BBRC Plum Pud's 2017...... Fog, Fog, Fog...
Although the day didn't quite go to plan, we still managed to get one round of Plum Pud races in after the fog lifted. Great to see so many BBRC members and families. Thank you for everyone who helped organise the morning especially the BBRC 'catering' ladies who put on a great mulled wine and sausage sandwich.
Walton Small Boats Head, 9 December
Bewl had 11 entries racing at Walton across three divisions on a very cold but dry and calm day. In categories with large numbers of entries, there were also medals for 2nd place. All crews did well, bringing home medals in seven of the events. Congratulations to all. A brief summary of results follows:
Rod & Hagen MB2x 1st
Angus & Ben IM2 3rd
Jonathan & Sarah Mx ME2x 1st
Angus & Rod MD2x 2nd
Mike & Ben MC2x 1st
Mike & Jonathan ME2x 2nd
Hagen MD1x 2nd
Rob & Alastair MD Nov 2x 1st
Richard & Annie Mx MD-G 2x 2nd
Mark MD 1x 6th
Rowena & John Mx MD-G 2x 3rd
Scullers Head of the River Race, 2nd December
Hagen Jahnich, Mike Maunsell, Jonathan Morris and Sarah Morris raced over the 6,000m course on 2nd December. Due to timings of tides, the course was back to front this year, racing on the ebb tide from the Putney stretch up to past Chiswick Bridge. A very early start for all - boating from 8.30am.
There were well over 500 scullers in total, with the river being closed to other traffic for several hours. It was quite a spectacle with so many scullers on the water all at once. Weather conditions were dry and calm - but chilly.
All four scullers produced strong performances, including Sarah winning WME1x and Hagen coming third in MD1x.
Head of the River Fours, 12 November
This was the first time Bewl Juniors had gone to the Fours Head. We took a girls junior and a boys junior crew. There were over 480 crews racing 4 1/4 miles from Mortlake to Putney. Bewl boated from Civil Service Boat Club. It was a busy day but the Four Head organisation was outstanding, and our crews who haven't got tideway experience did fantastic. They navigated their way down the course fantastically gaining great experience. 'Fun' might not have been the word when they had to row back up to our boating venue, but hopefully life long memories. Look forward to next year..
Docklands Head 2017
BBRC had 17 crews entered in 2 divisions over 2750m. Docklands always offers challenging conditions, under a spectacular urban landscape of Canary Wharf, City Airport and the O2. We had a fun club day highlighted by 'Combie Catering.BBRC'. Bewl crews looked fantastic and did great. Our junior girls won WIM3 4X. Well done everyone.
Henley Long Distance Sculls, 4th November
Mike Maunsell, Jonathan Morris and Sarah Morris raced at Henley on 4th November. The 3,000m head course was upstream to the royal regatta finishing line. There were about 600 entries in total with a huge junior entry (eg over 90 junior 18 men scullers). It was very wet in the morning while boats were being rigged, but then it settled to a breezy day with the odd light shower.
In the morning Sarah won WME1x comfortably, also beating the times from the age group below.
In the afternoon division Mike and Jonathan both raced in ME1x, but as usual at this event the opposition was pretty strong, so no silverware on this occasion, although it was useful to measure against other regular opposition etc.
A bonus is that the course is very scenic, starting just above the lock and finishing up the regatta course.
Bewl Halloween Head, 26 November
We had a great turn out of 26 entries to this years Autumn Head of Bewl. Conditions were challenging at times.. Thank you Rob Purves for organising and all the volunteers for launch cover,
timings, photos, teas and pontoon assistance.
Our overall winners were Angus and Rod. Junior boys best performance cup went to Will and Jontie, Junior girls best performance went to Martha and Jess. Fastest sculler Seb, The fantabulous wooden spoon went to John .
Well done everyone..
In addition to all the fun on the water, we had a fantastic response to our charity at the event: ****£318.90**** raised for 'Stand up to Cancer'.
A big thank you to Christa P. and Wendy B. for organising the teas for this charity, and all the mums. dads and members for supporting the event with cakes.
Pairs Head, 14 October 2017
Bewl entered seven doubles in the Pairs Head this year, which must be a record for us. The Pairs Head is the largest race of its kind with over 500 crews racing from Chiswick Bridge down to Harrods wall, which is over 4km. The weather was kind and Bewl crews acquitted themselves well. There was some drama involving a couple of incidents with obstacles, and also time penalties added to the final times of two crews, but overall, a good time was had by all. Excellent refreshments afterwards in the October sunshine - thanks to Angus and others for the cakes, and Hagen for towing.
The Bewl crews that took part are listed below with Hagen and Rod winning Mas D/E and Sarah and Jonathan winning Mx Mas D/E. Full results and further details are available on the Pairs Head website.
Hagen & Rod - Mas D/E 1st
Angus & Ben - Mas B/C
Sarah & Jonathan - Mx Mas D/E 1st
Mike & Mark - Mas D/E
Paul & Jenny - Mx Mas B/C
Richard & Annie - Mx Mas D/E
John & Rowena - Mx Mas F/G
Maidstone Autumn Head 2017
Bewl had 27 entries at Maidstone Head. We had a fantastic event, bringing our Juniors and Masters together. We had 7 wins. Masters D Hagen and Rod, IM2 Mike and Ben, WJ14 2X Biba and Martha, WJ14 4X+ Abbie, Biba, Martha, Jess, cox Alex, J17 2X Tim and Will, WJ18 4X+ Mary, Ashley, Hannah, Alex, cox Abbie, WN 2X Ella and Saskia. A big congratulations also to our developing Junior squad, some of which was their first event. You did great... Thank you again for the Aitken Combie providing bacon butties, coffee and tea.
Wallingford Long Distance Sculls, 30 September 2017
Bewl had two wins at Wallingford Long Distance Sculls - a challenging upstream course of 4.2k with over 500 crews in the various categories. In the morning division Jonathan Morris won Mas E 1x, while in the afternoon division Sarah Morris comfortably won WMas E 1x. All very well organised by Wallingford Rowing Club, with large numbers of helpful marshalls and volunteers making it an enjoyable event.
BBRC 40 Year Ceilidh celebration at The Plough, Leigh
Thank you every one who made this a special celebration and raise funds for new club quad blades. Our President and founding member Chris Willis was presented with an amazing plaque to commemorate the past 40 years by our captain Rob Miller. What a great evening of fun and dancing...
Great Ouse Marathon: Sunday 3rd September
Two Bewl crews entered the 21.6k race from Denver in Norfolk to Ely in Cambridgeshire. There was a very strong southerly wind all day which meant a direct headwind for the whole course, so no course records were going to be threatened. It was estimated that the headwind slowed the largest boats (eg an eight) by about 10 minutes, and the smallest boats (singles) by eg 20 to 30 minutes compared to a "good" year.
Jonathan and Sarah Morris beat the other mixed masters doubles (MD2x and MC2x) in a time of 1 hour 43 minutes 17 seconds and were also the fastest overall masters crew in all categories.
Rowena Suthers raced her single (ME1x). She finished in a very respectable 2 hours 18 minutes 18 seconds, beating about 30 other boats of various ages and descriptions, including some womens' doubles, a mixed double and womens' singles.
As usual, excellent hospitality afterwards at the Isle of Ely rowing club. A good event to aim for as a start to autumn/winter training.