BEWL BRIDGE ROWING CLUB
BEWL BRIDGE ROWING CLUB

2016-2017

Barnes and Mortlake Regatta 2017

 

Bewl's J15 4X+ competed at Chiswick today. With 7 crews entered in this event, the boys, Alex, Alex, Henry and Ted coxed by Biba did great winning their heat against Team Keane, and came 2nd overall, to a very drilled Tideway sculler's school crew. A big well done.

Twickenham Regatta 27th May

 

Bewl had crews in three events at Twickenham regatta.  Colin, John, Rob and Roger raced in the Masters G/H quads event,  and were up against Putney Town.  The start was  tricky from stakeboats on a bend of the river, and Bewl lost ground in the first few strokes getting straight again on the course. After that both crews sculled down the course at a similar speed, so Bewl couldn't claw back the gap. Later in the day Putney were the overall event winners beating Twickenham.

 

Sarah and Jonathan, after their win at Nottingham Masters two weeks before, doubled up by entering both mixed masters D/E  and also open (mens) masters E double sculls.  First race of the day, in the open event, was the toughest. They held a half length lead all the way down the course in a tight race against Sons of the Thames. In the final they then  beat Putney Town by a couple of lengths.  Later in the day, in the mixed event,  they won comfortably, first against a Sons of the Thames crew, and then a Twickenham crew in the final.

 

With favourable weather and conditions,  an interesting day out, especially when the afternoon high tide flooded the boating area and car park,  and crews had to wade waist deep to launch their boats. A lovely stretch of the Thames to row on.

 

Following Junior success at Ball Cup, the BBRC Masters have picked up three wins at Walton – Congratulations

 

On 20th May, some of the Bewl Masters Squad raced at Walton Regatta and picked up three wins. Racing as a MasC Quad (despite being MasD) – nothing like the extra challenge of age category and tackling a few buoys on route to take the win!  The Quad then split into two doubles with Ben/Mike racing three times to win MasD 2x by a canvas in the final.  Rod/Angus raced as MasC 2x and won comfortably (1L) vs Molesey.

Picture: BBRC MasC Quad receiving their pots: Left to Right – Rod, Ben, Angus, Mike

BALL CUP REGATTA 2017 AT ETON DORNEY

What an amazing day.... 5 GOLD, 4 SILVER, 2 BRONZE...
Bewl Bridge Rowing Club Junior Squad who have been developing, training and working hard over the past couple of years proved themselves today as a great competitive squad. A fantabulous well done. With favourable conditions and a tail wind, our crews produced great times.

Gold: 

  • WJ16 2X Ashley & Mary-Jane (event record)
  • WJ18 4X+ Hannah, G, Freya, Ella (event record)
  • WJ13 2X Abi & Martha (event record)
  • WJ13 4X+ Abi, Martha, Biba, Jess, cox Alex (event record)
  • J15 2X Alex & Ted (event record)

Silver: 
J16 2X Sam & Tim
WJ16 4X- Maryam, Alex, Mary-Jane, Saskia
WJ18 2X Hannah & Ashley
J16 1X Sam
 

Bronze:
J16 4X Tim, Sam, Theo, Ewan
WJ13 1X Biba
 

Well done everyone, you should all be proud of yourselves. A special well done to those at their first regatta, Oscar, Casper, Jo and Matt and Jonti. A fantastic event to take part in.

Junior Inter Regional Regatta 2017

Congratulations to all BBRC Crews who competed at the Junior Inter-Regional Regatta, Holme Pierrepoint, Nottingham 22 April 2017. Benign conditions for the heats on Saturday morning. More Bewlish for the A and B finals in the afternoon, with a gusty cross-tailwind. Our Crews: J16 2X Tim & Sam, WJ16 2X Ashley & Mary-Jane, WJ14 4X+ Abi, Martha, Jess & Isobel, Cox Biba, J14 1X Will, WJ16 8+ Comp. our girls, Maryam, Alex, Myrtle & Saskia

Spring Head of Bewl, 12 March 2017

We had our largest ever entry for the Spring Head of Bewl. The weather was fabulous and the water totally calm. Photos of all that took part are on our facebook page. There are some fun pictures afterwards where there are lots of smiles.

