Following on from a successful start to the season, the club has gone from strength to strength with record numbers racing at Remenham Challenge and Quintin Head.
The Remenham Challenge saw the first competitive action, and wins, for this year’s novice intake. All beginners, with the majority having only taken up the sport in September, both Men’s and Women’s crews took home the Novice Pennants. Both Senior squads also had strong showings, particularly showing great strength in depth across the board. Particularly notable results included a 3rd place for the Women’s A boat in the Elite category and 4th place out of 14 for the Men’s B boat in Intermediate.
A strong showing at Quintin Head indicated that Christmas was anything but a break. All squads produced strong showings indicating some hard work had taken place over the festive period. Highlights included the Women’s A boat posting the 6th fastest women’s time of the day, closing the gap on key rivals considerably. With just 8 seconds separating them and near neighbours Thames, the inaugural Casey Challenge in February promises to be an enthralling race.
The Men’s squad showed strong progress, with the A boat finishing 4th of 23 in Intermediate, and the B boat 3rd of 24 in Development. These results reiterated the competitive nature of the squad this year which is sure to drive further success as the season progresses.
Quintin also saw a first win of the season for our Masters, with the familiar faces of H Arbuthnot, M Cannon, M Hughes, M Warren, G Galavotti, J Cox, B Goulden, J Wetherstone and T Helliwell taking victory in the Masters B category. We will try not to mention slightly older crews which may have posted faster times on the day…
The Novice Squads also produced strong showings, all be it coming up against more experienced rivals . The Men’s Novice boat came within 2 seconds of taking the scalp of the Senior 4th boat. The Women’s squad also produced a strong result. They beat 10 crews in their category despite a very dramatic crab perfectly timed for the crowds at Hammersmith Bridge.
All in all, it has been a fantastic start to the season, with all squads growing in size and competitiveness as the season goes on.