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World Rowing Tour (2019)

Sudbury Rowing Club members Keith Paxman and Maria Vigneau recently represented GB in The World Rowing Federation’s (FISA) World Rowing Tour.

Keith and Maria were selected to represent GB in the July 2019 World Rowing Tour, which was a 100 mile row over a four day period in Finland. Rowing through the region of North Karelia, the course leads through the heart of the North Karelian Lakeland.

Forty rowers were selected from 13 countries extending across Europe, North America, Australia and Africa.

Traditional Finnish Church Boats are used, which have sliding seats, sweep oars (one oar each) and are crewed by 14 rowers plus a cox.

Maria Vigneau said, “It was a unique opportunity to enjoy rowing with others from all over the world and share experiences. Many friendships were made as well as plans to visit other rowing clubs in the future. It was a true honour to have been selected to participate in a World Tour”.

The World Rowing Federation, FISA, is the governing body of the sport of rowing. It is empowered by its 155 member National Rowing Federations, the National Olympic Committees and the International Olympic Committee, to govern the sport of rowing. 

FISA World Rowing Crew, Finland, 2019

Back in the UK, members of Sudbury Rowing Club competed at St Neots Regatta over the weekend of July 27th-28th.

It was an exceptionally wet, cold and windy July weekend with almost no let up in a seemingly unending torrent of rain. Nevertheless, the Sudbury rowers braved the inclement and chilly conditions.

The Juniors performed very well starting on Saturday, where the WJ18 double of Amelia Moule and Martha Bullen won easily against Peterborough and Sam McLoughlin won in his J17 single against Star club, by 1 foot.

Continuing into Sunday, the J15 double of Evie Prager and Emilie Larkin won against Peterborough by 2 lengths, the B2 open single of Morgan Moriarty won by 1 1/4 lengths against Northampton and the B1 Women’s quad of Amelia Moule; Martha Bullen; Natasha Treagust and Amelia Maskell won against Newark RC by 1 length.

Martha Bullen won by 3 feet against Peterborough in the WJ18 single and in the Women’s MasABC single, Kate Wallace also achieved an excellent win against Peterborough by 2 1/2 lengths.

A large number of very close second places were also achieved by Sudbury rowers in exciting and close races.

Congratulations to all competing rowers!

Sudbury Regatta 2019

The 3rd of August 2019 saw Sudbury Regatta on Friars Meadow at its finest. It was a gorgeous day with brilliant sunshine, blue skies and perfect rowing conditions. A beautiful summers day on the picturesque meadow, now packed full with competitors, boats, trailers, tents and spectators sitting expectantly on hay bales along the river bank waiting for the racing to start.

By 8am competitors were on the water and ready to race in the planned 204 races over 87 events! Sudbury achieved a brilliant set of wins, many excellent semi final races were seen from all crews and Sudbury set some new course records

Wins came from our Juniors in the WJ14 2x from Amy Wallace and Grace Power who won easily in a time of 03:05. In the WJ15.2 1x Evie Prager also won easily in 03:00 and set a new course record. In the WJ18 2x Martha Bullen and Amelia Moule won in 4 lengths in a time of 02:32.

The Mx 4x composite crew of Amelia Moule; Martha Bullen; Byron Bullen and Ben Mackenzie (PCRC), also set a new course record winning by 4 lengths in 02:07. Jen Titterington won as part of 2 composite crews with Lea Rowing Club in the W 8+ and W.1 4x, winning in a time of 01:09 and by 2 lengths in a time of 02:23 respectively (which was a new course record).

One of Sudbury’s new categories, the Parent and Child event saw a great win from Tony and Harry Moule, who looked supreme, winning in 5 lengths in a time of 02:28. Kate and Amy Wallace came through their Parent and Child semi final race to easily win, however they lost in the final against Gillian Lindsay and her daughter Emily from Wimbledon High School. G. Lindsay was a silver medalist at the Sydney Olympiad in 2000, so only losing by 3 lengths was still a great achievement for our Sudbury mother and daughter double!

