Ross News Update

Read about what has been going on at Ross below.

Firstly, some sad news.

1927 – 2024

Ross Rowing Club is mourning the loss of it’s oldest member today. Howard Copping died on Saturday, 22nd June, shortly after his 97th birthday.
Howard was a remarkably successful oarsman and sculler with a length of competing years that can scarcely have been equalled, beginning at Shrewsbury Junior IVs in 1952 and ending at Henley Masters Regatta 64 years later in June 2017 – in a quad scull that was specially put together to celebrate his 90th birthday.
He became an elite oarsman, competing with great success home and abroad, lastly at the World Masters at Zagreb in an F iv+ in 2008. It is rumoured that he was invited to compete in the Diamond Sculls at Henley, but was unable to do so as his employers refused to give him the day off!
He was twice club captain and was subsequently made a life member. Howard’s last regular racing crew was between 2004 and 2008 when he rowed at 3 in a successful E/Fiv +. His watermanship was superb and his enthusiasm undimmed. He shared his huge experience gladly with his younger crew members – with an age difference in the boat of 27 years!
At his last race at Henley ( a G ivx stroked by his son Tigsy ) not only did the crowd cheer him down the whole of the course but the opposing crew sang “ Happy Birthday to You” as he crossed the finish line.
After his competing days were done , Howard and his late wife Angie helped annually at Ross Regatta in the umpires tent, smartly dressed as ever. He will be much missed. Ross RC has lost one its very best.

I would like to acknowledge Brian Dean, Jeremy Whitehouse , Dave Wood and Julie Smith for their careful research in their recent club history which enabled Howard’s early career to be remembered as it deserves. More can be found there. Many thanks.
Mike Jones

Howard Copping’s Funeral – Thursday 18th July 13:30

The family has advised that Howard’s funeral is taking place at the Forest of Dean crematorium on the 18th July at 13:30, and will follow afterwards at the club.

They have asked for everyone who wishes to attend to indicate on spond to give them an idea for catering.

Aberystwyth University Training Camp

Aberystwyth University visited the club for their annual training camp in June. Tom Clatworthy was with them and wrote this lovely thank you to the club for hosting.

I would like to give thanks to the club from both myself and the other rowers from Aberystwyth for the amazing 3 day rowing camp at Ross from Monday to Wednesday. I believe they all thoroughly enjoyed the beautiful stretch of river and its length compared to the Ystwyth. As well as this, the ability to row an 8 and use a safety boat to coach, which back in Aberwyswyth, is not yet possible. I would like to especially thank Charlie Pope for sitting in the 8 with us and coaching us for bits of the camp, Torsten, Mike Jones (Aber Alumni), Debbie Pope for sorting out camping, Dave and Graham for helping with introductions and Tim Ball for costing the event for us. As well as this all the people who we’ve seen this week who have been cheerful and helpful to all our members. Looking forward to returning with Aber again next year.

A win at Ironbridge

George, Buffy, Geraldine and Ellen won at Ironbridge Regatta! Well done girls!

Club Update

There has been a lot going on at the club recently. Keep up to date on Spond.

Work has started on the steps rebuild, solar panels have been installed, and we have had a replacement roof. The toilets and showers have also moved to the camping field.

Well done and a huge thank you to everyone involved. Our club is a fantastic facility that we all enjoy.

Summer of sport

The club ran its annual coach trip to Henley Royal Regatta this year. Everyone had a lovely time and enjoyed some fantastic rowing.

Look out for events on Spond for Euro 2024 matches, and don’t forget the Olympics starts at the end of this month.

Don’t forget

The Friday BBQ is on for the summer! How exciting. Join Jack and Buff on Friday’s from 6pm for beautiful gourmet burgers, and grab yourself a drink from the bar.

And Finally…

Rowers get arty…