Winners: WMasE 4+: Karen, Paula, Helen S, Suzanne, cox: Charlotte Watts. Won final by 3 1/2 lengths against Putney Town, time: 4:08
Like all our racing crews this weekend, our E4+ have been training together for months, putting in the hours on the water and on the ergs. Expecting to have a semi-final race against a composite London crew, they scared the opposition off (they scratched) and progressed straight to the final on Saturday afternoon against Putney Town. They had a brilliant race, very ably coxed by Charlotte, and proved that hard work does pay off - winning by 3 1/2 lengths and giving the club an awesome finish to the regatta.
MasE 2-: Rod, Steve L. Lost in quarter final by 1 length to Upper Thames, approximate time: 3:52
Rod and Steve rowed a really good race, pushing Upper Thames all the way. They were disappointed to have been knocked out so early, but later results showed they were unlucky - Upper Thames went on to win and won both their semi-final and final by a lot more than they beat Rod and Steve by! 1 length more speed next year guys and those medals are yours.
WMasC 2x: Jenny, Helen M. Won quarter-final against Bewdley easily, time 4:12. Lost semi-final against Upper Thames by a canvas, approximate time 4:00
After a few years of going out in the first round, Helen and Jenny drew on all their training to put in a masterful performance to smash Bewdley on Friday. On Saturday they faced a much tougher opposition against Upper Thames on their home water, and despite an equally masterful and really impressive performance against a much bigger crew, battling all the way, they just lost out on the line.
WMasC 4+: Heidi, Lou, Jayne, Cath, cox: Chris. Won quarter final against Cantabrigian by 1 1/2 lengths, time 4:01. Lost semi-final against Marlow by 2 1/2 lengths, approximate time: 3:57
Just like our E4+, these ladies have been training hard, including going to Henley Women's Regatta a few weeks ago, so they knew the course well. Despite some nerves they had a powerful race on Friday, steadily pulling away from Cantabrigian throughout the race to win by 1 1/2 lengths. On Saturday they were up against Marlow, who had beaten them at Masters Champs and who they knew would be tough. Despite a gutsy push near the end they could not quite keep up with Marlow, who went on to win the final as well.
WMasC 8+: Heidi, Lou, Jayne, Cath, Helen S, Suzanne, Karen, Paula, cox: Charlotte Watts. Lost semi-final against Upper Thames by 1 length, approximate time: 3:40
Our 8+ was a simple combination of the two fours, giving us a very good crew without impacting too much on the training of the fours themselves. Their opposition in the semi-final was against Upper Thames - almost the same crew our C8+ raced against last year! This year it was a much closer race, with our ladies pushing them all the way and losing by a length. When you consider this was actually a D8+, entered as a C8+ to avoid timing clashes, and add on the age handicap... we can consider it a moral victory :-)