Shrewsbury Regatta saw Bewdley advance their winning streak, with wins from Penny Gunn and Maddy Whiting in the Women’s IM3 Double Scull, Jake Main in the J16 single scull and the crew of Kim Martyn Smith, Jean Main, Jane Chiswell and Helen Hugo coxed by Kat Carlyle doubling up to take a double victory in the Women’s Masters C/D coxed fours and Women’s IM 2 coxed fours; all over the long course of 1000m. The later crew continuing on their World Masters gold medal success at the end of last season.
The highlight of the weekend has to go to the Novice section of the club. The Saturday long course showed triumph for both the Men’s and Women’s Novice coxed fours, 9 years on from the last double novice coxed four celebration. One member from then Kat Carlyle was back to win her novices this time in sculling with partner and fellow cox Alex Bushnell, who too won their novice pots in the Women’s Novice Double but over the shorter sprint course of 600m on the Sunday.
The Novice Men’s coxed four of the Berrow Brother’s Will and Tim, Will Proctor and Liam Thomas coxed by Alex Bushnell had a bye to the final but had to fight all the way to the last stroke to earn their novice pots; winning by a small margin of 4ft. They then raced at the next status up of IM3 on the Sunday but this time with crew change of Paul Raymant in for Tim Berrow, they held their own to win the first race by half a length. They then got knocked out in the final by half a length. Which to go and compete at the next level up just a day after winning their novices and get through to the final is some achievement.
The Novice Women’s coxed four of Becky Birch, Susan Carr, Briony Cartwright and Nikki Hodnett coxed by Lucy Gibbs progressed through three rounds; with a final win against University of Chester to earn them their first pot. The majority of both novice crews only starting after last years Pub and Club regatta or Learn to Row course.
On to the next regatta Worcester 20th May.