Monthly Archives: September 2017

Allcomers Regatta 2017

Seventeen teams took part in Durham ARC’s Allcomers Regatta on September 24th, the best entry for several years. Numbers were boosted by 3 teams who had travelled from Whitby for the occasion.

Five men’s teams, five mixed and 7 women’s teams contested a total of 34 races over a 300 metre course on a round robin basis. The crews from Whitby Friendship Rowing Club performed well, winning most of their races, but as they were classed as experienced rowers they were ineligible for prizes even though their experience was of fixed seat rather than sliding seat rowing.

Waterboys won the men’s competition, The Square Blades won the mixed competition, and Ladies who Launch took the accolades in the women’s competition, holding off Wannabe Wags in an ergo relay tie breaker.

Other attractions were available to entertain a healthy gathering of spectators, including a BBQ and Pimms stall. Winners of the ergo challenge were James Kendrew for men, Annabel Sholey for women and Steven Curtis for juniors.

World Masters Regatta 2017

DARC surpassed all previous records taking a party of 36 rowers, some accompanied by non-rowing partners, to Slovenia for the World Rowing Masters Regatta held on Lake Bled over 5 days between September 6th and 10th 2017. Crews entered a total of 69 races, more than twice the number entered by the club at any previous championships. With such an expansion in the number of Masters wishing to compete it was necessary for the first time to take 2 trailers to transport the required fleet of boats on the 1900-mile round trip, a major challenge for the 5 drivers involved.

To accommodate the 4700 athletes and 6000 boat entries competing in over 900 races the organisers had to start a race every 3 minutes from 7am to 7pm over the four and a half days of competition, a remarkable feat of organisation, and an even greater achievement given the fluctuating weather conditions during the week, with sun, wind and rain in equal measure. All who travelled agreed that whatever the outcome it was a wonderful experience in a magnificent setting with races over the 1000 metre 8-lane course finishing in the shadow of Bled Castle.

For many of the party it was their first experience of the World Masters, while others have risen to the challenge many times, some virtually every year since 1996. The club has only once failed to return with a victory.

Fortunes were mixed, with 5 wins, 7 second place finishes and 6 third places. The first win came on Thursday for the men’s Masters G eight (above) of Derek Gordon, John Appleby, John Watkinson, Clive Cooper (Upper Thames RC), David Walker, Martin Judson, Micky Stevens and Paul Stanley, coxed by Emma Hocking, then on Friday there was a victory for the men’s G double (below) of John Appleby and Micky Stevens. Three further wins came on Sunday in the Mixed G double (Eva Rankin and John Appleby), then for Martin Judson, Paul Stanley and David Walker in a composite Mixed G eight including Colin Barratt of Ardingly RC and representatives from Hungary, Germany and USA, again coxed by Emma Hocking, and finally another victory for John Appleby, his 4th of the regatta, this time with a composite Mixed F quad including Tom Bishop of Quintin BC, Hilary Cook of Mortlake and Ailie Ord of Strathclyde Park.

John Appleby enjoyed the best return securing 4 second places – the F single scull on Wednesday, F double scull with Micky Stevens and G quad scull with Micky Stevens, David Walker and John Watkinson on Thursday, and the F eight with Tim Baker of Abingdon RC, John Watkinson, Paul Rutter, David Walker, Martin Judson, Micky Stevens and Paul Stanley, coxed by Emma Hocking on Friday.

The Judson, Walker, Stanley and Baker combination started day 1 of the regatta on Wednesday with a 4th place finish in the Masters E 4+. Several crews had their first experience of World Masters racing on Wednesday – Clare Woodward and Jacki Patrickson were 7th in the Women’s Masters D double while Kim Forster and Gabrielle Moore were 5th in the same event. Another 5th place came for the women’s E8+ (Sarah Rutter, Kim Forster, Hazel Stainforth, Gabrielle Moore, Helen Adair, June Davison, Susan Jackson and Angela Lund, coxed by Nigel van Zwanenberg). Susan Jackson, June Davison, Jacki Patrickson, Clare Woodward and cox Helen Adair had their best result of the week with a third place finish in the women’s Masters C coxed four. Andy Jaggard also finished 3rd in the F single scull, then partnered David Muse to a 6th place in the D 2x.

