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Two pennants for LRC at Vesta Veterans' Head

At the Vesta Veterans' Head on Sunday 26 March 2017 London claimed 4th and 5th place overall, in a field of 231 crews. 

The Masters E crew, containing three former LRC captains, finished fourth with a seven second gap over their nearest rivals and just under half a second in hand over LRC's much younger Masters B crew, who also won their division.  London's Mixed Masters A eight finished 63rd overall and second in their category. We congratulate all crews on these superb results!


London's Masters E eight




Remenham Challenge raced in thick fog

The 2016 Remenham Challenge race took place on Saturday 17 December. Race day was misty, but calm. Visibility was poor in the morning and there was some doubt as to whether the race would go ahead.   Luckily the fog lifted to a degree and racing was able to start in the calmest conditions for racing many have had for a long time.

LRC's first boat (elite category) came 4th overall, not what we hoped for but it gives us a lot to work on leading up to the Boustead Cup.  The 2nd and 3rd boats came 9th and 14th overall finishing 2nd and 3rd in the Intermediate category.  The Vets put in their standard dominant performance and finished 1st and 2nd in the Masters category.

The top half finished as follows (placings based on handicap):

1  Thames (Thomas) Open Elite 10:36.88

2  Molesey (Douglass) Open Elite 10:39.60

3  Kingston (Fellows) Open Elite 10:55.20

4  London (Cummings) Open Elite 10:59.86

5  Thames (McDonald) Open Intermediate 11:04.61

6  Molesey (Wilkins) Open Elite 11:07.13

7  London (Harries) Open Masters D 11:46.63

8  Thames (Curry) Open Elite 11:16.79

9  London (Parnell) Open Intermediate 11:17.90

10 Thames (Hardy) Open Elite 11:20.00

11 London (Halford) Open Masters C 11:40.46

12  Molesey (Hardy) Open Novice 11:25.61

13  Thames (Ippolito) Open Masters C 11:48.63

14  London (Freeman) Open Intermediate 11:32.81

15  Twickenham (Schmitz) Open Masters F 12:49.49

16  Vesta (Radcke) Open Intermediate 11:41.83

17  Twickenham (Lackner) Open Elite 11:46.88

18  Kingston (Wales) Open Intermediate 11:49.28

19  Thames (Panter) Open Masters E 12:41.85

20  Molesey (Boyer) Open Masters C 12:11.01

21  Thames (Blake) Open Masters A 11:59.57

22  London (Christie) Open Masters F 13:11.75

23  Vesta (Anstis) Open Masters B 12:07.99

24  Thames (Perry) Women Elite 12:08.10

25  Vesta (Hookway) Open Intermediate 12:09.44

26  Vesta (McKerrell) Open Masters E 12:59.80 


LRC Masters win medal at Head of the Charles

Alex Fothergill writes:

Towards the end of October 2016, a crew of London Masters crossed the pond to Boston Massachusetts, to take part in the 52nd Head of the Charles Regatta, competing in the Men's Senior Master Eights division. For many of the crew, this has been an annual campaign for several years. For others, it was a first time racing in the largest rowing event in the world. Unfortunately the training proved too much for 7-man Bill Baker's back and he had to withdraw with barely a week before the race.

And so it was only 7 men and Vicky Rees, our lady cox, who met up at Riverside RC on the Charles River on the Thursday morning before the race. The following days brought heatwaves, icy showers, a parade of substitute bow-siders, and a lot of practising with our boat's "Fudder". (A fudder is the name I've given to when the whole fin swivels to act as the rudder. Anyone who's been unlucky or careless enough to lose their fin will know that this can give the boat a supermarket trolley feel, with a mind of its own.)

Saturday, Race Day, arrived, and we'd found someone old enough and brave enough to sit in for our race - many thanks to Tim Bond of Riverside RC for taking the bow seat. With Tom Killick at 2, Ralph Humphrey at 3, Adrian Theed at 4, Alex Fothergill at 5, Julian Scrivener at 6, Stewart Harries at 7, and Simon Harris in the stroke seat, we paddled up to the start in the mild drizzle.

We set off at a punchy 37 strokes per minute, settling to an aggressive 34. The boat was flying along the Powerhouse Straight section of the course, and before long we were gaining on last year's second placers, Marin Rowing Association, in front of us. We could feel their wake as Vicky urged us onwards towards the tight bend at Weeks Footbridge. The fudder meant we could not risk taking as tight a line as we'd have liked; the stewards are famously strict with their penalties. And as tiredness began to set in, we could feel our opportunity to overtake had passed. The remainder of the race went by in a haze of bridges and ever tightening curves. Vicky called us home and we raised our rate back up to 38 across the finish line. The results came out, we had come 4th in our category of 62 crews, which was enough for a top-5 medal.

