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2010 Season

HORR – March 2010

Rob Roy 1 finished 64th, beating all other Cambridge crews in a time of 18min 35s.

Crew: Cox – Jenny Lee St – Rob Stark 7 – Nick Edelman 6 – Alex Ross 5 – Ben Hicks 4 – Josh Tonnar 3 – Hugh Anderson 2 – Sam Allen 1 – Chris Covey

Rob Roy 2 finished 145th in a time of 19m 01s, beating City 1 and were the fastest Cambridge M2 boat.

Crew: Cox – Enya Meadows St – Richard Mott 7 – Guy Blanchard 6 – Paul Wilkins 5 – Mark Lawrence 4 – Brett Saunders 3 – Stefan Graef 2 – Guy Ellis 1 – Jakob Bjonberg

Bedford Head – April 2010

The club had a good turn out at Bedford Head this year returning with 4 pots.

Sam Allen won the IM1 singles event by two seconds with a time of 8:10, beating one of his training partners Hugh Anderson.

Matt Castle won the Mens Novice Singles event, again by two seconds with a time of 8:19. Still a novice though Matt!!

Anna-Rosa and Matt took the IM3 doubles event with a time of 8:23, beating the Champion of the Thames crew by 11 seconds.

Despite crashing, Charlotte Drury won the WJ16 singles event with a time of 9:06, well done Charlotte!

Also racing for the club was the Rutter Quad in the Masters event with a time of 7:47, and racing in the WIM3 quad event, the Van Riessen crew with a time of 9:14, well done to both crews.

Also congratulations to Ben Hicks winning the IM2 1x event with a time of 7:37, and to Josh Tonnar winning the IM3 1x event with a time of 7:56.

City Sprint – May 2010

Enya Meadows took on Champion of the Thames in the Womens IM3 1x event, winning by a length. Also teaming up with Charlie Rutter, the pair took on another Champs crew beating them by a length in the mixed double event.

The WJ14 singles event saw Tiffany Worrall and Amy Bland, both Rob Roy in the final. Amy took yhr pot by 4 lengths.

Sally Dowding, Eleni Bakra, Katherine Webster and Becky Allen took on a Champs crew to win the WIM3 4x event.

Also competing for Robs was the womens vet c 8 who were knocked out in the semi final against champs.

The mens vet c 8 got through to their final, losing the pot by half a length.

Angus McCluskie competed in the J14 1x event, knocked out in the semi final.

Anna-Rosa teamed up with Paul Knights from Hornets to compete in the mixed doubles event.

Anton Symkoych won his first round in the mens novice single event, but was unfortunately knocked out in the semi final by the overall event winner.

Poplar Regatta – May 2010

Guy Ellis raced in the IM2 singles event. He came second in his first heat making through to the final.

The Mens Novice 4+ came 3rd in their event, closely following Lady Margaret BC and Tideway Scullers.

In the mens IM3 1x event, Jakob Bjornberg came second in his heat,coming third in the final.

The club also had Anna-Rosa competing in the WIM3 1x event, alongside Susanna Holt.

2009-10 Head Season

Norfolk Long Distance Sculls – Ocotober 09

Robs took 8 boats to Norfolk Long Distance, all competing in the Long Course (4000m), and one in the short course.

The WIM2 4x, consisting of Rebecca Caroe, Rebecca Issacs, Claire Allen and Anna-Rosa completed the course in 17:08.

The WIM3 4x, Sally Dowding, Eleni Bakra, Tanja Van Riessen and Katherine Webster completed the course in 18:21

Lindsay Hamilton and Eleni Bakra both competed in the W Sen 1 event, Eleni getting a time of 22:26, and Lindsay winning the event with 19:25.

Rebecca, Rebecca and Anna-Rosa went head to head in the W Vet B 1x event, close times but Caroe came out on top with 19:37, closely folloowd by Isaacs with 20:29, and Anna Rosa with 20:29.

Amy Bland competed in the short course coming second with a time of 12:08.

Well done everyone.

