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

Member AGM Announcement

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The date and time for this year’s AGM will be SUNDAY 28TH SEPTEMBER 2014, at 11.00am.

At the meeting election of captain, president, treasurer, and committee will take place and nominations for these posts are requested.

Anyone unable to attend the meeting may if they wish, appoint in writing, an existing club member to cast their vote.

Prior to the start of the meeting a club photo will be taken and members are asked to attend promptly and to dress in club kit.

Please click the buttons below for voting forms:


Stourport Regatta 2014 & Results

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The threat of hurricane Bertha didn’t dampen the high quality racing at our home regatta at the weekend.  With clubs from all over the UK in attendance, racing was at the highest level of competitive rowing over the 1000m course.

The weather conditions were generally kind to the rowers and spectators after just a few rain soaked sessions, with competitors ranging from Juniors aged 12 to Masters, with many high status crews taking part. The big winners of the weekend were Worcester, Bristol, Liverpool Victoria and of course Stourport with 19 wins overall.

There were some notable wins for Stourport in their home regatta with Shauna McClaren and Lydia Chance winning the Womens J15 category, and a fantastic performance by Bruce McClaren to win in the J17 single scull event.

The new Champion of the Severn sprint event drew the biggest cheers from the spectators as Worcester RC sought revenge for their loss in the final against Stourport at the recent Bewdley Regatta. Worcester who had put in a huge effort over the first three quarters of the race held off a late charge from Quintin in a very tight finish to seal a thoroughly deserved win in the final of the short 500m sprint.

With Stourport’s 19 wins, this would have secured the Victor Ludorum, but being the home club and unable to take the trophy the honours belongs to Liverpool Victoria this year with 12 wins overall.

Winning crews were received by Stephen Williams, Mayor of Stourport, and presented with a special edition pot.

Stourport BC has received many messages of support for the organisation, hospitality and general welcome received throughout the weekend and the club wishes to thank the Members for their contribution to another successful regatta.

Bewdley Regatta – Captains Report

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Stourport Boat Club Win The Bewdley Mughouse Eights and 15 wins in total at Bewdley Regatta.

Clubs from all over the country entered the inaugural Mughouse eights a new event sponsored by the local pub. A prize fund of £450 pounds was on offer and amongst the top boats were Worcesters 1st eight, fresh back from Henley Royal Regatta.

Having won through 3 rounds in some closely fought contests the stage was set for the final; Stourport vs Worcester. The main regatta was put on hold whilst the event was run up stream to allow spectators to view the whole course. A huge crowd had gathered on both sides of the river to watch the spectacle where a top eight flat out over a short course is an awesome sight.

Our boys rowed brilliantly; they were clean and powerful with a very high rate of striking they roared past the Mughouse at over 45 strokes per minute. They went on to beat the Worcester boat by ½ length….well done boys and cox Leslie ! The Crew consisted Kev Stack at Stroke, Mat Brighton, Chris Bird, Nick Danby, Jo Stratton, Alex Barnett, Tom Dunkley Jones and Luke Barnett steered by Leslie Beddow.

We were successful at all levels at Bewdley Regatta from our youngest Juniors to our oldest Veterans. Our Junior 11 Quad (racing up a division to J12) won their event….well done to Annabelle and Harriet Murphy, Molly Clarke and Dan Glover ably coxed by Anna Jethwa.  Sam Branford and Callum O’Reilly teamed up with Hugo Walton and Mathew Gould coxed by Miranda Brookes had a great win.

Sam Branford and Callum O’Reilly got a hat trick of wins winning there main event both days the J14 double scull and the quad on Sunday.

Another win from our J16 girls in the Quad; very well done to Ella Shepherd, Frankie Ward, Paris Dangerfield and Harriet Blackmore.  Sian Hinton won J16 singles on both days with another great performance. On Sunday the girls J16 quad were again the victors this time with Beth Darby sitting in instead of Frankie Ward proving our strength in depth. Bruce McClaren who had rowed in senior events on Sunday and had some great racing was back in the single on Sunday, winning the IM3 event.

