Worcester Regatta 2014 – Captains Report

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Worcester Spring Regatta 17th May 2014

 A small group of Stourport rowers attended Worcester Regatta and notched up another couple of wins, with the vets easily beating their Worcester opponents in the Mas D category.

Another good performance from our Junior double Callum and Sam saw their second win in recent weeks.

Shauna McClaren and Lydia  made their final, as did Hetty and Ella.  Overall, a good outing where all the younger Juniors raced well to gain valuable experience.


Mas D 4+ –  Ian Hough, Paul Danby, Tim Heywood, Pete Spencer coxed by Leslie Beddow

Shrewsbury Regatta 2014 – Captains Report

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Shrewsbury Regatta 10/11th May 2014

With two trailers absolutely full, 25 boats on board, off we went to Shrewsbury.  We took a couple of gazebos and they only lasted a few hours the wind was so bad. This made racing challenging but didn’t stop us bagging a total of 12 wins over the two days racing. The J16 quad is a classy looking outfit and looked good winning on Saturday.  Overall there were some outstanding performances across all our categories from the juniors.

Great wins came from the following on Saturday:

Sundays wins:

J16 2X –  Sam Branford and Callum O’Reilly
WJ164X – Harriet Blackmore, Eleanor Shepherd, Sian Hinton, Frankie Ward
IM2 1X – Luke Grainger
MAS E  – Duncan Gwilliam

Sunday’s weather was just as windy if not worse, conditions seemed to favour the far side. Our senior men were involved in two very tight races one in the IM3 four losing to the eventual winners by 3ft!

Then our eight narrowly lost to the prodigious Shrewsbury schoolboys by only 2Feet!

Luke Grainger performed very well, having won IM2 on Sunday he got a slot in elite sculls on Sunday and only lost by a canvass.  Looking good Luke!

Another win for Callum this time in the single he is sculling well and the double with Sam is moving nicely also.

Good to see the ladies eight winning Mas B. The majority of this crew has been together for a while now and their cohesion showed as they bagged another pot.

Another really gutsy performance came from the Mas D men when they rowed Hereford down and showed great will to win.

Pete Lashford also had a great weekend rowing in a Bewdley Nottingham composite picking up up four pots.  Stourport were able to lend them one of our boats to complete their tally keeping our relationship with Bewdley good. A healthy rivalry will always exist with our neighbours but sometimes we are stronger together !

Sundays wins:

W MAS B 8+ –  Rachel Fortune Hough, Sue Turner, Alison Edwards, Laura Preston, Jo Maraity, Di Ford, Lynne Gavin, Roxy Rea, Coxed by Katie Moraity
J14 1X – Callum O’Reilly
WJ16 2X – Shauna McClaren, Paris Dngerfield
J16 2X – Joal Russell, Luke Moraity
Mas E 1X – Duncan Gwilliam
Mas D 4+ –  Keith Barwise, Richard Lloyd, Pete Spencer, Tim Heywood, Coxed by Charlotte Gibson

Evesham Sprint Regatta May 4th – Captains Report

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Finally after all the floods and cancellations of the winter we got the chance to race at the first Regatta of the season.

We entered 11 different Crews  Masters, Seniors and Juniors. We were successful in each of the categories showing our strength in depth.

The Juniors all performed very well some were racing at their very first event.  Matt Gould and Tom Smith have never raced before they steered a great course and gained valuable experience.  Dan Rowley sculled well and it was a very close race but he just lost out.

Lauren Rhodes and Kate Sweeney had never raced before, they showed great boat skills winning their first round race then narrowly losing in the semi-final.

Sam Branford and Callum O’Reilly are looking good together. They sculled very well to get our first Junior win. Three rounds of racing very well done boys!

Another great performance came from Jasmine White a young Sculler who has never raced before there’s a lot of pressure at a regatta particularly your first ever. She sculled with maturity and skill won the first round, then, in the semi-final with Jasmine leading the race was stopped due to a capsize in the previous race. She won the re-row only to capsize herself in the final due to exhaustion. Our coaches were praised by the Commentator when Jasmine carried out a perfect capsize procedure. Fantastic effort well done Jasmine!

The Masters men achieved another two wins firstly our Mas F crew Pete Lloyd. Stu Peace, Keith Barwise and Ian Hough coxed by Noreen Moses won their event then Tim Haywood, Pete Spencer, Daz Ford and Mick Pain coxed by Leslie Beddoe won the Mas C event.

Our Novice Women Denise White, Joanne Scattergood, Helen Carter and Hillary Little had to enter Mas B due to there being no opposition. After a false start (the fault of the organisers) they clawed back a seven second handicap and were clearly the faster of the two crews their length and rhythm was good but over the short course it was just too much to get back and they narrowly lost. Nicki Holbeche as cox and coach must be commended for her efforts with this crew and the future is really bright.

We also split our Senior squad into two IM2 fours with two brothers in the two opposing boats and two sisters coxing the rivalry was intense, but first they had to win their semi- finals if they were to meet in the final.

They both comfortably won the semis and it was all set up for the show down. No one could call it the crews were so well matched. They both went off the start at full tilt very ragged both wanting it a little too much they raced neck and neck the full course in the end only a metre separated them, what a race the winning crew was Bruce McClaren, Nic Danby, Alex Barnett and Richard Collins coxed by Leslie Beddow. It was Bruce’s novice pot well done to him.

