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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!

Sudbury at marshalling before the start, HORR 2014.

HORR and Vet’s Head

If someone asked you what sporting event takes place in London and involves over 3,600 competitors you may well suggest the London Marathon or perhaps the London-Surrey cycle race. This little known event doesn’t take place on the streets of London but on the river between Mortlake and Putney and has been taking place annually since 1926 (save a few years during the last war)- it involves over 400 racing eights from the Uk and Europe and follows the same 4 1/4 mile course that the famous Oxford/Cambridge boat race crews use and it’s called the Head of the River Race. Those that manage to view it from the bridges and the banks that line the river are normally treated to quite a spectacle – this year was no exception.

Sudbury Rowing Club made it’s usual entry to the race using some of its top rowers. They were greeted on the river to a glorious sunny spring day with a gusting easterly wind. As the race involves so many craft we are strictly marshalled along a mile or so of river while waiting to turn around and make our start in turn. Each boat is started about 10 seconds apart so the wait can be as much as 2 hours; it’s a good opportunity to watch the top crews which often include Olympic Champions, make their first strokes down the start of the course. This of course we did, admiring the perfect rhythms set up by these top crews. Then to our utter amazement one of the marshallers speeds by in a RIB announcing that the race has been cancelled. Complete astonishment from everyone trying to comprehend how the big race could be cancelled on such a perfect day.

It transpires that the gusty easterly wind was more significant than we thought. Most of the course was in perfect rowing conditions but the last straight towards Putney bridge and the finish had a long fetch straight into the wind. That wind would not normally be a problem but combine it with a strong opposing ebb tide and the result is steep standing waves. So bad that 5 boats had indeed sunk. The umpires had little choice but cancel the race faced with the potential of having so many people in the water.

Sudbury RC at Vet's Head, 2014.

Luckily the opportunity to race was not completely lost. Sudbury had submitted a crew to the Veteran’s Head of the River Race which takes place the following day. The ‘Vets Head’ consists of crews made up from the more experienced, senior rowers of a club and is every bit as competitive as the previous day. This year it was a slightly shorter course and also racing in the opposite direction, starting at Hammersmith Bridge and finishing at Mortlake.

We were treated to another glorious day on the the Thames and that easterly wind didn’t have a disruptive effect as the flood tide would be flowing in the same direction. We had a great start under the bridge with our feisty cox, Ella winding the crew up to a rate of almost 40 strokes a minute. After 30 seconds we dropped to a more sustainable 31 strokes/minute which we maintained down the course.

Sudbury had great race, skilfully steered down the river by our cox. More excitement was to be had by overtaking crews in front and the odd crew managing to catch us. This is even more dramatic when approaching the bridges which have limited clearance between their arches. The finish was customarily met with total relief and complete exhaustion from the whole crew.

Sudbury achieved a very creditable result of 11th place out of 30 in our age category. With a total of 209 boats taking part.

Captain’s Update

Hi everyone and (probably unnecessary!) apologies for the lack of Captains information or update since I started.

So here’s a few things:

Men’s Vice Captain

We are still in need of a Men’s Vice Captain to lead and motivate the Men’s Crew….if you are interested and want to talk to me please let me know asap!

Recent Events

Alton Water Head

It was great to see SRC supporting the inaugural Alton Water Head and we had some Wins/Pennants

  • Women’s Quad
  • Women’s Pairs
  • Men’s Mas Double

Scullers Head

  • Tom Bowles 102 overall and 17th in category
  • Mike Arnott 281 overall and 7th in category
  • Molly Shaw 320 overall and 7th in category

Well done all three of you

4’s Head and Vet’s 4’s Head

Some good results at this event over these 2 days. The boys 4x- were unhappy with their row on Sat but went on to improve dramatically on the second day to finish 66th and 6th out of 12 in their category.

The Men’s IM1 crew on Saturday had a great result finishing 14th out of 22 and 211th overall. On the Sunday the Men’s IM3 crew had a good row in their first event on the Tideway and the Men’s MasC crew had an excellent result finishing 49th overall and 4th of 7 in their category

Finally the Mixed Mas 4x came an excellent 2nd of 4 in their category and 119th overall

There were 450 competing crews on Saturday and 200 competing crews on the Sunday

Apologies if I missed any events anyone went to.

Pudding Races

Just a reminder that the Puddings Races are arranged for Saturday 21st December. This is a great event for everyone to attend and have some fun and to share with family if you want to bring them along.

Christmas and New Year

I would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and New Year (just in case I don’t get the chance again)!

Thanks

SRC Captain

Praise for the Regatta

“Once again the best regatta of the year.” Sally Lawrence, Lea RC

“Thank you for yet another superb regatta. We had a great time and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, once again!” Lois Birrell, Maidstone Invicta RC

“Thank you for such a marvellous regatta yesterday. We will certainly be coming to next year’s regatta with an even larger entry.” Peter Gwizdala, Bewl Bridge RC

“What a fantastic Regatta!” Keith Paxman, Captain, Sudbury RC

“another great regatta” Mark Stratton, Oundle Town RC

“thank you for yet another great regatta”

“Thanks for another great regatta at Sudbury. The course is a joy whether you’re racing or spectating and the umpires, marshalls and race control are all really helpful. The excellent barbeque, cake stalls and beer tent will keep you fuelled to the finish and the commentary is very entertaining.” Alex Wood, Gravesend RC

“A thoroughly enjoyable day as usual. Very much looking forward to next year.”