The girls won the J16 double sculls well done to Sian Hinton and Frankie Ward.

We had two mixed Masters eights racing a straight final with great club camaraderie displayed by these two crews.  It was a really close race with the crew consisting, Mark Tunley, Gary Howson, John Preece, Iain McClaren, Lyn Gavin, Lyn Wills, Jo Moraity, Roxy Rea and cox Katie Moraity just coming out on top. Well done all !

We also had two Masters Quads race a straight final with the crew of Pete Lloyd, Tony Price, keith Barwise and Richard Lloyd winning this one again; nice to see an all light blue final.

Pete Spencer won their Mas C pair on Saturday in another gutsy fight for the line they got the win. The Masters F coxed four won their event coxed by Leslie Beddow. Finally, Stew Barnett rowed superbly to win his Mas D sculls easily.

So a total of 15 wins and another successful weekend racing. We are now looking forward to our own regatta in two weeks time.

Wins to date:
Men – 37
Women – 2
Juniors – 19
Mixed – 1
Total – 59

Silver at British Junior Championship

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With the expert guidance from coach Stu Winter, Callum O’Reilly and Sam Branford won silver medal at the National Junior Championships in their doubles classification.

Held in Nottingham, this year’s high quality racing over 2000 metres included the best junior talent in the UK battling it out to be British Rowing Junior Champions.

Duncan Wins Henley Masters !

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In topping off an amazing season, Duncan Gwilliam won gold at the Henley Masters Regatta last weekend, beating competitors from all over the world over 1000 metres on the famous Henley reach. Henley Masters Regatta has been held on the week following Henley Royal Regatta since 1994 and has grown into an internationally recognised event for Masters crews. This follows on from Duncan’s gold medal win in the British Masters Championship in June.

Wins for Duncan this season are:
Worcester Head
Walton Head
Evesham Regatta
Shrewsbury Regatta
Peterborough Regatta
British Masters
Henley Masters

Eleven Wins at Ironbridge Regatta – Captains Report

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Stourport Boat club excel at Ironbridge Regatta with 11 wins.

All the hard work and training came to fruition at the weekend as Stourport Boat Club managed a fantastic 11 wins at Ironbridge Regatta.

On Saturday, racing over the longer 1000m course the Junior squad bagged a superb 5 wins.

The highly successful double scull pairing of Callum O’Reilly and Sam Bransford won their J14 race sculling very well to beat a strong field from 6 other clubs.

Our J16 girls, Ella Shepherd, Harriet Blackmore, Frankie Ward and Paris Dangerfield entered the senior category IM2 quads they were very impressive winning despite being much younger than their opposition.
Shauna McClaren and Lydia Chance just lost out in the final of J15 doubles having got through 1st round and semi final.

Sian Hinton outclassed her opposition in the J16 single sculls.  Jasmine White once again battled through two rounds to just lose out in the final. Jasmine is one of our younger scullers in the Junior 14 category; she will win very soon if she continues to show such fighting spirit!

Bruce McClaren got a well-deserved win at J17 in the single scull.

Our 5th win on Saturday came from Beth Darby and Tash Smith they won their J16 double scull showing fine form.
One of the closest finishes of the entire Regatta came in the Mas F Coxed fours race against arch rivals Bewdley. Coming under the railway bridge with only 20 strokes to go it was still neck and neck as they crossed the line the crowd held its breath, finally the verdict was announced over the loud speaker system a win to Bewdley by a bow ball (about 3cm!). Great race chaps, Tony Price, Stu Peace, Keith Barwise and Ian Hough coxed by Jodie Howson.
Also worthy of a mention was our Veteran D eight consisting of Gary Howson, Steve Lilley, Paul Lawrence Ian McClaren, John Preece, Adam Chance, Steve Smith And Mark “Tank” Tunley coxed by Jodie Howson, these guys have improved massively over the last few weeks. Several of them are very new to the sport but the training and commitment they have put in is starting to pay off they only narrowly lost to a good eight from Grosvenor. Well done boys keep up the hard work.

