It isn’t long now until the 2012 Olympic Games begin. The torch has passed through Cambridge, accompanied by lots of rain and fanfare. Whether you will be going down to London or watching the games on a screen, it is worth noting which athletes among Team GB Rowers have a training/racing history that includes Rob Roy Boat Club.
Thanks to the tireless efforts of Stefan Graf, twelve Swedish teenagers, all keen competitive rowers, came to visit Cambridge and train with Rob Roy Boat Club during the first week of April. Six lads and six lassies from Swedish International Boarding School in Gränna, along with their teacher and coach, Greg Kewley, plus two coxes/coaches arrived to enjoy a full programme of activities. These included a college tour, social gatherings and pub meals as well as a trip to London to watch
Cambridge win the boat race. Stefan arranged accommodation, bicycle rental and plenty of outings. Most of the youths had already done (some several times) the Rhein-Marathon in Dusseldorf, Germany.
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.
Club members rallied to support 15 year-old Callum Fairhurst during his 26 mile Row the Channel charity challenge on 30 June. Callum’s fundraising is ongoing, punctuated by a big endurance event each year since his brother Liam’s death three years ago. See http://callumfairhurst.com.
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.
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