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Club unveils new equipment !

Sudbury Councillors attended Sudbury Rowing Club on Saturday for the presentation of some new equipment which they helped to fund.

Colin Spence assisted with funds from his Suffolk County Council locality budget towards a new boat rack, John Sayers and Richard Kemp jointly assisted with the locality budgets towards a new set of rowing blades specifically for the junior and ladies squads.

The new equipment is essential for the development of the club as it has seen numbers steadily increase, especially in the Junior Squad.

Although there is regular interest from people who have little or no
knowledge of rowing and want to learn to row, the Club is also looking for ex-rowers who might be keen to come back to the sport – sculling or rowing, crew boats or singles – there is something on offer for everyone!

Please contact the Club Captain by email  for any further information.

Pudding Races 2015

The Annual Pudding Races will be held on 19th December.

Please have a look at the poster attached and start planning your costumes!

There will be prizes for the best fancy dress as well as puddings for the winning crews.

Contributions of cakes or mince pies will be very welcome as well as help on the day.

Get in touch if you need more information.



Head Report 21/11/2015

A number of Sudbury Rowing Club members were due to compete at the Alton Head on Saturday but due to adverse weather conditions, the race was postponed. Crews decided to organise their own Head to Head race on the Stour instead, and were joined by members of Essex University Rowing Club who also competed in the 2000 metre race.

This proved to be a useful training exercise in tricky rowing conditions. Out of sixteen crews, the fastest on the day was a mens eight from the University of Essex – coxed by Sudbury’s Amelia Moule – who completed the course in 6 minutes 48 seconds.

The following day, two crews attended the Star Head in Bedford. With improved weather conditions, the 2000 metre course was rowed by Ellie Adams in the Womens IM3 single sculls event. Out of four competitors in the catagory, Adams finished in second place in a time of 8 minutes 43 seconds.

Also competing was the Masters C coxed four of Paul Adams, Lee Adams, Mark Tyrie, Jason Pryke and Helen Sharp (cox) who went on to win their event in a time of 7 minutes 19 seconds, beating two other crews in their category.

Sudbury’s next event will be the Scullers Head on the Thames at the beginning of December.

Susie Moule.

Norfolk Long Distance Sculls (2015)

A number of Sudbury Rowing Club members travelled to Norwich to take part in the Norfolk Long Distance Sculls.

On a very balmy Autumn day, in almost perfect rowing conditions, two crews rowed the short distance course covering 2100m. Crews of Maria Vigneau and Claire Wells competed in the
Womens Novice Double Sculls category against Sudbury team mates Tricia McGrillen and Tracy Muir. After a strong race, McGrillen and Muir won their event in a time of 9 mins 44 secs.

In the long division, a distance of 4200m was completed by a number of Sudbury crews. The first to finish was the Mens Masters E Quad of Mike Arnott, Simon White, Keith Paxman and Stephen Nichols finishing in a time of 15.42. Next home was IM1 single sculler Tom Bowles in a time of 16.04.

Nick Scott raced in the Junior 17 Single Sculls event finishing in a time of 16.34, followed by Callum Power in the same event in 17.32. Womens Junior 18 Single Sculler Victoria Burgess finished in 18.39. Natasha Treagust finished in a time of 19.55 and Amelia Moule in 19.59, both in their debut Head race in single sculls and racing in the Womens Novice Catagory.

Rowing in the second division, again completing the long course, were Mixed Masters C Double Scull of Tim Hysom and Sophie Savage who finished in a time of 17.56, followed by Masters D Novice Double Scull of Sean Moriarty and Alan Muir in 18.27. Next to finish was the Mixed Masters D Double Scull of Keith Paxman and Jenny Ward in a time of 18.46. The Womens Masters C Double of Maria Vigneau and Claire Wells finished in a time of 21.08.

Some solid results and good experience gained by all, as well as one win on the day.

Racing will continue through November with the crews attending the Cambridge Winter Head, Alton Autumn Head and Bedford Star Head.

Susie Moule

SRC ‘End of Year’ report 2015

Sudbury Rowing Club celebrated a very successful year – 46 wins in total – at their Annual Dinner, which marked the end of the Regatta racing season.

Each year various trophies are awarded to club members for commitment, devotion, achievements and success.

Junior Award – Girls Junior 18 coxed four – Henley crew – Ellie Adams, Victoria Burgess, Amy Bowles, Zoe McGee, Molly Shaw, Lucy Keedy-Davies (cox)
Stour Shield – David Wasse
The Andrew Foster Memorial Trophy – Tom Bowles
Most Improved Rower – Harriett Brownell
Senior Award – The Mens Brittania Cup crew of Sam Hogsbjerg, James Brownell, Sam Cooper, James Woodward and Harriett Brownell (cox)
The Sainsburys Trophy for Best in Regatta – Amelia Moule

The Head racing season now takes us through the winter months along with intensive training in preparation for next years Regatta season.