The regatta went on for the rest of the weekend. We spent the weekend cheering on friends, old and new, and soaking up the atmosphere. We'll be back next year, and hopefully, back to win.

Many thanks to Riverside RC for the boat and hospitality. To Tim Bond for subbing in. And to Stewart Harries for organising.




4 top 20 places and 3 pennants for LRC in Pairs Head 

Here are LRC's results at the Pairs Head which was raced on Sunday 16 October 2016.  Four London crews finished in the top 20 (out of a total of 423 crews entered), and the Club won Pennants in IM3 and Mas.D double sculls, and also Mas.B pairs.  

13th overall - Sen.2- Matt Cummings/Griffiths - 2nd in category out of 9 (2nd by 1 second)

16th - IM3.2X - Dylan Wing/Jack Davidson - 1st in category out of 11

17th - ELI.2- Nick Parnell/Dom Parnell - 4th in category out of 7

19th - IM2.2X - Josh Merideth/Lucas Vitale - 4th in category out of 7

26th - MAS.D.2X - Stewart Harries/Adrian Theed - 1st in category out of 11

35th - IM1.2- - Matt Reeder/Freeman - 2nd in category out of 28

60th - MI2.2- - Madis Salumnae/Tom Neeld - 3rd in category out of 18

87th - MAS.B.2- Alex Fothergill/Tom Killick - 1st in category out of 2

339th - W.NOV.2X - Jamie Rose Larkin/Lynsdsey Sharpe - 5th in category of 10

379th - WIM£.LWT.2X - Victoria Prior/Amy Fenton - 4th in category

384th - MAS.G.2x - Eddie Markes/Andrew Keat - 8th in category

397th - W.NOV.2X - Sarah Moller/Ariela Sabah - 10th in category


More medal success for London's athletes in Rotterdam

Following soon after the medals won by Phelan Hill and Jess Eddie at the Rio Olympics, there was more medal success for London's athletes at the 2016 World Rowing Championships in Rotterdam, which finished on 28 August.  Pride of place went to Imogen Walsh, who won Gold with the British Lightweight Women's Quad.  Tim Livingstone won a Silver medal rowing in the GB Under 23 Men's Eight. 

We congratulate them on their success.  Here are extracts from the British Rowing report:

Each member of the lightweight women’s quad had won silver at the 2015 World Championships – Brianna Stubbs, Emily Craig and Ellie Piggott in the quad and Imogen Walsh in the single. All were determined to upgrade on that and, having laid down a marker with a confident win in their preliminary race, they produced another fantastic performance to take the World crown.

Defending champions Germany promised to be their main challengers once again and so it proved as they made the early running but they couldn’t shake off the Brits, who were looking cool and composed in second.  Just before the halfway mark, Piggott – an U23 World Champion with Stubbs in the lightweight double in 2013 – called for a push and her crew-mates responded. They pulled ahead of the Germans and then moved away with every stroke to secure an impressive victory.

It is a second World title in the lightweight quad for 2011 champion Walsh, who said: “It was a long race but we knew if we kept our cool, stuck to our rhythm and rowed well that we would come through in the end.  I have so much trust and respect for these girls and I never doubted we could do it. This is a fitting end to what has been a really fun and exciting project.”

The men’s eight of Calum Irvine, Oliver Wynne-Griffith, Matthew Benstead, Timothy Livingstone, David Bewicke-Copley, Sholto Carnegie, Robert Hurn, Arthur Doyle and cox Ian Middleton had produced a storming performance in their semi-final to go into today’s medal showdown in confident mood.

They knew their biggest challenge was likely to come from the Netherlands and so it proved as the home favourites stormed out of the blocks, moving a length up on the field inside the opening 500m.  The British found themselves in fourth at that point but began to find their rhythm and pushed through the field, taking second spot with 750m to go. The Dutch had maintained their clear advantage, though, and it was only in the latter stages that GB began to create an overlap.

They were now the quickest boat on the water but had left it too late to challenge for gold, meaning the self-styled ‘Shep’s Army’ – named in honour of their coach, Pete Sheppard – emulated the silver medal won by the GB women.

Cox Middleton said: “It was a tough race and we gave it a good crack. The Dutch had a really strong race and managed to get off to a great start. We were quick but never really had quite enough to overturn them after that, so all credit to them.”

It was the first U23 medal for a GB men’s eight since 2011, when a crew featuring future Rio 2016 Olympic Champion Will Satch won bronze.