Eight members of URC left the wind, rain and high river levels behind and headed again to Seefeld in the Austrian Alps for a week of winter training on cross-country skis.  The rowers turned skiers made great progress and were quickly into their stride, able to range across the trails through stunning valleys and quiet forests as these pictures record.  This, now established event, is open to all members of URC so if you fancy a go put 23 Jan 21 into the diary!

On Tuesday 10th December 19 the geriatrics of established midweek rowers had hoped to send out an eight and coxed four. This was to show appreciation to Terry for 71/2 years of running his spread sheet that we all had equal rotation of rowing. Unfortunately rain and wind was again at fault. We retired to the Wheelhouse for coffee and cake. Presented Terry and Pauline with theatre tokens.

True to form Terry replied with facts. Top gun was Deidre with 462 outings Freya 379 and Ian a lowly 293.


With 4 days to go before the tour and the heavy rain over the previous weekend, the Avon was in flood and it was uncertain whether the tour would happen. However, with fine weather over the next few days and the limited catchment area this far upstream, the river fell back quickly to safe levels. Indeed, it became apparent that our challenge would not be water but temperature, with the plume of heat coming up from the Sahara threatening temperatures of 35˚c (or 95˚f in old money).

Download the full report from Mike below.


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.”