Pub and Club 2016

Last weekend was the Pub and Club 2016 Regatta, it was a fantastic day of warm weather and exciting races.

The day kicked off early with the first race going off at 9.50am. We had a record number of mixed crew entries this year over taking the men’s and women’s by some margin. There were all sort of abilities from the rookies of Pub and Club to the avid annual returners. We had a variety of costumes too from spiders to Ariel the mermaid! There were some very close races with a dead head and also some races that were won by some distance.

Oarstralia the winners of the Men’s event are a crew from Stourport Rugby Club and after 7 years of fantastic costumes and a lot of trying they finally won!

What’s next for those wanting to continue rowing? well this year we are trying something new, our main regatta is at the end of July so this year all those that join after taking part in Pub and Club will be coached for a further 6 weeks to then race at Bewdley Regatta in the novice event in fine racing boats, a big step up from the stable boats used for Pub and Club. Come and see how our new members get on 23rd and 24th July when the regatta takes place.

For those that don’t know Pub and Club is a fun event for crews of four people men, women or mixed who have 5 hours coaching and then compete against each other over a 400m sprint on regatta day. The crews are guaranteed 2 races as the first round losers are entered into the ‘Best of the Rest’ competition to win an engraved medal. The winners of the main event, in the men’s women’s or mixed categories receive an engraved tankard each and a years full racing membership to the rowing club worth over £300!

The men’s winners were – Oarstralia, coxed by Derek Chapman
The women’s winners were – Cool Runnings, coxed by Adie Rogers
The mixed winners were – Revive A Drive, coxed by Captain Kat
The Best of the Rest winners were – Boaty McBoatface, coxed by Laura Ray

Marvelous Monmouth

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With the summer finally arriving, we had glorious weather at Monmouth Regatta where a few crews from Bewdley were competing. All the crews were racing the short Sunday sprint where we had two winners. The first coming from Mick Edmonds in his Vet E singles race over seeing local opposition from Ross to win comfortably. They say the sun shines on the righteous, and it certainly did for the women’s novice double. They had a tough final against Monmouth School, of which they came from behind to become the victors with a win of 2 lengths. The winning crew of Maddy Whiting and Penny Gunn have put in a lot of hard training over the winter in pursuit of their novice win. They are now looking to the National Junior Championships later in the season.

Also returning after over two years of not racing was Rich Jackson – welcome back!

This weekend, the juniors will be racing at Bridgnorth and the Masters at the National Masters Championships.

Solid performance for Bewdley

Shrewsbury Regatta
With last years regatta being cancelled due to floods, this year was somewhat different. The regatta went ahead with a large entry of races. Bewdley’s women’s novice 8 were attending their first regatta and came up against stiff opposition in Universities and Schools crews. The novice women’s double of Maddie Whiting and Penny Gunn narrowly missed out on victory but Bewdley came away with two wins; from a mixed double composite of Mel Gunn and Mike from Ross and the Masters D coxless 4 of Mike Parker, John Hinton, Nick Hinton and Rob Heath.

Nottingham Masters and Club Regatta
Bewdley attended this regatta for the first time, it was a good measure for those going to the National Masters Championships next month; to have a ‘warm up’ race on the multi lane Holme Pierrepont 1km course. The crews came up against tough opposition from all over the country. For once the conditions on the man made lake were nearly perfect, there was a slight cross wind but it was clam and sunny compared to the torrent it can be.
Bewdley’s women’s masters C coxed 4 were attending their first regatta of the season and were hoping to continue where they left off last year, which they did. They were in a full field final against Milton Keynes, York City, Stourport, Cantabrigian and Marlow; they led from the first stroke to the last with Marlow breathing heavily down their neck, they came away with the win in a time of 4.02.4 over Marlow 4.03.1 – crew pictured.

Worcester Spring Regatta

Conditions were testing with a strong head wind and changeable rain and sunshine, but this didn’t phase some of the crews as Bewdley came away with a couple of wins over the 850m course.
The masters D 4 switched from coxless to coxed as they continue their preparations for Masters Henley Regatta in July; deciding which class they will race in. With a win in both now this will be something they will have to think long and hard about. They over come two crews from Worcester and one from Stourport – The winning crew was Mike Parker, John Hinton, Nick Hinton, Rob Heath and coxed by Kat Carlyle.
Jill Grove just missed out on a win in her single sculls race. The other win came in the shape of IM3 2x Jimmy Watson and Callum Clifford, they had a strong race and cruised to victory over AB Severn.

The club will be hoping to continue it’s winning ways at Monmouth this weekend.

