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KRC Coxes Win 4 Gold Medals for England at Home International Regatta

Two KRC coxes were selected for the England squad for the Home International Regatta 2016, held in Cardiff Bay on Saturday 23rd July. 

Adele Hing (KRC Senior Men's Cox) was selected to cox for England (Senior Men's 4+ and 8+). Scott Cockle (KRC Junior Cox) was selected to cox for England (Junior Men's 4+ and 8+, along with other GB Junior Triallists from Claires Court School, St. Pauls School, Hampton School, Bedford School and Canford School). 

Conditions at Cardiff Bay were tricky, with a strong cross wind and rough water and narrow lanes to contend with.  The Senior Men's 4+were up first and led from the start and sat ahead of the field for the entire race. They dealt with the rough water well and had a very strong 500m, fighting off the Irish crew in the last 300m to win by 3/4 length.

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Senior Men's Squad Regatta Season Report, 2016

The senior men began their Henley campaign after camp in Seville with a squad of 16 rowers and 2 coxes. A good addition to the squad was Leon Taylor who joined in early March. Leon previously won the Britannia Cup in 2012 with Star Club.

Our first races were Wallingford Regatta at Dorney and BUCS in Nottingham. In windy and rough conditions at BUCS we finished a creditable 6th in Championship 4- (Bow James Marsden, Hal Bedford-Payne, Jonty Webber, Str. Rich Sharratt). James and Hal also finished 7th in the Championship 2- time trial and Emil Biese and Ed Davies coming 15th/42 in the Int 2- time trial. Decent performances against top level opposition.

At Wallingford, both boats were entered into the premier Challenge events. Both rowed hard but were slow off the start and finished a bit off the pace. 8+ Bow. Tom Hopkins, Sam Tunbridge, Nick Pepper, John Coughlan, Leon Taylor, Andrew Bedford, Ben Handy, Str. John Ciccarelli, Cox: Adele Hing. 4+ Bow. Nick Pepper, Andrew Bedford, Ben Handy, Str. Sam Tunbridge, Cox: Prue Seaward

The Met regatta was up next, 4 weeks later:
Sen 4- Bow. Leon Taylor, John Ciccarelli, Hal Bedford-Payne, Str. James Marsden
IM2 8 Bow. Tom Hopkins, Sam Tunbridge, Nick Pepper, Ivan Zovich, Andrew Bedford, Jonty Webber, Ben Handy, Str. Rich Sharratt, Cox: Adele Hing
IM3 4+ Bow. Manny Powell, Marko Manning, Ed Davies, Str. John Coughlan, Cox: Prue Seaward

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British Masters Championships 2016

An exceedingly successful weekend for the Kingston Masters rowers with 8 gold, 3 silver and 2 bronze medal winning crews, putting us fifth place in the Victor Ludorum. In 2015 we won 3 gold medals so this is a significant step up.

KRC fielded a team of 10 men and 18 women this year, and 7 men and 17 women came away with medals.

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      Twickenham Regatta 2016

      Kingston's women enjoyed another very successful regatta winning four of the five events they entered. The novice men also had a good day, with both fours getting through a round before being eliminated and a very strong performance from the eight rowing up a status in IM3. They got through their heat coming from 3/4 length down at halfway by putting in an impressive push to finish ahead with clear water.

      The women's novice four dominated the event winning their heat, semi and final all by large margins. The eight got through their semi with some ease and then in the final they were 3/4 length ahead of Thames RC until half way and then put in a tremendous push to win by a number of lengths. The women's novice doubles final was an all Kingston affair, with both crews getting through a heat and a semi final to line up against each other in the final. Our masters D double looked impressive, powering away from their opposition early in the race to secure their win.

      Winning crews:

      W Mas D 2x Caroline Willett and Birgith Sims.
      W Nov 8+ Henriette Storen, Kakay Halle, Ulana Fries, Kirsty Warner, Amelia Reeves, Julia Dickman, Kam Grernsranoi, Holly Walmsley and Jen Hughes (cox).
      W Nov 4+ Henriette Storen, Kakay Halle, Julia Dickman, Kirsty Warner, Jen Hughes (cox).
      W Nov 2x Melissa Stockton and Molly Stalley.

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      Walton, Weybridge and Bourne Regatta 2016

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      KRC had good representation with lots of crews from junior, senior and masters squads competing. We had a very successful day with 6 wins and some notable performances from other crews. Lots of our younger juniors and novice seniors gained useful racing experience.

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       Women's Master A 2x Rachael Kugele and Caroline Willett

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      Adult Learn to Row Course 2017

      Ever wanted to Learn to Row? We run a Learn to Row course for adults every year at the start of our season, to offer a taster of our sport and to provide opportunities to join our club. 

      Why learn to row? 

      Rowing is a great team sport for men and women of all ages. It is an ourdoor sport that offers a full body work out and no expensive equipment is required. A desire to learn a new challenge and a willingness to be outside in a little rain is all that is required!

