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James Townley

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Members will be saddened to  hear of the death on Friday 21 September of an ex-KRC member, Captain James Townley, who was killed in an incident whilst serving in Afghanistan at the age of only 29.

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Leviathan Outing 2012

The first new gathering of the Leviathan will take place on Sunday 12th February 2012 at 10.00hrs Lurch Ayling is unable to act as secretary so I am reverting to my original position as secretary/founder, until someone  more capable can be enticed into this much sort after post.

I have been supplied with a previous list of e mail addresses which was used to keep everyone informed about our meeting dates etc., but some are so unorthodox, not to say obscene, that I would be grateful to receive an email from all those who would be interested in knowing what the Leviathan is up to. This will allow me to know names against the mail address. I am aware that some still do not have e mail and I will have to find another way of contacting you. Please let me know even if you feel I already have this information.

My E mail is: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

My telephone number: 01787 8805756

My address: 44 Bantocks Road,Great Waldingfield, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 0RT

For those who have not heard of the Leviathan, it is a social gathering for all old KRC members, indeed any old rower, who wishes to meet on an ad hoc basis. Thanks to efforts from some of our members we try to supply a lunch, and for those who wish to find out how far their rowing has waned, we try to organise boats. This is not compulsory and indeed in some (most?) cases is not recommended.

Our meetings also of course allow us to keep in contact with, and continue to support our club.

Would all interested parties please let me have your e mail addresses.

Goz

Two wins at Veterans Head 2011

The Vesta Vets Head was held the day after the Tideway Head on 3rd April. Preserving the normal Vet routine of morning rowing outing, drinks at the bar, Sunday Lunch meant the race had to start at 9:00 just two hours before low tide. This added another minute or so to the time, unfortunate for those who thought the race was plenty long enough already, and even more unfortunate for those starting at the tail end in slack water.

The veteran squad boated an all Kingston men’s entry for the first time in a year or two. The Master’s D crew contained a number of new and old faces, and several who hadn’t been seen in their racing vest for a good while! - Steve Peters, Charles Worthington, Miles Fellows, Peter Fish, John Fitch, Steve Drury, Ray Merrall, David Livingstone and a somewhat jaded JP Salter as cox suffering from post Tideway Head party overindulgence.

In addition to the all KRC crew there were a number of members who could be spotted sporting their Kingston colours in assorted composite crews. Andy Kapica slotted into the winning bow seat of a six club Vet H crew (that’s an average age of 70-75!) with some very long standing crew mates. Birgith Sims stroked and won Women’s Vet D-F, Helen Gadsden raced in the 5 seat of a Women’s Vet C Eight, and Andy Tompkins rowed at 5 in another Vet D Eight.

Finish Position

Crew

Status

Time

Category Position

15

Kingston composite with Warwick BC/Walbrook/Poole

MasD

20:03.7

2nd out of 42

82

Kingston composite with Henley/TSS/Bradford/Sheffield/Minerva

MasG/H (H)

21:37.6

1st out of 7

93

Kingston RC

MasD

21:42.7

21st out of 42

139

Kingston composite with Crabtree BC/Walton RC/Dart Totnes RC

W.MasC

22:35.2

3rd out of 12

142

Kingston composite with Medway Towns RC/Walbrook/Barnes Bridge Ladies/Burway RC/Maidenhead RC/Fredensborg/Thames RC

W.MasD+ (F)

22:40.1

1st out of 9

Andy Holmes MBE

It is very sad to report the death of Andy Holmes MBE on 24 October 2010  aged 51.

Andy Holmes SeoulAndy rowed at Kingston in the early 80’s before going  on to win two Olympic Gold medals: Coxed Fours at Los Angeles in 1984 with Richard Budgett, Martin Cross and Steve Redgrave with cox Adrian Ellison;  and then in Coxless Pairs at Seoul in 1988 with Steve Redgrave (where they also doubled up to win a Bronze in Coxed Pairs).

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Alistair Graham

I am very sorry to inform you that Alistair Graham died on Wed 28th July 2010 in hospital following a fall at home.

Alistair was a former Captain of Kingston Rowing Club including the 1981 season when the Men's squad at Henley Royal Regatta reached three finals, winning the Goblets, the Prince Philip and narrowly losing in the Britannia Cup - the best results in a century. The Men's Pair and Coxed Four together with the Women's Double Scull of Astrid Ayling and Sue McNuff went on to represent Great Britain in the 1981 World Championships, a level of club rowing success unprecedented before or since.

As well as being a long standing and popular stalwart and coach of Kingston Rowing Club, Alistair was also a Vice President at Dittons Skiff and Punting club, Punting being a sport about which he was passionate. He will be much missed and I am sure you will wish to join with me in expressing sincere condolences to his surviving sister and brother, Deirdre and Charles and his nieces Victoria and Emma-Jane.

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KRC Veterans in Trakai, Lithuania.

The FISA World Veteran meeting 2008 took place in Lithuania on the East coast of the Baltic.

The FiveFive intrepid participants set off from Kingston with the weather forecast warning of strong winds, heavy rain and low temperatures. Oh great- here we go again. The rucksack was straining at the seems with warm rowing gear, gilets and waterproofs.
Even my fleece hat got packed after last years near hypothermia experience in Zagreb.
Flylal (the Lithuanian version of Easyjet) got us there with no fuss and no food!. So having checked into the B+B, a very nice guesthouse in old Vilnius town (described on their web site as a sexy hotel for sexy people, so just right for us) we raided a McDonalds for burgers, coke and chips. Not a cool start.

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Veteran Section Update Sept 2008


As you may well know, the weather Gods destroyed the Veteran Eights Head. Our all Kingston Vet A girls got as far as to put the boat on the water before the whole thing was cancelled, whilst the Vet E girls were still gossiping with their Czech, Canadian, Norwegian and Dutch crew members. So no chance to try the nice new Janousec eight, kindly lent by Tiffin, only a swig of beer in Vesta.

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Kingston Girl wins Olympic medal

Congratulations from Kingston Rowing Club to Rebecca Romero for her Olympic gold medal performance on the cycling track.

Rebecca Romero 

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