Captains Report August 2016

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Captain’s report August 2016


We have started the month with the election of the new Captain and in the absence of any other interest, here I am again.

On Tuesday 19th July, Alban Academy Ergo Club came to the club to put their ergo practice to good use in Explore boats on the water. We had a morning session followed by lunch on the balcony then a second session was run for more rowers in the afternoon. We were mentioned in their Sports News where they said they were ‘immensely grateful to Bedford Rowing Club for letting them use our boats and facilities for the day’. Big thanks to Sue Gledhill who organised the event and for introducing me to the teachers and students. Events like these are great PR for BRC and encourage juniors to start their rowing career at Bedford.

On Wednesday 20th July, we had the Bedford Free School come to the club to use the river in front of the clubhouse to launch boats that the students had made from recycled materials. I open the club so that they could use toilet facilities and myself and son George also helped by standing in the water in the bay to help launch the boats and with the running of the event. The school was very grateful for the Club’s involvement.

St Neots - The club entered 5 crews for racing on Saturday, but sadly had no wins and on the Sunday we had 7 crews entered with a win from the MastF 8+ coxed by Sara Reay. The weather was great with a really good club atmosphere, with many non-competing rowers coming along to support their club mates.

The only other regatta attended by the club was Sudbury that had the WMastC who were narrowly beaten and also the Mens MastersC who were beaten by a foot. Again, great effort but pipped at the post.

On Friday 5th August we had a rounders match organised by Dawn and Martin which had great support by rowers, family and friends and was followed by a BBQ back at the club. The BBQ was kept to a low price to covers costs, but we still managed to clear £62 profit which has gone into the Rowers’ breakfast club fund.



We have a new Swift 2x on demo from Dom Vincent. This is a 55 – 75k boat which can be rigged as both a 2- or 2x – please ask your coach or myself if you would like to trial it. All feedback will help with our decision as to whether we buy it or not.

As more and more rowers are joining the club and whilst the weather is good, the boats are being used extensively by all the club. If you wish to guarantee of a specific boat at a certain time, please use the booking out notice board which is in the 8s bay. If you are unsure of how to use it, please speak to me or your coach. No bookings more than 6 days ahead.

The Coaching Team

A quick who’s who for the forthcoming year:

Captain – Myself

Vice Captain - Andy Darnell

Womens’ Captain – Lynda Higgins

Mens 1st VIII – Martin Hirst

Mens Development Squad – Jayne Smith

Womens 1st VIII and Development Squad – Lynda Higgins

Explore Rowing Courses (periodic) – Lynda Higgins

Explore + - Mike Baker, Ann Morris, Gabi Thomas

Junior Coach – Tim Isaacson

Sculling School – Matt Farley

Gym Coach – Rocky Bright

Enjoy Rowing – Dave Pendle

Andy Darnell will be making himself available to all squads on an Ad Hoc basis to put a fresh pair of eyes on all crews.


Club news

On Saturday 3rd September we will be having the annual boathouse clean up. All rowers are expected to participate. As part of the clean up, we will be painting various areas of the clubhouse and any donations of neutrally coloured paint and brushes would be very gratefully received.

As we know, coaches are having August off but some ad hoc sessions are being offered. In September when we return to our full rowing training, schedules will be posted on the ergo room door, gym and noticeboards. Please note that in some situations, the training nights will differ to those that have previously been in place. This is to accommodate the commitments of coaches and allows for our increased membership.

We have identified the need for a new group, to accommodate the needs of rowers falling between competitive and recreational rowing. This will be organised by Dave Pendle and it will get rowers out one evening and one weekend session on a ‘turn up and row basis’.

Forthcoming events

13th & 14th August – Peterborough Regatta

4th September Great Ouse Marathon (Denver – Ely)

17th September MK Regatta

18th September Boston Marathon

It is crucial that we get entries in early, as most events are closed weeks in advance. Can everyone please use Googlesheets to show their availability and let their coaches know.


Posted By Ian on 15 Aug 2016

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