Another successful year at British Rowing Masters Championships for Twickenham Rowing Club

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On Sunday the 18th May the TwRC Masters followed the senior squads to Nottingham to participate in the annual British Rowing Masters Championships.  There were record numbers of entries and though this is a competitive event there was the usual lively atmosphere of friendly rivalry and support between clubs.  Sunday was a beautiful day but despite the sun shining there were challenging gusty winds with crews finding themselves either racing into a head-wind or blown off-course.  The boats were being blown sideways from the stake boats so the umpires put a shortened start protocol into operation and a very abrupt 'attention - go' was called as soon as everyone was lined up.  As staying in position for more than a couple of seconds was highly optimistic, many boats were caught by surprise.

This regatta was the squad’s first opportunity to put to the test Kosta’s new winter  training schedule and our personal performance after the difficult winter with training at Littleton Lake instead of our river. The training efforts were reflected in all the crews performance on water and in the overall results with many crews being significantly faster than the nearest competitors. Results and congratulations go to:

7 Gold Medals:
W.E.NOV.1x Cathy Almond
W.D.NOV.1x Anne Jones
W.A.NOV.1x Sarah Field
W.C.NOV.2x (Anne Jones  & Emma Fadlon)
W.A.NOV.2x (Sarah  & Jacqueline Rudenko)
Mx.D.2x (Frank & Debbie Dorling)        
W.C&D.NOV.4x (Anne Jones, Janette Bradnick, Cathy, Emma Fadlon (stroke))

3 Silver Medals:
H.1x Robert Bailey 
C.2x (Kosta Kolimechkov & Frank Raschke)
Mx.E.4x (Doug Davidson, Simon Delph, Cathy Almond, Debbie Dorling)

2 Bronze Medals:
W.A.NOV.1x Jacqueline Rudenko
Mx.C.2x (Kosta Kolimechkov & Debbie Dorling)

Special thanks to James Sirmon for towing the trailer to and from the event (although not racing himself) and to Henry Rogers for photographs and video.  Henry also competed here having been encouraged back into the competitive scene by Kosta after a number of years; he posted two very respectable race times competing as I.1x and H.4x.

Photos and Results (at the time of writing are  provisional and with errors and some name transpositions) are available from:

More photographs can be found here: