The Women’s Masters C (average age 43) coxed 4 crew of Helen Hugo (far left), Jane Chiswell (far right), Jean Main (2nd left), Kim Martyn Smith (2nd right) and cox Kat Carlyle (middle) became World Champions at the World Rowing Masters Championships Regatta in Copenhagen on Friday 9th September, competing at this level for the first time. On the multi-lane, 8 lane lake Bagsvaerd they beat 7 other crews from Norway, Ireland, Germany, 2x USA, and 2 other GB crews from neighbours Stourport and Thames crew Son’s of the Thames Rowing Club. The crew had a strong fast start in what were near perfect conditions and were out in front very early on, they had to fight of a strong push from the Norwegian crew in the lane next to them just before halfway but they kept their composure and settled into their rhythm rowing long and strong and put in a push themselves to go clear of the rest of the pack. Coming into the last 200m of the 1000m sprint Son’s started to real in Bewdley and we gaining every stroke, but some good calls from the cox and response from the crew saw them over the finish line in first place. It went to a photo finish but the verdict was given as a canvas just under 7 tenths of a second.
Captain and cox Kat Carlyle “It was a close and exciting race to be part of, no one was going to take that medal off us, we absolutely nailed it from start to finish, whatever I asked the crew to do they did. As a crew member I am immensely proud of what we have achieved and as Club Captain it is an incredible achievement for Bewdley Rowing Club, it has been a very long time since we had a World Masters win.”
This women’s crew is full of accomplishments for Bewdley Rowing Club, in 2014 they won the Veteran’s 4s Head of the River Race on the Thames; a first for a Bewdley women’s crew. They then went on to win at Henley Masters Regatta in 2015 something that hasn’t been done for well over a decade in the club and now they have become World Champions winning at the World Rowing Masters Championships Regatta.
After winning in the 4 on Friday they then teamed up with Marlow to make a Women’s Masters C 8 and race in a scratch 8 on the Saturday, the race was the first time the crew had been in a boat together. They had some strong competition against Lea who finished 2nd just 3 seconds behind the composite crew of Bewdley and Marlow, making both crews Double World Masters Champions.
Bewdley send over a large contingent of rowers, 31 in total with many spectators going too, we had entries in both sculling and sweep oar event and in boat sizes, from singles through to 8s.
The regatta itself:
3000m competitors from 47 different countries
8 Multi lane course – Lake Bagsvaerd
Masters rowing age categories from A (average age 27) to K (average age 85)
More pictures can be found in the gallery below: