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Marlow Regatta 2014

Yet more great conditions at Dorney heralded further progress on the road to Henley today (21st June) for the senior men.

Our Wyfolds aspirants (Schramm, Clift, Lundgren, Stark) pulled a 4th in the Elite 4-final ….but only beaten by Visitor’s crews. Overcoming a poor start, the guys just did their thing. 4- are on the up.

Chris Revell, in a gut wrenching effort (literally) won the final of the Snr 1x and 2nd in the final of the Elite 1x. Chris Owen had a super row in a strong field in the Snr 1x and wasn’t far behind his winning clubmate showing our depth in this event.

The 4+ (Dix, Covey, Matcham, King, Crosby(Cox)) stepped up to Elite and stepped their effort accordingly coming fifth in the final (beating Tideway Scullers and the all ‘Start’ Nottingham boys) but third among their prospective Britannia Cup rivals. Their strongest outing yet, closing sharply on the top crews and plenty more room for improvement.

Go Robs!

The MET Report

The Metropolitan Regatta 2014 31st May/1st June, Dorney Lake

This was Dorney at its most benign, two days of great conditions, and six Robs crews there to enjoy it.

Met Regatta 2014

On Saturday six boats raced: An Elite 4- (Schramm, Clift, Lundgren, Stark), a Senior 1x (Revell), an IM1 2- (Butlin, Owen), an IM1 1x (Graff) and an IM2 4+ (Dix, Covey, Matcham, King, Crosby(Cox)).

The Elite 4-, last year’s HRR Wyfold crew with the exception of Moritz Schramm for John Hale, competed in a straight final and beat Thames, Molesey and a Thames/Tyrian composite for third place behind Upper Thames (considered favourites by the bank cognoscenti) and a really strong Leander crew who romped home in a time of 6:01.58 to Rob’s 6:12.38.

In Senior Single Sculls Chris Revell came in second in his heat in 7:26.06 to reserve his spot in the final where, despite posting a 7:18.01, came in second to a winning time of 7:12.74.

The IM1 pair of Stef Butlin and Chris Owen came third in their heat in 7:24.56 to qualify for the repechage where they managed another third.

Stefan Graff competed in a straight final in the IM1 singles coming in sixth in 7:32.66 in a closely packed field with six boats coming within 11 secs of each other.

The IM2 4+ chased a powerful Reading University crew for second place in their heat and did the same thing in the final finishing in a very creditable 06:41.05 to Reading’s 6:32.22.

On Sunday we were represented by an Elite/Senior 2- (Lundgren, Clift) and a Senior 4+ (Dix, Covey, Matcham, King, Crosby(Cox)).

The Elite Pair of Leo Lundgren and Dan Clift raced in a straight final and were only marginally beaten by Leander in a cracking finish which saw Leander come in at 6:57.13 followed by Robs at 07:00.80.

The 4+ from Saturday raced up at Senior on the Sunday and couldn’t quite reach Saturdays form. Coming second in the semi, to the eventual winners Imperial, they came in fifth in the evening’s final in a time of 6:49.46, Imperial taking the honours in 6:32.15.

Full results from the weekend’s racing at



Cambridge Town Bumping Races 2013

With another episode of Town Bumping Races now past, all Rob Roy Boat Club crews entered can be proud of their accomplishments. There were no bumps made on Robs crews and one crew won blades. Robs entered four crews this year, all racing in Division One with M1 chasing for the headship.


Robs M1

Robs M1 on Friday (Image by Lorenzo Santinelli, photographer of sports and indoor events, contact

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Henley Royal Regatta Update

Image courtesy of Henley Royal Regatta

Following on from Friday’s Henley Royal Regatta Qualifying Races,

Huge congratulations to Ed Parkhouse and Simon Goodbrand who have qualified to compete in The Double Sculls Challenge Cup. Their first race will be against J.R. Thomas and T. Barras from Cardiff University on the Thursday of HRR.

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Racing Update

Photo of Charlie Cousins by Peter Reed
Look out for the next big event for Team GB rowers, which will be the World Cup at Dorney Lake on 21-23 June.
After his stunning 1x win over Alan Campbell on 21 April at GB Senior Trials in Caversham, ex-Robs athlete Charlie Cousins teamed up with Campbell in a scratch quad crew to take 5th on 11 May at Essen Regatta. They came in 6 seconds off the winning crew, which was the Croatia 2012 silver medallists, over a 2km course.