Robs Autumn Head – Ocotober 09

The club saw their mens senior quad (Saunders)and womens senior quad (Bakra) win their events in times of 9:13 and 11:38.

Well done to everyone that took part in both racing and marshalling

Nottingham Autumn Head- October 09

Congratulations to Claudia Goodbrand winning at the Nottingham Autumn Head. She competed in the WIM2 1x event rowing the gruelling 5450m course in a time of 24:01.

Claudia teamed up with Angie McConnell for the second division (3850m) competing in the WIM2 2x event, winning with a time of 15:57.

Well done Claudia and Angie.

Bedford Small Boats Head – October 09

Robs had a good show at Bedford Small Boats Head coming away with two pots.

Brett Saunders and Rob Best won their category in the IM3 2x with a time of 7:21.

Lindsay Hamilton also won her event in the WIM 3 1x with a time of 8:25.

Also competing for the women was Eleni Bakra and Anna-Rosa Gejlsbjerg in the WIM3 1x event, Rachael Crockford in the WIM2 1x event, Enya Meadows in the WJ18 singles, Sally Dowding and Eleni in the WIM2 2x, and an IM3 4x consisting of Meadows, Hamilton, Crockford and Katherine Webster.

For the men, was Saunders in the IM3 1x event and Best in the Novice singles.

Robs Small Boats Head – October 09

The maroon army received four pots from the event, not too greedy 😉

Congratulations to Giles Dakin-White winning both the IM2 and IM3 singles events with times of 11:17, and 11:20.

Tom Davies won the Veterans single event with a time of 13:31, well done Tom.

Finally, a win for Brett and Stefan in the IM2 doubles event with a time of 10:38, well done everyone.

2008-09 Regatta Season

Nines Autumn Regatta – September 09

The juniors put out a good show with Higginbottom and Murphy representing the club in the Junior 16 doubles and in their singles, along with Amy Bland and Angus McLuskie in the Junior 13 doubles. Also racing for the juniors was Bedford in the WJ16 1x event, Amy Bland in the WJ14 singles, and Rasmus Nielson competing in the J14 sculls beating his oppenant in the first round.

Enya Meadows won a pot competing in the Womens J17 singles event in a final against Royal. Meadows also teamed up with Rachael Crockford in the Womens Intermeditate 1 category losing by 2 lengths to the Royal Holloway and Yare composite.

Congratulations to Sally Dowding and Eleni Bakra who won the womens novice event beating Beccles RC, St Neots, and Weybridge in the final.

Also competing for the club was Linda Gruendken in the womens novice singles event, and in the WIM3 event was Anna-Rosa Gejlsbjerg.

A good show everyone, well done!

FISA World Masters – September 09

With tough competition at the FISA Wolrd Masters 2009 in Vienna, Rob Roy showed the high level we compete at.

  • Rebecca Caroe and Susanna Holt competed in the WC 2x as a Rob Roy/Cantbas composite coming second in their event with a time of 3.47.
  • Rebecca Caroe competed in the WC8+, WB8+ and WA 8+ events coming second all the events with the composite crew of Cantabrigian RC/Champion of the Thames/City Of Cambridge RC/Leicester/Peterborough City/Rob Roy/X-Press BC with times of 4.06 3.36 and 3.29.
  • Anna-Rosa Gejlsbjerg came fourth with a time of 4.29 in the womens B 1x event.
  • Claire Allen competed in the WC 4x event with the compesite crew of Champion of the Thames/Leicester/Rob Roy/X-Press BC coming 5th overall.
  • Competing in the Womens B 4- event was Claire Allen, Rebecca Caroe, Anna-Rosa Gejlsbjerg and Sue Brown coming fourth with a time of 4.39.
  • Congratulations to Claire Allen and Sue Brown who won a gold medal in the WB 2x event with a time of 4.21.

For full results, follow this link http://www.software-alley.com/rowing

Sudbury Regatta – August 09

Angus Mcluskie won his first race competing in the J11 1x event at Sudbury Regatta this August. He was drawn in a straight final against a Sudbury sculler and after pulling back the stagger at the start and take the notorious Sudbury bend well, he pulled clear down the final straight winning by a good 4 lengths.

