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In the words of Vince Lombardi "winning isn't everything but the thought of winning is". This thought entwined with the renewed collective passion of the women's senior squad to achieve our very best has been the driving force behind our training camp at the club over the Easter break.
The Senior Men raced at Hammersmith Head on Sunday 9th March in glorious spring sunshine. The weather was in stark contrast to the preceding 2-3 months which had confined the squad to the ergs. The race was only the 7th water outing for the squad since 20th December! KRC I went off 13th which is where they would finish (3rd out of 8 in IM1). KRC II went off 18th and finished 56th (13th out 18 in IM2). The expectation within the squad this year meant that the crews were slightly disappointed with their result but perhaps not too surprising given the lack of water time. The stroke rate of both crews was significantly lower than the opposition. However, with the river now off Red Boards, a reorganisation of the crew line ups and more water outings, both crews have every hope to be able to significantly improve on the Hammersmith results at Kingston and the Tideway Head.
- KRC I (Matt Piechowicz, Chris China, Ali Lee, Andrew (Jeremy) Bedford, John Keen-Tomlinson, Ertan Hazine, Jon (Mac) Mackinney, Hal Bedford-Payne, JP Salter (cox).
- KRC II (Rob Blackie, Tom Rawlins, Adam Dracott, Piers Morgan, Elan Schoonmaker, Chris Churchett, Jonny Davies, Sam Richards, Mikey Lowarth (cox).
Sadly I have just heard that another Life member, Clive Hallt passed away on Mon 10th March 2014. Clive was Chairman of the Regatta Committee that moved the Kingston Regatta to its present location and was an inspiration and coach behind the Saxon Boat Club and various other antics in the late `60s and early `70s.
There will be drinks in memory of Clive in the Saddlers Arms at Send from 1.00pm on Saturday 29th March. There will be no formal service - in line with Clive's wishes and because he bequeathed his body for medical research.
I have just received news that Doc Sutton - Dr Grahame Sutton MBE, passed away last Sat on 8th March 2014, aged 85.
Doc was a long time rower at Kingston, joining in 1970 and continued to row until some years ago in a vintage wooden veteran coxless 4 that was nearly as old as his rowing kit! He had a sharp wit, but was always sympathetic and helpful with any athlete's ailments. Doc received his MBE whilst serving as a medical officer with the Royal Norfolks in the Cyprus emergency in 1956. In the midst of a forest fire and despite 2nd degree burns to his arm, he went in search of survivors and attended half a dozen soldiers needing first aid.
The funeral is at Croydon Crematorium. CR9 3AT on Thursday 27th March at 2.15 p.m.
Family flowers only. Donations, if desired can be made to the National Autistic Society c/o W A Truelove & Son Ltd, 107 Stafford Road SM6 9AP oronline.
It is with deep regret that I have to inform members of the death of Ian Wylie during the night of 26th February 2014. Ian joined the Club in the early sixties and played an active part in KRC until moving to Kent in the mid seventies. In recent years, he returned to Kingston and has been helping out with coaching and became a regular member in the Leviathan squad outings.
Ian's funeral will be held at the Tunbridge Wells Crematorium at 2.30pm on Wednesday 19th March.
Jackie, his wife, has asked as many as possible attending the funeral, to wear their Henley blazers to celebrate Ian's long association with the sport.
If you ask some of the more senior members of the club what the Veteran regatta is about, they will likely regale you with stories of ‘having a pull’ quaffing a lot of beer and a party where you might ‘get lucky’. 20 years ago, that was not so far of the mark. If you knew which end of an oar to hold, the chances were that you would come home with a win.
Today, veteran, or as it is now known, Masters Rowing is a very different story. Gone are the beer bellies, the purple faces of heavily puffing unfit middle aged men trying to recreate their youth.
FISA World masters is now the largest regatta in the world, with races running every 3 minutes for 4 days. If you want to see luscious legs in lycra, come along. The idea of continuing to race as the years roll on has indeed caught the imagination of rowers from across the globe with 39 different nations represented.
Well done to Charles Worthington, Neil Bascombe, Miles Fellows and Steve Drury (L to R in pic) on winning the Masters D Quadruple sculls at Molesey Regatta. They raced Eton Excelsior in their heat before beating Maidenhead in the Final by a comfortable 3 lengths.
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If you finished your rowing career a few years back, concentrated on climbing the corporate ladder or raising the family, but now feel the pull of the river, the KRC veteran squad may be just what you need.
This section of the club currently boasts competitors from 27 years to well above 60.
It is a very successful branch of the club, having returned from last years world meeting in Zagreb, Croatia with 21 medals with wins in all boat types from1x to 8+.
We had representatives in the first eights for both the men’s and the women’s Head of the River, as well as 2 eights entered for the sadly cancelled veteran Head.
The club is planning to send crews to Veteran Nationals at Nottingham in June, Veteran Henley in July and the World meet in Trakai, Lithuania in September.
We expect a significant number of wins.
As the club is operating an inclusive policy, we have had the benefit of training with the senior squad under the professionally led coaching team, headed by Ian South.
We are always looking to expand the group and welcome newcomers.
There is an opportunity to do as much training as you want, but also the benefit of being able to take a weekend off for less vigorous activities, without the risk of being dropped.
If you are considering getting back into a boat and rekindle the old competitive spirit, please contact Birgith via email to xxx or leave a message in the club letter rack.
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