Success for Nottingham Rowing Club at Henley Masters Regatta


Sunday, 13 July 2014 12:13 Written by Administrator Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 July 2014 11:14


Nottingham Rowing Club's masters rowers were present in force at the 20th Henley Masters' Regatta, held on July 10-11th. This regatta, run by Upper Thames Rowing Club, is held on the Friday and Saturday following the famous Henley Royal Regatta, with racing taking place between its notorious booms on a 1000 m course from just above Temple Island to the clubhouse. This year, regatta organisers were blessed with excellent racing conditions, with a light tailwind on the Friday, followed by still, warm weather on the Saturday. The event is one of the most prestigious on the masters racing circuit, and attracts crews from around the UK as well as overseas, all keen to race on the Henley course.  The NRC masters group put in a strong performance across the board, reaching several finals as well as bringing home two medals. 

After preliminary heats on Friday, through which all NRC crews progressed, first victory of the day on Saturday came from the Women's Masters' D coxed four of Ellie Welham, Jill Titterton, Sarah Royles and Ruth Hyde, coxed by Johanna Dodgson, who took the medal by defeating a Weybridge Composite crew by 1L.

Later in the afternoon, the Masters' D eights event was won by the crew of Chris BeesleyShane MacSweeneyIain HillAndy TownsendAndy BrownMike FayMike Walker and Paul Williamson, coxed by Carole Dickinson. In both rounds they had to row through their opponents, and in the final overcame a deficit of 3/4 L after 250 m to win by 2/3 L from Marlow RC. Crew member Andy Brown takes up the story of the race: "Against Marlow, whom we had beaten at the BR National Masters Championships in June, they came off the start very strongly, evidently trying to frighten us into rowing shorter. By 350 m they still headed us by a canvas, and doubts were undoubtedly creeping in. However, we have some strong guys in our crew and by keeping our length and allowing them to put in the work, by 500m we were level. With 25 strokes to go we had half a length, then Carole called for a final push and the crew went for it, not doubting that we could hold them to the line. We gained another man, to win by two thirds of a length. Gracious and respectful exchanges of cheers and well dones and we left to savour the moment together. We were jubilant - all nine beaming from ear to ear.

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