Crews from across the club headed to Peterborough to set of Star’s summer regatta campaign.
A busy weekend, the two day event featured a variety of entries from the Star Squad, with many making their 2017 regatta debuts.
Sculling Success For Senior Women
Ian Donald’s Senior Women squad were rearing to go to their first regatta of 2017, sending three crews over the weekend. Unfortunately though, the W.IM2.2x crew of Ellie Feltham and Gemma White had to be scratched due to illness on the Saturday.
First to take to the course in lane 3 was the W.NOV.4x crew of Becca Thompson (Bow) Sacha Lynch, Jo Perryman, Ingrid Holder (Stroke) in one of the most popular sculling events of the regatta. Despite a hearty performance the girls missed out to Rob Roy and Globe rowing clubs to make the final.
On the Sunday, Gemma White and Niamh Kelly took to lane 1 of the 1000m course in W.IM3.2x event. The girls didn’t have the easiest first quarter with a few minor collisions with the bank. However, they kept their cool and started to edge back in amongst the race. Winter training paid off for the double who roared through the opposition, crossing the finish line to to win the straight final in 3.55, the best time for the event all weekend! A fantastic effort and the perfect way to kick start their regatta season.
Masters mAKE THEIR MARK
Star Masters Women’s squad competed at Peterborough Spring Regatta in the Women’s C/D eights, Women’s D4+ and the Women’s E/F2x events, the latter two being in preparation for the following week at British Masters.
First up was the WMas E2x of Sue Lamb and Kim Taylor on the rough end of a handicap against some very seasoned and established double scullers from Peterborough, Champs and Broadland. Star put in a good, spirited performance to finish fourth in a tight race.
Next was the WMas D4+ of Julie Clarke, Lynne Taylor, Liz Appleton and Jo French coxed by Janet Williams. Initially down in fourth place after the start, the crew then rallied to row through Sudbury by the 250m mark and then took Loughborough in the last 20 strokes, ending up in second place, just a length behind a strong Peterborough crew.
Finally, the eight of Julie Clarke, Lynne Taylor, Liz Appleton, Jo French, Sue Lamb, Nicola White, Alison Winder, Janet Williams, coxed by Kim Taylor were up against a number of national champions in their race against Milton Keynes and Peterborough/Lincoln, the Lea sadly having scratched. Star put in an encouragingly good performance, staying solidly in touch with the mighty MK and Peterborough/ Lincoln crews until well over half way.
The Masters men entered boats in eight events over the two days.
On Saturday the David Gowing 4+ entered IM3.4+ (11 crews) and came second in their heat, won the repechage and came third in the final. A great effort.
On Sunday, seven Star Club Masters mens’ crews were racing, although in two events these were mixed crews.
The Masters D/E8+ came a close second to a Nottingham composite crew in a hard fought race.
The Masters D4+ event had a field of seven boats in two heats. In the first heat the Chillingsworth boat had a catastrophic rudder failure at the start and were unable to continue. In the second heat the Crook boat won and went on to finish a close second in the final.
The Masters E/F4+ was a straight final won by the Hunt crew for the third year in a row.
This race was closely followed by the Masters E/F4x. Won convincingly by the Thomson crew by a six second margin.
The Masters D4x Armstrong crew raced as a composite crew against all male opposition. This race was won by a very strong St Ives crew but came still came second overall. Rachael Armstrong went on to win very convincingly in her single in the W.MasC.1x.
The Masters C2x Boggis crew was also mixed and again raced against all male opposition. In an event of eight crews, they came second in their heat and fourth in the final.
Last but not least Lester Waugh raced in the Masters F1x and came 3rd in a strong field.