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Captain’s Blog December 2020


Dear Bewlers,


It’s been a long time since the last newsletter in June, but since then we were able gradually to increase the amount of on-water rowing over the summer and autumn as the restrictions were lifted. Members in aggregate have had nearly 2,300 outings since restarting in May.  This is despite the 2nd lockdown in November – it is amazing how it adds up! There was some glorious weather over the summer and I think that all those who managed to get out felt very refreshed and glad to be back out on Bewl again.

Sadly, there has been almost no racing at all since March - Rod and Hagen managed to enter and win two events at Weybridge Silver Sculls in October but I think that was it!  We couldn’t even manage to hold the Autumn Bewl Head on the water, but thanks to David and Jamie, we held our second virtual Bewl Head in November.  Whilst It was great to get those competitive juices going again, and we do hope to hold some Ergattas in the New Year, I do hope the Spring Bewl Head will be back on the wet stuff! A number of members entered BRIC, with some impressive results (report later in the newsletter), so well done to them.


We’ve made a few opportunistic purchases – 4 sets of sculling blades from the GB Womens LWT squad; a Janousek 4-/x called Simon Brooke from Pangbourne School which was funded by the sale of Tenterden (4x) and the money saved by not going ahead with its planned refurb; and 2 singles to add to our fleet.


On some of the hottest days of the year, a few members got out their chainsaws (boys with toys!) and coppiced the bank at the top of the site to clear it and make room for another new rack to cater for the ever-increasing demand for racking, which is now in place.

University of London BC enjoyed very much their visit to Bewl in October, visiting for the first time since 1980 – there is video footage of them from then, with our President Chris Willis featured briefly.  The links are below if you are interested – see if you can spot Chris!  ULBC hope to come back early next year if possible, and we have had enquiries from other clubs to do something similar, producing a good revenue stream if we can accommodate it.


The Juniors also hosted Lea RC for a joint training session, which went down very well with both clubs, particularly given the isolation we have all had.


John put up some great shelves in the boat shed over the summer, but unfortunately our leaky roof is doing them no good.  We will try to repair it asap, but in any event, the leak, the water under the door and general condensation makes the shed very damp in winter, so don’t leave any clothing around please.


Finally, as I write this, the tiering system has just changed, the coronavirus infection rate is increasing significantly in our area and so my crystal ball is rather cloudy as to what lies ahead.  However, to help us be able to stay open as much as possible, I ask you all to adhere to our COVID-19 protocols to keep you and others as safe as we can when down at Bewl.

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, and may we all give 2020 a big kick in to touch!



ULBC training at Bewl in 1979:

ULBC 4+ at Bewl in 1979:



December 2020

BBRC Juniors join Virtual BRIC

A large squad of BBRC Juniors slowly but surely signed up for BRIC during lockdown. The event over the weekend of 4th and 5thDecember was in a virtual side by side race format. We had many BBRC Juniors looking for pb’s and some looking to make a statement as part of their Junior selection credentials.

With Jamie at the helm of the BBRC Juniors and Richard overseeing WCS athletes, we had 17 Juniors take part - Susi, Sarah, Oliver, Jack, Anna, Emma, Sienna, Amelia, Sofia, Lara, Emily, Ottilie, Saskia, Biba, Sophie and Keyan. All the Juniors had to ensure that they were BRIC ready and Jamie helped prepare and check that that we minimised any pre-Race technical panics – if your race was scheduled for 15:04 you needed to be ready to go and not be updating your Concept 2 firmware!

In SF G (Sixth Form Girls), Sarah did a 7:36.7 for her 2000m placing her 20th and Susi came 33rd in 8:10.5. Keyan came 4th in his SF B 2000m with 6:14.4 (beaten by Obholzer in a stunning 5:54.7 and then athletes from CZE and UKR) with Oliver 43rd in 6.53.7. Keyan picked up a win in the JM4 (4x 2min) with a team from Junior Trials including Sam O’Connor (Lea RC – visited at half term Bewl camp) and Max Bird/Ed Fuller. Olly came 24th in the SF B 500m with 1:28.5 and Susi came 29th in SF G 500m with 1:49.7.

In Yr 9 B 4min, Jack came 16th with a PB of 989m and Anna in Yr 9 G 500m came 27th with a pb of 2.02.7.  In the Yr10 Girls 500m, we had Emma 7th in 1:47.5; Amelia 18th in 1.53.8 and Sienna 22nd in 1:54.9. In the Yr10 G 5mins, Emma came 9th 1255m and Amelia 11th 1233m and Sienna 18th 1149m.

In the Yr11 Girls 500m we had 6 girls entered. Biba came 6th 1:41.9 and Emily came 9th 1:44.3 and Sophie 11th 1:45.5. Saskia, Sofia and Ottilie came 22nd and 27th equal. In the Yr11 G 6 mins, Biba came 3rd and came Sophie 6th. In the same event Emily, Saskia and Lara all set PBs.

Well done to all our athletes on eight top 10 places and many PB’s and stepping up and representing Bewl in this international BRIC event.



After 6 months on land our BBRC Masters 8+ took to the water on Sunday. A fantastic sight, missed you guys, welcome back.




Summer Sun and beautiful water, Bewl Juniors with no events and only use of singles and family doubles, created our own event of Summer Games. Over the day with different groups, we did 360 stand up turns, The Gondola, fetch the ball, backwards paddling race. Happiness all around in a beautiful setting. It was also a good way to refresh our capsize drills ?.

406 Competitors
626 Crews
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Celebrating 40 Years of Rowing at Bewl - BBRC's first outing July 1977. Celebrating 40 Years of Rowing at Bewl - BBRC's first outing July 1977.
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