The Adult squads also gave great performances and set several course records. Callum Power and Lucy Freeman (UTS) won the Mx.1 2x, setting a new course record, by 1 length in a time of 03:01. Mx MasE 2x of Sean Moriarty and Sarah Stirling won by 2 lengths in 02:44, with S. Stirling going on to win the W MasE 1x race by 1ft in a time of 03:01 and setting a new course record.

Robin King and Simon White won the Op MasD/E 2x in 02:30 by half a length (setting a new course record) and Sophie Lovegrove and Jen Ward continued their successes with a win in the W MasD 2x in 02:55 by one and a half lengths. 

The Op. MasD/E 4+ of cox Tricia Fincham; Lee Adams; Stephen Nichols; Tim Hysom and Paul Adams also took a very well deserved win in 02:21 by 2 lengths.

The Sudbury Men’s 8 wowed the crowds with their stunning performance in the Sprint Eights. Expertly coxed by Tricia Fincham they took an excellent racing line just pulling ahead at the halfway point with the other crew then pulling almost level again and racing side by side down the second half of the course.

The bank of spectators waited with baited breath to hear from the umpire that, (from bow) Tim Wallace; Robin King; Mark Tyrie; Pete Donovan; Tim Hysom; Stephen Nichols; Paul Adams and Lee Adams had indeed seized their triumph in a time of 01:04, winning by a nail biting quarter of a length! 

Sudbury Regatta was once again a tremendously pleasurable and successful event. The club members worked tirelessly over 3 days to ensure that all visiting club’s rowers, spectators and Sudbury Town had an entertaining and memorable event to visit and watch. We thank all of the visiting clubs and rowers for their participation, enthusiasm and brilliant rowing, who helped to make the event such a delightful one and a fantastic day of racing was enjoyed by everyone!

Members of the successful Junior Squad at Sudbury Regatta.

BR Junior Champs

The biggest ever British Rowing Junior Championships was held over the weekend of 19-21 July at the National Water Sports Centre in Nottingham.

1,671 junior rowers and coxes from 131 clubs competed against each other in a bid to be crowned British Champions at the three-day rowing event. Junior rowers travelled from all over the UK for what will be the final major rowing event of the season for many of them.

Friday, 19 July saw the J14 rowers compete in an Omnium event, where junior rowers gain points, which are used to determine the winners of the gold, silver and bronze medals. Rowers compete in a number of events including races, skills tests and manoeuvrability. Stand rigger; Hands off; Slalom, amongst others, are some of the exercises that test their technical sculling skills and speed, before the day concludes with the J14 racing in quads over 1000m.

Harry Moule gave an outstanding performance in Omnium, coming third out of 63 competitors and winning the Bronze Medal. A massive Well Done to Harry for a brilliant achievement.

On Saturday and Sunday, J15, J16 and J18 crews raced in a combination of 1500m time trials and 2000m side-by-side racing.

Time trials on Saturday were held in very challenging conditions. A strong head wind created very choppy water, which is always a problem in a fine racing boat. Martha Bullen, rowing as part of the Isle of Ely Start Program WJ16 quad won the time trial with the fastest time, progressing to the semi-final on Sunday. Sam McLoughlin raced up a year in the J18 single sculls event against 62 other crews but unfortunately didn’t progress into the finals. Sam also teamed up with Byron Bullen in the J18 double sculls event competing against 30 other crews, where the conditions were very difficult, however they managed to progress to the D final where they had an excellent race to finish second to Tideway Scullers. Both their times were considerably faster than those in the C final.

Amelia Moule competed in the WJ18 single sculls event in a field of 40. Being a lightweight athlete, the head wind was tough, but she coped admirably and secured a place in the C Final which was another exciting race. Amelia was determined to succeed and rowed through some very good scullers to finish in a very creditable second position.