Well done Angus the first of many we hope.

Coupe de la Jeunesse – July 2009

Hugh Anderson, part of the WCS team, has spent since October trialling in hope of racing for his country. After a year and a half of hard training in his single, and a not very promising result in the first set of trials, Hugh took part in bumps last year and found he was a sweep oarsman rather than a sculler. After training with pairs partner James Powell, who rows for Bedford Modern School, the pair came 12th in the second set of trials. Invited to the spring assessments, Hugh finished in twelth place on strokeside. Despite a weaker performance then the previous trials, the pair made it to finals, which meant time for seat racing with Hugh finishing in the middle of the group winning himself a place in the 8 and coxed 4 on the Coupe team.

After intense training, including 38k paddles, Hugh got two gold medals on the first day of racing, one in the 4+ and one in the 8+, and a bronze medal in the 4+ on the second day along with another gold in the 8+.

Well done Hugh, a brilliant result!

St Neots Regatta – 25/26 July

Saturday – 1000m

Despite the somewhat mis-aligned buoys, the course showed no problems for Sam Allen in the Mens IM3 1x event and Erica Bodman in the Womens IM3 singles with both of them returning with a pot.

In the mens novice sculls, it was a Robs show down between Giles Dakin-White and John Clay with Clay taking it by half a length.

Enya Meadows and Charlotte Drury raced above their usual J16 doubles category making it to Womens Junior final and being pipped by Star Club.

The club also saw Anna-Rosa racing her single and Enya reaching the final of the WJ18 singles event.

Sunday – 500m

In one of the first races of the day, the Robs IM3 4x consisting of Rachael Crockford, Anna-Rosa, Sally Dowding and Enya Meadows lost out in the first round to the Robs/CUW quad who then went on to the win the event.

The Women’s J17 singles event saw another Robs show down between usual doubles partners Meadows and Drury with Meadows taking it by a canvas.

Giles had a second chance of losing his novice status in the singles event with another all Robs final, this time against Phil “Chicken” Congdon. Giles took the race by a length although regretting it half an hour later as he was thrown in the river!!

Robs put in two mixed doubles, Ben Hicks and Erica Bodman making it to the final of the IM2 event, and the Robs/Isle of Ely composite saw another win for Sam Allen in the IM3 event.

Another brilliant weekend for the club! Well done everyone.

CRA Town Bumps – 21-24 July

The women’s first boat rowed over every night getting closer to the C.O.W.S each night but running out of water to maintain fourth position.

The second boat had a bit of everything gettinh bumped on the first night, rowing over the second, bumping Champs on the third night and rowing over on the last night finishing where they started, in 8th position.

The women’s third boat came so close to winning blades bumping every night apart from the Tuesday, good effort girls!
The Men’s first boat moved up from 6th place to 3rd place just missing out on blades on the last night, well done guys.

The second boat rowed over every night maintaining 7th place.

The battle between the 4th and 5th boat for spoons saw victory for the 4th boat, with the 5th boat narrowly missing out as they bumped each night apart from the Tuesday.

Molesey Amateur Regatta – 18/19 July

The womens IM2 8x made it to the semi final, and the IM3 8x beat Vesta in their semi making it to the final.

Claudia Goodbrand and Angie McConnell raced an IM2 double making it to the final but lost the pot to Vesta Club. However Claudia took back revenge in the WIM3 1x winning her final against Vesta. Hannah Peel and Angie McConnel also raced in the WIM3 1x event.

National Championship Regatta – 17-19 July

Enya Meadows and Charlotte Drury finally won a medal after a tough year of coming fourth at The Inter Regionals Regatta, and The National Schools Regatta, so coming away from Nat Champs with a bronze medal left the girls with smiles all round. The girls came 2nd in their heat winning them a place straight in their final on the saturday before getting on to the podium.

Jen Hawton and Anna Railton raced in the Womens Open doubles event. They pulled in forth in their heat going through to Repechage, then made it look easy as they came first in their Rep winning the last place in the final before missing out on a silver medal by less than a second, but the girls were happy with a bronze.

Sam Allen raced his single in the OJ18 1x category coming 2nd in both his heat and repechage. He just missed out on a spot on the podium coming fourth in his final.

Oli Campbell and Sam Allen raced in the OJ18 doubles event, and Ben Hicks was competing in the Open Men’s singles, both boats just missing a place in the final coming fourth in their semi’s.

Charlotte Drury also raced her single in the GJ15 event, winning a spot in the final after coming thrid in her heat and winning her repechage.

The club also had Josh Tonnar competing in the MU23 1x, Jen Hawton in the W1x, Oli Campbell in the OJ18 1x and a Mens Open Quad racing for the white and maroon army.

A good weekend for the club.

Bedford Quarts Sprint Regatta – 12 July

The women took an IM3 8x and a IM2 8x to the Bedford Quartz Regatta.

The IM2 8x were beaten in their semi-final against City of Cambridge, but the IM3 8x beat Cantabs by 1 1/4 length in their final winning them a pot.

Marlow Regatta – 20/21 June

Number Club Event Time Position in Event Crew
34 RRBC M LW 1x H 8.04.43 5/5 Ed Paine
55 RRBC M IM3 B 8 H 6.09.02 1/6
89 RRBC M IM3 B 8 SF 6.13.80 1/6
120 RRBC M IM3 B 8 F 6.09.37 2/5

Sunday AM

Number Club Event Time Position in Event Crew
26 RRBC M IM3 C 8 F 2.57.62 2/6

Sunday PM

Number Club Event Time Position in Event Crew
24 RRBC M IM2 C 8 F 2.59.64 2/3

Full results can be found here.

Metropolitan Regatta – 30/31 May

Number Club Event Time Position in Event Crew
36 RRBC M IM3 8 H 6.54.01 1/5
96 RRBC M IM3 8 F 6.44.58 4/6
59 RRBC IM1 4x H 7.10.62 3/4
113 RRBC IM1 4x F 6.50.64 3/6
64 RRBC E 2- F 8.47.51 3/3
52 RRBC/Tyne W IM1 4x H 7.55.63 3/6
52 RRBC W IM1 4x H 8.18.08 5/6
102 RRBC/Tyne W IM1 4x F 7.46.41 4/6
23 RRBC/Tyne W IM1 2x H 8.52.97 1/5
87 RRBC/Tyne W IM1 2x F 8.33.64 5/6


Number Club Event Time Position in Event Crew
81 RRBC M S 4x F 6.52.47 3/4
15 RRBC M IM3 1x H 7.36.82 1/5 Hicks
16 RRBC M IM3 1x H 8.24.13 5/5 Best
17 RRBC M IM3 1x H 7.47.95 1/6 Allen
17 RRBC M IM3 1x H 8.02.68 4/6 Dakin-White
70 RRBC M IM3 1x F 7.47.90 1/6 Hicks
70 RRBC M IM3 1x F 8.14.60 5/6 Allen
39 RRBC W IM2 4x H 8.05.29 4/5
25 RRBC W IM3 1x H 8.52.72 4/5 Hawton
27 RRBC W IM3 1x H 8.29.75 1/5 Bodman
27 RRBC W IM3 1x H 8.43.32 2/5 Peel
72 RRBC W IM3 1x F 8.33.55 2/6 Bodman
72 RRBC W IM3 1x F 9.25.41 6/6 Peel

Full results can be found here.

Poplar Regatta – 10 May

Number Club Event Time Position in Event Crew
2 RRBC W IM2 1x H 9.16 4/4 Claudia
29 RRBC/Cantabs W IM1 2x F 7.42 2/2 Rebecca/Susanna

Full results can be found here.

Notts City Regatta – 25 April

Rob Roy had a good day’s racing at Notts City last Saturday. For once the lake was reasonably flat and we came back with plenty of pots. In fact Rob Roy managed six wins which was the highest number of wins of any club (along with Nottingham RC)

Number Club Event Time Position in Event Crew
15 RRBC W Nov 1x F 9.33.6 1/4 Rebecca Isaacs
18 RRBC IM1 4x F 6.42.2 1/5 Wanne, Chris, Brett, Paul
32 RRBC W Nov 4x F 8.09.0 1/3 Lindsay, Bronwen, Angie, Anna-Rosa
43 RRBC/Cantabs W VB/C 2x F NTT 1/2 Rebecca Caroe, Susanna
82 RRBC IM2 2x F 7.56.4 1/4 Chris, Wanne
85 RRBC W IM3 4+ F 9.19.1 1/4 Jenny, Lindsay, Bronwen, Angie, Anna-Rosa
34 RRBC W IM2 1x F 9.05.0 2/3 Hannah
43 RRBC W VB/C 2x F NTT 2/2 Katherine, Tanja
51 RRBC IM1 1x F 8.49.9 4/5 Brett
64 RRBC W IM2 4x F 9.01.3 3/3 Katherine, Tanja, Rebecca Isaacs, Sally
68 RRBC W IM2 2x F 9.26.7 2/2 Claudia, Hannah
7 RRBC Nov 1x H1 8.44.1 6/6 Rob
53 RRBC IM2 2x H1 8.24.0 1/3 Chris, Wanne
61 RRBC W IM3 4+ H1 9.14.5 2/3 Jenny, Lindsay, Bronwen, Angie, Anna-Rosa

Full results can be found here.

2008-09 Head Season

Bedford SBH – 5 April

or once Bedford head didn’t result in hypothermia and no one was seen shovelling snow out of boats. Instead we had the perfect day for rowing with almost clear blue skies and although the wind varied a little throughout the day it was never like hitting a concrete wall (except when we were struggling with the steering). It was great so see so many Robs rowers and maroon kit everywhere. With 8 divisions it was a long but very successful day with wins by several Robs rowers and good promising performances from the rest.

Also, not only was Rebecca Caroe there all day coaching, and as an invaluable support to us all but she also managed sneak in a race and picked up yet another pot in the Women’s Vet C 2X in a composite Robs/Cantabs crew.

Women’s Squad

The women’s squad was represented by Lindsay, Angie, Anna-Rosa and Bronwen. In a borrowed Bedford boat with no speakers this crew, coxed by Aimee, still managed to come 3rd in the intermediate 3 category only missing out with 6 sec. Lindsay won her first pot in the WN 1X with a very convincing performance. Lindsay and Anna-Rosa raced twice in the double scull in the novice and the intermediate 3 category and came 3rd overall in both races despite having crashed in the first race and having to wait for a boat to pass before carrying on. Anna-Rosa and Angie also raced in the WN 1X


Number Club Event Time Position in Event Crew
193 RRBC IM2 4x 6.28 1/3 Wanne/Chris/Brett/Paul
34 RRBC IM3 1x 7.52 1/13 Wanne
41 RRBC NOV 1x 7.55 1/21 Giles
310 RRBC W NOV 1x 8.29 1/16 Lindsay
238 Cantabs/RRBC W VC 2x 7.56 1/6 Rebecca/Susanna
130 RRBC IM3 4x 6.30 2/8 Wanne/Chris/Brett/Paul
177 RRBC IM3 1x 7.55 2/13 Giles
32 RRBC IM3 1x 7.59 3/13 Brett
176 RRBC IM3 1x 8.08 7/13 Rob
178 RRBC IM3 1x 8.10 8/13 Matt
390 RRBC W IM3 4+ 8.10 3/10 Aimee/Lindsay/Anna-Rosa/Angie/Bronwen
164 RRBC W IM3 2x 8.22 3/8 Lindsay/Anna-Rosa
166 RRBC W NOV 2x 8.39 3/9 Lindsay/Anna-Rosa
37 RRBC NOV 1x 8.04 4/21 Paul
38 RRBC NOV 1x 8.05 5/21 Rob
40 RRBC NOV 1x 8.07 6/21 Matt
344 RRBC IM2 1x 8.28 5/5 Oli
308 RRBC W NOV 1x 9.09 5/16 Anna-Rosa
311 RRBC W NOV 1x 9.32 13/16 Angie

Full results can be found here.

WEHORR – 7 March

Good conditions very similar to 2008 saw one Robs boat take to the water from Putney trying to defend starting position 45. The Robs WS3 8 was coxed by Fiona Knights and the crew consisted of Sam Bennet (stroke), Katherine Webster, Angie Mcconnel, Lindsay Hamilton, Anna-Rosa Gejlsbjerg, Bronwen Richards, Tanja van Riesen and Sally Dowding.

Although the chasing elite crew from Bessel-RC eV Minden quickly caught up with Robs from the start, Robs put in a strong performance in a side by side race and manage to hold them off with hard rowing and a perfectly coxed line. In the last bit of the race Robs dug really deep and pulled out some grrrrr…. rowing seeing the overall position change from Hammersmith catching up 18 positions on the last bit of the race including the 99’s A S2 boat which was ahead by 0.27 seconds by Hammersmith but was beaten by the finishing line with 0.48 seconds. The final time was 21:03.02 (position 87) and the Robs boat came in as the third highest ranking Cambridge crew after the City A S2 boat and the composite Cambridge Vet C boat.

Full results can be found here.

Cambridge Winter League

Number Event Name Leg 1 Leg 2 Leg 3 Overall Rank in Event Rank Overall
102 S3 8 Saunders 9.48 9.33 9.42 29.03 1/3 2/117
127 Nov 1x Wilkins 12.24 12.44 13.03 38.11 1/5 54/117
317 VB 1x Blanchard 12.25 11.49 13.33 37.47 1/2 52/117
201 VB 8 Gripper 10.17 9.44 10.36 30.37 1/1 4/117
301 S3 8 Galbraith 10.24 10.02 10.30 30.56 2/3 5/117
405 S2 2x Cutler/Blanchard 11.29 11.44 13.12 36.25 2/2 37/117
118 S1 1x Blanchard 12.08 12.02 12.28 36.38 1/1 38/117
113 S3 1x Kromdijk 12.28 11.48 12.37 36.53 3/6 43/117
412 S3 1x Saunders 12.38 12.23 13.27 38.28 4/6 57/117
133 Nov 1x Castle 13.08 13.10 13.18 39.36 3/5 73/117
335 Nov 1x Best 12.36 13.04 14.17 39.57 4/5 78/117
144 VH 1x Davies 14.05 14.03 14.47 42.55 1/1 98/117
150 VE 1x Hyde 16.07 15.48 17.19 49.14 1/1 116/117
254 J12 1x Bland 17.48 16.50 18.49 53.27 1/1 117/117

Full results can be found here.

Norwich Head – 23 February

As part of the preparation for WEHORR the WS3 8 went to Norwich. The warm weather took everyone by surprise and the general kit stripping off during the long waiting before the start contributed to making friends with several boats. The 8 raced in division 2 (long course) and put in a solid performance with a final time of 16:03 beating the only other WS3 8 from East Anglia University with just over a minute. Enya and Charlotte didn’t have any competition in WJ16 2X in division 1 (long course) but raced extremely well and beat many other crew. They both repeated the success in division 2 in the singles with Charlotte winning the WJ15 1X (short course) and Enya only missing out on a win by 0.21 second in W16 1X (long course)

Men’s Squad


Number Club Event Time Position in Event Crew
52 RRBC S2 1x 16.56 1/2 Wanne
67 RRBC W J16 2x 17.49 1/1 Charlotte
94 RRBC W J15 1x 10.18 1/4 Charlotte
108 RRBC W S3 8+ 16.03 1/1 Bennett
137 RRBC S3 1x 17.16 1/3 Wanne
92 RRBC W J16 1x 20.36 2/3 Enja

Full results can be found here.

Xmas Head – 13 December

Rob Roy had 7 crews enter for City’s Christmas head on Saturday. The results were quite encouraging!

