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‘The Hungary Caterpillars’!

World Rowing Masters Regatta, Lake Velence, Hungary.

On Thursday 5th September, a small group of Sudbury members, led by Jeremy Milbank, and supported by a generous donation from St. James’s Place Partnership, set off on a short trek across Europe.

Towing a trailer full of assorted boats, they caught the overnight ferry from Harwich to The Hook of Holland, then on through The Netherlands, Germany, Austria and finally Hungary, arriving at Lake Velence on Sunday afternoon. Despite the challenges of parking something the length of an articulated lorry in your average hotel car park, the journey was uneventful, and the boats arrived safe and sound.

Stephen Nichols said, over 5000 entries were received, from 52 countries, and as they all started arriving it was great to see so many rowers from so many clubs all coming together. As well as the smaller entries, like ours, there were some enormous trailers from Germany and Italy, and all overflowing with the latest equipment.

On the Tuesday, other members of the club started to arrive, in preparation for the first day’s racing on Wednesday and at this point, the Sudbury rowers had to relocate into the capital, Budapest, about 50Km to the North, as all of the local accommodation had been fully booked for the event. Earlier in the year, one of the one of the members had been tasked with finding them all a Castle to stay in, and so he did ! However, it turned out not to be ‘the’ Castle !

On Wednesday, the racing started, with Tracy Muir and Teresa Moriarty competing in the Women’s MasD 2x, where they were beaten by a field of crews from France, Russia and Germany. On Thursday, Sean Moriarty and Jeremy Milbank competed as a Men’s MasF 2x, finishing 6th in a field of 8 crews from the UK, South America, South Africa, Germany, Norway and Australia, a truly global affair.

The following day, a fresh contingent of Sudbury rowers had flown in, and there were four races scheduled. First off was the Men’s Coxed IV, of Sarah Stirling (cox), Lee Adams, Tim Hysom, Stephen Nichols and Paul Adams, competing in the MasD category. The race started well for the IV, and they were just second to the Croatians at halfway, closely followed by two German crews. One of the German crews pushed through into second place by the 750m mark, and Sudbury were then in a three way battle for third place. In the end, and after a photo finish, the Sudbury crew were eventually placed fourth by just 0.2 seconds from the third placed Germans. Although disappointed, Sudbury were pleased to have beaten both of the other UK entries in their heat.

Next up was the Men’s MasE 1x of Sean Moriarty, who unfortunately came last in his heat against another impressive international field, and then the Women’s MasE 2x of Tracy Muir and Teresa Moriarty, who were 7th in their heat. The same result was also had by Sarah Stirling in her heat of the Women’s MasD 1x.

Saturday was the last day of single gender competition, and the club had five races to contest. First to boat was Tim Wallace, in the Men’s MasB 1x, who, despite a spirited effort, finished last in his heat. However, Sarah Stirling, competing in Women’s MasE 1x, was able to overcome half of her field to finish fourth in her heat. A great result against international opposition. Next to race were Sean Moriarty and Jeremy Milbank, this time as Men’s MasE 2x, but despite having a closer race than previously, they too finished in last place. The Men’s MasC 4+ also raced again, but this time were unable to establish a foothold in the race, and also finished last in their heat. Last up was Kate Wallace, in Women’s MasB 1x, who came in 6th out of 7.

Sunday was ‘Mixed’ day, when all mixed gender crews compete, and Sudbury had four races in all. The MasE 2x of Sean Moriarty and Sarah Stirling finished fifth in their closely fought heat, and the MasD 4x of Teresa Moriarty, Jeremy Milbank, Sean Moriarty and Sarah Stirling finished last of six in their race. However, the real action of the morning involved the MasA/B 2x of Tim Wallace and Poppy Grosch. They competed first as a MasA 2x, and finished fourth in their heat, in a time of 3:49. Their next race was scheduled for only 20 minutes later, and because of the way the event is run, this meant they had to immediately turn round, and join the crews heading directly back to the start line. Once there, they competed again, in the MasB 2x event, and although they finished in sixth place, their time was 3:48, one second faster, and less than a second off of fourth place. A great effort.

With the racing over and the jet setters headed home, the trailer was reloaded and they made the long journey home, finally arriving back in Sudbury two weeks after they had set out. Stephen Nichols said ‘A long time away and a lot of miles travelled, but we all had a great time, meeting rowers from all over the world and thoroughly enjoying the hospitality of the Hungarians’.

Köszönöm, and viszlát !

Here and There…

Sudbury Rowers represented the club at both the Cambridge Autumn Regatta and Chicago River Marathon this month.

Sudbury Rowing Club attended the annual Cambridge Autumn Regatta on Sunday 8th September 2019. The Juniors once again put in a great performance, coming away with many wins and hard fought second places.

The B1 Women’s double of Amelia Moule and Martha Bullen won against Peterborough easily. Then, Sudbury’s Amelia Maskell and Sam McLoughlin won against club mates Helena Griffiths and Owen Moriarty by 2 lengths in the B1 Mixed doubles.

