Henley Round Up

Many RRC members went on the annual bus trip to Henley Royal Regatta.

With an enjoyable day of sitting by the river.

A few members went to Henley on different days to enjoy the racing.

Ex junior members Yasmin Howe and Violet Holbrow Brooksbank made it to the final of the Jubilee, with many cheering them on and watching the YouTube livestream.

They had a tough draw on finals day, racing on a side they had previously not raced on before in harsh weather. They held Tideway Scullers to just a two foot lead at Fawley but ultimately the crew with more experience racing on rough water won. All credit to Yas and Violet who gave it everything and rowed incredibly well. We are all very proud of what they have achieved!

Ironbridge Regatta

RRC headed to Ironbridge Regatta on Saturday 24th June.  

Thanks to hero George Smith for towing the boats to the event.

Up first was the Mixed Quad (pictured below) of Greg Powell, Tom Willis, Alice Simon and late substitution Sheron Dean-Lucas. Up against a crew from Burton Leander in a heat. Ross rowed a smooth and consistent race, with a perfect line from Sheron, to take the win by over a length and progress to the semi final. In the semi-final, the row was not quite as powerful and smooth as the first and sadly Ross did not progress to the final.

A Ross / Salford composite crew consisting of Annabel Pope and Beth Morris plus two members of Salford University went straight to a semi final and rowed a solid race, especially for a scratch crew in a new boat, but did not make the final.

Next up was George Smith (pictured below) in a semi final in the Masters C 1x racing an opponent from Abingdon RC and George absolutely smashed it to win easily. In the final George’s opponent a National Champion from

Bristol. George gave him a heck of a race and nearly pulled it out of the bag but just lost in the final.

Nick Hawkes in a straight final in the Masters F 1x up against a Bridgenorth opponent. Sadly Nick rowed a great race but could not catch his opponent.

In the afternoon, Tom Willis and Phil Walder competed in the open 2x they were drawn in a semi final against a crew from Trafford RC. They rowed a good race but sadly were not able to catch the other crew – a solid effort for a new crew at a first regatta! 

Winning Women

The final RRC race at Ironbridge was the Women’s Coxed Four in Masters D division, consisting of Sheron Dean-Lucas, Nicky Wild, Ellen Phelps and Alice Simon, coxed by Sally Pettipher (pictured below). They were stronger off the start than their home opposition from Ironbridge and held the lead all the way to win by two lengths by the finish.  

Those who remember the vast cooling towers that used to dominate the Ironbridge skyline will see their form echoed in the earthenware winners pots.

Then it was back to the trailer to get George back on the road with co-pilot Annabel. Massive thanks to all the RRC gang for pitching in to help everyone else, a real team effort this time and a fabulously fun day with only a little bit of sunburn.

Llandaff Regatta

On Saturday 8th July, Faith and Leah dominated their WJ15 x2 heats and the final. They beat a Glos crew by 2.5 lengths in the semi and then defeated a different crew from Glos in the final by 2.25 lengths.

Milo and Jacob also continued their impressive form by dominating the J14 2x. They beat a crew from Llandaff in the semi by 4 lengths and then defeated a different crew from Llandaff in the final – easily. (???? below)

In the WJ16 x1 event, Fliss narrowly missed out on the final by losing to her competitor from Avon by 1.5 lengths. A great effort. Not to be deterred, Fliss stepped up a year and entered the WJ17 x1. After waiting for a couple of hours she was informed her oppo hadn’t shown up. A real shame.

On Saturday morning, the women’s 4+ crew consisting of Nicky Wild, Ellen Phelps, Alison Barker, Sheron Dean-Lucas and cox Sally Pettipher beat a younger home crew from Llandaff. They had a big handicap and that set the tone of the race. Over 1,000m the Llandaff crew were held to the starting gap and Ross women won easily.

In the afternoon nearly the same crew competed in a quad, with Sally sitting in place of Alison in the boat. A hard fought semi-final against Worcester was followed by a more convincing win against Upton in the final.

A “two pot haul’ for the Ladies!

Sunday 9th July was a shorter 500m sprint and Leah was first up at 9am in the morning. This was her first ever single sculling event . She did fantastically but narrowly missed out by 0.5 lengths in the quarter final to the eventual winner.

