03 Sep 2015

Weekly News September 3rd 2015

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Success for Steve at the world championships

 Update from France:

Steve, sitting at two is racing in the final of the lightweight mens quad tomorrow (Friday September 4) at 1205 UK time.

This comes after a heat where the crew didn’t quite qualify for the final getting beaten by crews from Denmark and France, traditionally among the most powerful lightweight rowing countries. This resulted in a row in the repecharge where the GB boat had to come in the first two places to get to the A final. The crew had a storming row pipping the US and Australian crews to first place in a time of 5.59.02.

Let’s give a big cheer to Steve racing tomorrow! A full report of the world championship will be available in next weeks news.

Steve Racing at the World Championships

Steve Racing at the World Championships

LTR dates and help required

 As per the email that was circulated earlier in the week to all members, adult learn to row sessions are starting up in earnest again.

Upcoming dates are as follows:

  • Saturday September 5th 14h00-17h00.
  • Monday September 7th 18h00-19h30.
  • Sunday September 13th 14h00-17h00.
  • Monday September  14th 18h00-19h30
  • Saturday September 19th 14h00-17h00.
  • Monday September 21st 18h00-19h30.

If you are able to help out at any of these sessions please let Nick Francis (nick@nickfrancis.plus.com) and Colwyn Thomas (colwyn.thomas@uea.ac.uk) know as soon as possible.

The club is counting on all members’ support!


EMSS dates

Early Morning Sculling School dates are now sorted for the rest of the month with the first take up being this morning! The remaining dates are:

  • Tuesday 8 September
  • Thursday 17 September
  • Wednesday 23 September
  • Wednesday 30 September

Interested parties please contact Harry Scott for details: Harry.Scott@mills-reeve.com


BUCS tender submitted

Friday 28th August saw the final submission of the BUCS tender. This was a collaborative effort between Sam Bence, Nick Francis, Max Heron and Nigel Kippin. Fingers crossed for a positive result! Announcement is due towards the end of this month.


Squad meetings update

The mens squad had their season start meeting last night. Attended by a large group this year’s cohort, led by Carl Shiplee, have ambitious plans. Two consecutive years of Henley qualification gives the squad a lot to think about as we go into the long winter season. Personally, rowing down the Henley reach in July this year in 36 degree heat made all the miserable winter ergs worthwhile!

The women hold their squad meeting this evening.

The veteran men’s squad will hold their meeting on Wednesday 23rd September at 7pm and in the New Boathouse. If you would like to discuss anything in particular please let Guy know (guy@thegibbies.net) so that it can be added (an agenda will be distributed before the meeting). Please let him know if you will be able to attend so that catering can be arranged; there will be beer and pizza!


Masters Sculling Ladder

Message from David Wynne:

The Norwich Masters’ Sculling Ladder for 2015/16 is about to kick off. Dates are as follows:

  • Sunday 27th September
  • Sunday 25th October
  • Sunday 29th November
  • Sunday 20th December (one week early due to Christmas)
  • Dates for the season until March will be sent out by David

The Ladder will be restricted to “Paddy’s Run” legs only, without including the local head races. This hopefully will mean our stalwart local head organisers and volunteers won’t have to worry about missing a leg if they are in medal contention on the Ladder!

Four medals are to be awarded this year:

  • Fastest Male, on age handicap time
  • Fastest Female, on age handicap time
  • Best Newcomer, of either gender, on best handicap time, gender adjusted
  • new for this year: the “Meynell Medal” for the oldest sculler completing the most legs.

Ladder standings are calculated for SINGLE scullers, using both the gender and Masters age handicap formulae used in previous years. So you’ll know who relatively is really the quickest!

All interested parties to email David Wynne: Wynnerowing@aol.com Volunteers to help with timekeeping are very valued so please email David if you can help.


Yare Cup

Yare Cup is just around the corner, brush off those winter leggings and splash tops – now is the time for long ergs and head racing! The racing is on Saturday 26th September and closing date for entries is on Monday 21st. Entries are nbow open on BROE. Please see the entry poster below.

The course is the traditional 3700m race on our own beautiful River Yare, with a morning and an afternoon division.

Clubs bringing crews are reminded to seek permission to boat from local clubs. Yare Boat Club is accessible to visitors via ferry boats from Yarmouth Road, and will again be hosting refreshments and a free snack to all competitors with prize giving on their lawns!

Yare Cup 2015 Racing Poster

Old power station development site

Some of you will be aware of the proposals for the redevelopment of the old power station site opposite the clubhouse on the north bank of the Wensum/Yare. Max, David Bolton and Nick have had discussions with the developers. The site includes a biomass energy producing plant, some UEA teaching and research buildings, student accommodation and some housing.  There will be a new footbridge across the river near the railway swing bridge providing access to the south bank.

The river bank will be improved and new mooring provided upstream of the junction of the rivers. We have not identified any significant adverse issues for members and there will be some benefits from the improved outlook, increased leisure use and new economic activity.

Full details are available on the Norwich City Council planning system and members can make their own representations before the end of September.


Tip of the week

At the beginning of most races you will see competitors checking the tightness of the fixings on their boat: gates, stretcher, shoes, etc.  For many this has become a “ritual”, part of their preparation and a way of steadying nerves before the start. However, it is a ritual worth adopting, even when you’re not racing. Every year people capsize because their gates aren’t done up and miss a stroke because the stretcher suddenly moves. Don’t let it happen to you.


Club Sunday and good luck to those racing

This Sunday is the first of the month and, therefore, qualifies as a Club Sunday.

However, there are a number of crews competing at the Great Ouse Marathon (Good Luck to them!) and it is the last Sunday before crews head off to Worlds Masters in Belgium.  With this in mind if you are interested in trying a different crew and a different boat please get in touch and we’ll see what we can do.


Club note regarding Explore Single

David Wynne has fitted out the Explore single WBF101 for a disabled user (Joel) who is trying out the sport at the moment. He loved his first session on Tuesday afternoon and will be coming again next week (with a view to joining NRC, hopefully).

At the moment the boat is off the rack and sitting on trestles at the back of the aisle in the new boathouse. I need to modify the fixed adaptive seat to be able to fold it flat so that the boat will fit back on the rack, this should be completed this weekend. Please note that this leaves three Explore singles for other members’ use and that the inconvenience of having WBF1011 on trestles is temporary and not too obstructive to those getting boats or blades out from that area.


Be safe, be seen! – note from Colwyn

I have noticed in recent weeks that there are still rowers heading out in the daytime and evening wearing black or dark tops. Please do wear something light (please, not black!) and preferably a HI VIS top, as many of us do. The guidance from me over the years has been that 1x and 2x should all wear HI VIS and in crew boats at least bow and stroke.  Wearing a HI VIS top does not mean you can switch off though – we all need to maintain vigilance on the river, but you will be more visible to others. The evenings are already drawing in but it should be possible to keep rowing in the evenings until late September. Please note that if you plan to be on the river when the light goes (not recommended) you will need to display appropriate lights on your boat (irrespective of size) to comply with Broads Authority regulation. If you need advice on any of these matters please do ask (colwyn.thomas@uea.ac.uk).

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