Nicki Holbeche and Luke Barnett were the two siblings in the other crew and despite the loss it was so close that they all got a lot from it. It was certainly good for the spectators!

Our 5th win came from our top Masters Sculler Duncan Gwilliam; Dunc was never under pressure and easily beat both his opponents.

We are now looking forward to Srewsbury next week with a two day event and an even bigger entry.

Wins to Date:

Men 24

Women 1

Juniors 4

Callum Bags 6th In The Country !

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On Saturday 26th April, Stourport’s Callum O’Reilly travelled to the Junior Inter-Regional Regatta in Nottingham, competing in J14.

Callum won his race to get to final, and overall came in 6th place.  Although he was a little disappointed, it means he came 6th out of the whole of country…..how great is that !

Well done Callum !

Unprecedented London Trip

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On 30th March, the club embarked by coach to the 32nd Vesta Veterans’ Head on the Tideway London.

SBC managed to boat an unprecedented 4 eights, 3 men and 1 women and it proved to be a great day out on an iconic piece of water.

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As an added bonus, several people were experiencing the Boat Race course for the first time !

Bristol Winter Head Results

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The results of the City of Bristol Winter Head, held in poor conditions on Sunday 23rd February 2014, with Stourport BC setting a new course record.

Mark Tunley, Steve Smith, John Preece, Adam Harris, Jason Taylor, Paul Lawrence, Iain McLaren and Tony Price won MastersC.8+

Ian Hough, John Preece, Iain McLaren and Tony Price coxed by Bruce McLaren came second in the MastersBDF.4+

Pete Lloyd, Ian Hough, Keith Barwise and James Peace came 3rd in the MastersBDF.4+ beating the course record for a MastersF.4+ crew on the way.

Full results are available here

Norwich Head Results

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Race results from the Norwich Head, Saturday 1st March 2014.

Norwich Head, hosted by Norwich Rowing Club on the beautiful river Yare, took place on Saturday 1st March 2014 for all classes of boats. The event is run as four divisions, two over the long traditional Bramerton Green to Whitlingham Lane course of 4100m. The shorter divisions for younger juniors and novices is held over 2000m finishing at the same location as the long Division.

Stourport BC delivered a series of impressive results with the Coxless four of Alex Barnett, Luke Grainger, Richard Collins and Kev Stack being fastest overall, with Matt Brighton, Nic Danby, Jo Startton and Alex Holford coming 2nd in the IM1.4-.  The eight of Alex Holford, Mat Brighton, Nic Danby, Jo Stratton, Luke Grainger, Alex Barnett, Richard Collins and Kev Stack only lost by 5 secs in the senior eights.

Bruce McClaren Sculled well to win J17 Sculls and Shauna McLaren came 2nd in the WJ15.1x.

Notably, the eight was steered superbly well by Dan Rowley who is proving to be an excellent Coxwain.

Full results available here.

Monmouth Head Results

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Monmouth Head Sunday 8th December

Two more wins for our Junior Squad !

Whilst some of us enjoyed another great SBC Christmas lunch, we were represented at Monmouth Head by several Junior combinations and our Mas C Ladies four.

Competition was good and we managed to get two more Junior wins.

Here are the two winning crews:

WJ18 4x Frankie Ward, Zoe Smith, Fran Smith and Beth Darby

WJ16 2x Shauna McClaren, and Lydia Chance

Wins To Date
Men -18
Women – 1
Juniors – 4
Coxes – 4

Nine wins at The Head of the Soar !

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9 wins at The Head of the Soar 23rd November 2013

We took 12 crews up to Loughborough on Saturday and came away with a fantastic 9 wins and the Victor Ludorum trophy.

The ladies notched up their first win of the season and the senior men got the fastest sweep oar crew of the day!

Dan Rowley, Nicki Holbeach, and James Hough all coxed and negotiated the course excellently and young Dan steered the fastest four of the day.

A great club spirit prevailed and we were very proud to receive the Victor Ludorum trophy for the most successful club.

Well done to the following winning crews:

Womens IM2 Coxed 4, Rachel Fortune Hough, Laura Preston, Alison Edwards, Sue Turner, Cox – James Hough

Masters D coxed 4, Chris Bird, Steve Fuller, Ian Hough, Tony Price, Cox – Niki Holbeach.

Masters C Coxed 4, Tim Haywood, Stew Barnett, Chris Bird, Steve Fuller, Cox – Dan Rowley

IM1 Coxed 4, Kev Stack, Mat Brighton, Richard Collins, Alex Barnett,
Cox – Dan Rowley

IM1 Quadruple Scull –Alex Holford, Joe Stratton, Nic Danby, Luke Barnett

IM1 Double Scull – Alex Holford, Nic Danby

Novice Single Scull – Richard Collins

IM1 Pair – Mat Brighton, Kev Stack

Masters C Pair – Stew Barnett, Tim Haywood

Gym Grand Opening

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The grand opening of the newly refurbished gym is on Friday 29th November. We are having a live band “Locked & Loaded”, tickets £3 on the door. Please come and support your club!