      • Our club rows on one of the longest and calmest stretches of the Thames between Hampton Court and Teddington Lock, with some beautiful scenery.
      • We have a history of notable International Representation.
      • We have boats specifically tailored to beginners.
      • A team of experienced coaches and rowers will lead the course.
      The course is designed for people who have never rowed before so no previous experience is necessary, but if you rowed many years ago and need a refresher this also works!

      This course is now fully subscribed.

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      BUCS Regatta 2016

      The Kingston University rowers attended the BUCS Rowing Championships in Nottingham over the bank holiday weekend. This is the largest regatta in Europe and attracts a huge entry from across the UK making most of the events really competitive - for example the men's beginner 4+ had 77 crews entered. Racing was in the format of a time trial followed by regatta racing in semis and finals. Events are offered in championship, intermediate and beginner categories. Nottingham produced its normal weather conditions with a nasty cross head wind over most of the regatta, leading to some of the minor finals being cancelled and some very testing conditions.

      We produced a really good set of results with each squad reaching the same or higher finals compared to last year.

      From the senior men, our Championship 4- of James Marsden, Hal Bedford-Payne, Rich Sharratt and Jonty Webber came 6th in the A final in an extremely competitive event. This was a great performance and our highest placed crew at the regatta. Alex Rachwel came 3rd in the B final of the Men's Beginner 1x displaying no fear in sculling over nasty waves to produce the highest placed beginner result we have had in a long time.

      The beginner girls 4+ of Ulana Fries, Lene Pettersen, Amelia Reeves, Emma Bleasdale and Liv Edwards came 4th in the B final from 63 crews which is the highest result compared to number of crews entered in an event for our crews. Our intermediate women made the C final in the 2x which was then cancelled due to conditions. Last year our top intermediate crew made the D final so this is a good improvement.

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      Junior Wins 2016 /17

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      JUNIOR WINS 2016/17

      Hampton Head:
      J16 4+ (Matt / Will / Harry / Jordan / cox: Max)
      WJ15 4+ (Halli / Hannah / Evelyna / Amber / cox: Sian)

       Weybridge Winter Head:

      WJ14 8x+ (Scarlet / Jessie / Liveen / Sophie / Alix / Charlotte / Sophia / Ella / cox: Megan)

       Teddington Head:

      WJ15 4+ (Halli / Hannah / Emma / Beth / cox: Sian)
      J14 4x+ (Ollie / Freddy / Ben / Daniel / cox: Megan)
      WJ13 8x+ (Sandrine / Maia / Hannah W / Layla / Annalisa / Olivia / Tallulah / Safia / cox: Issy)

       Kingston Small Boats Head:

      J16 4+ (Matt / Will / Harry / Jordan / cox: Max)
      WJ14 4x+ (Annalisa / Olivia / Safia / Tallulah / cox: Issy)
      Wallingford LDS:
      WJ14 2x (Alix / Ella)
      WJ14 1x (Jessie)


      Boat Naming Ceremony - 10 April 2016

      KRC held  a boat naming event at Canbury Boathouse on Sunday 10 April, to name three new boats. We had a number of distinguished guests – the deputy mayor of the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames, Councillor Geoff Austin; the deputy mayoress, Sheila Austin; Annamarie Phelps, chairman of British Rowing; Councillors Hugh Scantlebury, David Cunningham and Maria Netley; John Parrish, chairman of Canbury and Riverside Association – and Jacquie and Rod Payne, parents of Giselle.

       Our president, Peter King, was frustrated on his long journey from Essex by an M25 closure and our chairman, Mike Bate, stepped in to conduct the affairs of the day. The deputy mayor congratulated the club on the great contribution that KRC makes to the Royal Borough and Annamarie Phelps spoke inspirationally on the unique nature of rowing and how it forms peoples lives – better than any other sport! Next we had the Jack Petchey awards – the deputy mayor presented a leadership award to Chris 'Foxy' Fox and Annamarie presented a range of Petchey awards to ten members of our junior squad

       We named three Boats:

      The new eight was named Giselle after Giselle Cowie (née Payne) who died at the tragically young age of 43 in September last year from cancer.  Ian South, who coached Giselle in the 1980s, brought her memory to life and then Rod and Jacquie spoke emotionally of the their daughter.  The naming was by Giselle’s husband, Jamie, and Giselle’s children, Will, Ollie and Jess.   Also present with their families were Giselle’s sisters, Georgina and Gabrielle, both former KRC rowers.  

       A new four was named Foxy, after Chris Fox, a much loved member of the junior coaching team.  Chris launched the successful grant application to Sport England which allowed the purchase of the boat.  Chris Griffiths spoke fondly of Foxy who then poured the champagne and named the boat.

       Last but not least, the new pair was named after ‘club treasure’ David Ford, universally known as Dinsdale – so that is the name of the boat!  Mike Bate emphasised the unrelenting work that Dinsdale does behind the scenes to keep Canbury Boathouse going.  David then poured the champagne and named the boat. A crew made up of all squads at the club took 'Giselle' out for a row after the naming (pictured  below), whilst senior men James Marsden and Hal Bedford-Payne took the pair for a row.

       Thank you to Dermod Sweeney for organising the event and to all who attended - it was a great occasion!

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