Posted July 11, 2016 by Hillingdon Rowing
We managed to get one entry in each of these regattas, held on consecutive blazing hot days with the Kingston Regatta on Saturday being for seniors and the Kingston Borough Regatta on Sunday for juniors. The senior crew was a men’s masters D coxless quad consisting of Matthias Koepp, Peter Strutt, Jon Neale and Brad Smith. This was in a three lane race against Maidstone Invicta and Team Keane, over 1,000 metres. The crew got to the stake boats to find the other two were both masters E, and so older which entitled them to a 7 second head start. Despite a game attempt our crew was unable to make up this huge disadvantage and consequently had no option after the race but to console themselves by going to the refreshment tent and eating squirty cream covered strawberries washed down with beer. As no other HRC people were present no pictures were taken of these two events, the race or the subsequent feasting. Which was probably for the best in both instances.
Grace Braiden and Eleanor Frator put in a better showing in their women’s J15 double race against Bewl Bridge and Surbiton High School in the Kingston Borough Regatta on the Sunday. This was their first ever regatta and they held their own throughout the whole race. And, unlike the men’s crew the day before, they managed to keep well away from weird food combinations in the beer tent afterwards. A great start to Grace’s and Eleanor’s rowing careers.