Bewdley open regatta season with a win!

At Evesham Regatta last weekend, Bewdley Rowing club’s winners were juniors Kiah Bradley and Sophie Evans competing in the adult women’s novice double sculls category.
With the three hard fought races over the sprint course, the youngsters from Bewdley had to overcome opposition from Gloucester University, Evesham and Llandaff in the final and despite tricky windy conditions showed their class by controlling each race from the word go. For Junior Captain Kiah and Sophie they have now won their sculling novices, for the club they have opened the regatta season with the first pots.

The masters crews from Bewdley in men’s quad sculls, mixed double sculls and Jill Grove in single sculls had good races but couldn’t quite match the speed of their opposition.

With the regatta season now underway and the river Severn at a rowable height, all the crews will now be looking forward to racing At Shrewsbury this weekend where they will be looking to bring home more pots.

Also club members are preparing crews for the Clubs annual Pub & Club Regatta on June 4th.

If you’re interested in trying rowing at any age contact the Captain

Medal winners at West Midlands Indoor Championships

Bewdley Rowing Club Team of 13 boys travelled to the inaugural West Midlands Indoor Rowing Championships last weekend, and as well as a medal haul of 3 silver and one bronze medals, came away with personal bests for everyone that took part.  With many only having started rowing last year, this was an exceptional achievement for everyone, and the year 12/13 event saw the Bewdley names against 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th and 9th place.

Each of the boys took part in an individual event as well as a Team event. With individual races for Year 12 & 13 of 2000meters, Year 11 (6 minutes), Year 10 (5 minutes) and Year 9 (4 minutes), the vast amount of time spent training indoors due to the river Severn flooding for much of the winter certainly paid off for everyone.

Bewdley again showed their strength in the Adult Team events with a second place for (Cameron Barratt, James Myatt, Brendan Wrighton and Sam Clifford) only narrowly losing to a strong Warwick Rowing Club Team.

Who took part:

James Myatt, Cameron Barrett, Brendan Wrighton, Sam Clifford, Joe Smith, Ed Frost, Ben Charlton, Cameron Chuter,  Dan Montandon, Nathan Child, Anthony Saich, Tom Kimberley and Tristan Gee.

If anyone is interested in trying rowing , please contact the junior coach Jo Atkinson or the Captain Kat –

West Mids Junior Championship and HoRR for Bewdley juniors

Sunday 13th was the West Midlands Junior Championships held at Worcester over a 2,500m course. The championships is to find crews to represent the West Midlands region at the Junior Inter Regional Regatta later in the season. Bewdley sent a junior 8 to take part, they won their category and were the 3rd fastest boat of the day. Which was a great result considering as a club we haven’t been on the water much this winter due to high river levels. This race was perfect preparation for the following weekends Head of the River Race.

Saturday 19th – HoRR Thames Tideway
For most of the crew it was the first time they had seen the Thames let alone rowed on it, it’s a bit wider and a long longer than they are used to at Bewdley! They didn’t let this faze them though and finished the famous boat race course in a respectable 21 minutes 33 seconds, 286th place. All of the crew are 16-18 years old and some only started racing last summer, “To be able to then go and race 4.25 miles on the Thames is a huge achievement and hopefully shows their potential for the season ahead” Kat Carlyle Club Captain.
The crew was from stroke to bow: Joe Smith, Sam Clifford, James Myatt, Brendan Wrighton, Ed Frost, Lucas Beech, Cameron Chuter, Ben Charlton and Cox Sophie Osborne.

Dinner Dance Speech and Awards

It’s great to see all of you here tonight; obviously the dinner dance was more appealing than trick or treating!
You probably won’t want to listen to a ‘this is your life’ story but here goes, back in 2008 I had a go at an event called Pub and Club completely by mistake; and managed to get through to the semi-finals after only being in a boat 3 times. Our coach happened to mention about joining the club and learning how to row properly! As I enjoyed myself so much with pub and club I thought why not? When I say I enjoyed myself, I enjoyed the competitive side of the event not the rowing side of it. I was absolutely terrified of being on the river.
It came to the time when I had to make a decision as to whether I wanted to join or not and pros and cons to me were equal, so it was going to be tough mainly because I was terrified of the river. At the time Craig who was Captain persuaded me to give it a go, it didn’t go without a few panicking moments and some members may remember I flatly refused to row on some occasions whilst out on the water – something I have since learned you never do!

