Upton Rowing Club said a special farewell to long-serving coach Ron Paterson.

Paterson, a club member for 21 years, is moving to Henley-on-Thames in Oxfordshire.

They held a midsummer garden party at the home of Kevin and Jo Hammett to say goodbye with around 70 guests ranging from founder members to people from the current learn to row course.

There was a break in the fun and games for a short ceremony so the club could formally thank Paterson for his support over the years.

A club spokesman said: “The successes of the competitive squad over the years are testament to how greatly Ron’s coaching is regarded.

“Among the gifts for Ron from the club was a certificate to mark his award of honorary life membership.

“Ron was invited to name the club’s new double sculling boat Big Ron which he did in the traditional manner by pouring some champagne over its bow.”

We had 5 Junior boats at Monmouth regatta on Sunday.
Matt in his first regatta rowed with Archie, they lost ground to a smart crew from Staines at the start and never got back on terms, but an encouraging first row.
Willow dominated her Ross opposition in her first round then went on to win the final against another Ross rower, very impressive.
Hugh had a straight final against a Monmouth sculler, in a epic battle there was nothing between them the entire 750 metres, Hugh managed to hold on and win the race, then lost his breakfast!! (Don’t ask!)
Annie and Daisy, our most experienced crew used their experience to intimidate a novice Hereford Cathedral School crew to gain their first medal win.
Archie had another chance in the J16 single scull, unfortunately his Monmouth opponent was very impressive and Archie lost out.
Myself and Debs also got a win, making it 4 wins out of 6 events!
Thanks go to Andrew Darwent for towing the boats and all of the juniors and parents for the effort put in, making it a great day.

Upton rowers were seen in action at Evesham regatta this weekend with a number of successes.  Saturday saw seven crews competing in the 1000m upstream regatta course, Chris Horne and Lance Hollis lost out to a strong crew from Stourport in the Masters D/E doubles, Stuart Edney and Debbie Thompson won their first heat in the mixed doubles beating their opposition from Warwick with a verdict of easily but lost to stiff competition from Poole in the final by a length and a half.  Richard Gill and Jon Eaton won the Masters B/C doubles in a straight final with a verdict of easily over their opposition from Warwick.  A composite crew of Andrew Scott from Upton and Mike Jones from Ross had a close race against their opposition from Evesham in the Masters G doubles but lost by just ¼ of a boat length.  Jo Hammett and Linda Scott overcame a 10 second handicap against them to convincingly beat their opposition from Avon County in the Women’s Masters F/G doubles straight final.  Andrew Scott had a tough row against his opposition from Dart-Totnes and was beaten by three lengths.  The last race of the day for Upton was the Women’s Masters E quad of Linda Scott, Pippa Riddle, Sue MacGregor and Jo Hammett who had a very close race against their opposition from Ross losing by just a canvas.

Sunday saw another seven crews racing the 500m downstream sprint course.  First up were Hugh Edney and Willow Haynes in the J13 doubles, with no mixed events for juniors they raced against boys and won their first heat by two and half lengths against their opposition from Avon Boat Club, the final was a closer race which Edney and Haynes won by ¾ of a length over their opposition from City of Bristol.  Annie Derwent and Daisy Haynes had a tough race against their opposition from Avon County in the Women’s J18 doubles and lost by two and a ¼ lengths.  The Women’s Masters E quad had another close race against Evesham in the Women’s Masters D/E quads missing out by just two feet.  Archie Tyrell had a strong row against his opposition from Stourport in the J16 singles, losing by just one length.  The Women’s Masters F double chalked up their second win of the weekend with a result of easily over Bridgnorth in the heat of the Women’s Masters E/F doubles, going on to win the final against Warwick by two and a half lengths.  Sally Miles and Debbie Thompson won the Women’s Masters B doubles event with a verdict of two lengths over their opposition from Evesham despite an altercation with a swan.  The last to race were the Mixed Masters E double of Sue MacGregor and Andrew Scott, winning their first heat against a crew from Bedford by ¾ of a length.  In the final they were up against another Bedford crew, this time winning by a length. 

Well done to everyone who took part in the March mini head. Thank you to our starters Olly and Jeremy and our finishers Bruce and Marc. Some great racing from everyone.

Crew Boat Boat Type Time Basic Ranking Adjusted Time Adjusted Ranking
Sally, James, Stu, Debs Inspireation Mx B 4x 00:16:37 1 00:15:03 2
Jules, Tabs Own Boat Mx E 2x 00:17:23 2 00:14:03 1
Liz, Maggie + Birmingham OK Dave W F 8+ 00:18:04 3 00:15:09 4
Jo, Linda, Pippa, Sue Michael Roberts W E 4x 00:18:22 4 00:15:08 3
Andrew, Mike C'es La Vie M G 2x 00:19:15 5 00:15:40 5
Maurice, Chris H Montel M E 2x 00:19:43 6 00:16:44 6
Archie Winnie The Pooh M J16 1x 00:20:38 7 00:17:03 7
John A, Clive, Sandra, Harriet, Ian Jumbo Mx E 4+ 00:21:06 8 00:17:42 8

Here are some photos from Ron.

And some from Olly at the Start