London Youth Games and Thames Valley Park Regatta

Posted August 11, 2013 by Hillingdon Rowing

On Saturday 8th June several members of the newly formed Hillingdon Rowing Club made a very early start and travelled to the other side of London on a hot sunny day to attend the London Youth Games set at the London Regatta Centre. First on the water were the Men’s coxed Doubles, Oliver Case (Stroke) and Benjamin Retter (Bow). They flew down the course in an incredibly fast time of 1.08 and the whole team were delighted to learn they had outrowed their competitors and achieved the fastest in the time trials! What an incredible achievement on their very first race ever! Emma McNicholas was next up in the Female Single Sculls and she also rowed to an exceptionally high standard and won her timed trials. Fantastic effort Emma! This meant that the first two boats out were already in the finals! The Men’s Coxed Quads was made up of William Howells, William Bullock, Toran and Dan Ross who also rowed extremely well but were beaten into 5th place meaning they did not make it through to the next round, the same also for Rose and Sian who rowed in the Female Coxed Doubles and Lucy and Luke Healey in the Mixed Coxed Doubles. The Men’s Coxed Doubles, Olly and Ben had an unfortunate incident in the finals when the steering mechanism on their boat broke taking away their ability to keep the boat straight down the course. They were placed very highly until this happened. Emma also flew down the course until she hit a buoy loosing her momentum and loosing her a place. Everyone agreed that it had been a very successful day and proved to the other teams we were a team to be watched in the future.

Several members of the team met up again at the Thames Valley Park Regatta on Sunday 23rd June. Rachel Vodden and Emma McNicholas competed in their respective Single Sculls but were beaten by a very high standard of established teams competing against them and the Junior Coxed Quad of Oliver Case, Tom Stewart, James Havercroft and William Howells coxed by David also rowed as a strong solid crew but did not make it through to the finals. Gusty conditions and a patchwork boat held together by ducktape may not have helped their plight!

Emma McNicholas and Rachel Vodden took to the water again in their Double at Reading Regatta on Saturday 29th June and had a ‘Win Easily’ in their heats, in fact it was a joy to hear the commentator talking about their ‘Beautiful Sculling’ as they came up to the finish line way ahead of the competition. Their final was just minutes from the heat, so they literally had little recovery time before boating back down to the start for the Final, they put up a stonking fight and had a great race, but sadly didn’t take the pot. Another hot sunny Sunday afternoon saw the teams once again on the banks of the River Thames at the Egham Regatta on Sunday 30th June. This time, Coach Katie had put a coxed Quad together consisting of Benjamin Retter, Oliver Case James Havercroft and Luke Healey, with cox James Lorenzato, Emma McNicholas also had a strong race but the finals just proved out of reach for them all. Their competitors were, once again very strong established teams which proved we have to learn tactics and gain experience but the enthusiasm and determination of all members of the club prove they are all worthy of great things to come!