WMasB/C/D 4X- winners, Kingston Head 2022 photo credits: https://www.allmarkstore.co.uk/f690430012
WMasB/C/D 4X- winners, Kingston Head 2022photo credits: https://www.allmarkstore.co.uk/f690430012

A Morning To Remember

On Monday 23rd May 22 the family and friends of rugby legend and Bewl member Andy Ripley, who sadly died in June 2010, took to the water in Octopussy, in some cases for the first time in a rowing boat. After a tentative start the octuple went well in near perfect water conditions.


The crew was made up of John Whitty, Mike Gleeson, Steffie Lehnert (Andy’s daughter), Oliver Williams (ex Bewl junior), Dominik Lehnert (Steffie’s husband), Colin Cracknell, Marcus Ripley (son), Jan Koops (stroke) and Margaret Lloyd-Roberts.


All the Bewlers had either raced or rowed with Andy or played rugby against him.


Bewl was where Andy started his rowing and his 2k British records on the ergo for the 50-54 age category (6.07.7 in 1998) and for 55-59 (6.21.3 in 2005) still stand.


A morning for fond memories of a good friend of Bewl and a most likeable and extraordinary man.



Ball Cup Regatta South 2022



Thank you all for a great day at the Ball Cup – we thoroughly enjoyed being there with you all and you did yourselves and the Club proud – well done all.

We will complete a write up for the Newsletter but a short summary of some elements here…. We had 27 athletes compete and plus supporters and parents so a great Bewl presence – we competed in 32 different races. We also competed in the Ball Cup itself (for the first time to my knowledge), with a Girls 4+ where, off limited practice in this boat type, the crew gave Godolphin Latymer a great race (which Godolphin were extremely pleased to win) the Bewl girls were very gracious in defeat winning plaudits from opposition coaches. There were a significant number of the squad competing in their first regatta and racing very competitively which was great to see. Congratulations to all our crews and a special mention to all those that got medals:

Gold: WJ16 4x; WJ16 2x; WJ16 1x

Silver: J14 2x; J18 2x; WJ15 1x; J14 4x+; WJ13 1x; J13 2x

Bronze: WJ18 2x

A clean sweep for the WJ16 sculling events!

Full results are on:






10 Junior BBRC Rowers attended the Junior Sculling Regatta at Eton Dorney on the Easter Bank Holiday Monday. Comprising mainly of small boats, this event attracts many of the junior performance squads from around the country. 75 clubs took part, with time trials in the morning, and the top 12 crews progressing to A and B finals in the afternoon. The finals are run over the London Olympic course of 2000 metres.


Due to the pandemic, this was only the second visit to this iconic venue for most of the Bewl rowers. Against the best opposition in the country, results were at or ahead of expectations.



J15 1X Jack capitalised on his JIRR win with another standout performance Gold medal.

WJ16 1X Emma produced a thrilling row to take a strong 2nd place in the B final.

J18 2X ED and Matt had a great row finishing 3rd in the B final.

WJ18 2X Lara and Sophia (as WJ17’s, their time would have got them into the B final).

WJ18 4X- Phoebe, Saskia, Minna, Emily, pushed hard in a very competitive field.


Well done everyone, great effort, it was a long day. Thank you to Junior captain Matt for his trailer help, and all the parents for tremendous support.


Jamie & Miles


Bewl Bridge Rowing Club Ceilidh
Celebrating 45 years of rowing at Bewl, BBRC had a party night of Ceilidh dancing and Hog roast at the fantastic Ticehurst Village Hall. Over 100 members and families joined us for celebration and dancing. A big thank you to the Ceilidh team, Nadia, Christa, Des, Helen and Sarah for all their hard work and organisation. A lovely show of tartan and kilts on show too.


A fantastic day’s racing at Marlow last Saturday. Sunshine all day, good rowing conditions and some great results for Bewl with wins for:


W.Mas A/B 2x Mika and Louise (won easily in straight final over Marlow)

Mas. D 4- Crawford, Mike, Lucian and James (won easily in a straight final over Marlow)

Mas.C/D 2x Dave Ribbens and Rod McLean, in a new double combination, raced for the first time at Marlow. A strong showing in the Open event settled the nerves, followed by a commanding win in the C/D 2x event against a younger crew.

Mas.E/F 2x Lucian and Mike. 9 crews entered. Won the heat (tight win over Reading) then rowed back up and won the final by 1.5L.

W.Mas D/E Mika, Louise, Annie and Ro won their first heat against Marlow and Henley (9 crews entered overall) and lost marginally against Henley in the final.


Many thanks go to the organisers for a lovely day and well organised event and to Dave Ribbens for towing!






The Junior Inter Regional Final took place on Saturday 23rd April in Nottingham. The fastest crews from 12 Regions around the country taking part. It was an eventful day, with weather conditions challenging all the crews and the organising committee.


Bewl had 6 crews taking part, racing over 1000 metres.


J15 1X Jack Gold Medallist

WJ16 1X Emma 5th place

WJ16 2X Maddy & Amelia 5th Place

J14 2X Ben & Fraser

WJ14 2X (Composite with Ardingly) Bea & Ellen

WJ16 8+ Lily, Amelia, Kaelah, Alice, Lia, Beau, Ines, Rosie, Cox Anna


A big well done on your selection. This was the first regatta for some of our Junior Rowers, and they all coped fantastic in the conditions. They should be proud of their achievements in taking part.


EMMA at British Rowings J16 Camp in Nottingham


Well done to Emma who attended the British Rowing J16 Weekend Camp in Nottingham 2nd - 4th April 2022. This was a British Rowing Camp for J16 boys and girls who met the entry times and criteria. There were 12 boys and 16 girls (4 boys couldn’t attend unfortunately due to covid). The J16’s came from throughout the UK, from Edinburgh to the Isle of Wight, giving the juniors lots of opportunities to meet their racing peers in a supportive and fun environment.


Emma said, ‘The coaches were really nice and supportive of the technical changes that I needed to make. We had talks with a sports nutritionist and one of the GB physios, both talked about ways we could become better athletes. The physio taught us a mobility warm up and some stretches for common tight areas in rowers. We also had sessions with a Strength and Conditioning coach who taught us about its importance, and how it applies in the boat and the correct movement patterns.’


The weekend also included lectures from some of the GB U19 discipline leads, who talked about the attributes of athletes who go to the World Championships, including seat racing.


Emma had an amazing experience, saying, ‘I have made many friends with both the boys and the girls.’




BBRC had 2 Master’s crews entered in the Vesta Vets Head 2022. This is one of the most challenging Heads of the season, with a 4 ¼ miles course running from Chiswick to Putney with the stream. Bewl was hosted at MAABC, where we boated near the start. The conditions, as described by the membership secretary were like “Goldilocks”, Not too cold, Not too warm, Not too windy. Whilst boating near the start is convenient at the beginning, it means after racing 4 ¼ miles, the Bewl crews had to row back 4 ¼ miles, brutal and back breaking. Well done to all.


The event was well organised, with Women’s, Men’s and Mixed events ranging from Masters A to H, ages 27 to 80.


Bewl Mast D 8+

Finishing overall 25th in a time of 20.25.76

Bow: Angus

2: James

3: Mike

4: Lucian

5: Jonathan

6: Crawford

7: Dave

Stroke: Heath

Cox: Liz


Bewl Mast H 8 +

Finishing overall 110th in a time of 22.47.04

Bow: Colin

2: John

3: Bill

4: Neil

5: Jan

6: Doug

7: Dave

Stroke: Roger

Cox: Wendy


KINGSTON HEAD 19th March 2022
Bewl had 5 Masters entries at Kingston Head. The Head was run over 5200m from Hampton Court to Kingston Rowing Club. The conditions from the bank gave the impression of a lovely spring day, but the fast flowing stream combined with a strong head/cross wind gave a challenging boat stopping row. But fun all the same.
Bewl had 2 wins:
Mas C/D/E 4X- Angus, Ben, Dave and Rod in a time of 17:35:96
WMas B/C/D 4X- Ro, Annie, Mika and Lou in a time of 19:14:36
Well done to our other 3 crews, Mas G 8+, Mas D 8+ and MxMas F 4X- .
The Next big event is the Vesta Vets Eights Head next Sunday, where Bewl has 2 Masters eights entered.
Pembury-born Olympic rower Emily Craig was set to give her name to Bewl Bridge Rowing Club’s (BBRC) newest rowing eight in Lamberhurst today.
Oarsport Scullery Head 16th March 2022
The Oarsport Scullery is the biggest Junior Head on the Calendar There were 523 entries, J14 to J18 from all around the country. It was held at Eton Dorney, the home to the 2012 Olympics, giving the juniors a taste of the atmosphere where Olympic Rowing Races took place.
The Head is run over 2 timed 1800 metre distances, the times combined for a final result.
BBRC took 5 crews, for experience of the event. The girls had an exciting time, and all did themselves proud. Lots of experience gained in coxing, steering, and racing. Well done everyone.
WJ15 4X+ Anna, Bea, Hattie, Lili, cox Lara
WJ16 4X- Innes, Amelia, Kaelah, Beau
WJ16 4X- Amelia, Lia, Rosie, Maddie
WJ17 4X- Ottilie, Saskia, Emily, Sophia
WJ18 4X- Emma, Phoebe, Minna, Lara