Josh and Matt rowed in the mens 2x competition and won with a time of 7:23.
Enya and Charlotte entered in the womens junior 2x competition and won with a time of 8:30.

The scratch eight came 3rd overall with a time of 6:19, beaten by 99s (6:18) and Downing (6:08). Given that the crew was assembled on the day, this is a good result, and something to build on!

Grip and Shep beasted it in the 2- for a time of 8:08.

Angie’s quad pulled the course with a time of 8:10.

Guy rowed in the single for a time of 8:12.

Finally, and most importantly, Rasmus had his first race in the J13 category – the youngest competitor on the day. Rasmus rowed the course in his single in 10 minutes and 33 seconds in challenging weather conditions. Furthermore, he beat: 3 eights, two 4s and a mixed double; which is excellent!

2007-08 Head Season

Peterborough Head of the Nene – 2 February

Peterborough reverted to type for this year’s race, with a biting cold head wind for all three divisions despite some sunshine.

Despite the conditions, Robs again put out a number of strong crews, and came home with some tankards to prove it.

Division 1

In the first division, the small boats raced over 2.5km, and the World Class Start boys showed their potential with the double coming 7th overall in their first ever race and against some very strong competition.

Oli Campbell won Novice Sculls, Grip and Shep “won” Elite Pairs (ok there may not have been any opposition, but a win is a win, right?!) and Colin Leonard just missed out on the S3 sculls pot. Rebecca Caroe won S2 Doubles in a composite with Cantabs’ Susanna Holt. The women’s development squad also put out a double and two singles, putting down some good markers which they will be aiming to improve on in the coming months.

Division 2

Again over 2.5km, the second division for 4’s and Quads was won comfortably overall by a Rob Roy/Peterborough/St Neots composite S2 quad with Oli Campbell in it – the next fastest crew was 19seconds back!

Also competing was a Men’s S4 4+ of Gripper, Brett Saunders, Chris Dale and David Latham, who were 2nd in their category.

Division 3

The last division, this time over 5km, was for the 8’s. First off for Robs was the Men’s squad 8. A solid but not sparkling row led to 2nd in S2, and 9th place overall.

The Robs/X-Press/Leicester composite was also 2nd in Women’s S2. Finally the Women’s Development Squad put in a solid row in a composite with Cantabs in Women’s S3, finishing in 23.15.


Number Club Crew Event Time Position in Div
Division 1
2 Rob Roy BC OPEN SEN.3 2Sc 11:56 7
1 Rob Roy BC OPEN ELITE 2- 12:16 16
67 Rob Roy BC Leonard OPEN SEN.3 Sc 12:35 20
29 Cantabrigian/Rob Roy W.SEN.2 2Sc 12:57 30
84 Rob Roy BC Campbell OPEN NOV Sc 13:07 38
27 Rob Roy BC W.SEN.2 2Sc 14:43 69
97 Rob Roy BC Ding W.SEN.2 Sc 16:17 86
89 Rob Roy BC Meadows W.JUN Sc 17:03 90
Division 2
120 Peterborough/St Neots/Rob Roy OPEN SEN.2 4Sc 10:42 1
148 Rob Roy BC (Time only) OPEN SEN.4 4+ 12:25 21
Division 3
219 Rob Roy BC OPEN SEN.2 8+ 18:25 10
260 Leicester/X-Press/Rob Roy W.SEN.2 8+ 21:09 43
274 Cantabrigian/Rob Roy W.SEN.3 8+ 23:15 71

Full results can be found here.

Robs ‘Boxing Day’ Races – 31 December

Crew 2 – Stephen, Tom Davies (President), Claire Allen, Dave – stroke.

Crew 3 – Lance, Dave, Nicholas and Gripper (bow). Note Lance’s silly hat and his odd west-country accent that he has strengthened having seen his Mother over Christmas!

The Mass start. Crew 1 (Enya, Susanna, Katherine and Melissa) lead off from Emmanuel Footbridge followed 2 lengths by Crew 2 and 1 length behind by Gripper’s Crew 3. However, Grip can’t count one length so they were actually only a few feet apart at the start (sour grapes…?)