Thursday saw a 4th place finish for Hazel Stainforth, Helen Adair, Gabrielle Moore and Angela Lund in the women’s E 4x-. Joyce Collett had the first of three 4th place finishes in single sculls, the F on Thursday followed by G and E on Saturday, June Davison finishing 7th in the F 1x. Paul Rutter and David Oliver were 7th in the E pair. Julian Ringer and Paul Freeman of Cambois were 8th in the F 2x, Clare Woodward and Kim Forster were 6th and 8th respectively in the women’s C 1x, and Gerry Sharpe, Michael Seed, David Oliver, George Adair were 7th in the F 4-.

Hazel Stainforth, Gabrielle Moore and Angela Lund went one better than the previous day in the women’s F 4x- on Friday, a third place, this time with Joyce Collett completing the line-up. Paul Rutter was 5th in the E single scull, and Clare Woodward and Ray Dominy were 5th and 7th in the women’s D single. Gerry Sharpe, Michael Seed, David Oliver and George Adair again came 7th, this time in the F 4x-, Paul Rutter, Martin Judson, David Walker and John Watkinson finishing 5th in the same event. John Lund and Andy Jaggard were 4th in the G 2x, and Susan Jackson, June Davison, Jacki Patrickson and Clare Woodward were 4th in the women’s C 4x-.

Saturday was the busiest day. Results included 3rd for Paul Rutter in a composite D coxless quad, 8th in the same event for John Lyons, Julian Ringer, David Muse and Paul Freeman, 3rd in the G4+ for Micky Stevens, Paul Stanley, David Walker, John Appleby and cox Emma Hocking, 6th in the women’s F 2x for Hazel Stainforth and Angela Lund, 6th in the B 1x for David Muse, 7th in the C 2x for John Lyons and David Muse, another 7th in the F 4+ for Gerry Sharpe, Michael Seed, David Oliver and George Adair, this time coxed by Helen Adair, 4th in the F4+ for John Watkinson, Martin Judson, David Walker, Paul Stanley and cox Emma Hocking, 7th in the women’s C 2x for Clare Woodward and Susan Jackson, 2nd, 4th and 8th respectively in the G 1x for Andy Jaggard, John Appleby and Julian Ringer, 8th in the E 2x for Julian Ringer and Paul Freeman, 6th on the women’s D 4x- for Susan Jackson, June Davison, Jacki Patrickson and Clare Woodward, 5th for David Walker and Martin Judson in the F pair, and a 2nd place for Derek Gordon in a composite Masters H eight.

Sunday of the World Masters is reserved for mixed events drawn during the regatta, and is a further opportunity for competitors to form composite crews with other clubs. As well as the three wins there was a 5th place for Hazel Stainforth, Roger Stainforth, John Lund and Angela Lund in the mixed G 4x-, 7th for Paul Rutter and Sarah Rutter in the mixed E 2x, 2nd for Hazel Stanforth and Micky Stevens in the mixed G 2x, 7th for Kim Forster, John Lyons, Clare Woodward and David Muse in the mixed C 4x-, 5th for Kim Forster and David Muse in the mixed B 2x. 6th for Paul Rutter, Sarah Rutter and an Abingdon composite in the mixed E 4x-, and 8th in the same event for Clare Woodward, June Davison, John Lyons and Paul Freeman.

Full results are available here.

Official photos from Sport Graphics

Videos of G8+, G4x and F8+.

Explanation of Masters age categories – a crew can be entered in the age category corresponding to the age attained during the current year or in any younger category.

Age categories: A Minimum age 27 years or more
  B Average age 36 years or more
  C Average age 43 years or more
  D Average age 50 years or more
  E Average age 55 years or more
  F Average age 60 years or more
  G Average age 65 years or more
  H Average age 70 years or more
  I Average age 75 years or more
  J Average age 80 years or more
  K Average age 85 years or more

There is no progression system so a medal is awarded to the winner of each race.

World 100km indoor record

On Saturday 23 September 2017 Roger Stainforth of Durham ARC participated as captain, along with 16 others from around the UK, in a team of indoor rowers aged 70+ years who gathered in Newquay, Cornwall and set a world record in the large team (9 or more members) category, rowing in relay over a distance of 100km.

Each team member rowed 37 rotations, with Roger having the privilege of rowing the first and last rotations making a total of 39. The record took place on a Concept 2 Model E machine with each member rowing in turn for 20 strokes flat out, achieving an average of 161m per rotation.

