Last weekend saw the clubs biggest number of wins in a day at one regatta so far this season. Ironbridge regatta raced over 1000m produced winners from all age groups. The Junior 17 girls got moved up to race Women’s Novice coxed fours as there was no opposition for them at their age category. The crew of Kiah Bradley, Sophie Evans, Maddy Whiting, Penny Gunn coxed by Grace Cox won three races to win their novices against tough opponents.
The Novice Men’s eight; a J16 crew of Joe Smith, James Myatt, Brendan Wrighton, Sam Clifford, Lucas Beech, Ed Frost, Elliot Grey and Rowan Matthews coxed by their coach Jo Atkinson won their straight final easily.
The others wins came from the masters section of the club for Drew Gittins and Chris Kowalik in their Masters C double and Louise Camm and Serena Gammond in their Womens Masters B double. The ladies doubled up on pots by winning the Women’s Masters C coxless quad after being joined in the boat by new IM3 Masters C National Doubles Champions Sally Levell and Zoe Benson. The final win on Saturday came from the Womens Masters C coxed four of Kim Martyn Smith, Jean Main, Jane Chiswell and Helen Hugo coxed by Kat Carlyle.
There was a win also on Sunday over the shorter distance of 500m for the newly appointed IM3 single sculler Sam Clifford who won his novices recently at Bridnorth Regatta, he won his first race at IM3.
British Rowing Masters Championships
The previous weekend saw the newley formed two day event of the British Rowing Masters Championships at Nottingham’s Holme Pierrepont Lake. With conditions starting off calm, flat and sunny on the Sunday morning for the Women’s Masters C coxed four semi final where the Bewdley crew cruised through to their final in the afternoon. The Women’s Masters C IM3 double of Sally Levell and Zoe Benson put the crowning glory to their hard winters training picking up a gold medal. There was a gold medal also for the Mixed Masters C 8 who had their first outing as a full crews resulting in the top coloured medal; the crew made up of both Women’s and Open Masters C coxed fours competitors was Mike Parker, John Hinton, Paul Carpenter, Nick Hinton, Jane Chiswell, Helen Hugo, Kim Martyn Smith, Jean Main and coxed by Kat Carlyle. They won their race easily in what was some what contrasting conditions from the mornings racing. The horizontal rain and strong tail winds stayed for the final of the Women’s Master C coxed fours event, the Bewdley crew battled the choppy water to come home with a silver medal for the second year in a row.
We had a strong junior presence at Bridgnorth with the highlight of the day coming by way of Sam Clifford winning his Novice single sculls. The J16 sculler trains very hard and made the step up from junior to race open novice and won. Quite a few of the Bewdley members were taking to the water to race for the first time. Bridgnorth is a round robin style regatta where everyone is guaranteed at least two races. All of our members won at least their first races, some went on to win their category outright with the Junior boys winning the Primary event for coxed fours coxed by Will Parker. Some of these boys only started rowing in September last year; these four boys then made up part of the eight that won the Men’s Novice eights event at Ironbridge two weeks later.
Four ladies who have recently completed their Learn to Row course, competed at Stratford Regatta in their Primary event for new rowers. The crew of Tania Butcher, Fiona McCartney, Rachel Foxall and Jenny Bache coxed by Grace Cox daughter of Fiona raced in stable fours saw off two opposition to win their first ever pot! They are coached by Laura Tuckwood who takes on the new ladies novices after they complete the Learn to Row course. If you are interested in having a go at rowing please look at our rowing page for more information.