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All of BBRC J14-J16 Juniors set off to Docklands on the 27th Feb, for the Junior Inter Regional Regatta, Thames South East Selection Trials. This event is to select the best in the South East Region to take part in the JIRR in Nottingham end of April, against all the other Regions in the country.
The other clubs involved in the trials were; Ardingly, Maidstone, Globe, Mossbourne, Kings School Canterbury, Gravesend, Kings School Rochester.
The event was run over a 1000m time trial. The conditions were challenging, windy and rough.
BBRC did fantastic, we have 5 crews selected:
J14 2X – Ben & Fraser
J15 1X – Jack
WJ16 1X – Emma
WJ16 2X – Amelia & Maddy
WJ16 8+ - Alice, Amelia, Kaelah, Beau, Lily, Lia, Ines, Rosie, Cox Anna
We also have the potential of Bea in a composite with Ardingly for the WJ14 2X.
Well done everyone, there will be the opportunity to do this again for the J14 -J16’s next year.

MAIDSTONE HEAD 6th March 2022

BBRC Juniors and Masters were out in force at Maidstone Head on Sunday 6th March. We filled both trailers with boats, blades, seats and trestles to accommodate 40 crews racing on the day over 4 divisions. It was a bitterly cold, slightly breezy day. The event was raced over 2500 meters upstream from Allington to Maidstone.
Lots of great racing and steering around the Medway bends, resulting in 14 wins for BBRC. Wins covering age groups from J14 to Mast E.
Our fastest crew, and the overall fastest Junior men’s crew of the event, was Matt and Ed in the J18 2X in a time of 09.41.4. Nice to be winning an overall fastest Pennant.
The fastest sculler of the event and winning J15 1X, was Jack in a time of 10.14.3.
Our fastest Master’s crew was Mika and Lou in the WMasB/D 2X, in a time of 10.19.0.
Well Done Everyone…

Molesey Head 12 February 2022

Two BBRC crews took part in the Molesey Head race on Saturday 12 February’22. An Op.Mas 8+ H and a Mx.Mas 4x- E raced over a 3250 metre course on the Thames from just below Sunbury Weir to Hampton Ferry.


Weather conditions were cold with winds of around 16mph, but crews were saved by a sunny day and enjoyed racing on a beautiful section of the Thames.

The Op.Mas 8+ H came 6th in the F/G category with an uncorrected time of 11.32.0, continuing the carefully paced improvement against other crews in their vicinity.  The Mx.Mas 4x- E came second in their category with a time of 11.40.4.  

Thanks goes to the organisers for giving us the opportunity to race, to Margaret for coxing the eight and to Richard Snowden for trailer towing.

Quintin Head 29th Jan'22

BBRC Master H 8+ squad (average age 70), raced at Quintin Head 2022. 250 Eights raced over 4.6K from Chiswick Bridge (University Post) to Harrods Wharf.
The Bewl crew finished the course in 14:41.7 (placed 191) with a handicap time of 12:47.7. The crew had a steady rhythm and rate in what was a first return to the Tideway in an 8 for many of the crew after many years. The crew continues to improve in its performances and looks forward to further racing during the winter head season.
BBRC Masters G/H squad have been training Tues and Thurs on the water since June, and Wed evening ergos; successfully building on technique and endurance. We calculated there is over 500 years of rowing experience in this squad, which is pretty phenomenal.
Photo: Mike Gleeson

Weybridge Head 22nd Jan'22

BBRC had another great day out at Weybridge Head. 19 crews raced, with ages ranging from 14 to 78 (WJ15 to Mast G) in doubles, quads and eights. The conditions were good over the 3000m course. The new trailer was put to good use, laden with boats. Thank you to Jamie for towing and Angus for co-piloting.


Our fastest crew from BBRC was the Mas C/D 8+, also winning their event in a time of 10:18 (adjusted time of 09:44), whilst trialling a Hudson 8+. 


We had 2 other wins:


Mas D 4X- in a time of 10:48, (adjusted time of 10:15). Covid struck the crew, so Brooke stood in to help towards the victory.


W Sen 2X was won by Susie and Grace in a time of 12:20.


Other notable performances were for the Mas G 8+ who lost out by 1 second to BOA/AVN, in a time of 11:30, (adjusted time of 10:03).


Our junior development squad had a fantastic day. This was the first time BBRC has had a WJ16 8+ racing for Bewl. They did themselves proud, unfortunately no competition at this event, but good preparation for the Junior Inter regional trials end of February.


Well done everyone, a great club presence and atmosphere around the trailer.

Walton Small Boats Head 11th Dec'21

After three years of cancellations (stream, wind and then Covid) Walton RC welcomed 550 crews from all round the country to compete over a course of approximately 3000 metres (downstream from d’Oyly Carte Island, Weybridge, to Miskins Wharf). The weather was good, a bit chilly but very little wind, and the stream was well within the normal range for the time of year.

The standard of competition was high and many of the times recorded were well over 95% of gold medal speed.

BBRC had a large entry of 31 crews (13 Mas/4 Op/14 Jun) comprising 35 competitors covering the range from J14 to MasF in a mix of 2x, 2- and 1x. Some entries unfortunately had to be switched or withdrawn due to Covid/illness.


Doubles: Our fastest 2x was Rod/Angus in MasD 10.53.8 (1 from 1), with excellent performances from the Sarah & Jonathan Morris (winners of MxMasF & OpMasF with a best time of 10.58.6). We also picked up wins in MasE Mike/Lucian (1 from 3) in 11:03.4 and then with Emily/Ottilie in WJ17 2x 11:23.8 (1 from 9). A mention too for Matt and Ed who missed out on 3rd place in the J18 2x by 1.2 seconds.  And congratulations to Crawford for winning his family seat race against Jemima, courtesy of the youthful James!


Coxless Pairs: We had the one 2- entry with Heath/Crawford in MasC 11:17.9.


Singles: Jack was our fastest 1x and winner of J15 in 11.27.3 (1 from 21). In WJ17 1x Emily picked up a bronze (3 from 13) and Rowena won WMasF 1x (1 from 2). In W1x Susi and Jordan came 1st and 2nd respectively, only 3.5 secs apart in a field of 5, with Theo claiming 3rd of 6 in the men’s open B2 singles.


A great Club squad day out with lots of supporters too. Well done to all our athletes, whether they were in new combinations, braving a 1x in a December Head or a well-rehearsed combination contributing to a strong Bewl presence at the event.


A big thank you to Jamie who got up at 4.30am to tow the trailer up to Walton RC and to Neil Ellwood for co-piloting. Thanks too goes to the organisers, marshals, and supporters at Walton RC for running such an enjoyable and accommodating event!




British Rowing


This programme has been developed to support female rowers and their coaches.

The South East Regions, British Rowing Women’s Development Programme is led by Richard Poole. 6 BBRC Junior girls were accepted into the programme, Amelia, Maddy, Emma, Emily, Saskia and Ottile, and 3 coaches, Wendy, Dave and Jamie. The programme involves technical Webinars and practical sessions. The programme is divided into 3 areas:


1.Fundamentals of Power

2.Strength & Conditioning

3.Small Boat Technical Development


The first practical day was on Sunday 21st November at University of Brighton. This was a fun packed technical day, covering aspects of hip hinge and ergo hip drive, squats and ergo leg drive, press ups, supine pulls, 7 stroke max and 250 power tests. The BBRC juniors met with other rowers from Ardingly, Shoreham, Bexhill and LEH also involved in the day.



SATURDAY 13th November 2021


BBRC took 2 Junior crews to the Fours Head 2021. The 6.8km course runs from Mortlake to Putney. The event was fully subscribed with a total of 410 entries, of which 150 were junior crews.


Our Junior Boys, Matt, Gabe, Ed and Finn were entered in the Op Sch/Jun 4x-. They gave a solid performance and came 26th out of 41, in a time of 20:43.4.


Our Junior Girls, Ottile, Sophia, Saskia and Emily were entered in the W Sch/Jun 4x-. They had a very respectable race coming 16th out of 41, in a time of 21:52.7.


This event gives our senior juniors a great opportunity to race alongside the very best in British rowing, it’s a hard race, on the Thames, with lots of steering through the stream and under bridges. Well done to the crews.



Veteran Fours Head - 14th Nov'21

Veteran Fours Head – Sunday 14th Nov’21


Three BBRC Masters crews took part in the Veteran Fours Head on Sunday 14th Nov’21 with BBRC Neil Ellwood racing a quad with Bentham RC. The race is the championship course, 6.8km running from Mortlake to Putney on the ebb tide. Conditions on the tideway were good with a 10mph N/E wind which, compared to previous years, was very acceptable!


No wins for Bewl this year but some good times achieved:

Mas.D4x (Angus Bogle, Rod McLean, Ben Long, Dave Ribbens): 3rd with a time of 20.56

Mas.D4- (Crawford Burden, Mike Maunsell, James Maycock, Lucien Lauerman): 6th in 22.05

Mx.Mas.E4x (Annie Grant, Richard Snowden, Rowena Suthers, Chris Nugee/TSS): 4th in 23.27

Mas.D4x (Bentham/BBRC, Neil Ellwood): 11th in 22.37


Many thanks to MAA (Mortlake Anglian and Alpha boat club) who invited us to boat from their Club and made us very welcome and thanks also to the Vets Fours Head Organisers for another excellent event!


