Masters rowers winning in Germany


Thursday, 13 September 2012 11:56 Written by Administrator



An intrepid band of Nottingham Rowing Club Masters Rowers (those over 27!), drove in convoy for seven hours with their boats on a trailer, to Duisburg in Germany, where they set up camp close to an excellent rowing course. They were attending the International Masters Rowing Championships, which attracted entries from all over the world, including very strong teams from rowing clubs in Germany and Russia.

Women’s Captain Sarah Royles said: 'All our crews acquitted themselves very well and we were definitely in the mix. A good time was had by all.'

Over three days of racing on the 1,000m course, with sun and flat water, several wins were recorded, often with rowers from other rowing clubs. Women's coach Helen Bloor with Pauline Bird won the 'D' coxless pairs for crews over 50. She was then joined by Sarah Royles and cox Ashley Hewitt and won the 'D' eights. Ashley coxed the winning Women’s 'F' eights for 60 year olds. Bill Payne and Peter Taylor won the 'I' double sculls for the over 75's and it was no surprise when Mike Collier was part of a winning 'J' mixed eight for the over 80’s which had a German crew member who was over 90!