The last time trial of the day was Martha Bullen and Amelia Moule in the WJ18 double sculls. They had a solid race and finished second in a field of 25, progressing to the semi-finals. On Sunday they finished second in the semi-final taking them into the A final.

The finals on Sunday saw the Juniors continue to shine, as Martha Bullen competing with the Isle of Ely Start crew in the WJ16.4X achieved a GOLD Medal, and becoming British Champions. Later in the afternoon Amelia Moule and Martha Bullen competing in the WJ18.2X, won a Silver Medal. They had a closely fought battle with Hartpury College, missing out on gold by only half a length.

Amazing work and results by all Juniors this weekend, led sterlingly by Tony Moule’s coaching. Sudbury Rowing Club is immensely proud of you all!

Harry Moule, winner of the
Bronze Medal in the J14 Omnium
Tony Moule (coach) with Amelia Moule and Martha Bullen, winners of the Silver Medal in WJ18.2X

Thank you !

Sudbury Rowing Club held a boat naming ceremony on Saturday the 20th July in honour of Richard Kemp, the local councillor for Long Melford. Richard is a local businessman who has been involved in local politics for 45 years, as a Babergh District Councillor, Magistrate & recently retired as a local Parish Councillor.

As a thank you for his continued support of Sudbury Rowing club over many years, the club wanted to name a boat in his honour. He has supported grass roots sports in the area, and in particular Sudbury Rowing Club for many years, even as budgets have diminished he has tried to give something each year from his locality budget to support local sport and in particular youth sport.

Mr Kemp chose for the boat to be named “Richard Luff-Kemp” in honour of his family’s history. Mr Kemp & his wife joined the Rowing Club for the traditional naming ceremony on Saturday morning.

The club also named a coxed four in recognition of a recent bequest from another local benefactor. Mr Brian Weedon made a significant donation to the club in his will last year and in honour of this gift, and with a distinct nod to his sense of humour, the boat was named “Life of Brian”.

You will be able to see both the “Richard Luff-Kemp” and “Life of Brian” in action on the water, competing at Sudbury Regatta on Saturday 3rd August.

PCRC Junior Champs

The 29th June saw Sudbury Juniors competing at the Peterborough City Rowing Club Junior Championships.

The Regatta has 32 unique events with 345 crews competing across 144 races. There were 34 visiting clubs and schools with a total of 728 athletes competing. The Juniors competed strongly and came through their heats successfully.

Harry Moule and Fergus Grant won a Gold medal in the J15 2x in a time of 3:46. Moule went on to win the Silver medal in the J14 singles in a time of 4:06. Amy Wallace and Grace Power won the Silver medal in the WJ14 2x in a time of 4:28.

Well done to all !

HWR & St Ives Regatta

It was a very busy & successful weekend (22-23 June) for Sudbury Rowing Club, with competitors rowing at both St Ives and Henley Women’s Regattas. Both events had beautiful weather & ideal rowing conditions.

At Henley Women’s Regatta, the first day began with time trials over 1400 metres.

The full racing course was a 1500 metre stretch of the Henley Royal Regatta course and the weather was glorious with a slight head wind. The banks were lined with spectators and competitors who had travelled from as far as Australia, Netherlands and USA.

Jen Titterington (SRC) and Bev Goodchild (IPS) formed their composite double and, entering the Rosie Mayglothling Cup, easily qualified from their time trial as the second fastest Aspirational Double Scull. Despite other very quick crews, they beat Clydesdale in their first round race, going on to beat Molesey in the quarter finals. They reached the semi-finals comfortably where they faced a double from Twickenham, a World Class Start centre. It was a cracking race with the Twickenham crew jumping out to a lead of a length and the Ipswich/Sudbury combo attacking continuously in the second half of the course. The margin came down and down but the Finish line came too soon with Twickenham winning by around 1.5 metres in a time of 5.28.7, 9 seconds faster than the other semi final. Titterington and Goodchild reflected that they could not have attacked any earlier and had rowed exactly the race they had wanted.

