Richard Jennison wins Novices at Ross Regatta 2016 …then Rows Great Ouse Marathon

8, September 2016



Several crazy members of Ross Rowing Club took part in the Great Ouse Marathon on Sunday, as well as completing a 22km row they also raised money for charity. it was a hard row into a strong headwind following on from arriving to heavy rain on Saturday.
Night before…In the Dry

Sally and Jim celebrated their wedding anniversary over the weekend, the highlight was putting up and sleeping in a tent….eh? The others stayed in a lovely hotel. Marriage still intact?

Elliott Ball sets off on 22km row

Rowers included Tim Ball and Jim Pettipher in a men’s pair, Howard Colley and Richard Jennison in a men’s pair, Elliott Ball and Dale Kernot in IM2 Singles. Harley Kernot and Jess Taylor rowed WJ16/17 singles. Geraldine Calcraft won a pot in her Masters B single completing the marathon in two hours.  Sarah Sykes and Nicky Wild, in women’s D double raised money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Some tender bum muscles this week…

Sarah and Nicky looking windblown but happy……

Row for others

Jess Taylor was raising money for  National Star in Hereford, which provides education, personal development and specialist therapies for young people from Herefordshire with complex disabilities. They are raising funds to transform the outdoor area into a vibrant learning area for teenagers with complex learning difficulties. 

Would you consider sponsoring Jess? It is lovely to see a young person who enjoys her rowing making an effort to help other young people with disabilities in Herefordshire. Contact me or any of the Great Ouse Squad.


Still Celebrating Success
Let’s hear it for all the people who were at Ross Regatta, guests and helpers. Here is a collection of some of the jobs we need to make the regatta run smoothly and some of the folks on the rota who made it happen…..

 Safety Boats

Hawaii Five O……Jacqui Baynham and Wendy Burden

 Boats on

This trio made lots of new friends helping crews to boat ready to row up to race. Elaine Powell, Wendy Burden and Martin Lown. Elaine enthused, “ I had lots of fun this regatta. Best yet!”
were lucky with this sunny shift on Monday as the Sunday girls, Nadine,
Justyna and Nikki got drenched in the rain!


Brian Fountain, Sarah Sykes, Andrew Atkinson and Jacqui Baynham coordinate the start with attitude.  I haven’t got a picture of John Price, along with his son James, who was start marshall all day for two days.


Hilary Hale and Anne Morris busy at work in the finish tent. Fran Watling on the computer updating..


Our commentary is always quality.Graham Hughes, fellow commentator, with Ian Hale and Stuart Harold.
He is the son of an ex-Club a Treasurer (Gerald Hughes) from the 70’s and Graham and Ian have been doing the commentary for 27 years. He is a BBC Radio Presenter, recently in Cambridge.


Commentator, Ian Hale, with Umpire’s tent assistant, Team Hughes member, Chrissie Hughes.

Howard Copping, umpires’ assistant


You can’t live with them, you can’t row without them at a regatta. Here are two visiting umpires from Bridgnorth.

Sheron and Neil Dean Lucas are two Ross Umpires who are well known on the regatta circuit.

President’s Enclosure

Pots are collected here or your winning from Pointless Eights ….Your weight in Cider!

The President’s tent bar staff in blue colours; Harriet and Livvie

Car Park Attendants

What a great job these unsung heroes did with car parking. Thank you to new rowers Laura,  Georgina Gardner and Dave Crowhurst,  from the last lot of discover rowers. X

Then We had Refreshments

The bbq and the tea tent both took over £4000 each over the regatta time. The tea tent was over two days and the bbq and bar over the three days including the Dragon Boating. The bar was well up on last year too.

The Bar

Attractive Bar Staff…. Niki, Dan and Nicky on their shift on Monday. Andrew Bateman was also there but not in the picture. Saturday and Sunday saw Will Pettipher staying up till the small hours serving some thirsty rowers including Belfast’s Neptune boys.

The Tea Tent

Mrs Westley, Mrs Banks Martin, Mrs Croft…

Emma Smith, the most hard working tea helper!
Mrs Smith, Mrs Brodholt and Mrs Croft
The Burger Boys
David Rosser, Richard Leach, Jack Westley, Ian Smith and Steve Aubrey. Jack supervised his team to success and using David’s marketing skills, they  introduced the Gourmet Burger which was a roaring success with the punters.

Finally, Registration

Sian Picton Turberville, Jane Davies, Julie Smith and Richard Jennison.

