Wins for Nottingham Rowing Club at Leicester Regatta 2013


Thursday, 25 April 2013 11:15 Written by Administrator Last Updated on Thursday, 25 April 2013 12:16


Leicester Regatta is raced over a straight 700m stretch of the Grand Union Canal in the heart of the city. Along with its normal programme of racing it features the Leicester Boat Race, a private match between mixed eights of four men and four women from the city's universities, De Montfort and Leicester. The winners this year were De Montfort who ended Leicester University's unbeaten run in the event.

Nottingham Rowing Club were there too. The Masters D (average age over 50) crew of Paul Williamson, Alan Crowther, Mike Fay, Andy Brown, Shane MacSweeney, Steve Cuthbert, Tony Lorrimer and Steve Daw coxed by Clare Angus and coached by Mark Cooke beat Leicester Rowing Club convincingly in the final and promptly ageed a re-match in 2014. Following a recent return to competitive rowing, this was Steve Daw's first win in over 25 years.

Ed Mace won Elite sculls, Craig Turner and Alex Kratzer won Elite double dculls and then Craig and Alex were joined by Anthony English and Alex Evangelidis and they won Elite quadruple sculls - but after an appeal they were embarrassingly disqualified for fielding an unnotified substitute. All scullers are coached by Dan Johnson. The declared winners Trent Rowing Club are clearly future targets.

On the same weekend, trials for Team GB were being held at Caversham, near Reading. Of Nottingham RC's triallists, there were good results from Laura Wheeler, who finished 12th in senior women, and Katie Bartlett, who was 4th in the U23 trial.