Staines Regatta, Sat 23rd July

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Posted July 25, 2016 by Hillingdon Rowing

This was our third regatta in as many weeks which, like the preceding two, involved spending a day out in very un-Britishesque blazing sunshine (who needs the Med when you can get weather like this in the Thames Valley). Thanks to the frenetic efforts of Matthias Koepp (whose policy of entering us all to regattas and telling us afterwards seems to be successfully getting the club racing) we had 11 crews competing! This involved lots of doubling up and at one point running out of blades as they were all out in the water so preventing a crew from boating.

Our crews were:

Singles

Open J13 – Thomas Lorenzato
Women’s IM3 – Aoife Luscombe
Open novice – Alex Burton
Open masters D – Matthias Koepp

Doubles

Women’s J15 – Joanne Charlton, Sonia Saraf
Mixed IM3 – Aoife Luscombe, David Potter
Open novice – Ed Marshall, Rob Young
Open novice – Emanuel Rognoni, Jon Neale
Open masters D – Matthias Koepp, Jon Neale

Quads

Mixed IM3 – Matthias Koepp, Larissa Butschek, Jon Neale, April Thomas

Coxed sweep fours

Open novice – Ed Marshall, Rob Young, Emanuel Rognoni, Alex Burton, Larissa Butschek (cox)

All this manic effort produced three wins, for Thomas Lorenzato in the J13 sculls, Alex Burton in the novice sculls and Emanuel Rognoni & Jon Neale in the novice doubles (with the last three consequently losing their novice sculling status). Every one of our crews put in fantastic performances, even if there was a fair amount of bouncing off moored boats and temporarily disappearing into trees and other foliage (did any of us manage to complete a race without doing this at least once? Surely that in itself should have got us some sort of prize).

With everyone rowing in at least two events (I managed to be in three!) never was the end of regatta beer more well earned. Ultra special kudos to Matthias for badgering, cajoling and threatening everyone to take part, doing the entries, towing the trailer there and back (which included some vicious right angle turns in narrow streets, with at least two in front of boozed up leery locals outside a pub) and organising everyone on the day.