News 2019-2020

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Dear Bewlers,

 

Captain’s Blog March 2020

 

I signed off the last Newsletter with “....it’s getting cold and wet”, but I’m not sure I expected quite such rubbish weather over the last few months! Many river-based clubs have experienced severe flooding (and even the National Water Sports Centre at Nottingham was flooded) and some haven’t been able to row since November. Head races have been cancelled pretty much across the country. Even a Tideway head (the Women’s HORR) was cancelled today. Normally, at Bewl we are pretty fortunate during winter in comparison but even we have been foiled from going out because of the strong winds for most of February. And I bet your love/hate relationship with the ergo is getting a bit stretched at the moment! Still, it’s great to see that even in the face of yet another “Red Board” preventing rowing on the water, training goes on. David and the Junior coaching team have been working hard with the Juniors in the Outdoor Centre and even took advantage of some sunshine (but still too much wind) to get the squad out on bikes. Rob Purves’ Masters Squad have been beasting themselves on the hill up to Tibbles Café (no rewards of coffee and cake at the top though!), the Masters D8+ has been swapping ergos scores on WhatsApp and Hagen and Mark and Lene Northwood decided enough was enough, and went off cross country skiing! Even a visit by the University of London BC went ahead despite the weather for what they called “a change of scenery from their gym” when they did outdoor circuits around the boathouse, directed by a rather bossy (but still smiling) coach!

 

So what else has been going on? Whilst on-the-water racing was pretty much non-existent, Bewl had some good results in the BRIC indoor champs with 4 juniors in the top 10. Keyan has been attending Junior trials. The Ceilidh brought together many of our members for a great evening of merriment – thanks so much to Lindsey, Lucy, Sharon and Faye for putting it on, and to all those who attended and helped us raise so much.

 

I mentioned at the Ceilidh, and the boat and equipment spending programme, your Committee has embarked on. Top of the list was the purchase of a good quality Janousek quad for crew weights of 75kg called Jules. This is to add capacity at the midweight level where we have struggled for boats for adult crews. We are also due to take delivery of a brand new large trailer from de Graaff which has a significantly greater capacity than either of our existing trailers (one of which we will sell), therefore enabling us to attend heads and regattas as a club with just one trailer, rather than two, when there is a big Club entry. Our rolling refurbishment programme has now returned Mayfield (4x+), whilst Scotney (4x-) is next in line and now at our boat repairer. We are selling a couple of older boats and will reinvest the proceeds and some extra cash in upgrading the fleet. New fittings have been put into Harry Too, and we bought two sets of new sweep blades last year. Finally a new outdoor rack will soon appear onsite. This adds up to an investment of over £30,000 over the last 12 months into better equipment for you as members. But please remember to look after it – this stuff is not cheap. And last but not least, if you fancy a flutter in our [quarterly] 100 Club draw, which also raises additional funds for the Club.

 

Fingers crossed that the storms are finished for this winter!


Angus


PS: Please take note of any current or future advice from our CWSA Neil Ellwood on Corona virus/COVID-19. 

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Well done Immy at the World Indoor Championships in Paris.
8th in U23 500m
30th in U23 2000m

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BBRC Junior going for J18 Selection


Following the first round of British Rowing GB Junior Trials in Boston in October, Keyan O’Donnell, a proud BBRC member and part of the World Class Start Programme was invited to the Junior Training Camp at the Cerlac centre in Spain, a location favourited by such senior teams as Germany, Spain and Ukraine at the beginning of December in Spain.
The camp was over the course of a week and included 2 water sessions in doubles daily and a strength and conditioning session. Despite the best efforts to keep up his weight by eating many plates of food each meal - including a bowl of chips ever lunch and dinner - he still managed to lose a kilo and a half.
Keyan is now training hard in his single for the next round of trials in February where he will also compete in a Double – the trials will consist of time trials over 5000m in both boats over a weekend. As part of this preparation, he and coach Richard Poole have also had a training session at Exeter RC with a potential doubles partner for the next round of trials.
We wish Keyan every success with his preparation for the next stage of Junior Trials.
Pics: Keyan training in his Single at Bewl; Keyan and fellow squad members at the training camp in Cerlac.

