Minihead Results November 2016

I hope everyone enjoyed the minihead today. Conditions were surprisingly good and we had the biggest turn out for at least several years with 14 crews. Thanks to all the timekeepers and for everyone helping get things going, particularly those who joined scratch crew or coxed.

Well done to the quad for being fastest on the water (and beating Jules for the first time?), though once handicapping was applied, Jules proved too quick for everyone else. Debs and Stuart did an impressive double race, having gone out early in the double before coming back to do it all again in different crews. Amazingly their self timing put them second on handicap!

Next Minihead is Saturday Dec 31st at 10am.

Winter Heads Report

Crews from Upton Rowing Club have started the winter training season strongly with impressive performances in international and regional competitions.

Two crews represented Upton RC at the Pairs Head in London in mid October with top club scullers Julian and Tabitha Scrivener winning the mixed Masters D doubles event and the ladies pair of Liz Elston and Maggie  Jameson coming second in their Masters E/F category. The following week the Scriveners travelled to Boston, MA to compete in the Head of the Charles, (the world’s largest rowing event with around 11,00 elite athletes taking part annually), where they finished 15th out of a field of 37 crews in their event. Scarcely over his jet lag, Julian then competed in the Masters E single sculls at Gloucester at the end of October, securing a winning margin of almost four minutes.

This weekend the club had five crews racing at Stourport Small Boats Head, although due to mx-im2-2x-stourportthe relatively small number of clubs competing, only three Upton crews actually had opposition with the others racing as ‘time only’. The … Continue reading

Upton Success at Birmingham Explorer Series Regatta

Following on from the successful Upton rowing regatta held on Sunday 7 September, one of our Upton ‘Learn to Row’ crews attended the Birmingham regatta for a return match and succeeded in settling the score by coming first.

The Upton crew comprising, Janine Longbotham (stroke), Steve Blakeway (3), Chris Williams (2) and Mandy Smith (Bow) beat, Bewdley, Birmingham, Stratford and finally another Bewdley team to take the winning position. In fact, the first team to be overtaken by the Upton crew were the winners from the Upton regatta. The race was run on the Edgebaston reservoir in the heart of Birmingham and hosted by the Birmingham rowing club who were very hospitable and laid on refreshments for the day.learn2row

Eight crews entered the Explorer Series competition organised by British Rowing.

All eight crews were novice rowers having only been rowing for up to a year.  In the case of the the Upton crew, they started rowing with Upton rowing club’s ‘Lean to Row’ program, which runs every year from April to September.

Rowing is a very enjoyable way of keeping fit and having fun whilst … Continue reading