A fantastic start to the regatta season!
The Juniors flourished at our very own regatta last weekend, snatching 6 wins!
"All the junior squad raced and represented extremely well. Congratulations to: Edward White (J17 1x), Jack Colliver (J16 1x), Joe Rubens and Ollie Sharp (Nov 2x) and Catherine Upex (WJ15B 1x). Special mentions must go to two boats however, who were racing for the first time in their combinations (Ed Tame and Harry Ashby) who managed to win J15 2x in emphatic style, and also to the WJ14B 4x of Eda Colliver, Abi Ngwang, Willow Tucker and Leah Rands coxed by Riachard Webb who on their first ever race day, managed to win their event, beating crews from both Bedford Modern School and Bedford Girls schools crews." - Ally Satchwell, Head Jr Coach.
The Masters squad continued the winning streak both at Star Regatta and at National Masters up at Nottingham. With multiple gold and silverware brought home.
Chris Callow with his composite Star/Peterborough/Leicester crew to go onto win Gold in B Quads.
Star's second Gold of the day then went to the F4+ Crew. They were down by a fraction at the the start but rowed through the field to lead by about a little under a length at the halfway stage. However The Star crew kept the pressure on and crossed the line a quarter of a second ahead despite a spirited comeback from Upper Thames in the final 100m.
The F quad of Andrew, Lester, Hugo and Dick came together fairly late in the season, but that didn't stop them coming through to pick up silver with an impressive finish time of 3:22:16. At the start of the season Lester’s goal was to win a medal at the Champs and Dick’s was to win a seat in a sub 3m 30 secs quad – mission accomplished boys!
David undertook his first side by side sculling race in the D 1x at Nottingham after teaching himself to scull. The conditions were blustery however he raced on to pick up a silver, just a second behind the winner.
David (a very busy man that weekend it would seem!) and Lester had just two short sessions together before taking their chances at the IM3 E 2x. They had five crews in their heat and had a reasonably good row to finish third and qualify comfortably for the final. In the final they had a blistering start and were a length up after 250m. Settling into a strong rhythm they were both quite surprised to find their lead increase to two lengths by the midway point. They held the rest of the field at bay to the finish line eventually winning by nearly six seconds to take a very surprising, yet extremely well deserved gold medal.
Finally, the The Star E8+ qualified comfortably for the final in fourth place with five of the six crews going through. The field for the final was very strong with two composite crews from the Tideway, Tyrian/Quintin and a three way composite led by London Rowing Club.It was a very fast start which left Star near the back of the field. At the halfway stage Star had moved up to fourth and looking out of medal contention. However in the third quarter of the race Star continued to move back on the leaders and eventually overtook Tyne in the last twenty strokes taking a well-deserved bronze medal and finished just a second back from London in the silver medal position.
Overall, a very successful few weeks for our club with some fantastic racing. We're looking forward to seeing what else this regatta season has in store for us!