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Hammersmith Head 2014

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. 

Crews:

  • 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).

Clive Hallt

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. 

Doc Sutton

  I have just received news that Doc Sutton - Dr Grahame Sutton MBE, passed away last Sat on 8th March 2014, aged 85.

Doc Sutton

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.

Ian Wylie

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.

 Ian Wylie at Henley 2010

 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.

 

Pair's Head Win 2013

Congratulations to Andrea Finn, with Kate Grose on winning the Pairs Head Master's C 2-, coming a very creditable 252/437 overall (just beating Birgith Sims into second place by 3 seconds on handicap).

First strike of the new season to the ladies!

FISA World Masters Regatta Lake Varese 2013

Varese - 4 winsIf 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.

 

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Masters at Molesey Regatta 2013

Kingston Masters D Quad

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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Henley Masters 2013

Henley Masters 2013

Henley Masters was represented by Andy Tompkins and Birgith Sims this year and both came away with wins. The course runs upstream from Temple Island along the Henley RR course but in consideration to age finishes early at 1000m by Upper Thames RC.

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