Next up were Milo and Jacob against each other in a straight final in the Op J14x1. They both gave everything they had and it was close until the final 150m, where Jacob pulled away and won by 3 lengths. Milo was so happy for Jacob. These two are pushing each other on and encouraging one another to improve.

In the J15 4x, Jacob, Ollie, Milo and James put total effort in and were very smooth and did extremely well. They lost by 3 lengths to a more experienced and older crew from Avon. Ollie and James were both absolutely fantastic and can be very proud of their efforts. Lilly was the Cox and directed the boys with great authority and calmness. (???? below)

Dom competed in the Op J17x1. Dom’s semi against Llandaff was a scratched so he went through to the final. Dom won the final against Carmarthen easily.  (???? below)

Annabel competed in the WJ17 x1, but sadly lost her straight final to Avon by 3.5 lengths. Great effort Annabel.

Dan Bailey and Rowena Pollock competed in a mixed supported adaptive double against a mother and son crew from Stratford-Upon-Avon.

It was a joy to see them winning in a close competition, definitely helped by Rowena’s steering, the fitness and technique of both mixed ability rowers.

We are all looking forward to throwing Dan in the river for losing his novices.

Thank you to all the umpires, we couldn’t race without all of them. Proud to have so many at Ross!

Information on The River Steps Project.

Karaoke Night ????

It a wonderful to welcome Enviroability’s Leisure Link members for an All American Karoke evening on 4th July.

Thanks to Sue for bar tending and Jack for the barbecue. Great fun had by all!!

The Development Squad Eight

First outing in 8 for some members of development squad.
Many thanks to Jackie, Ian, Sarah and Lucy for sitting in and to to Jess for coxing

‘Finding Her Coxing Voice: Morgan Baynham-Williams’

If anyone is interested in this article from NK it’s a cool interview with Morgan talking about how she got into Coxing and some of her time at RRC.


Junior Parents Learn to Row

It was lovely to see some of the junior parents giving a shot at learning to row and seeing what it is all about.

(Photos taken by Immie Bell)

Thank You!

A huge thank you to all those who volunteer at the club coaching, driving the launches, putting up marquees, mowing the lawns, weed and litter picking and my much much more.

Rowing Dates


British Junior Championships

Strathclyde, Scotland

14th July

J14-J15 1,000m

J16-J18 2,000m



Sat 22nd July 800m

Sun 23rd July sprint 600m

Great camping !



Cap size drill Tuesday 25th from 3:00 to 5:30

Wednesday 26th to Friday 28th water sessions


Stourport Regatta

Sat 12th August 1000m

Sun 13th August 600m


Gloucester Regatta

Sat 26th August 750m


RRC DRAGON BOAT RACING – Saturday 26th August – followed by Ross Regatta on 27th and 28th August


Sunday 27th August 750m Masters and Juniors

Monday 28th August 750m Open Event

Ouse Marathon

Sun 3rd September 22km long distance event

Club Socials ????


Friday evenings are Barbecue at the club from 6pm


RRC DRAGON BOAT RACING – Saturday 26th August – followed by Ross Regatta on 27th and 28th August (see rowing section above)



    Capsize drill Tuesday 25th 3:00 to 5:30. Wednesday 26th to Friday 28th will be water sessions. We have 12 new starters coming, so if you are available to help with rowing, coaching, steering a boat or in a safety boat please let Karen know on Spond.

  • EASY FUNDRAISING – this system allows you to buy things from Amazon and many others at exactly the same price as normal, but they send a small portion of their profits to Ross Rowing Club – it all adds up over the course of a year. The link is here: EASYFUNDRAISING

  • If you are interested Active Herefordshire and Worcestershire are running many courses regarding coaching mental health awareness in sport and safeguarding in sport. If you are interested but miss out there are many more courses coming out soon.


And Finally… The Dogs of RRC

Kim and Crunchie the regatta dogs, who spent an entire day of watching racing and cheering on the Ross crews at Llandaff.

For the live Webcam showing current river levels – hit the button below.



Ross Rowing Club welcomes new rowers, young and old, beginners, experienced or returners.
We welcome campers and visitors, and have occasional opportunities to hire our clubhouse and grounds.
Key contacts:


Rope Walk, Ross On Wye, Herefordshire HR9 7BU