The girls lead off the start…. holding their distance over crew 2 for about half the 600m distance…

Crew 2 closes on the girls…. Melissa takes the inside line around the bend and Stephen is warned by Shep the start marshall, umpire and chief cheater from his bike on the bank to go wide….

Meanwhile at the back of the pack, Grippers crew have recovered from a slight crustacean incident and work hard to regain territory.

The “bumping” finish, as Stephen manfully avoids hitting the girls while Gripper closes fast….. and off to the right is Karthick Tadinada hiding under a willow tree in his single hoping not to get hit! Curly Galbraith the finish umpire with his dogs declared the girls the winners….. biased, of course.

And so we all ended up sitting outside the Old Spring waiting for it to open at midday.

[Note: traditionally these are married vs singles races but that would have been a walkover!]

Xmas Head – 15 December

  • Men’s 8+ – overall winner in 6.58
  • Mixed 8+ – winner of mixed 8+ in 7.57
  • Men’s S1 1x – Gripper fastest single sculler in 7.58
  • Men’s S1 2- – Gripper and Shep fastest pair in 8.28
  • Women’s S1 2- – fastest women’s pair in 9.47
  • Junior 15 1x – Parkhouse fastest junior in 10.07


The Men’s 8+ used the race as a training piece, rate-capping it to 28 as far as Downing Boathouse, and then winding it up 1 for each boathouse to the finish. This wasn’t entirely successful, but they still managed to beat City into 2nd place by 3 seconds. All in all a useful start to the racing season for the Men’s 8+ squad, and a nice shield to add to the collection.

The Mixed 8+ put in a strong performance to win the Mixed 8+’s event, despite being in rather fine fancy dress.

Grip and Shep’s pair had some issues with slower crews, being forced to stop at one point past the boathouses due to some 3-abreast carnage ahead.

See Also

Full results can be found here.

Scullers Head – 1 December

On the 1st of December ten Robs Members made the trip to Putney for the 2007 Scullers Head. Fastest sculler home for Robs was Jon Davies who finished 14th out of some 500 scullers, followed by Nick Morrell who finished 43rd. Claudia was the fastest woman home for the club finishing 280th.

14 21:46.39 MS2 J Davies

43 22:17.69 MS2 N Morrell

93 22:41.41 MS4 C Leonard

180 23:21.04 MS3 S Graf

220 23:38.66 MN B Saunders

244 23:54.40 MS1 A Watson

266 24:09.62 MN R Best

281 24:16.12 WS3 C Kunze

300 24:25.23 WS3 C Nolan

320 24:39.12 WS4 C Panbianco

Pairs Head – 6 October

Senior 2 Double (Morrell, Davies)

Number: 14 Time: 12:52.65 Overall: 8 of 341 Category: 3 of 11

Senior 2 Double

in Chris Todd

Str: Nick Morrell
Bow: Jon Davies

Not a great scull. We worked against each other for most of the race, unable to reproduce our good form from our practice outings. On the plus side, second place wasn’t that far in front of us. A crab from me with a minute to go will not have affected our overall position. (JPD)

Veteran B/C Double (Froggatt, Graef)

Elite Pair (Watson, Shepherd)

Mixed Senior 4 Double (Smith (Simoco), Peel)

Women’s Veteran B/C Double (Caroe, Holt (Cantabs))

Women’s Senior 4 Double (Smith, Panbianco)


Pos Num Category Crew Time Cat Pos
8th 14 S2 2x Morrell, Davies 12:52.65 3rd of 11
48th 52 Vet B/C 2x Froggatt, Graef 13:33.73 4th of 8
87th 24 E 2- Watson, Shepherd 13:58.79 4th of 5
112th 216 Mxd S3 2x Smith (Simoco), Peel 14:14.23 1st of 8
180th 288 W Vet B/C 2x Caroe, Holt (Cantabs) 14:42.84 1st of 4
268th 325 W S4 2x Smith, Panbianco 15:23.70 11th of 24