The club also held their Annual General Meeting this week with outgoing Captain Keith Paxman handing over to Jeremy Milbank.

As part of Sudbury Rowing Clubs winter training plan, they held their first Rowathlon. Tim Hysom organised the event which included a 1000 metre row on the ergometer, 10K cycle and 5K run. Eleven members entered the event including four of the junior members.

The quickest on the day was junior Nick Scott, who finished in a time of 46.55, followed by Sean Moriaty in 48.16 and Paul Adams in 52.08.

The next event for Sudbury Rowing Club will be next weekend at the Norfolk Sculls event where a number of scullers will be in action.

Susie Moule
SRC Publicity Officer

Captain’s Update

Dear All

First a big thank you and congratulations to all those who helped with, participated in or won at our Regatta!

Race wins

Congratulations to all of our race winners so far this year. There are too many to mention since my last update in December, however I will be checking all of our winners shortly to make sure that we have an accurate list for the Annual Dinner in October.

Sat 13th September — Maintenance Day, Boat Naming and Sudbury to the Sea

On Saturday 13th September it is the annual Sudbury to the Sea event on the river. As such there will be no water activity on this day and we will take the opportunity to run a maintenance day. I would like to see a strong attendance from the club at all levels please as these days are essential for both boat and club facilities upkeep and help reduce further costs to the club. The maintenance day will start at 09:00 and a list of tasks will be available on the day – please bring tools

In addition to this we are also arranging to name some boats on the day and are hopeful that Mark Hunter will be available for the naming of the “Mark Hunter” so it will definitely be worth being there for the maintenance day!!

Fishing and swimmers

Please be vigilant for both Anglers and Swimmers as we move into our (hopefully) indian summer. In particular we have been advised that there is a Fishing Match on Sunday 31st Aug. If you are rowing on this day please turn early before the final straight stretch down to the weir (or earlier if on the day the anglers are further up river than this).

Racing Fees

Can I remind all members that race/towing fees should be paid to Andrew Blit in advance of races, preferably with a float paid to Andrew in advance to draw down from. Can all members who owe Andrew money for previous races, including Sudbury, please arrange to pay him asap.


The club is hoping to renew it’s Clubmark status this October. As such you may see small changes to or introduction of new processes/policies to support our application. Please support the club by adopting and following these when they are communicated out to you.

Boat and blade care

And finally… the perennial request for all members to take care of all our boats and equipment. Care should be taken in moving boats on/off of racks and onto the water – if you need help then ask. Blades should always be put away between outings. Where possible please do not wear dirty/wet socks in boat shoes….and finally please remember to wipe down boats after use.

We will shortly be issuing an updated boat list with weights and categorisation (including blade use) to assist all members in knowing which boats to use.

Thanks and good luck for the forthcoming Head season and Winter Training

Tim Hysom
SRC Club Captain

Junior Inter-Regional Regatta

Sudbury has had 3 of its junior squad chosen to represent the Eastern region in this years JIRR, to be held at Nottingham on Saturday 26th April.

Nick Scott will be rowing in the J14 single category, after finishing joint first with a rower from Star Club at trials; he rowed against him again at Peterborough and comfortably won by 17 seconds, securing his place in the team.

Ellie Adams, who came second in trials in the WJ16 singles thought her chance of racing was over, however after a coach from Hollowell decided to make up a composite WJ16 8, along with 5 other club rowers who were unsuccessful at trials the race was back on. Sudbury’s Molly Shaw was chosen to cox the crew and after just one outing they had to race at Bedford Head against the other crew wanting the place from Bedford Girls School.

The race took place over the 2k course at Bedford and it resulted in a dead heat, meaning with just less than 2 weeks to the JIRR finals another race had to take place. So on Good Friday with yet another change in the composite 8, due to holiday commitments, 3 new members joined the crew for a training session at Cambridge, then straight over to Peterborough to race against Bedford Girls over 1k side-by-side.

As the race started BGS had a strong start, although the Composite 8 had been warned that this was likely, and after BGS pulled away by half a length they could take no more, after 250m the Composite 8 started to close the gap, BGS went for another push but made no impact, by 500m the crews were pretty much level and then the Composite 8 started to pull away from BGS. With approx 100m to go the Composite 8 pushed past the bows of the BGS boat and managed to get clear water. A fantastic race to watch and secured their place at Nottingham on Saturday.

Good luck to all of them!