Henley Long Distance Sculls - 6th Nov

On 6th November, a small contingent of Bewlers zipped up to Henley-On-Thames to join over 500 other boats at this year's Henley Sculls Head. 3000m raced from beyond Temple Island upstream to the HRR finish, it was a cold blustery day with a strong headwind. With imperfect conditions, there were no record-breaking times this year, but everyone fought a valiant fight against the elements. 

Sam put in a strong performance in the Open 1x, finishing mid-pack within a large entry. And Mika & Lou went home with medals from the W Mas 2x B/C/D category.

For an event with so many boats and crews, it was brilliantly and slickly organised, and the marshals were extremely welcoming, friendly and helpful. Big thanks to Henley Rowing Club for having us!

Docklands Head 7th November 2021

Docklands Head 7th November 2021


BBRC had 14 entries that competed on the day, ranging from J16 to Masters G, at Docklands Head. The Head was run over 2750 metres, starting at the end of Victoria Dock with the backdrop of Canary Warf, going through the Connaught Bridge into Albert Dock with City Airport on the right.


The conditions were challenging, with a very strong tail wind and rough water. All the Bewl crews coped well in the rough conditions.


Our fastest Bewl crew was the MasG 8+ in a time of 11m 50.95s placed 32nd (adjusted Masters time of 10m 23.45s, which would place them as 6th overall). This squad have been training regularly on a Tuesday and Thursday morning, which is now showing with increased fitness and technical development. They all had a great day. Thank you to Lawrence for his coaching and video analysis.

Bow: Colin

2: John

3: Mike

4: Doug

5: Bill

6: Dave

7: Jan

Stroke Roger

Cox Wendy


Another great performance was a win for Jack in J16 1x tier2, in a time of 12m 29.81s. placed 52nd Jack was also the fastest sculler overall in the event. Jack is actually J15, the event only offering J16 and above. Jack has been working hard with his boat and land training over the last 3 months and his boat speed is improving all the time.


Other notable performances were from the Junior Development Group’s WJ16 Octuple. They had a great race, and coped with the conditions well, in a time of 12m 49.16. placed 58th


The Masters Sculling Squad raced in three quads and a double, with five of the 12 scullers competing in their first ever race, after joining the Club and the Squad over the summer.


Our WMasD 4x- crew (racing as a Bewl – Maidstone composite) came first in their category in a time of 13.49.55s placed 82nd (adjusted Masters time of 13m 10.05s). Bow: Pippa, 2: Sarah J, 3: Anne-Marie R-C (Maidstone), 4: Suzanne.


A special mention to the Masters Sculling Squad members who overcame their doubts and stepped in to support their colleagues by filling gaps caused by illness and injury.  Quite something to put yourself on the line for the first time, on short notice and in tricky conditions.  Thanks also to Anne-Marie from Maidstone Invicta RC, who subbed into our winning WMasD 4x-, literally minutes before the start of Division 2.


Well done to everyone, especially our junior and adult development groups.


Other Results:

59th Sarah and Suzi W 2x

68th Minna and Saskia WJ17 2x Tier 1

87th Mx MasE 4x-

89th Suzi W 1x

90th Maddie and Anna WJ16 2x

95th Jordan W 1x

97th WJ16 4x+ Tier 2

108th Mx MasE 2x Pippa and George

112th WJ16 1x Emma

122nd Op MasE 4x+


Thank you also to Jamie and Alastair B who drove a very loaded trailer to the event, having to get up very early to do so. Also, a big thanks to everyone who helped on the day, with loading and unloading, rigging, and offering support.

BBRC Autum Bewl Head 2021

Sunday 10th October and the 2021 BBRC Autumn Bewl Head! The day started with a beautiful early morning mist that cleared in time for boating. Excellent rowing conditions, perfect temperature and a fantastic turnout of eights, quads, doubles and singles (masters & juniors). It had been two years since the last Bewl Head (due to bad weather and then Covid) so pure joy to see everyone enjoying the occasion. Many thanks to all supporters, launch drivers, time keepers, pontoon marshals, cake bakers, photographers, visitors and special thanks to Rob P for organising and to Jamie M too!


An excellent turn-out for the first Club social event in nearly two years! A big thank you to everyone who came along and supported it, it was a lovely afternoon and the rain held off! Thanks too to Peter at Arena Pursuits for offering us the venue and to ALL the BBQ team (including Wendy, David, Lyn and Russ and everyone else who for some reason didn't get into the group photo)!

Vesta Single Scullers Head 2021

With 402 single scullers ready to tackle the championship course on the River Thames, the 2021 Vesta Scullers Head took place on the afternoon of Saturday 18th September.