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NEW BBRC BOAT

BBRC has purchased a fantastic, much needed 4X-, 75kg average 2013 Janousek, named Jules. Many outings and regatta's await this lovely boat.

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CAPTAIN'S BLOG

 

Hello from me as your new Captain, and greetings also from me on behalf of the new Committee.  I hope you have all had a chance to read the minutes from the AGM where Rob Miller and David Morten outlined all the great things that went on in the year leading up to the meeting.  I won’t repeat them here, but there was a lot going on!

 

I am starting to get to grips with the task of being Captain – I take my hat off to Rob Miller in coping with a large inbox and many different lines of enquiry!  It surprises me, despite being on the Committee for over 15 years, to discover there was so much going on behind the scenes that I was only just about aware of, all courtesy of our band of super volunteers helping to make sure the Club runs as smoothly as possible.  If you have any time that you can spare, please let me know, as there are always things that need to be done.  In particular, it would be good to establish some working parties to take on regular tasks such as hosing the pontoon, cutting back the undergrowth around the racks, tidying the boathouse etc.  A heavy burden falls on a small number of people, so the more volunteers we have, the lighter the load.

 

I was really pleased to see so many members competing at the recent Bewl Head – a record number and hopefully this will be even larger in the Spring (weather permitting of course) – and congratulations to the winners J17 4x- crew of Theo, Jontie, Ollie and Nico.  Our own Head race is a really good opportunity for all members of the Club to get in some racing experience on a course they know well without therefore having to worry about where the twists and turns in the course are, which can be a real challenge at Head races held elsewhere – as a steersman, I can vouch for that!

 

Your new Committee plans to meet on 20thNovember – we have a very full agenda! If you have any issues you feel we should be discussing, please let one of the Committee know.  We value members input to our discussions – after all, the Club is run for your enjoyment. I can’t guarantee we will get to it this meeting, but we will definitely at the next!

 

My final request to you all in this newsletter is to take care of the expensive equipment that we own as a Club.  Rowing shells and blades are very costly to buy and repair.  There will always be wear and tear, and accidents do happen, but pleasebe careful when moving boats on and off racks, keep a good lookout on the water if you are steering/coxing, don’t drop blades on to the ground, stay off the mud particularly when carrying boats etc etc – you get the message!!  The less we spend on repairing boats, the more we will have to refurbish them or buy better equipment. Think of it as if you owned it personally – if you do this, I guarantee we will have less damage.

 

Wrap up warm, it’s getting cold and wet!

 

Angus

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British Rowing Indoor Championships

 

Well done BBRC members at The British Indoor Championships last weekend. There were lots of pb’s, and notable performances from Keyan who got a silver medal in the Junior 500m.

Emma year 9, came 8th in the 4min, 5th in the 500m.

Sophie year 10, came 5th in the 5min, 6th in the 500.

Eduard year 10, came 5th in the 500.

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Fantastic results for Bewl at The Veterans Fours Head 2019

 

Bewl had a fantastic day at the Veterans Fours Head which took place on Sunday 24th November attracting a total of 212 quads & fours racing on the flood tide over a distance of about 6000m,  from the Mile Post to 650m above Chiswick Bridge.  Weather conditions were excellent with a SE wind of 3 mph and a comfortable temperature of 10 degrees. Three Bewl quads took part with great results all round.

The quad of Hagen, Ben, Rod and Angus retained their MasD4x title from last year and were also the 5th fastest boat overall after a storming row.  In MasE4x, Sarah, Jonathan, Mark and Mike came 4th in their event (that's right, in the men's event but with a partially mixed crew - an excellent performance!) in a big field of 16.  Annie, Richard, Ro and Chris (from TSS) had a great row to come 2nd in MxMasE4x, their best result in the event so far. 
 

All in all, a great day for BBRC!