Two of Sudbury’s Junior rowers also qualified to race at Henley, which is a huge achievement and a fantastic experience for them.

Amelia Moule competed in the Junior single sculls event in a field of 23. Qualifying from the time trial in the 12th fastest time of all the Junior scullers and progressing to the next round in a time of 6.16.   

A. Moule was drawn against a rower from Thames RC who she had raced twice before this year with the score at 1-1 before this race. Amelia was faster out of the blocks and typically aggressive in the first half of the race, as she got out to a lead greater than one length, with her bows ahead for much of the race. However the Thames sculler made a late push for the line taking the win by 3/4 length in the very quick (unofficial) time of 6.16.9

 Martha Bullen rowed as a member of the Isle of Ely J16 quad, who qualified fastest of all crews in their class. 

It was always likely to come down to a test between themselves and the girls from Henley Rowing Club, the semi-final between them was the best race of the event. Unfortunately the Ely quad did not have their best row and Henley beat them by 3/4 of a length in 5.14.5, a time 7 seconds faster than the other semi. Henley went on to win the event comfortably.

Over at St Ives Regatta many other Sudbury rowers were gearing up to compete in their races. Sudbury came away with an impressive list of wins, starting off the day with the WJ17 single of Amelia Maskell winning against Peterborough by one and a half lengths. 

A. Maskell went to win the WJ18 double with race partner Helena Griffiths beating Deben by an impressive 3 lengths. Op. J18 double of Byron Bullen and Sam McLoughlin came through to easily win their race against Stowe. B. Bullen went on to win his Op. 1x race with a quarter length lead against Peterborough. More wins swiftly followed in the Op. 2x of Morgan and Owen Moriarty, beating the Poplar Blackwall crew easily and the Adult squads taking up the winning charge with Kate Wallace winning her first W.2 single race against St Neots by three lengths. Mx MasA double of Tim Wallace and Poppy Grosch won against Broadland by one length. T. Wallace and P. Grosch followed this up with an easy win in the mixed doubles against Hillingdon. The W MasB double of Sophie Lovegrove and Jen Ward came through to win easily against the Isle of Ely in their final and the Op. MasF double of Jeremy Millbank and Sean Moriarty won their race against West Norfolk by three lengths.

Great performances were seen from all our competitors and we are particularly proud of our W J14 and W J15 who raced in their singles for the first time.

An absolutely amazing weekend of racing from Sudbury Rowing Club. Well done to all!

Poppy Grosch and Tim Wallace. Double winners at St Ives Regatta.
Jen Titterington and Bev Goodchild racing at Henley Women’s Regatta.

IPS/SRC at HRR

The Women’s Double Scull of Bev Goodchild (Ipswich RC) and Jen Titterington (Sudbury RC) qualified this week to compete in the Stonor Challenge Trophy at the prestigious Henley Royal Regatta next week.

They beat 10 other crews to earn a place in the eight strong field for the event, including a number of UK and international entrants.

The event itself will begin on Friday 5th July, with the Quarter Finals, then Semi Finals on Saturday 6th July, followed by the Final on Sunday 7th July.

Peterborough Regatta

Peterborough Regatta, held over the weekend of the 1st and 2nd of June saw Sudbury Juniors competing on Saturday.

Amelia Moule won the Women’s Junior 18 single sculls, equalling the course record with a time of 4:01. Byron Bullen and Sam McLoughlin won the Junior 18 double sculls event, breaking the course record with a time of 3:21. A tremendous achievement for Amelia, Byron and Sam.

Both Bullen and McLoughlin gained places in the final of the J18 single sculls event, with Bullen finishing second in 3:40 and McLoughlin finishing third in 3:46. Fergus Grant and Harry Moule competed in the J15 double through two heats to get into the final, where they finished second in a time of 3:38, less than 3 seconds behind the winner. 