So onto the 500 metre sprint course on Sunday and another 6 wins for SBC.

Spint racing is often very close and it’s hard on the body flat out all the way; today we managed 4 Masters wins and another two Junior wins.  Pete Spenser and Tim Haywood are well established pair they looked good beating a useful combo from Trent Rowing Club in Masters C pairs.

In the Masters E pairs Paul Danby and Ian Hough having rowed very little together had no problems easily beating their opponents from Bridgnorth.

Stew Barnett beat his opponent from Trafford in Mas D single sculls in a very hard fought contest.
Sarah Peace and Liz Danby sculled very well to win their Womens Masters C doubles race.
Sam Branford and Callum O’Reilly won their sprint race topping off a great weekend winning over the two distances in their J14 double Sculls.

The Junior Women’s quad having won the senior event the day before were back in their own category racing J16 and were too strong for all their opposition as they sculled clean and smooth winning in style. Well done Frankie Ward, Ella Shepherd, Harriet Blackmore and Paris Dangerfield.

J114 2x – Callum O’Reilly and Sam Bransford both days
WIM2 4x and WJ16 4x – Ella Shepherd, Harriet Blackmore, Frankie Ward and Paris Dangerfield
W J16 Sian Hinton
J17 1x Bruce McClaren
W J16 2x Beth Darby and Tash Smith
Mas C 2 – Pete Spencer, Tim Haywood
Mas e 2 x – Ian Hough, Paul Danby
Mas D 1x – Stew Barnett
Mas C 2x – Sarah Peace, Liz Danby

National Schools Regatta 23rd–25th May

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The National Schools’ Regatta is the largest regatta for juniors in Great Britain. Held annually in May, the regatta offers events for Junior rowers between J14 and J18. The regatta was first raced in 1947, and has since grown to what is a world class event enjoyed by clubs and schools across the United Kingdom.

Over a long weekend, Stourport Boat Club were represented with 4 crews attending:

The J14 Double of Sam Branford and Callum O’Reilly once again delivered an outstanding performance.  Over the last few weeks, they have been winning at local regattas and now were able to test themselves at the highest level.

There were so many entries that the boys first had to get through their time trial, to see them qualify for the semi-final.  A strong performance saw them through to the final.

They finished up in 5th place, a superb performance for a relatively new combination. Very well done lads!

Shauna McClaren missed out on a semi-final place by only 2 Seconds another encouraging performance

Bruce McClaren competing in one of the toughest events at the Regatta gained valuable experience on the multi-lane course. J17 sculls was one of the biggest entries at the Regatta.

The Girls J16 Quad consisting Eleanor Shepherd, Frankie Ward, Sian Hinton and Harriet Blackmore just missed out on a final finishing fourth in the semi-final.

Well done to all the above, you flew the SBC flag at the very top level !

Monmouth Regatta 24th May

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A small group of our very successful Masters men’s squad went down to Monmouth where the Quad of Kieth Barwise, Stu Peace, Richard Lloyd and Pete Lloyd sculled very well together to win their event.

The Masters men are looking good this year we have a nice spread of ages both in sculling and sweep; this all bodes well for the rest of the regatta season !

Gold at British Rowing Masters Championships

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The National Water Sports Centre in Nottingham provided a weekend of glorious weather for the British Rowing Masters Championships which saw a record number of rowers taking to the water on Sunday 18th May. As always, there was fierce competition during 11 hours of racing and the competitors enjoyed sunny and warm conditions despite a strong cross head wind

All the hard work and dedication came to fruition for Duncan Gwilliam as he out classed the entire field in the Masters E category, easily winning his heat and then going on to cruise home to Gold in the final, easily by 10 seconds.

The women’s eight also had a good race finishing in the pack.

A fantastic performance by our novice girls saw them in genuine contention for a medal. Despite a slow start, they showed tremendous guts and determination to battle back to the overlap racing right to the finish and it was one of the most exciting races of the day! Well done to Helen Carter, Jo Scattergood, Hillary Little and Denise White, well motivated and coxed by Nicki Holbeche.