Why am I telling you this? Well in 7 years of being a member I have gone from being terrified of getting in a boat to absolutely loving it – ok there is still the odd occasion I have a minor panic but now I never stop rowing. But more importantly I never thought 7 years ago I would take on the role of Captain let alone doing it for a second year! You have Craig to thank for me standing here telling you this. No, personally I would like to thank Craig for persuading me to join and also thank you all for allowing me to become Captain; it is such an honour and something I thoroughly recommend especially to all the new members in the room, who knows it could be you standing here in a few years’ time.

Moving on to the last 12 months, Bewdley has been represented at all the local regattas and heads. This season we sent 3 crews to the Women’s head, 3 crews to the Vets head and for the first time in a few years we sent a crew to the Head of the River. All the crews performed well with the outstanding result coming from the crew that went to the men’s head finishing 14thout of 50 in their category even with a number of novices in the boat. The senior men then went on to Marlow to test themselves; hopefully there will be more of this to come this season.
Also competing at a higher level we had the juniors 16 girls who brought home a bronze medal competing as a composite crew with Birmingham for the Inter Regional Regatta.
The few veteran members of the club represented Bewdley at Henley Masters Regatta which saw the women’s masters C 4+ go on to win, something that hasn’t been achieved by Bewdley for more than a decade. This same women’s 4 also won the veteran 4’s head of the river back in November last year again something that hasn’t been won in a many number of years.
We were also represented at national and world level by the veterans, gaining 3 medals at the National Masters Championships by way of the Women’s Mas.C4+ with silver and gold for the Mixed Mas.C 8 also Women’s Mas.C IM3 double.
We had quite a few novice wins last season, where some of the junior members stepped up to race at senior level, this bodes well for when they make the move to the senior squads. Also Mel finally won her novice singles.
We as a club have had 64 wins in total last season with:
• Juniors -6
o 5 boys and 1 girls
• Seniors – 19
o 13 men, 5 women and 1 mixed.
• Vets – 39
o 18 men, 18 women, and 3 mixed.
The members with the most wins last year were:
• Junior boys – Jake 4
• Junior girls – Sophie Evans 2
• Senior Men – Aston, Dave and Callum 7
• Senior Women – Kiah, Sophie E, Penny, Laura Ray and Jenny 2
• Veteran Men – Matt, H, Jem and Mike Parker 6
• Veteran Women – Kim and Jean 10 – topping the most number of wins for the second year running.
A few other things worthy of a mention from last season were possibly things that the people involved would rather was forgotten, there were:
• The Vet D 8 forgetting to take their riggers to Ironbridge as being men they all assumed someone else would do it!
• Liam for helping Roger get in a single, by holding the boat and then letting go, to which Roger then went for a swim!
• And also, Eddy and Paul thinking their sculling riggers had been taken by another club at Stourport head, because the ones they had were too small…. Once turned round they were big enough!

Now to the interesting part of the evening, the trophy presentation:
This year’s award winners were:
The Mayor of Bewdley Pot – Most Improved
Matt Hocking
Bewdley Carnival Youth Achievement – Outstanding Junior
Sam Clifford
Bill Ince Memorial – Outstanding Rower
Womens Mas.C 4+ Kim Martyn Smith, Jean Main, Jane Chiswell, Helen Hugo cox Kat Carlyle
Neil Brett Memorial – Non Rowing Achievement
Tony Bowen
Ken Sollom Memorial – Coach
Jo Atkinson
Stephen Kent Memorial – Cox
Kat Carlyle
Outstanding Achievement – Junior Development Squad
WJ16 4+ Kiah Bradley, Sophie Evans, Victoria Williams, Penny Gunn cox Grace Cox

Captain’s Report

After being Vice Captain for 3 years I made the step up to Captain and wondered if it was the right decision to make, especially as you hear people refer to it as the poison challis, but I can honestly say it has been an honour to be Captain over the last 12 months; it hasn’t gone without a few issues but I have enjoyed it so much I have decided to do another year. A year seems a long time and this time last year I had a list of focus points that I wanted to achieve whilst being Captain and thought I had plenty of time in which to do so. They say time flies while you having fun! There are still things I wish to try and achieve and hope to do so over the coming year, with the continued support from the membership.

My main aim for the last 12 months was to make the club more welcoming to all members and make a more helpful and integrated environment for everyone. Every member is important to the club and every member should feel that they are. Communication to members was also a high priority and I would like to think I have achieved both of these points.

My rowing related focus points were to:

  • Encourage crews to represent the club where realistically possible at national events.