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Pairs Head 2019

 

On Sunday 6th October Bewl had five crews racing at the Pairs Head. There were a couple of scratchings from the original seven entries due to illness and injury. Best wishes to Colin for a speedy recovery over the next few weeks.

 

Despite the forecast, it was dry for the race with pleasant conditions (after very heavy early rain).  Good results all round, with strong performances,  including two wins for Bewl in Mx ME2x and Mx MF2x.  Full results at :  https://www.bblrc.co.uk/results/pairs-head-results-2019/

 

Crews were:

 

Mas E2x  Mike and Mark

Mas D2x  Angus in composite crew

Mx Mas E2x  Jonathan and Sarah   (1st)

Mx Mas F2x  Rowena in composite crew   (1st)

Mx Mas E2x  Annie and Richard

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DOCKLANDS HEAD 2019

 

Dockland's Head is a 2750 metres Head, with a backdrop of Canary Wharf and City Airport. Racing is from Albert Dock through to Victoria Dock. We were very pleasantly surprised to find the weather sunny and calm. BBRC had 19 crews entered in categories ranging from J14 to Mast D. Our crews had a great day of racing with some strong performances from our senior juniors as well as our newer development juniors. Well done everyone and a big congratulations to Amelia for winning WJ14 1X.

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BBRC AUTUMN HEAD 2019

 

BBRC Autumn Head got off to a fantastic start, with Bewl weather offering misty flat water. Bewl Head is raced from Hook Straight to Rosemary Dam. We had our largest ever entry of 31 BBRC crews, well done everyone. Thank you to Rob for arranging the event. Thank you also to all our helpers, timers, launch drivers, MSL for allowing us to run the event, and cake bakers. We hope you all had a fantastic day.

 

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MAIDSTONE AUTUMN HEAD 2019
 

BBRC had 45 entries at Maidstone Autumn Head, categories ranging from J14 to Masters E. Maidstone is our local rival club, and BBRC is pleased to support their event.

Our LTR from April took part in their first Head Race. Well done:
J14 2X Ollie and Jack. 
J14 1X Ryder. 
WJ14 4X+ Ellie, Charlotte, Maddie, Amelia, cox Ottilie (Winners). 
WJ15 4X+ Helena, Sophia, Lara, Emily, cox Phoebe. 
J17 2X Paul, Max. 


We had a fantastic day, and won 22 races. The Junior squad has grown over the last 6 years in strength and depth.
On a day where the weather stayed warm and benign compared to the forecast with thunder and lightning, Bewl picked up a wide range of wins:
Mas B/C 2x Rod, Jon (KSC)
J17 4x+ Theo, Jonty, Ollie, Nico - Grace.
J18 4x+ Theo, Alex, Henry, Thomas - Grace. 
Mas D/E 2x Mark, Mike. 
J17 2x Ollie, Nico. 
J16 2x Matt, Finn. 
Mx Mas E 2x Jonathon, Sarah. 
WJ18 4x+ Tessa, Sarah, Rosie, Susi - Abi. 
WJ17 2x Tessa, Sarah. 
WJ18 2x Hannah, Jemima. 
WJ16 4x+ Abi, Phoebe, Jess, Martha – Amelia. 
J18 1x Thomas. 
J16 1x Finn. 
WJ16 2x Pai, Sophie. 
WJ14 2x Amelia, Maddy. 
WJ14 4x+ Ellie, Charlotte, Maddy, Amelia, cox Ottilie. 
Op B3 1x Tom. 
WJ15 2x Ottilie, Saskia. 
WJ15 1x Sophie. 
W.Mas C/D 2x Wendy, Sarah. 
WJ16 1x Pai. 
WJ14 1x Emma. 


A big congratulations to everyone, and hope you enjoyed the day. Thank you everyone who helped the day, parents, juniors, seniors and coaches-Miles, David, Wendy, Jamie, Lene and Brooke.

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BBRC Junior Winter training begins

40 juniors at our first winter training session, lots of training, events and targets for the upcoming Head season and beyond.

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Congratulations to Biba on her British Junior Championships Omnion Win. Fantastic result and a big congratulations from BBRC.

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