On Monday, October 29th we welcomed John and Caroline Turnbull from Weyfarers Rowing Club and British Rowing’s Recreational Rowing Committee, who joined the daytime rowers for a paddle before retiring to the clubhouse for soup and bacon sandwiches prepared by Gene and helpers, where they addressed members about the virtues of rowing tours.
John and Caroline gave a report on this year’s touring activities including the 25th anniversary British Rowing UK Tour which took place on the River Thames in August and September. The 2019 UK tour will be to the Lake District, while the bi-annual European tour will be to Lithuania. Details will be available soon.
It has been an exciting year for recreational rowing, with British Rowing securing a sponsorship deal with Charles Stanley Wealth Management
in March for the provision of a package of stable touring boats, trailers and equipment, which are being made available for events around the country. Durham ARC members have also taken part in tours to the Norfolk Broads
and on the Canal du Midi
The visit provided an opportunity for John to indulge in some reminiscing with Charly Curtis. The two were crewmates in 1967.
Pictured (top) are Charly Curtis, Caroline Scholl, John Turnbull, Caroline Turnbull and Colin Percy (Northern Rowing Council).
The 2018 Northern Explore Series reached its conclusion on October 7th with the final round, the last of 7, taking place in breezy conditions at Tyne Amateur Rowing Club.
Completing its seventh year the competition is organized by the Northern Rowing Council and is aimed at novice and recreational rowers, those returning to rowing after a break, and racers who have retired from competition. It offers fun but competitive side by side racing in stable coxed quads or fours over a short course at selected venues around the region on the first Sunday of each month during the Spring and summer season, providing opportunities to visit Berwick, Tynemouth, Talkin Tarn and Hexham as well as the Tyne and Durham clubs.
The winner’s prize in the open league was presented to Barcing Mad from Berwick ARC (the club’s first success in the event), while Tynemouth Buoys from Tynemouth RC were runners-up. The women’s league has been a close contest all season between TURC Ducks from Tyne United RC and Tyne of your Life from Tyne ARC, and a victory for Tyne ARC in their head to head brought the two level on points, so it was agreed that the winner’s prize would be shared.
After winning prizes in both competitions last season Durham ARC fielded scratch crews in each round of the open league this year, while Rock on d’Arc (consisting of Margaret Richardson, Maureen Miller, Linda James and Denise Greenwell, and coxed by Caroline Scholl), who only took part in the women’s league from the third round onwards, failed to claim third place in the league by a single point.
The background to the Explore Series is explained on this page of the Northern Rowing website, on which the draft timetable for 2019 can also be found.
New teams are welcome to enter next year’s competition which starts in March 2019.
Entries are now open for Durham Autumn Small Boats Head. Closing date is Saturday 3rd November but we expect the competition to fill up early so don’t delay!
The 2018 autumn heads season got underway on the Tideway with the Pairs Head on October 6th with 470 crews representing clubs from across the UK, and Juniors, Seniors and Masters rowers racing in pairs (sweep-oar) and doubles (sculling) in age categories ranging from J16 to Masters H (70+).
The race starts at The Boat Race finish post downstream of Chiswick Bridge and finishes at Harrods Wall downstream of Hammersmith Bridge, competitors being timed over the course of approximately 4.5km.
Blustery conditions played their part and a troublesome northerly breeze meant the race was in doubt until given the go-ahead only 2 hours before the scheduled 3pm start.
Durham ARC was represented by Kim Forster and David Muse, boating from Cygnet Rowing Club and putting in a great performance in challenging conditions on their first outing in the competition to finish second in their category in a Mixed Masters B/C double scull, and 223rd position overall in a time of 16m 26.9s, adjusted for masters handicap to 16m 18.56s.
The event is organised by Barnes Bridge Ladies Rowing Club (BBLRC). The final results are posted on the BBLRC website.
Photos are available from Ben Rodford Photography and AllMarkOne.
The Pairs Head is the first of several rowing events taking place on the Thames during the autumn months. The Head of the River Fours and Veteran Fours Head take place on November 3rd and 4th, followed by the Scullers Head on December 1st, before the focus shifts to eights heads after the New Year, including the Schools’ Head on March 15th, Women’s Eights Head of the River Race on March 16th, Head of the River Race and Veterans’ Head on March 30th and 31st 2019.
The Regatta season drew to its conclusion with around 100 entries for Durham Autumn Sprint on September 29th. Traditionally this is an event that appeals mainly to junior competitors and this year was no exception, with Durham ARC, Durham School, St Leonard’s and the Tyne clubs well represented.
For the second year omnium competitions were included for J13 to J15 scullers. This entails single and double scullers carrying out skills exercises next to the landing stage, including roll-ups, hands off at the catch, 360 degree spins and standing rigger dips, before continuing to the start line for a time trial and side by side races over the 500 metre course.
Another feature was a good sculling competition between members of the DARC senior squad.
Undeterred by the 4000 mile journey four members of the Masters squad headed for the early autumn heat of Sarasota-Brabenton in Florida for the 2018 World Rowing Masters Regatta, joining athletes from 48 countries taking part in 445 races over the 4 days between September 27th and 30th, with the USA accounting for more than half of the 2000 competitors.
The combination of George Adair and Paul Rutter was first to take to the water on Thursday, placing 4th in their heat of the Masters E double sculls (age 55 to 59) behind Australia, Peru and the USA.
The best performance came from Paul Rutter on Saturday, finishing 5th in heat 4 of the Masters E single sculls. This was the event with the most entries in the regatta, with 12 finals being raced. Paul was also the fastest of four scullers representing Great Britain across the 12 heats, completing the 1000 metres in 4m 18.41s.
As is customary at the World Masters the Sunday of the regatta is reserved for mixed races, which was the opportunity for Sarah Rutter and Helen Adair to join in to form the only Mixed Masters E coxless quad representing GB, taking 5th place, with the opposition consisting of 5 USA crews and one from Brazil.
Earlier on Sunday Paul and Sarah finished 7th in a Mixed Masters E 2x against opposition from USA, Denmark, Brazil and an International crew.
All the results are on the Regatta Timing website. Regatta photos are from meinruderbild.de.
The 2019 World Masters Regatta takes place on September 11-15th at Lake Velence in Hungary.