Which we have done so by sending crews to the HoRR and Marlow for the senior men, WEHoRR for the senior women, Vet 4’s head, Vets HoRR, National Masters Championships, Henley Masters and World Masters for the Veterans and for the juniors The West Midlands Championship Head and The Inter Regional Regatta.

  • And to encourage recreational/silver members to attend events specifically for them.

We have done so by a number of crews taking part in new West Midlands Explore League and racing at local primary regattas.

On to the wins for the last 12 months:

  • We as a club have had 64 wins in total
  • Juniors -6
    • 5 boys and 1 girls
  • Seniors – 19
    • 13 men, 5 women and 1 mixed.
  • Vets – 39
    • 18 men, 18 women, and 3 mixed.

Bewdley have had a good season in terms of numbers of wins at local regattas, we have seen the vet men’s squad consistently do well throughout the year and have seen some recreational members making the step up to full racing and then going on to represent the club at the World Masters Championships.

The performances that have stood out this season are the juniors who raced at senior level to win their novices which were the J16 boys 8, the J16 girls 4+ and Sam in the single.

The junior 16 girls who competed as a composite crew with Birmingham for the Inter Regional Regatta and brought home a bronze medal, this was a superb achievement considering they didn’t have long together as a crew.

The senior men’s 8 that went to the head of the river and had a great result in their category then went on to represent the club at Marlow, the crew then split down into small boats for the summer and the four then went on to win at a number of local regattas throughout the rest of the season.

These are all worthy of a mention but I think the most notable performance of the season comes from the vets section of the club, by way of the women’s vet C4+. Starting the season off with a win at the Vet 4’s head of the river something that Bewdley hasn’t won in a many number of years. The women continued to go from strength to strength by bringing home a silver medal at the National Masters Championships and also doubling up to take gold in the mixed vet C 8 event also. The main event of the season for them was Henley Masters in which they reached the final last year and were determined to go one better this year; and that they did. Another milestone for Bewdley as it’s been well over a decade since we last had a win at Henley Masters Regatta. Congratulations to everyone who won this year and let’s hope next year brings even more success.

Moving on to coaching
These wins would not be possible without coaching and thanks must go out to all coaches for their efforts over the last 12 months. The coaches who are members of the club do not get paid and give up a lot of time throughout the whole year for the benefit of the membership and help to make the club grow on success. We are lucky to have the coaches we have but as with any other club could always do with more; even if it’s members just willing to give up their time to help out our existing coaches.

Boats – We have bought a few boats this year to fill in gaps in the fleet these being 2x, 2- and 2 singles, the rowing committee have decided we try and stick to the buy new policy where possible and the boat replacement plan has now been agreed and will be published shortly.

Learn to Row
Rachel James has run 3 successful courses this year and we have gained 14 new full members who have gone into the novice squads. Like Pub and Club, learn to row is a source of new members and needs to continue to grow.

Pub and Club
This year we were down on numbers from the past couple of years, although it made it more manageable in terms of finding coxes and running the day itself. We ran it in a slightly different format, with the white stable boats and with live commentary which seemed to prove popular, so we will look to continue this next year. Pub and Club is our biggest source for gaining new members, as a club we need to be talking to potential members and encouraging them to join. I would like to say thank you to Mike, Dave and Tim who as always give up a lot of their time to make sure the event runs smoothly.

We had 18 wins in total over the weekend that came from all sectors of the club. The whole membership helped out on weekend which made the regatta a successful one – Pete will say more.

Online membership
This was introduced this year and although it has provided the treasurer with a few headaches it has enabled the Subscription’s Secretary to produce an up to date database of all the club members without having to type up all the hand written copies like we have done in the past.

Fundraising and boat repairs
Everyone wants top boats to row in but as a club we don’t have thousands to spend year on year on equipment alone. We spend too much money each year on repairs, accidents happen but carelessness can be prevented. Our boats are old and tired but they would cost a lot of money to replace so we need to look after the ones we have.

For us to be able to purchase better standard of boats or replace blades that are worn we as a club need to think about doing some fundraising activities. So get your thinking caps on and let’s see what we as a whole can do.

The clubhouse continues to be under used, we need more events running and people to attend those events, and it is something we all need to think about pushing next year.

I’d like to thank the committees and their members for the hard work they have put in in making the club grow in the right direction and do what’s best for the members.

On to next year
My aims and ambitions I’ll be sending out but in a nutshell I’d like to continue to grow the membership of Bewdley Rowing Club, and integrate all the sections. I’d like to get the club competing as a whole at as many events as possible and also compete at the highest level. It would be wonderful to think we could have crews racing at all the National regattas and heads this coming year.