In the J14 singles, H Moule went on to win his heat, finishing second in the final in a time of 3:55, only 4 seconds behind the winner, with Grant finishing third in 4:08 in the J15 singles semi final. More good performances were seen by Amelia Maskell and Helena Griffiths in the Women’s double sculls band 1, coming second with a time of 4:05. Maskell also raced in the Women’s single sculls event, finishing 3rd in a time of 4:27.

The Women’s Junior 15 coxed quad of Amelia Moule (cox); Grace Power; Evie Prager; Emilie Larkin and Amy Wallace raced well, but didn’t make the finals on this occasion. WJ15 double sculls Evie Prager; Emilie Larkin and Amy Wallace; Grace Power also raced well, just missing their finals this time.

It was the turn of the the Sudbury Adult squad on Sunday. The day was sunny, but with quite windy conditions, however it was blowing straight down the course giving the rowers a nice tailwind.

Sophie Brown was the first to race that day. Sadly her opposition did not race but Sophie made good use of the tail wind and gave a great performance. The Women’s MasE double scull of Tracy Muir and Teresa Moriarty also made the most of the tail wind, achieving a time of 4:28 and the MasF double of Jeremy Millbank and Sean Moriarty took an interesting racing line across several lanes to finish 4th in a time of 4:17. The Women’s MasD double of Jen Ward and Sophie Lovegrove gave it their all, achieving a time of 4:19 in their heat.

The Men’s MasC pair of Mark Tyrie and Pete Donovan held up very well against a now choppy stretch of water and finished in a time of 4:02, which qualified them for the final. Their next race wasn’t so fortunate as they suddenly capsized at the 500m line, due to the technical fault of not securing a blade in a gate! They managed to climb back in and row to the finish. They achieved second place in their last row of the day with a time of 4:02.

In the Women’s MasE single sculls Sarah Watts raced in horrible windy conditions, that made the water extremely choppy, however she achieved third place in a time of 4:46.

The Mixed MasB double of Tim Wallace and Poppy Grosch, who entered the open category earlier in the day, the only mixed crew against all male crews, finished in a time of 4:04 which secured them a place in the final. In very challenging conditions against experienced crews, they came second with a time of 3:56, to the winners, an RAF crew who had the loudest supporters of the day…….THE RED ARROWS!!!!

Juniors impress at the National Schools Regatta

The National schools regatta held over the weekend of the 25th-26th of May, is a huge event held at the Dorney Olympic Rowing course. Racing is held over the full 2000 metre, 8 lane course and is the most competitive junior event of the year with many public schools attending.      

On Saturday, in the Championship Girls single sculls event, there were 48 competitors who all took part in a time trial over 1900 metres with only sixteen scullers proceeding through to the semi finals. 

Amelia Moule finished in the top sixteen in a time of 7:56 securing a place in the semi finals with the top four crews in each race going through to the A final and the bottom four crews going through to the B final. In the semi final Amelia had a tough race and finished in 8th place in a time of 8:30 which took her through to the B final. 

This final line up included some big names in Junior rowing, amongst them members of the GB rowing team! Despite the high level of competition, Amelia had an outstanding race, holding on to third place for a large proportion of the race. At the finish a huge effort was put in by all the scullers and final placings were very close with Amelia finishing in 5th place with an excellent time of 8:24. 

Amelia’s final result was 13th out of 48 scullers which is a huge achievement for the Sudbury sculler.

The following day, on Sunday, saw more Sudbury Juniors put in impressive performances. Byron Bullen and Sam McLoughlin raced against the best J18 doubles in the UK. Although they did not progress past their time trial, they achieved a very respectable 21st place beating a number of their local rivals easily.

Martha Bullen, rowing with a relatively new Ely girls quad, won their time trial and were the fastest in the A/B semi final. They should have won, however one of the girls caught a massive crab and they had to stop to recover the blade. Not deterred, they then put in a massive 1500m to finish 4th, only 6 seconds behind a Henley A crew who were the overall winners of the race.

An inspiring performance from Sudbury Juniors, up against the biggest and best rowers that Britain has to offer.

Sam McLoughlin and Byron Bullen