Titled as one of the biggest and toughest sculling races in the world by its contenders, the course runs from University Stone Mortlake to Putney on the ebb tide (6.8km). Traditionally held in December it has now moved to a far more sensible September slot.

Five BBRC scullers took part this year, conditions were excellent for most of the course although it did become choppier towards the end of the race from Hammersmith Bridge to the finish at Putney Pier but all in all a really enjoyable day and a well organised event. Thanks goes to the organisers who made it an excellent day on the tideway.


Results are as follows:

Sarah Morris: 1st in W.MasF.1x

Jonathan Morris: 4th in MasF. 1x

Hagen Jahnich: 4th in MasE.1x

Mike Maunsell: 15th in MasE.1x

Rowena Suthers: 4th in W.MasF.1x

Peterborough Summer Regatta 2021                       Sunday 15th August

Congratulations to Hagen and Rod for winning Open Mas D2x beating LER/STA, Leicester RC and Loughborough BC following a series of time trials leading to the Final. Congratulations also to Hagen for winning the Open Mas E1x, beating Bentham BC, Norwich RC and Hollingworth Lake. A successful day for Bewl and a very enjoyable regatta.


Thanks extended to the organisers for a great day's racing!

140th Sudbury International Regatta

Last weekend saw six of our Masters Squad travel to Suffolk for the 140th Sudbury International Regatta. The atmosphere in Friars Meadow was excellent - all the best things about a traditional village fete (barbecues, beer tents, cream teas, a jazz band and many, many dogs) combined with some high drama racing on the River Stour.


The 650m course is described as being "characterised by some challenging bends" and the bends certainly proved challenging for us reservoir-dwellers who rarely have to steer around a corner. At least half of the Bewl contingent got well acquainted with the bull rushes whilst we were racing. And very nice bull rushes they were too...

In spite of the narrow, bendy course, we still brought home some pots. Victory in the MxMas C2x for Mika and Alastair which was BBRC's last race of the day against Lea RC. A well-deserved win.

Many thanks to the organisers of the regatta for putting on a splendid event. We thoroughly enjoyed it and are hoping to come back with an even bigger delegation from Bewl next year.


Special mention goes to Alastair Burns who had the courage to take Bewl's largest trailer and navigate it around the tightest of bends and down the narrowest of tracks to get all of our boats to the water. Where there's a will there's a way - thank you Al.




In extraordinary times BBRC sent its most successful junior entry to the British Junior Championships. What a fantastic set of results. This was a great group effort resulting from the ‘covid’ year. Managing to optimise the water time when we could all last year, the ergattas, zoom land training, individual athlete determination, and a final push to get to the Regatta. A big well done to all the athletes and coaches for their hard work and staying power.



  • OJ18 2x Ollie & Theo 4th in the A final, time of 7:29.77
  • OJ18 1x Keyan **Gold Medallist** time 7:31.54
  • WJ16 2x Biba & Sophie 5th in the A final, time 7:53.77
  • WJ16 2x Emily & Saskia 3rd in the B final, time 8:04.08
  • OJ16 2x Ryder & Mikey 5th in the C final, time 7:32.49
  • WJ15 1x Emma 5th in the B final, time 9.10.55



Thank you to Miles, Richard and parents for travelling and supporting the Juniors in Nottingham. A big well done to the juniors, a fantastic base for the next year.


Kingston Amateur & Borough Regatta – 10 & 11th July

Saturday 10th July - 1000m

After a morning of heavy rain, the afternoon brought drier weather and once again Kingston RC hosted an excellent day’s racing. Rising early at 4.14am, Jamie and Miles towed a trailer of 16 boats, numerous blades, and trestles up to Kingston for which we were all truly grateful!


In the mixed category of Masters age groups, Bewl had three doubles with various timed head starts. In the Mas C/D 2x Crawford & James were beaten by Maidenhead and in an ‘all Bewl race’ Mas E/F Neil & Andrew beat Rob & Alastair. In another mixed Masters age group category Suzanne MasE 1x enjoyed her race despite the bouncy water.


In the Masters Fours/Quads BBRC picked up two further wins with MasD.4- (Lucien, Andrew, Crawford, James) beating Eton Excelsior RC with an ‘Easily’ verdict and in the Mx.MasE.4x (Annie, Rowena, Neil, Chris/TSS) beat KGS Vets and Maidstone Invicta by 5L.


Many thanks to Jamie and Miles and to all who made it such a fabulous day!


Juniors at Kingston Amateur & Borough Regatta 

10 & 11th July


Saturday 1000m

Amongst the early starters we had three scullers (Seb Murray, Sam Botting and Matt Purves) in B2.Op.1x with Seb progressing with a Canvas win over Kingston (former BBRC Member Nick Luck). In the semi-final (SF) at 9.15am Windsorian RC edged a recovering Seb by 2L.

