07 May 2015

Weekly News 7/5/15

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Wallingford Regatta Sunday 3rd May (thanks Carl)
The men’s squad entered their first regatta of the season at Dorney lake. A crew of Harry Neal, Toby Craven, Carl Shiplee and James Mckelvey entered a coxless four and put in a hard worked fight against some experienced crews. Unfortunately we were not quick enough to progress to a final, but have now laid down a marker to help us progress through the summer. Ed English entered as a single sculler. By this time, the wind was extremely strong and the regatta had turned into a time trail. Ed was as competitive as ever despite having to spend 2 hours on the water because of delays. The regatta has helped all of us to decide what we need to do for the rest of the summer season.

EMSS dates for May
Tuesday 5th Wednesday 13th Tuesday 19th and Thursday 28th.

Wallingford Regatta Talent Pathway juniors racing (thanks Katy)
Three weeks before National schools there is always a competitive entry from across the country, and this year the South African junior team also raced. Arriving at 6am the J18 2x raced first, with the J18 quad split into two boats that both won their heats and the J16 boys racing up an age group managed a solid second place behind the GB junior double (containing two of Steves teammates from last summer’s silver medal winning worlds quad!). This was an excellent result and the J16s kept calm and pulled away from the rest of the field at halfway. The J18 doubles went through to the final with the A crew of Ed and Tom pulling out to an early lead, but didn’t have a response to the pushes from St Neots and Norwich B who overhauled them by the line. Frustrating result for Nor A who had just managed to beat St Neots in a hard first race. Given that last year we had one crew in the final that finished 6th this was a good demonstration of the years training and progress.

Next up the J17 girls Beth and Emily racing elite pairs, as there was no junior girls pair event. They finished 5th in their heat and were 4 seconds off making the final, with some useful comparisons to junior pairs in the other heat we have learnt what we need to do for Nationals.

The afternoon saw the boys J18 doubles combining to race the junior quad event. With five heats and only the winners guaranteeing their place in the final competition was fierce. They finished 3rd in their heat having underestimated the opposition and didn’t find a good rhythm, their time was still fast enough to race the repechage for the last spot in the final. The crosswind proved too strong and the organisers changed the format so the boys didn’t get a chance to redeem themselves, but will be working hard together in the next few weeks to move up the rankings.

A crew raced in elite coxless fours with three seniors and one junior, they suffered from lack of training time together but hope to rectify this and race a four at Henley in early July.

In other news Steven Parsonage has been selected to race at Essen regatta on 16th and 17th May in U23 and senior Lightweight 2x.

High Quality Land Training
This continues every Monday evening at 6.30pm.

Committee Meetings 18 May, 20 July, 21 Sept 2015
Yare Cup 26 September 2015
AGM 21 October 2015
Norfolk Sculls 31 October 2015

Do keep us informed of what you are up to. Please email your news to Sue at sueryan13@hotmail.co.uk

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Level 2 coach RYA2 launch driver Occasional rower/sculler - bi-sweptual.

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