Captains Report 2013/14 Season

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Worcester spring Regatta Victor ludorum

Another seven wins at Worcester Regatta won us the Victor Ludorum for most successful club. This is the 3rd time we have had most wins at a regatta this season and says a lot about our strength in depth.

Our Masters E four beat Ross and Monmouth to win their event well done to Keith Barwise, Ian Hough, Richard Lloyd and Pete Spencer coxed by Leslie Beddow.

It was another great day for our juniors very well done to the following crews who all won:

WJ15 4x+ – Rhianna Hinton, Eleanor Hinton, Lucy Hart and Meggan Mellors coxed by Dan Rowley

WJ164x – Frankie Ward, Paris Dangerfield, Eleanor Shepherd, Harriet Blackmore

WJ161x – Shana McClaren

J181x  –  Bruce McClaren

WJ13 1x – Lauren Rhodes

J15 2x – Callum O’Reilly, Sam Branford

So our final win tally for the 2013/2014 season looks like this;

Men – 48
Women – 3
Juniors- 36
Mixed – 2

Total – 89

89 is a great total and if we hadn’t had all the heads cancelled during the floods we would easily have made the century of wins. Let’s hope the Women’s squad can enter more events next year and get a few more wins on the board.

There have been a number of highlights: our senior men won the Bewdley Mughouse sprints at Bewdley Regatta beating Worcester in the final. The same crew were very close to qualifying for Henley Royal Regatta, this from a newly formed squad of 8 Senior Oarsmen, last year we only had two! If we can retain the momentum and have a consistent winter’s training they will be in a great position to qualify for Henley next year and pick up some silverware along the way

We had a Junior Silver medal at the National Championships a fantastic result for Sam Branford and Callum O’Reilly. The whole Junior squad has really moved on this year credit must go out to the great coaching setup and the dedication, time and effort that has gone into this group of young people.

Duncan Gwilliam showed his usual tenacious and consistent approach to training and single sculling. He won gold at the National Masters Championship and Gold at Henley Masters. What a fantastic result and well deserved. Duncan is a great example of how dedication and single mindedness can lead to success at the highest level.

Our Veteran men generally have been very successful picking up a lot of wins at Regattas all around the country. They have regularly trained together and are able to boat good combinations both sculling and sweep.

We also had our gym completely re-furbished and we can now boast one of the best facilities of any club.

We have had our website completely redesigned and our thanks go to Mike Murphy for that; he has done a really excellent job. Thanks must also go out to Bob Eaton and Mike for repairing our relationship with the Shuttle. We now get regular reports published.

Our fleet has been very well maintained by John Purcell he has kept costs to a minimum and done a great job keeping our boats in great racing condition, often taking on and completing quite complicated repairs at very short notice, thanks John.

I thank my vice Captains Jules Prior and Mat Brighton for their support and also Pete Lashford our President and the Committee for giving me the resources and money to keep the equipment in good condition and allowing me to indulge my passion for rowing and listening to all my ramblings and sometimes rants at the meetings.

Our club is in a good place. I look forward to celebrating a great season with you all at our annual dinner dance on 18th October. Before that, don’t forget the AGM and club photo on Sunday 28th Sept at 11am (photo first at 10 am.)

Stew Barnett

Captain Stourport Boat Club 2013/2014