 

 

 

Thank you to all the launch drivers, time keepers, Rob for organising and Christa, Lisa and Wendy for the tea and cakes.
Our winners:

  • Overall winners, Mens 8+
  • Fastest boys crew, Tim and Sam 2X
  • Fastest girls crew, Hannah,G, Ella, Freya 4X-...
  • Fastest sculler, Thomas
  • Fun wooden spoon, Kirsty

Maidstone Head Race - March 2017
 

An eventful day At Maidstone Head. The weather brought rain, hail, wind and sun. Unfortunately it poured down in the first division leaving everyone drenched. But our first time junior racers had a fantastic event, they arrived excited and nervous rowing well down the course. They should all be proud of themselves. Our senior junior squad also had a great event, with 5 wins. Winners: Tim and Sam J16 2X, Sam J16 1X, Seb J18 1X, Ben and Will Novice 2X, Hannah, G, Ella and Freya, cox Saskia WJ4X+. The highlight of the day was the Aitken mobile, an old VW with shelter alongside bacon, eggs, sausage and heaps of hot drinks...

Molesey Veterans Head, 18th Feb 2017

 

A day that started out misty and chilly, but ended up almost spring-like, saw a goodly contingent of Bewl Masters rowers descend on Molesey Boat Club, for an event known as much for the quality of the cakes as the thrill of the sport.

Once rigging was done, we all repaired to the comfort of the clubhouse for a briefing and to watch the somewhat younger and fitter members of MBC and OUWLRC boat for some seat racing in their eights (sadly for Annie, no Mo Sbihi this time…).

With a lot of crews to get on the water, and the usual last minute difficulties of finding the right spanner for some late adjustment, the marshal’s deserve credit for getting everyone lined up on the start.  BBRC put out the Sunday VIII, ‘Colin’s’ men’sG4X and our boat, MxdD4X in a new configuration, with Jenny at stroke.

This shift in order, on the advice of a visiting Dutch coach (scary!) served us well – we had a great first kilometre and pushed along (gaining leverage from a woe-begon MBC crew en-route) to finish as the fastest mixed quad overall (on raw times) and the division winners!  A first win of the season and hopefully we can go faster when we just have to navigate straight lines!

Good performances from the eight and the men’s quad justified the quaffing of a few jars of excellent ale.  As is becoming traditional, we rounded the day off with a bite to eat and a bottle of red in a local hostelry before heading for home and more training….

Plum Pudding Head


A fantastic event to finish the calendar year. In near perfect conditions for December; dry, calm and not too cold. There was some great close spirited races bringing juniors and seniors together in the club. A special thank you to Lisa, Wendy B and Christa for organising the mulled wine, soup and hot chocolate. And to Dave, Rob, Miles and team for the organisation and supervision on the day. The biggest thank you is to all the 76 club members who took part in the festive fun.

Walton Small Boats Head 2016

 

Bewl had 17 crews at Walton Small Boats Head. Walton Head had a massive 590 crews competing over 3000 metres in three divisions. Bewl's fastest crew, Masters C 2X: Rod and Hagen came 11th overall in a time of 10.59. Bewl had two wins, Master D 2X: Hagen and Angus, Master B 2X: Ben and Angus. The juniors had great experience at one of the largest Small Boat's Head in the country. Our fastest junior crew Ben and Ibrahim came 33rd overall. Well done everyone. 

Vet 4s Head – Sunday 13th November

 

An early start and a warming cup of coffee (thanks to Hagen and co) as we rigged ‘Piglet’ by Barnes Bridge, along with ranks of other hopefuls and not-so-hopefuls. This was to be our third outing as a crew (an hour on Bewl and a freezing morning at Docklands Head), so optimism was tempered by the reality that this was to be our first race together on the Tideway, something our steers (Richard Snowden) was definitely conscious of!
 