With no J18 2x or J16 2x events, our J18 and J16 2x raced Open. In B2.Op.2x Theo and Oliver beat Reading RC and Mortlake AABC in the SF (verdict Easily) before going on to win their Final against Maidstone Invicta and Broxbourne RC again Easily – well done boys. Ed and Gabe lost out to Broxbourne in their heat beating Kingston. Similarly for the girls, Phoebe and Milly raced in Op.2x losing out to Kingston. Again, with limited Junior events, Susi competed in W.1x and beat Reading RC in her SF but lost in her final to Kingston.

In Junior Quads we had two fairly scratch crews impacted by Covid isolations and DoE. Both crews equipped themselves well but both were beaten by Molesey crews: J18 4x (Max, Jonty, Sean, Matt) and WJ16 4x (Ottilie, Sophia, Phoebe, Lara).

Sunday 500m

With only the younger age groups racing over 500m we had a smaller Sunday Squad but in very large event fields. In the J14 2x with (Jack, Olly) beat Barn Elms (5L) in the first round and then Molesey in the QF before losing out to Henley by ½L in the SF.

In WJ14.1x Anna beat Fulham Reach (3L) then Surbiton High School (5L) in her SF before losing a very close final to Kingston by ½L. In the J14.1x Jack raced Henley to win a straight final by a 4L verdict – see picture. Congratulations to Jack and Anna on their performances.

After her final in WJ14.1x, Anna raced with Bea in WJ14.2x losing to Kingston in their heat with no doubt some fatigue from the morning’s racing. In WJ15 1x Emma lost out to Surbiton High School in her heat.

In WJ15.A.2x (Maddy, Amelia) beat Sir William Perkins School (SWP) and Fulham Reach RC in their QF, then another SWP crew in the SF before winning their final in style by 4 lengths against Team Keane and another SWP crew. An excellent win in a field of 18 crews in the A Group – well done girls.

All in all, a busy couple of days at Kingston Regatta with 3 wins!



******************************************************************************************Peterborough Spring Regatta 2021


A small squad of BBRC Juniors entered this stripped back Covid safe regatta and our first Regatta after the Covid lockdowns.


On a very hot day,  the J18 4x of Ollie, Theo, Max and Matt came off an excellent start with some assured steering from Matt to hold second in their final (3.14.4) to York City (3.07.0) and beat crews from Star Club and King Rochester.


In the WJ18 4x (Susi, Ottilie, Milly, Phoebe) BBRC were in contention with the leaders up to 700m ultimately coming third in their final behind York City and Hartpury in 3.46.3 and a first regatta race for Milly.


In the WJ16 2x, Sophie and Biba won their heat in 3.52.9 and went on to win their final beating Peterborough City A and B and Gloucester RC in a time of 3.46.6. In their Singles, Sophie was eliminated in the heat (4.30.7) and Biba won her heat (4.07.6) and went on to come third in a closely fought final (4.04.1). Well done to both girls with their busy return to racing and a win in WJ16 2x.


It was great to see BBRC Juniors back racing in a regatta after the prolonged Covid absence of events and gives a good marker for building on for further Summer racing.






At the first residential World Class Start Camp in over a year, Bewl sent three athletes (sadly Seb was left at home with his THIRTY HOUR architecture exam..). This was a great opportunity for them to show what they have been working on for the last year. Sophie Pepper was promoted from group E up into group D by proving that the work she has done to strengthen her core and trunk has paid off. Keyan O’Donnell was promoted from group C into group B by making a big step up in his 1x speed, which suggests he is at a high level for an international junior. Biba Rabjohns also made significant improvements in her 1x speed and core/trunk endurance but narrowly missed out on group promotion 1x speed by 0.7% and the press up test.


The camp was immediately followed by a busy half term week of racing. On Monday, Biba and Sophie were the first Bewl Bridge RC crews to race since 2019 and competed at the Junior Sculling Regatta as a WJ16 2X. They came away with a bronze medal, lots of improvements and a reminder of how great rowing racing is.


On the Tuesday to Thursday, Keyan was at Dorney Lake competing at the GB trial with the fastest U18s in the country. He made great progress through the days to climb well into the top groups of scullers likely to form the GB team for the World Championships. Massive thanks goes to Miles for dropping everything to support Keyan extremely effectively when Richard was unexpectedly out of action for a couple of days. Sadly, British Rowing has announced it will not be sending a team to the Junior World Championships, but the trials process was very helpful nonetheless.


