National Schools’ Regatta and Monmouth Regatta

28, May 2015

Great Performances at National Schools’ Regatta and Monmouth Regatta

Ross Rowing Club’s rowers, both senior and junior, were in action last weekend and delivered some superb performances in Nottingham and Monmouth. 

The junior rowers were first up at the National Schools’ Regatta at Nottingham. On Friday, the WJ14 2x of Elsa Sykes and Harley Kernot qualified for their semi final and achieved a comfortable 3rd place which meant they had made it to the final. In this race they rowed strongly and came 6th overall; an impressive result which bodes well for their future.

On Saturday the WJ15 8+ delivered a  fantastic time trial to earn them one of the favoured lanes in their semi final where they finished second and moved through to the final. In the final the WJ15 8 (made up of Gabby Howell, Noe Banks-Martin, Elysia Cotton, Lily Croft, Zoe Westley, Emily Morris, Francesca Crilly, Hattie Aubrey and cox Adrienne Howell) was up against more crews from the top rowing programmes in the country, notably Henley, Headington and St George’s College, but they sat in 2nd or 3rd place throughout the race and were pushed into 4th place only in the last few hundred metres.  The WJ15s split into two quads for the Sunday events but were clearly suffering from the exertions of the previous day and failed to reach the finals. 

On Saturday and Sunday, senior and junior members took part in Monmouth Regatta. On the longer 1500m course on the Saturday, the IM3 coxed 4 of Scarlett Brodholt, Jess Saxon-Macrostie, Isobelle Newey, and Echo Callaghan coxed by Becca Powell lost out in their final to a very strong Cardiff University crew by a short margin after winning their two heats easily. Scarlett and Echo then won their double scull event with something in hand. Beth Perrou and Karen Thorpe-Williams battled through two heats in their double sculls before losing in the final. The Ladies Vet D 4+ (Annie Williams, Alison Barker, Sarah Sykes, Nicky Wild, cox: Bryn Hughes – pictured above) won convincingly against an Abingdon Vet C crew. The crew was stroked for the first time by ladies’ captain Alison Barker. The Junior squad was represented by Harley Kernot, Elsa Sykes, Ella Eagle-Davis and Lydia Russell coxed by Jess Taylor who won the WJ14 Coxed Quad competition. Jess won her semi-final but lost in her final in the WJ15 single sculls. Ella and Lydia rowed with great style to fight their way through to the WJ14 Double Sculls final, as did Zack Greig in the J15 Single sculls. Both were unfortunate not to win their events. Elsa Sykes and Megan Gunn rowed well but were knocked out of the WJ14 double sculls event in an early round on the 750m Monmouth course. Men’s Masters E crew of Mark Sleeman, Fred Jones, Robin Fletcher and Bryn Hughes coxed by Elsa Sykes won their event over a Taunton coxed 4 crew.

An open meeting for all club members is taking place in the clubroom this Friday (29th May) at 7.30pm.


Chairman’s report
Captains’ reports
Presentation of accounts
Regatta report
Update on RRC Ltd progress
Camping development
Proposed closure of kitchen and coffee facilities
AOB / Questions

So please come along, enjoy a drink and lively discussion. Find out what your club can do for you and perhaps what you can do for your club.


President’s lunch and club sports day

A reminder that this coming Sunday 31st May is President’s Lunch & Club Sports Annual Club Fun Day


Camping Steward Needed

The club committee is looking for someone to take on and develop a role as Camping Steward to:

work with the camping co-ordinator in planning the current season’s business
look to the future development of this valuable asset
ensure that our facilities are maintained
liaise with the treasurer in respect of income and expenditure
ensure that the visiting groups erect their camps in the right place, either by welcoming them in person or making sure that pitches are marked and the groups are informed.

This is a challenging role with huge potential for development. For further information please contact Graham