Successful Start to the Regatta Season for Upton

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.