Here’s Jeremy Picton Turberville with some of his team at registration and control commission. JPT also found time on Sunday to win his MasF single sculling event; well done!
In the build up to the regatta, he found his offer of IT support morphed into Regatta Secretary and he ended up doing the most important job of all, organising the entries and the racing draw for the whole regatta.
Thank you, Jeremy. 

Monday VIPs

Look who I found. Sarah Jones and Freddy Jones ( no relation) Sarah’s dad was Ian Bullock and the boat named after him has gone to Swansea Rowing Club for a new beginning.

The Rucks

Here’s Tony Fletcher, well known (!) to many of us older members of the club, with Nicky and Chris Ruck. Great to see Chris, our past bar manager, out and about and back down the Rowing Club

Gazebo dismantling….

…..and so it ends. Here’s Ian Howell supervising taking down the gazebos on Monday evening.


The Rapid Response Team in Action 
Here’s the Monday lunchtime safety boat beyond the bridge. it was hot!

Ross Regatta – Junior Report

There were 18 junior entries over the weekend, plus the Pointless 8s crew – 14 on the Sunday and 4 on the Monday. There were very plucky performances in the smaller boats from the younger athletes – in particular Henny Vine who completed the course in great style in a single scull despite staring rowing only a few weeks ago.
Jess Taylor fought through several round in the WJ16 1x before losing in the final to a very strong junior sculler, and Ella sculled well against good opposition in the WJ15 1x.. Both the WJ13 and WJ14 quads got into their finals, and the J13 and 14 boys’ doubles had bad luck with steering and equipment failure in their races.

The morning division was capped-off with a really strong performance from the WJ15 4x+ of Harley, Elsa, Beth, Megan and Josh (cox) [pictured], who fought through three rounds to win this tough category. This was the first of two pots for Megan, and her first one ever!
In the afternoon, Lydia and Becca won their opening race with an impressive technical sculling display in the WJ15 2x, but could not sustain the momentum against some very strong opposition in this event. Flynn Piper, who started at Easter Camp, took on a very strong field in the J14 1x and sculled magnificently to get very close to an established and strong sculler from Staines.


As the day drew to a close, the J12 quad of Tom, Josh, Fred, Ella and Katie (cox) [pictured] had the crowd on its feet with a stirring performance against comparatively huge opposition, winning by 2 lengths.
In the penultimate race of the day, Heidi and Molly won the final (and fourth race) in the WJ14 2x – both rowing up and winning in good style.
On the Monday, Jess and Beth both had winning starts in their singles races before going out, and Harley and Elsa also made their final, losing narrowly by under a length. Lydia and Megan won the novice event by a good margin making it a very special regatta weekend for Megan.

Across both days, WJ16s (bolstered by Fran) competed in a Pointless 8s crew, finding the opposition a bit “smokey” – particularly after a long post-GCSE holiday period! However, they again delivered stylish performances in all their races.


Elaine Powell – on Tour

Elaine has just been on her first rowing tour! Leeds to Mexborough via 75 K of fabulous canals, through locks, under bridges, over aqueducts and a reservoir, visiting the most awesome sailing club, Leeds and Doncaster rowing clubs …. and the odd pub! “I was in a great (fun) crew with rowers from Sheffield and Falcon,” laughed Elaine, ” I would recommend it – this a few of us ‘locking up’ at Doncaster! “

I sooo want to do that, The Ed…



Newsletter Editor on Riverbank

The regatta leads us into September and back to school for some; but not me, lol….The night’s are getting shorter on the river and we have the Sparkle Ball to look forward to in October.

This woman was everywhere over the Regatta weekend; here she is at Ladies’ Day posing as “a mum”…
I  enjoyed the Regatta, particularly, Ladies Day which was a lovely addition to the weekend. I got round the site and had the opportunity to talk to and meet so many club members, umpires and supporters. I hope you enjoyed the photographs; you might have been in one! 

The Editor on the Riverbank can only report what you tell her; something to say? Got any good pictures? The standard of information has been outstanding – Keep it coming…
If you want to communicate with the Club via the newsletter, let me,  Annie Williams know, by email or in person.


Competitions forward look

4– Ouse Marathon 
23,24 – 
Work in progress


The Club Room Bar

The club room bar will be open
Thur – 7.15pm to 9.00pm.
Fri – 5.30pm to 9.30pm
Sun – 12 noon to 2.30pm 

Nearly all packed away…..


Weather watch

Outlook for Friday to Monday
Dry start on Saturday, but rain, heavy at times, spreading east later. Brighter on Sunday and mainly dry, then staying largely dry with warm sunny intervals developing on Monday.
River watch
River levels low ; suitable for all ages at the weekend.