McLoughlin went on to win the Junior 18 single, beating Peterborough by half a length. In the Junior 15 single, Harry Moule also won against Peterborough, by 3 lengths.

The Mixed quad composite crew of Amelia Moule, Martha Bullen and Byron Bullen (of Sudbury RC) and Ben Mackenzie (of Peterborough RC), repeated their Sudbury Regatta success, and won the Mixed Quad Invitational Race.

Great racing was seen from all competitors.

Cambridge Autumn Regatta

Sudbury goes to Chicago.

Mark Tyrie of Sudbury Rowing Club joined the club’s group of rowers taking on international rowing challenges, when he competed in a composite eight crew at the recent Chicago River Marathon, also on the 8th September.

The Marathon starts early with crews gathering from 5am at Eleanor Boathouse in Bridgeport, which is another masterpiece of architectural design by Jeanne Gang.

It is a regatta that will challenge the toughest of rowers, who seek an adventurous row on its 26.2 mile course. The course covers the dynamic range of Chicago’s neighbourhoods and competitors row under or past every single one of the city’s historic movable bridges, of which Chicago has the most of any city in the world!

Rowing into Chicago’s city centre is limited to only a few occasions a year, as the waterways are very busy with traffic, water taxis, architectural tours, cruisers and party boats. So it is very much a privilege to row through the metropolis that is the birthplace of the Skyscraper.

As for the rowing conditions on the day, Mark Tyrie said ‘The morning of the event was lightly overcast with cool, perfect conditions, but I was wondering if ‘the windy city’ was going to live up to her name, fortunately for everyone taking part she didn’t blow’!

Mark Tyrie ‘enjoying’ his trip to Chicago !

Chicago River Marathon

Gt. Ouse Marathon

Sunday 1st September saw Sudbury Rowing Club competing in force at the annual Gt. Ouse Marathon.

The course starts from Denver Sluice, travelling along a lengthy route of 21.5km down to the finish line at Queen Adelaide Bridge, close to Ely. This is a long distance race testing rowers endurance.

This year 15 members from the club competed in decent sunny conditions with a light headwind. Good times were achieved by those racing, with some crews improving on previous race times, and some competing for the very first time.

Andrew Blit, competing in the Open Masters Singles achieved a time of 2:06:14. Sean Moriarty and Jeremy Milbank, in the Open Masters F/G/H Doubles achieved a time of 1:49:06. Morgan Moriarty, racing in a Single achieved a time of 1:48:52, and Stephen Nichols and Veronica Yates, racing in the Mixed Masters D/E Doubles, achieving a time of 1:47:02.

Sophie Lovegrove and Pete Donovan, racing in a Mixed Masters B Double achieved a time of 1:44:36, but were narrowly beaten by the Mixed Masters B Double of Tim Wallace and Poppy Grosch, who set a course record in a time of 1:44:25.

Mike Arnott and Pippa Kerry competed in the Mixed Masters F Double in a time of 1:44:15 and a composite crew from Deben and Sudbury, including the new Sudbury member Arsalan Zahid, competed in a Quad which achieved a time of 1:34:36, finishing in the second fastest time of all competing entries. Sophie Brown continued her success by setting a new category record for her PR2 Single in 2:52:17.

Finally, many congratulations go to the excellent performance of the Women’s Masters E Double of Teresa Moriarty and Tracy Muir, who won their race category in a time of 1:53:31, beating their opposition by 19 mins.

Well done to all competitors from Sudbury, who rowed hard and paced themselves well.

Portugal Rowing Tour

Three members of Sudbury Rowing Club journeyed to Portugal in mid August to take part in the Portugal Rowing Tour, hosted by Ginásio Figueirense Rowing Club, and joining other participants from the Netherlands, Germany, France, Ireland, UK and Portugal.

This year’s tour was in mid Portugal; a rugged, hilly, forested area through which runs The Zêzere River. Rising at the highest point of Portugal, it is their second longest river and in general is wider than the length of the River Stour that Sudbury Rowing Club is able to use. The scenery is stunning.

The weather was sunny and hot for the duration of the tour and on occasions it was also very windy. Crews were put together prior to the morning and afternoon sessions, mixing nationalities and clubs in what is loosely termed ‘leisure’ rowing. How leisurely it was depended on the personalities within the crews and on the weather conditions. During one outing, the three Sudbury Rowing Club members along with two from Bewl Bridge Rowing Club in Kent, battled in a coxed quad at firm pressure against the winds, sculling as if they were in a race. With a great feeling of achievement at the end of the session, they congratulated each other on how hard they had worked and how well they had done!

The group of 60 participants mixed well together socially during ‘down’ periods when they took full advantage of the hospitality laid on by the host club. Superb three course meals were provided to fuel the athletes and there was plenty of fun and conversation amongst the various nationalities.

Many vowed they would return the following year.

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.