This weekend sees Vesta crews racing on our home stretch of the Tideway for Putney Town ‘International-Local-Olympic’ Regatta 2013 and a club sculler racing in the British masters champs at the National Water Sports Centre.
Vesta kicks off racing at 9am on Saturday in the women’s novice coxed fours versus Parrs Priory and at 9:10 we have our men’s novice eight racing University College London BC, so get down to the club early if you want to cheer! Fear not if you can’t get out of bed, we also have our men’s novice four at 11:55 and Jenny Cann is making her debut in the W.IM.3 1x at 16:40. Good luck! The full timetable of racing is here. I very much hope that our crews get a successful first taste of ‘summer’ pot-hunting!
On Sunday Fred Beaud competes in the MasC IM.3 1x in a straight final at the Masters Champs at Holme Pierrpoint in Nottingham. His race is at 15:20 in a full six lane line up, including RAF, Bristol and Birmingham scullers. The timetable is here. Good luck and I hope there will be some good racing conditions there!
The senior squads are now preparing for the final few weeks before respective ‘Henleys’ and you can see the Upcoming Events in the right column of big and small local regattas. There was some good racing at Wallingford, the men’s coxless four showing particular promise, with times comparing favourably with some excellent crews. (At Ghent last weekend that Pangborne crew posted the fastest time in 4- notably.) Unfortunately Poplar was cancelled, which the senior women were hoping to go to. Next competition is now likely to be the Met in two weeks for the seniors.
A few points regarding upcoming events to note: there is a new one-off “Coronation Regatta” in the calendar this year at Windsor to celebrate the anniversary of 60 years since the Queen was crowned, which is the week before Henley Women’s. Marlow Regatta at Dorney is ALSO a week before so it will not clash with HWR this year. Thus the girls can take their pick if they fancy (more side by side racing practice at Windsor I guess)…. AND there is the Rowing World Cup at Dorney over the same weekend as Henley Women’s Regatta from Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd. A veritable feast of rowing for avid supporters to manage. I say if you go to Dorney one day for the World Cup, you ought to get down to Henley to support our ladies on another!