The river turned out to be in gentle mood.  A bit choppy before Hammersmith, but then sunny and docile.  Richard steered an immaculate Surrey bend and we found ourselves pulling well clear of the mixed 4X behind us, but chased by a soi-disant F 4- from Star (average not always being fairly represented by the median).  They gave us a good race to TSS where we found our style cramped by a slow crew from UTRC and the piers of Chiswick Bridge.
 

We came away happy with a time of 20.11, having rowed over at a consistent split and a rate of 29-30.  Beer, wine and a fish and chip lunch at The White Hart (while the traffic on Dukes Meadow cleared) made for a great day out.  Now to get down to some serious training!

 

Crew:

Str – Paul Kane

3 – Annie Grant

2- Jenny Paddison

Bow (str) – Richard Snowden

 

Vets Fours Head (part 2)

Two Bewl quads made it to the Veterans Fours Head on Remembrance Sunday, a day that was much better than the very unpleasant conditions experienced at the Fours Head the day before. No rain, a bit of sun and even only a slight breeze made hanging around at the start for the 2 minutes silence feel positively summery, and the course itself was much better than the Pairs Head a few weeks ago.  The Head was run in the opposite direction from normal, from the Mile Post to Chiswick Wharf, about 650m above Chiswick Bridge on a very fast incoming tide, with the fastest crew of the day posting a time under 17mins.  

Leading the charge for Bewl was the MasD 4x of Angus, Mark, Rod and Hagen who were defending their 2015 win in the same event.  Going off first in the group of MasD quads, they passed a steady stream of MasC4- who were no match for the speed of a swift quad, leaving the chasing MasD quads well behind.  After navigating through the logjam just before Chiswick Eyot, they then had a clear run to the finish.  The feeling amongst the crew was that it was an excellent row, much better than the previous year, but there was one other crew from Walton with good pedigree that would be the danger oppo, and who started at the back of the class, way out of view.  Sure enough, whilst Bewl recorded an excellent time of 17.45, the Walton crew were the class victors by 12 seconds, leaving Bewl in second place in the class.  Bewl's overall position in the Head was an excellent 9th, well up on last year.

Docklands Head 2016
Winter has certainly arrived, it was windy and bitter. The course 2750 metres long, rowing with the stunning urban background of Canary Wharf, from Victoria Dock through to Albert Dock. Bewl had 19 crews racing in challenging conditions. Well done everyone, especially to Matt and Jontie in their first J14 2X event. Also to Mary and Ashley for winning WJ16 2X.

Henley Long Distance Sculls 5th November

 

Mike Maunsell, Jonathan Morris and Sarah Morris raced at Henley on 5th November. The  3,000m head course was upstream to the royal regatta finishing line and there were over 500 entries in total.  It was a very cold and blustery day making the wait at the start a challenge, although at least it remained dry.

 

In the morning the Morris mixed double raced in a masters B/E handicap race and won by a comfortable margin over their masters B opposition.

 

In the afternoon division (when James Cracknell was seen in the masters C singles section) Mike raced in the D singles, but was up against very strong opposition, with the winner being an ex-olympian.  Jonathan raced in the E singles, and finished in the middle of the strong field. Sarah's  opposition in masters E did not appear at the start, but  she beat all the B, C and D single times, ie was faster than all the scullers in the three younger age groups.

 

Full results details are available on the Henley Sculls website.

HALLOWEEN HEAD OF BEWL 30th October 2016

 

The Head of Bewl took place in glorious rowing conditions. 68 Bewl members took part (of whom 37 were juniors) in 22 boats.  The course was 4000m long, racing from Hook Straight to Rosemary Lane. The crews were a mixture of Masters, Seniors, Juniors and Junior development squad. The Junior development squad racing in an octuple and quad did brilliantly, for most, this was the longest piece of continuous rowing they had done, and as an internal head was great experience on how Head of the Rivers are organised. Well done. Our National Champion Masters D 2x covered the 4000m course in 15min 19sec to win the Head of Bewl trophy. The Best Performance Junior Boys trophy went to Tim and Sam, The Best Performance Junior Girls Trophy went to Ashley and Mary. The fun wooden spoons award went to Alex and Myrtle, taken with great spirit and delight. The Head was followed with a fantastic spread of cake and soup. Well done everyone.

