Thanks to all the clubs who supported this year’s regatta and to all the visiting umpires who helped on the day.
Thanks also to our sponsor JW Hinks.
Because of a moderate tail wind which changed to cross tail in the afternoon the course was shortened to about 600m
Almost the regatta season again and Birmingham is the first regatta in the West Midlands.
Usual events for juniors and lower status senior and masters crews.
The NCC has allowed pathfinder status for our senior events. These will be runs as leagues and will non-qualifying.
Entries will close when the limit of 125 is reached.
Steve Byford finished 104th at the Scullers head and 11th in the Intermediate 3 class
Plenty of wins for the club
IM3.1x, IM2.1x Steve Byford
MasF.1x Steve Prichard
WJ16.4+ Abi, Hollie, Honor, Immy, Finli (c)
WJ16.2x Anya (in composite with Stourport
Iain Kefford in Mas D
This year the club has a record 4 crews in the Fours Head over the reverse Boat Race course from Mortlake to Putney. They are a S1.4x, J.4+. WJ.4x, WJ.4+.
Steve Prichard and Ian Prevett rowed again in this year’s Pairs Head from Mortlake to Hammersmith – one of the few crews from the region to race. They started 242nd and finished 173rd coming in 4th in the Masters D 2x category 40 seconds behind the winners in a time of 13:39.66
The BRC Senior Women’s final taste of competition before Henley Women’s was W.IM2.4+ on the Sunday of Reading Amateur Regatta. On the Saturday, the crew took the opportunity to spend the day training in Henley-on-Thames where they were pleased with the progress made despite windy conditions to rival Edgbaston Reservoir!
With an entry of five crews in their event, BRC were required to race a quarter-final against City of Oxford while the other three crews were handed a bye to the semi-finals. The wind had dropped slightly since the previous day but the crew was still faced with a strong headwind.
Unfortunately they were not able to replicate the form they had found in Henley the previous day, and despite a strong start that stole a slight advantage, they soon found themselves around a length down. The crew worked hard to maintain contact with the Oxford crew but could not close the gap, eventually losing with a verdict of 2L.
It was a disappointing performance after the positive training the day before, but the crew know they can do better and will look to put right the mistakes made in their final outings before Henley.
The crew was:
WIM2 4+ S Tasha Scott, 3 Emma Tod, 2 Emma Raynor, B Lisa Meegan, C Silvia Breu
Many thanks to Silvia for coxing and to Dave, Sandy and Roddie for their support on the day. Thanks also to Henley Rowing Club for hosting the crew.
W IM2 4+ at Reading Amateur Regatta
Photo credit: BigBlade