On Saturday Sophie and Biba were busy up in Peterborough winning the WJ12 2X event and also racing their singles. In the meantime, Keyan was back at Dorney Lake at the Metropolitan Regatta putting into practise all the improvements from the last week and coming away with a win (and a very chunky medal).


Richard Poole

GB World Class Start Coach




Emma J15 had a great indoor row and came 5th in the Year 10 Girls 5 minute Row (average split 1.55.6) 1,298m. 




Dear Bewlers,


Well, we finally got back on the water after what seemed like one of the longest winters I can remember.  I suppose the only consolation of the lockdown was that we didn’t have to endure cold, windy and wet January, February and March on Bewl when it can be at its worst! It’s great to be out in a boat once more and, particularly for those of us who are sick and tired of the ergo, to have something different to look forward to every week! However, despite the lack of rowing in the first quarter of the year, there has been a lot going on since the last newsletter in December, and much of which has involved an army of volunteers from all parts of the Club who I must thank for their time and hard work, though I won’t name you all as there are too many to include (and I’ll only end up leaving someone out!).


So, what got done?


- We managed to fit in two ergattas over the enforced break, with many other clubs joining in, which again puts a feather in BBRC’s cap.  We even included an adaptive category which was much appreciated by those who entered.

- Before returning to rowing at the end of March, a huge effort was made to get everything ready - checking boats, blades, racks, safety stuff, launches, replacing the hose reel, checking the pontoon, removing bird’s nests in shoes (!) etc. etc.

- We persuaded MSL to replace the boathouse roof and invested some club funds to upgrade their proposal of a plain tin roof to an insulated one to help combat the condensation that has been damaging some of our equipment such as blade grips and shoes.

- The disgusting mouldy blade grips on the newish Concept2 sweep oars have been replaced with new blue and green grips.

- The need to empty the boathouse for the installation of the new roof gave us a great opportunity to clear out the boathouse (and the blade shed) of all the accumulated rubbish and obsolete equipment that has been lying around for years. 

- We have painted the boathouse and repaired the windows (which now have more filler than wood in places!).  A fantastic job - see the photos later in this newsletter!

- The racks have all been labelled so you know where to put your boat!


Sadly, we have of course missed a lot of what we would have normally been doing as a club.  There was no ceilidh; no Bewl Head or other head races; no visiting Clubs, although we have just managed to host Lea RC juniors which Jamie reports on in this newsletter; no JIRR (again!) or Scullery for the Juniors.  I really hope we can get back to a more normal operation, but in the meantime, I thank you all for helping to make what we ARE allowed to do possible by sticking to our COVID protocols, which we will relax when we are able to.


But we are definitely emerging from the tunnel! Competitions are being organized and entered, LTRs are starting again, other clubs are arranging visits (University of London are planning to visit for training camps in June and July), and even Henley Royal Regatta is going to take place albeit in August instead of July. I really do think we can look forward to a decent summer of fun at Bewl, and I look forward to seeing you all down there enjoying yourselves.


There are two great reports in this newsletter about former BBRC members, Emily Craig and Georgie Grant, who have separately gone on to accomplish great things in the rowing world.


Finally, for those of you who are British Rowing members, I hope you spotted in the May BR newsletter Lou Allen’s photo of someone limbering up on the pontoon on a glorious looking morning at Bewl!


Stay safe and stay fit!




May 2021




And Paint Job

A Big Thank you to everyone who helped in getting the Boat Shed prepared for the new roof, with moving boats/blades etc in and out. And A Big Thank you to those who helped with the external scrubbing and painting: 1 Captain Angus and 3 previous Captains: Martin, Chris and Rob M taking the pic.

Bewl / Lea RC match (3rd May)


23 members of the Bewl Junior squad welcomed Lea RC for the second time to Bewl for a morning training outing and 1000m match racing. The weather had kept everyone on tenterhooks all week with a looming gale and we were close to a last minute cancellation. But our optimism paid off with decent water on the rowing arm and both squads safely back on dry land by 11.00am after a bumpy ride home as the predicted south westerly arrived.


The pressure of GCSE’s and a few sore throats saw some of the Lea contingent depleted but Emily, Saskia and Matt subbed in to the opposition crews with typical versatility.  A big thank you also to Wendy for coxing our J14 mixed quad in tricky conditions, Miles and Brooke for coaching their groups and David for marshalling everyone on time from the pontoons. By all accounts some close racing and competitive drills were enjoyed by all.


Along with the invaluable experience, it was great to bring a sense of competition in to our training. The Lea RC coaches Harry, Lindsay and Richard were hugely appreciative of the Club’s hospitality. Thanks also to Sarah Wyn-Jones for organizing the Lea RC team and we look forward to catching up with her at Docklands soon. 



more updates to follow....

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