Pairs Head 2018
The decision by organisers Barnes Bridge Ladies RC to run the Pairs Head was put off until two hours before the race due to adverse weather conditions and despite pouring rain 411 doubles and pairs took to the water, racing on the ebb tide from Chiswick Bridge down to Harrods Wall just beyond Hammersmith Bridge, a distance of approx 4.5km. Bewl entered six doubles on the day with some good overall results including a win for Sarah and Jonathan who came first in Mx Mas D/E (also coming first in the overall Mx Mas B/C, D/E). It was pretty rough from the Northerly wind against the tide that made it challenging between Barnes Bridge and Chiswick Eyot, but was calmer elsewhere. Although we also all got a good soaking, it was an enjoyable day but it was sadly too wet to get the usual group photo as everyone rushed to get dry after racing. Thanks to Hagen for towing and to Angus and others for the cakes.
The Bewl crews that took part are listed below and full results and further details are available at https://www.bblrc.co.uk/pairshead/
Hagen & Rod – Op Mas D
Angus & Ben – Op Mas D
Sarah & Jonathan – Mx Mas D/E
Mike & Mark – Op Mas E
Colin & Roger – Op Mas H
John & Rowena – Mx Mas F/G
Roll and Recover Session, October 2018
Maidstone Autumn Head 2018
Another eventful day at Maidstone Head. The rain poured down for divisions 1 & 2, leaving everyone drenched and cold. Divisions 2 & 3 were combined after many clubs abandoned the day. Our juniors rowed fantastically. Our 15 LTR juniors from this April, surpassed our expectations and rowed over the course with confidence. A big well done. We had great results: 6 wins.
A big thank you to everyone to came along and supported the rowers. And the Aitken mobile for shelter, teas, coffee and bacon butties.
Great Ouse Marathon 2018
Four scullers from Bewl raced at the Great Ouse Marathon on Sunday 2nd September, a 22k race from Denver in Norfolk to Ely. It was a lovely sunny day, with a modest cross-head wind. A batch of cabin cruisers decided to set out in front of the race for the last few miles, so some interesting water conditions in the later stages of the race. Excellent organisation and welcoming hosts at West Norfolk and Isle of Ely Rowing Clubs.
Richard Suthers entered MasG1x in his first competitive sculling race (as opposed to having rowed and cycled in the past). He gained admiring glances at the start for his stocks of provisions that he had in his boat, although he didn't have much time to utilise them, and he finished in a very respectable 2 hours 11 minutes 25 seconds, beating 17 other crews of various shapes and sizes.
Rowena Suthers entered WMasF1x, but got bumped up to WMasD1x due to entry numbers. She beat her previous year's time by about 16 minutes, finishing in 2 hours 2 minutes 23 seconds, beating 38 other crews ie singles and larger boats. The current rules meant that because she had been bumped up to a different age category, she wasn't eligible for what would have been setting the record for WMasF1x, so an excellent result.
Sarah and Jonathan Morris were bumped up MxMasD2x in their double. They had a close race with a younger crew from Deben Rowing Club, but won in a time of 1 hour, 37 minutes 51 seconds. They were the fastest mixed masters crew of any boat size, including the larger boats, and were also 6th overall (all boat sizes and all ages).
An excellent day out - and recommended for future years.