The World Record time achieved was 5 hours 45 mins 8.1 secs, with a split time of 1.43.5sec per 500 metres and a rate of 36 strokes per minute.

As Roger (73) observed afterwards ‘It was no surprise that the time was 4m 42.1s faster than that achieved by the 8-man team who set the small team record of 5h 49m 50.2s at the same venue last year. Perhaps it could have been quicker but the noble endeavours of sport played their part with two 80+year olds in the team and one taking part only 11 weeks after a hip replacement.

Why Newquay? Tommy Gee who organises the event runs the Newquay Indoor Rowing Club, without his machines and organisational skills there would probably be no record’.

Boston Marathon 2017

This year we sent three crews to the Boston Marathon, the mother of all long course events. They rowed 50.2 Km (and some cycled slightly more) and performed extremely well in one of the toughest events on the rowing calendar.

First to set off were the J16 girls in the coxed quad, consisting of Catherine Musgrave, Jess Cooper, Mollie Coe, Honor Cessford, and Lily Sanderson. They kept up a good pace, and set a time of 4:33:35. In an impressive achievement, they managed to beat the course record by nearly three minutes. The previous record had stood since 2002.

Following close behind was Adam Morris in the J16 single, who won his event with an almost superhuman time of 4:19:45, beating his closest opposition by over 45 minutes, and the fastest J18 single by 15 minutes. Unconfirmed rumours report that the bottom of his boat is singed from the sheer speed he reached.

Last, and also fastest of the Durham crews, were the Masters D double of Rob Coe and Martyn Calkin. They set a time of 4:08:38, which is apparently ‘not bad for a couple of old men’. However, their success can easily be explained by the stash of jelly babies on board, which will have increased boat speed to previously impossible levels!

Report by Harry Coe, photos by Jo Coe

Results

Senior Women’s Squad looking to expand

The DARC Senior Women’s Squad is looking to expand after a successful 2016-17 racing season, and we are happy to accept novice and experienced rowers- get in touch via email (women’s captain Alison Danforth – womens-vc@durham-arc.org.uk) if you are interested in joining us for the 2017-18 season. We accept rowers throughout the year, and people new to the sport (those who completed a Learn to Row Course) in July through to September. We ask all rowers to commit to four training sessions a week, which may increase during regatta season. DARC is lucky to train all year on the River Wear, with additional strength and conditioning sessions in our indoor gym; a typical week’s training consists of four coached water sessions and two additional gym sessions. Occasionally we take our boats to the River Tyne where we have a bigger stretch of water to put some hard training to get ready for the long Head races.

See the Women’s Squad page for further details.

Great Tyne Row 2017

Three DARC crews took part in the seventh Great Tyne Row on September 2nd 2017, all mixed coxed quads. The event is a 25km row on the River Tyne in stable boats from Newburn to Tynemouth. Thirty-four crews took part in all.

Thirteen DARC members were joined by Roger Bean, now of Stourport RC, who had travelled from the Midlands for the occasion, and Victoria Dektereff of Tees RC, to form the 3 crews. As Roger and Victoria had each recovered from a stroke in the past and all the others in the crews have had family members affected by stroke it was decided to combine the row with some fundraising for the Stroke Association.

The Great Tyne Row is arranged by the Northern Rowing Council and attracts entries from around the UK. Because the number of stable boats in the region is limited, arrangements were made to borrow boats from Durham University, and to loan boats to other clubs who wished to take part, hence further complicating the already complex logistics of taking part and getting crews and boats to and from the start and finish.

With Tees RC’s trailer booked for a regatta at Hollingworth Lake on the same day, DARC offered to trailer the 2 Tees quads going to the Great Tyne Row, one of which was being loaned to Tynemouth RC, while one of the DARC quads was loaned to Tyne ARC.

This meant transporting 6 stable quads, but due to a clash with the World Masters Regatta in Bled DARC didn’t have a trailer capable of carrying that number, or a suitable vehicle to tow it, so it was necessary to borrow these from Durham University. Transport arrangements are always more challenging than the rowing itself.