 

More photos

 

Bewl had a busy weekend

 

On Saturday 22 October Bewl had a big BBRC clean up. The boat house was swept, brushed and dusted, and the boats cleaned and sorted. Thanks to all the juniors and seniors who helped, and an especially big thank you to Annie and Paul for the BBQ. Great team work.

 

Also on Sunday 23 October a big thank you to everyone who came along to the John Northridge boat naming ceremony. It was great to see and meet John's family as well as some of his old rowing buddies. Thank you to all the junior families and senior members for the fantastic cakes and Peter for the bubbly and Arena Gold apple juice, went down a treat. John Northridge was one of the founding members of Bewl, so we have him to thank for our enjoyment of the sport at Bewl.

Weybridge Silver Sculls  22 October

 

Three scullers from Bewl raced at Weybridge on an upstream course of 3,300m  (similar to Walton Head but in the opposite direction). Full details on the Weybridge Rowing Club website, but some good results for Bewl.

 

Mike Maunsell came 6th in a strong Mas D 1x field. 

Jonathan Morris won Mas E 1x by 3 seconds in a close contest.  

Sarah Morris won W Mas C/D/E 1x   by  58 seconds. 

 

Pairs Head 16 October

 

Five crews from Bewl raced at the Pairs Head with some strong results (see Pairs Head website for full details of results). Well done to all.

 

Mas C 2x           McLean/Jahnich                         4th

Mas C 2x           Maunsell/Long                           5th

Mas D 2x           Northwood/Bogle                     3rd (out of 11)

Mx Mas E 2x     Morris/Morris                            1st

Mas G 2x           Cracknell/ Stuart-Menteath    4th (out of 9)

Maidstone Small Boats Head

Bewl had a fabulous day at Maidstone Autumn Head. We had 27 entries, probably the largest Bewl entry of recent years, ranging from J13 to J18, Novice and Masters. We had 4 wins: J18 single Seb, WJ16 double Ashley and Mary, WJ18 double Ella and Freya, WJ18 4+ Hannah, G, Ella, Freya, cox Alex. Wells done everyone.

Wallingford Long Distance Sculls

 

On Saturday  24th September three scullers from Bewl entered Wallingford Long Distance Sculls, which is a popular head race over an  upstream course of  4,250m. The course is quite scenic, but with some tricky bends and overhanging willow trees  - as well as the odd cabin cruiser.

 

 Mike Maunsell , Jonathan Morris and Sarah Morris entered in their singles in Division 1, which had 260 crews  in various categories. Such a large entry meant a long wait up at the start, but several hours later the race was eventually under way, and at least the weather remained dry.

 

On this occasion the men didn't return with any silverware, although witnessed a couple of other scullers capsize dramatically on  the course and encounter hazards such as the odd sculler embedded in the bank. However, there was Bewl success when Sarah won Womens' Masters E singles by over two minutes in a time of twenty minutes and seven seconds, as well as comfortably beating the time of the age category below.

OUSE MARATHON

 

On Sunday 4th September Bewl entered two crews into the  Ouse Marathon which races 21.6km on the Great Ouse from West Norfolk Rowing Club in Denver,  Norfolk, to Ely in Cambridgeshire, on a meandering reed-lined course that is fairly demanding for coxless boats. A further challenge this year was that the wind speed was gusting at up to 31mph and it was a cross wind/slight headwind which  meant that boats were buffeted a lot, especially during the second half of the course.

 

The Bliss/Suthers Mixed Masters E pair finished in  a very respectable time of 2 hours, 1 minute and 9 seconds. Conditions meant that their previous record time from last year was not under threat, but they still beat  eight other doubles and pairs of various ages/categories.

 

The Morris/Morris Mixed Masters E double won in a time of 1 hour, 36 minutes and 27 seconds beating all other masters mixed crews of any boat category or age and setting a new record for their category.

 

The Isle of Ely Rowing Club organised the whole event brilliantly, including excellent refreshments at the end, and the 160 crews that entered all had a great time (honest). Why not try it next year?

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