The Nottingham Rowing Club sent a few of their beginners to the British Sculling Festival held at the National Watersports Centre.
The events consist of getting points for several skills tests and time trials over 500 metres and 2,000 metres.
Harry Preston collected gold in the Beginners Men Under-16 event. Erica Hurst collected a silver medal in Women’s Beginners Under-18 and Wojciech Cajdler collected a bronze medal in Beginners Men Under-18 event.
No such luck for the two crews that went to the Offshore Championships at Poole. This was the club’s first experience ever of coastal rowing.
The men were off first on Saturday and had to race over 4,000 metres. The first 1,000 metres involves rowing straight out to sea.
The boats are launched before the start and the crews jump in on the gun. This means that you are standing in the sea up to your waist before the off.
By the time the Nottingham crew had got in the boat, all the opposition were 10 lengths ahead. At the first buoy the crew was starting to get used to the swell and start to close on the crew from Birmingham.
By the last leg there was overlap but the crew hit the beach one length down and the sprint up to the finish line on the beach did not improve on their finish position, meaning their missed the final by one length.
On Sunday with a bigger swell, the girls were to race their final over 6,000 metres. Having watched the men the previous day, their start was much slicker and they were in the mix until the first buoy.
However, lack of experience of sea rowing came into play and they finished sixth but had really enjoyed the experience.
The Nottingham Rowing Club Masters who were not on holiday went to the River Regatta at Ross on Wye – traditionally the last river regatta of the season held over two days.
The camp site is split into “lively site” and the next field is “family site”. The whole town comes down to the river to watch and enjoy the days.
The day started badly as the trailer they were going to use had a wheel locked by the brakes. However, they used the larger one that was available.
It rained the whole way down but it stopped as they approached Ross. It was at this point that they realised that they had not got enough fuel to get home.
The regatta fields were turning into a bog so the car and trailer slid into its allocated spot, getting out proved to be even more fun.
As for the row – that went really well. The four lads and Claire their cox had joined up with the Bewdly boys again to enter Masters G eights (over-65).
However, the regatta announced that they could only row as Masters F (60 year olds) against a Masters E crew (55 year olds) from Strafford.
This effectively meant the crew’s handicap was reduced from eights seconds to a four-second start.
Once the race started it very quickly became apparent that the Nottingham/Bewdley crew were the stronger combination and they powered down the course to win comfortably in a time of one minute 40 seconds, which was the quickest time of the day and much fatster than their row at Stourport, but there was more stream.