Crews duly arrived at Tyne United RC kitted out by the Stroke Association and with appropriate team names. Stroke’n’Recovery (Elizabeth Judson, Sue Lyons, Roger Bean and Linda James, coxed by Clive Hole) stared in division 4 at 1.30pm, along with The FAST Crew (Vaughan Gordon, Victoria Dektereff and Jane Auster, with Dave Green and Steve Auster sharing coxing duties). Thirty Strokes a Minute (Chris Merchant, Colin Lawson and Nicola Field, with Kalpana Ganatra and Caroline Scholl sharing coxing and stroking) set off 10 minutes later in division 5. The latter two crews changed positions on the water at the halfway point.

All arrived safely at the finish line at North Shields before continuing across the harbour to land on the beach at Tynemouth, where another session of trailer loading awaited them before the BBQ and presentation of awards.

Fine conditions throughout made it a most enjoyable day. See the Great Tyne Row website for further details including results. The FAST crew and 30 Strokes a Minute finished joint 15th in 2hr 13 mins. Stroke’n’Recovery came 31st in 2hr 51 mins.

Tyne United’s open quad was the overall winner in 1hr 47min, with Weybridge and Weyfarers joint winners in the mixed category, and Weybridge also providing the fastest women’s crew. Will Hamlyn of Gateshead CRC won the Harry Clasper Award for being the first competitor ever to complete the event in a coxed single scull, using Gateshead’s Dory, James Renforth, and finishing in 3hr 04 mins.

Thanks go to our trailer drivers Mark French and Mark Bell. The event is co-ordinated by a small group of dedicated volunteers from the Northern Rowing Council. If you can help by supporting the event in future there is information about the types of support you might like to consider.

In total the DARC crews raised £1567 for the Stroke Association.

British Rowing UK Tour

Sixty-five rowers including Colin Lawson from Durham ARC took part in the 24th annual British Rowing UK Tour between August 24th and 27th 2017, thirteen stable coxed quads covering 40 miles of the Lancaster Canal from Preston to Tewitfield in three days.

Unlike 2011 when the UK Tour last visited Lancaster, rowers were greeted by dry and predominantly fine conditions with little wind, ideal for touring.

The Lancaster Canal was surveyed and constructed during the 1790s by Scottish engineer John Rennie. Being a contour canal, it has no locks, making life simpler for rowers, though it does have 122 bridges along its length, almost all too narrow for passage without shipping oars.

Accommodation for the group had been arranged by tour organiser Peter Barker of Upton Rowing Club at the Holiday Inn near the M6 exit for Lancaster, a perfect choice in a quiet setting next to the River Lune, and only yards from where the river is crossed by the Lune Aqueduct, the largest all-masonry aqueduct in Britain.

Day 1 on Friday was the longest of the three. A 20-mile coach journey united crews with their boats, coxed touring quads, before the latter were launched on to the canal for the first leg of 14 and a half miles, stopping at Bilsborrow after 9 miles for a packed lunch and visit to Owd Nell’s Tavern, continuing through beautiful scenery and passing numerous moored barges, and reaching Bridge House Marina at Garstang by mid-afternoon. This was to be the overnight stop.

Day 2, Saturday, was only marginally shorter, 13 and a half miles punctuated by lunch in the splendid setting of the Canal Craft Centre at Galgate. A lovely afternoon sculling through Lancaster followed before boats were hauled out for the overnight stop at Lansil Golf Club, giving crews a chance to walk to the Lune Aqueduct on the way back to the hotel. Saving the crossing for the following day there was the dinner and presentation on canal history by the chairman of the Lancaster Canal Trust to look forward to, along with an address by the chairman of Lancaster John O‘Gaunt Rowing Club, based just across the Lune,

A quad from Lancaster John O’Gaunt, recovering from the after effects of Storm Desmond and celebrating its 175th anniversary this year, joined the tour for the final day. After the excitement of the previous evening Sunday was a relatively short 10-mile affair, crossing the aqueduct then enjoying glorious views across Morecambe Bay towards the Lake District mountains beyond, and arriving at the northern extent of the navigation at Tewitfield in time for lunch at the Longlands Hotel, but not before negotiating the tunnel under the M6 motorway – wide enough for barges but not for sculling – so the onboard canoe paddle was brought into play to get through in the dark. Touring is not for the faint hearted!

The British Rowing UK Tour is arranged by BR’s Recreational Rowing Committee and has taken place each year since 1994. The 25th anniversary celebration will be a tour on the Thames in August 2018.