City Bumping Races 2012 – Report

Rob Roy Boat Club had five VIII’s racing the Bumping Races this year.

M1 Rowed over every race, remaining position two in Division 1.
Matt Castle sends this report: ‘Robs M1 rowed over four days in a row; it was a different scratch crew each night. We didn’t make any ground on Cantabs and whilst City made valiant efforts for the first half of the course they didn’t have the staying power over the entire distance and always finished many lengths behind us.’

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Great Ouse Marathon

Robs J16 Amy Bland reports on her reasons for suggesting a club quad entry in this year’s Great Ouse Marathon.

‘My friend from Sudbury, Ellie, had done this race in a single when she was WJ14. I thought it would be fun to do in a quad. We overtook four boats- two singles, a double and a four….it wasn’t that bad as you just kept going, except the last five kilometres seemed to go on forever. Hamish shouted at a man on a narrow boat, ‘How far is it to Ely?’ When he replied ‘About two miles,’ it cheered us all up. Our race time was 1:45:31, setting a record for Mx IM3 4X. We came 9th out of 28.
We’d like to thank Stefan, Chris and Donna for helping us to organise it.’

Rob Roy Wins at German Marathon!

Organised by Ruderclub Germania Düsseldorf, the 41st Rhine- Marathon 2012 took place on Saturday, 6th October over 42.8km from Leverkusen to Düsseldorf. 167 crews from 82 clubs across Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, Belgium, France and The Netherlands took part in triple, quadruple and quintuple sculls as well as fours. There were no eights and no singles (sorry Brett!).

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2 wins at Norfolk

Check out this happy picture of Stefan with his latest trophy. Matt and Stefan raced Div 1 and Div 3 of Norfolk Long Distance Sculls today and they both came away as winners.

Stefan’s wins made him fastest sculler of the day, earning him a nameplate on that great trophy. Both guys raced twice over the 4.2 km course. Stefan was fastest sculler in both long distance divisions. Matt won IM3 1x. He sends this report:

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Cambridge Small Boats Head 2012

With beautiful weather throughout the day, Cambridge Small Boats Head was a fine start to this year’s head race season. Held 6 October over the usual 2600 metre upstream head race course on the Cam, Events Secretary Anna-Rosa’s expert planning and logistics ensured that the day was a great success. Chairman Andy Turnbull reported a 30% increase on entries, from local to national clubs, with one competitor racing for an Irish boat club.

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Town Bumping Races

With four men’s VIII’s and one women’s VIII entered this year, Robs look set to rock at the Town Bumps. The men’s M3 have begun in great form, placing 3rd overall (with adjusted times) and taking pots for Fastest Men’s Masters crew in the CRA Timed Race.
Robs first three men’s boats all start in the Mens 1 race, with M1 trying to catch 2011 winners Cantabs. M2 starts at sixth place behind X-Press’ M1. Robs M3 faces the challenge of catching 99’s M3 to stay clear of sandwich boat position.

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Henley Royal Regatta

Robs Elite/ GB Start Men competing for the Wyfold Challenge Cup (Photo courtesy of Tony Holmes of HRR Photo)

Top club news has to be our fabulous club entry at Henley Royal Regatta this year.

Rob Stark, Ben Hicks, Chris Covey and Dan Clift faced stiff opposition from 32 crews racing 4- for the Wyfold Challenge Cup.
On Wednesday, the Robs crew won by four lengths against Henley’s B boat.

Thursday’s race brought another convincing win for the Robs crew by 4 1/4 lengths against Cork Boat Club, Ireland.

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Spring Racing Update

Tantalising results have been consistently achieved by Rob Roy Boat Club racing squad members rowing and sculling as crews and in singles.

Enhanced winter training collaboration between Elite Men’s Squad and Ely-based GB Start rowers has proved mutually beneficial. Wrapping up RRBC’s typically active local head racing season, Ely-based Senior Men’s athlete Chris Owen sends this cheerful summary:
‘Between the Robs/Ely Start group we took a clean sweep of all the sculling events at the Winter League: Continue reading