challenge was held in the boatshed with the following results:

  • Sally, Judi, John, Maurice, Wendy   49.53 secs
  • Trish, Deirdre, Dan, Ian, Matt          51.14 secs
  • Jo, Debbie, Linda, Helen, Duncan    52.32 secs

…..and Keith the Seal decided to put in an appearance at Upton Marina this weekend !


A mini-head was held on 15th Dec with 11 boats participating (surely a record ?). It was an eventful morning with some sections of the river resembling the Bay of Biscay and some interesting steering challenges !

The results are as follows, with Johnny Birks’ quad being the fastest boat on the day, but with Sally and Debbie in the pair winning overall using the handicap adjusted times.

Handicap adjustments
Crew Boat Time Basic Ranking Boat Sex Age Adjusted Time Adjusted Ranking
Sally/Debbie WA2- 00:35:07 4 0.85 0.90 1.000 00:26:52 1
Maggie + WE4x 00:33:23 2 0.96 0.90 0.939 00:27:05 2
Matt B1x 00:36:38 5 0.79 1.00 0.989 00:28:37 3
Ron F1x 00:40:10 9 0.79 1.00 0.916 00:29:04 4
Andy/Judy MixG2x 00:38:37 6 0.89 0.95 0.893 00:29:09 5
Johnny + F4x 00:33:14 1 0.96 1.00 0.916 00:29:13 6
Trish/Dee WB2x 00:39:09 7 0.89 0.90 0.989 00:31:01 7
Mike + C4x 00:33:28 3 0.96 1.00 0.974 00:31:18 8
Freya + WE4+ 00:39:51 8 0.93 0.90 0.939 00:31:19 9
Helen/Lynne WE2x- 00:43:30 10 0.89 0.90 0.939 00:32:43 10
Peter + MixF4x+ 00:45:51 11 0.94 0.95 0.916 00:37:30 11

Committee Meeting Minutes Nov 2013

The minutes of the November URC Committee Meeting can be found here

Reminder – Facebook & Twitter

There are now both Facebook and Twitter accounts for Upton RC and I would encourage as many people as possible to use these as it will help with our club communications. Just click on the logos at the top of this page and it will take you to each site where you can either join the Facebook group or follow Upton RC on Twitter.

If you don’t yet use Facebook or Twitter, then now is your chance !

In our ongoing efforts to drag UptonRC into the 21st century, today we launch the new website that now includes the vast majority of information available about Upton RC for both members and non-members. Highlights include:

  • Links (in the header for each page) to our new Facebook and Twitter pages. Please become members/follow and we will monitor how successful they are. These should both help with our club communications and allow dissemination of news (such as no-rowing notices) quickly.
  • A members only area (this requires a password and allows club documents to be downloaded, along with details regarding subscriptions, the club officials, club kit etc) and is the new location for the “Cool Heads” newsletter.
  • A link to the Environment Agency web page for Saxons Lode to check on the current river level (Follow: About>River Severn and then click on the EA logo)
  • A section about the history of of Upton RC and information on the town, the river etc
  • A google map link to the marina/boathouse
  • Links to British Rowing etc
  • A contact form for enquiries to the club

“Cool Heads” is included in the members area, which requires the password urc4members. When you have entered this the first time, typically your browser will remember it. This password should not be given to anyone other than club members.

There are some areas that still need content and will be added in due course, so please browse around and if anyone has any questions, feedback, spots any errors or would like anything else included then please let me know at

Upton RC Annual Dinner

The Club held its annual end of season dinner at The Olde Anchor Inn, Upton-upon-Severn on Friday 15 November 2013.  40 members attended and were fed and watered extremely well by Claire and Graham Bunn. Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves – particularly if the noise and general merriment was anything to go by!

Following the customary speeches by our Chairman, Dave Semple and the Club’s Captain, Steve Cox, the presentation of the cups took place by the President of the Club, Peter Barker, marking the end of a very successful year for the Club. These were awarded to the following:-

The Committee Cup (for best off-water contribution to the Club) went to Maurice Stanley for all his  hard work behind the scenes and for building, single-handed, our fabulous new catamaran coaching launch which, in the absence of a proper name, has affectionately has been christened either the “Pope mobile” or “The Floating Patio”!

The Captain’s Cup (for best on-water contribution to the Club) was presented to Ron Paterson for his coaching and advisory skills which resulted in our racing crews having such a successful year this year.

The Chairman’s Cup (for best men’s crew) went to Matt Chalmers for his achievements in making it to several finals both in single and double sculls.

The President’s Cup is normally presented to the most successful women’s crew, but as it had been such a positive year for the woman of the Club, it was decided that this should be awarded to three of our ladies – Jo Hammett and Linda Scott for their great success and triumphs in their double scull and also to Anne Stevens for her brilliant achievements in her single scull.

The Secretary’s Cup (cox of the year) was presented to Peter Barker by his “Girls”.  Peter has been coxing his crew of girls who only completed their Learn to Row earlier this year but have now gone across to sculling under Peter’s guidance and are doing very well.

And finally, Ian Mackie was very pleased to surrender the Calamity Cup so that it could be awarded to Dan Herbert for his altercation with a narrow boat!

Here’s to another successful year!