{Squad Update} Masters Squad Review of the Season

Another season is nearly over and we thought the small but committed masters squad should review its achievements of the past year..
The focus of the season was on the Vet Fours Head, the Vesta Veterans Head and summer regattas including Henley Masters. With the use of Villain in the autumn we thoroughly enjoyed the run up to the Vet Fours Head; we had some satisfying outing and time-trials in the run up and had a good result on the day. There were also several notable performances in the Pairs Head and Scullers Head.  The spring saw a good run of eights heads including the Remenham, Quintin and Vesta Veterans Heads which were ably coxed by Glyn and then Janet.
Summer racing at local regatta resulted in a win at Twickenham and near misses at several other regattas. We made a return to Henley Masters in two crews and we hope to build on this next year. We particularly enjoy joining other squads for summer racing so please let us know when you plan a regatta or head.
The core training is individual sculling in singles during the week and quads or doubles at the weekends. We continue to join with Thames and London vets for early morning sculling under the auspices of the Putney Embankment Sculling Club and we are found on the water most days, always including some of our committed women’s group.
Land training has been carefully focused on optimising the relationship between marginal effort and the marginal gains and hopefully we have not done so much training as to reach the point of diminishing returns. 
We have integrated a few new members including Jiri Rasek and Kim Williams and have seen the notable return to crew rowing of long term member Tom Moisley. We are able to take a few new experienced members each year but unfortunately we have limited coaching to teach sculling and steering.
Thanks to the Captain for his support and the allocation of some quality boats and to coaches, including Andy Carson, Leigh Curtis Green and Wendy Armstrong, for letting us join their squads for training pieces,  and to Judith Howell for helping scullers with certification.
Mike Furgueson will relocate back to the US at the end of the summer and take his beautiful new Carl Douglas with him. We thank him for his contribution to club life over the past few years and hope that we can row with him in North America in the future.
Any review of the season would be incomplete without thanking Bryan Williams for organising crews and keeping us on the straight and narrow. Without his enthusiasm we wouldn’t have got to the start line for many races and without his calls maybe not to the finish line either.
Next year we would like to add more focus to the water sessions with more timed pieces and side by side work and hopefully some more outings in an eight.
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