“We really enjoyed it and will be back!” Alison Fisher, Erith RC

“It was a super day and I can imagine that pretty well every single competitor will have gone home happy if tired!”

New Boats

We have ordered a second virus boat to support our beginner’s programme, plus some new blades to go with it. It should be delivered before the end of June. We have also placed an order for a new bank tub. The tub will be fixed to the landing stage enabling the rower to practice rowing in a stable vessel that doesn’t move. This investment will be very useful in speeding up the learning process for beginners, but also useful to refine/break the bad habits, of the more experienced rowers. We hope to have this in June too.

Iris course: With the recent ROSE course completed, the next course will be intermediate Rowing in Sudbury (IRIS) This is scheduled to run for 6 consecutive Sundays beginning the 5th September. Contact the captain if you want to go on the list.

St Neots Regatta

The club had a successful weekend at St. Neots regatta over the weekend. The women’s 8+ confirmed their competitive season by winning the S3 event, and providing a good race in their S2 heat, losing to a mean-looking AK crew. Four of the Sudbury crew won their novice pot in this event (Liz, Dawn, Mel and Julie), which had 4 entries, in a convincing 1¾ length win over the Lea. The men’s senior 4 proved they can do it coxed as well as coxless by winning the S2 4+ event, also from the Lea, by 3ft in a close final in the 9 boat event, after winning their heats with some to spare. The other Sudbury entry was Robert Frost in a large Novice sculls field, who narrowly lost in a heat.

On the sunday the mixed four won the S2 4+ event, and Tony narrowly lost the final of Vet B 1x on very little sculling this season. Robert persevered through to the final of the Novice 1x event from a field of 12 but lost by half a length. A win musty be on the cards soon…

Antony Moule: Coaches of 2002 Award

Further confirming the club’s status as a strong junior club in the region, Antony Moule was put forward for the ARA’s Coaches of 2002 award. For those who can’t be bothered to click on the link, the citation reads

 ‘The standard of nominations was so exceptional that a further five were highly commended for their contribution to the sport’

I’m sure we all recognise Tony’s efforts both with the school and with Peter, Sam and Dawn, so a belated but very fitting mention. Well done!

A full round up of Tony’s many achievements

At Sudbury Rowing Club’s Christmas Dinner on Friday 13 December, an unexpected guest arrived. No, not Santa Claus but Mike Mansfield, Chairman of the Eastern Region Rowing Council, part of the Amateur Rowing Association. However, he was bearing a ‘gift’ for one unsuspecting member of the club – Junior Coach Antony Moule. Antony was presented with the Regional Coaching Award for his work with the juniors of the Club, and also had his name put forward for the National Award. He narrowly missed out on this, gaining a letter of commendation for all his efforts. These are the first awards of their kind, the ARA having instigated the coaching award scheme this year.

Antony Moule has coached juniors at Sudbury RC for more than five years now, and has consistently seen potential in youngsters that come to the club. By giving unstintingly of his skill, patience, knowledge, personality and most of all his time, he has produced at local, national and international level results, never seen before for this club. Between 1998 and 2002 Antony has coached a number of juniors including Peter Gostling, Laura McGrillen, Aaron Hogsbjerg, Sam Dixon and Dawn Frost. Between them these young people achieved over 40 wins in head races and regattas, with three of them winning pennants at the Scullers Head of the River in the past 4 years. They have competed in regional and national trials, and have represented the East of England and Great Britain.

Peter Gostling represented Great Britain in the GB-France international in 1999 and in the Coupe de la Jeunesse in 2001, with Sam Dixon representing GreatBritain in the Coupe de la Jeunesse in 2002. Both boys competed in the Fawley cup at Henley Royal Regatta, Peter being the first member of the club ever to compete at Henley. He has since gone on to row for Leander, winning two Henley medals as well as Golds at National Schools and National Championship regattas.

Antony’s commitment to the juniors does not end when they come off the water. In addition, he sets up land based training schedules, and offers them help and support every step of the way. Antony is responsible for enabling the juniors to compete at suitable Regattas or to attend trials and training camps, and ensures that both competitors & boats arrive safely. He gives freely of his time, often driving the juniors to different venues across the country, despite having a wife and small daughter at home.

In Autumn 2001, under the auspices of the ARA’s Go-Row scheme, Antony started up a rowing club at Sudbury Upper School. Following Dry-Start activities in the winter and spring terms they progressed on to the water in the summer. He now continues his weekly sessions with a new year-group at the school.

Sudbury Rowing Club is immensely proud of all that Antony has achieved.