To finish off, I’d like to thank you the membership, as the general help from all members of the club whether it be on work weekends or helping each other out at regattas this year has been superb and has brought the club closer together. Without the membership the club would not exist, so thank you all for your support last year and hopefully next year we will continue to do the same. And last but by no means least I’d also like to thank Mike my Vice-Captain for supporting me and helping make decisions over the last 12 months and I’m glad to let you all know Mike has agreed to continue his role for the next year.

Captain Kat

Upton Beginners Regatta and Explore League Roundup

The final round of the West Midlands Explore League was hosted at Upton Beginners Regatta last weekend, with 9 crews from Bewdley, Ross, Stourport,  Hereford and  Upton racing against each other for the chance to claim the winners prizes.  Dispensing with traditional ‘pots’ , the League saw the prizes donated from Bewdley Brewery and the host Clubs, these ranged from crew/tea, prizes of champagne, beers and spirits to coach specific prizes of bike computers (to prove how far they cycle), instant mobile phone chargers (for emergencies) foam rollers (for coaching niggles), insulated coffee mugs (for cold mornings), and heart rate monitors (for more rowing specific testing)!

With a short course and close racing almost all of the League competitors also took part in the Beginners Regatta too. For some this was their third League competition and with up to 6 races, a packed day was had by all.

With each crew results added to the League series, the final overall League results were:

1st place and Overall winner of the League – Hereford men

2nd place – Ross women’s crew ( Sally)

3rd place – Hereford mixed crew – the ‘A’ team

4th place tied –  Ross (women B ) Ross (women C) Bewdley (Blazers) and Bewdley (Aces) and Ross (mixed)

5th place – Bewdley A

Whilst Upton/Bewdley women, Upton/Bewdley mixed, Bewdley Bewtifuls, Upton A, Upton B and Stourport mixed crews all finished on 1 win each with the Upton / Bewdley composite crew propping up the league!

Jo Atkinson Participation Team, Area Manager (Midlands & Gloucestershire) said “ the League has proved very popular, with entries growing at each event. What was pleasing to see were the numbers of supporters for a new style of competition. The races have been fun to watch and it’s been great to see how each crew has progressed. Clubs have joined together to help where people didn’t have a crew, so anyone that wanted to race has been able to. I am confident that next year this will be a bigger event and the Clubs are already thinking about other formats they can introduce”   

Nigel Archer from the Hereford mixed crew said: “I came into rowing after my daughter who coxed my crew today, encouraged me to have a go, but at 50 I thought I might be too old, but with Veronica’s Preedy’s coaching I have seen progression in my skills and those of our crew. She has taught us to focus on skill rather than racing and thrashing about, and this has been proved to be the way forward today as we have just won all the prizes !”

Chen Xi from Bewdley Aces commented “I only started 6 weeks ago and can’t believe how far I’ve come – and  we won the big event at the Upton Regatta too, I was so unfit and I can now keep up and my husband say I look like a rower!“

About Explore Rowing

The Explore Rowing programme is our flagship project to increase participation at grassroots level. British Rowing have part funded stable boat packages in 51 clubs and watersports centres. The venues then run learn to row courses following a structured programme. This initiative has led to an increase in membership for the clubs/venues involved.

The Explore leagues, as part of the Explore Rowing programme are starting up and growing in many regions – the format can be short distance side by side races, skills events or short head races. The emphasis is on fun (and safety) with the host club providing stable boat equipment. Teams are made up of up to six people – with any four to race, allowing for holidays or weekends away without worrying about your ‘crew’ are not able to take part. The social element to the day is very important, a BBQ or cup of tea and cake alongside rowing is a great way to enjoy your time down at the water.

and to finish the season

We have a small contingent of rowers who still wanted to compete at the last couple of events of the season. Going to Ross Masters and Juniors Regatta saw a win for Serena Gammond and Lou Camm in the Women’s Masters B 2x and to end the domestic season with Worcester Autumn Regatta we had a further two wins. One of which brought the Master’s Men of the club level on wins for the year with that of the Masters Women. The Masters D eight of Matt Floyd, Simon Thornycroft, Steve Price, Simon Collingridge, Mick Edmonds, Paul Warnett, John Fazakerley and Hadyn Hughes coxed by Penny Gunn won their race in style.

We had one other win at Worcester which was the doubling up of Simon Collingridge and Steve Price in a IM2 2x, racing against school kids the senior pair soon pulled away to victory much to some suspect steering from Simon! This win was for Simon’s novices.