Masters Women take to Peterborough Summer

The Masters Women’s Squad optimistically entered two WMas D coxed fours, two WMas E coxed fours, a WMas D eight and a WMas E double scull at Peterborough Summer Regatta weekend.This was to have been our grand finale or racing, with participation from as many squad members as possible. We were however frustrated in our purpose; the eight was rejected due to lack of competition, two crews had to scratch due to unforeseen circumstances, and – most disappointing of all, Peterborough decided not to run any Masters Women’s Fours events on the Sunday. The Sunday fours were instead reallocated to the Senior Women’s 4+ events. Definitely not what we had hoped for from the season finale.
Over the Saturday 1000m course, our WMas E4+ of Sue Lamb, Janet Wiliams, Liz Appleton and Kim Taylor, coxed by Jo French (on her maiden race in the cox’s seat) were very fortunate to have a masters category race, and competed in the WMas D/E 4+ event. They raced powerfully, putting the Peterborough crew well behind them, but were not fast enough to beat the mighty Henley Masters winners from Milton Keynes. A valiant effort.
Over the Sunday 500m course, we fielded a WMas D4+ (Jane Pooley, Rhonda Lawrence, Nicola White and Sue Davis, coxed by coach Jack Pooley’’s girlfriend Isobel)  and a WMas E4+ (Liz Appleton, Jo French, Alison Winder and Janet Williams, coxed by Kat Morrell). Having been allocated to the Senior Women’s events, these crews faced competing against much younger athletes instead of their masters age groups. Normally we would not agree do this, but on this occasion decided that we would go for it. Both crews were game, but sadly neither was able to overcome the youngsters. The WMas E4+ were however lucky to have WMas crew from Poplar Blackwall in their race, whom they beat by some 3 lengths. “

Peterborough Summer – Masters Men Race Report

Star Masters men entered boats in eleven events over the two days, scoring wins in five of them!

On Saturday the in the C/D 8+ event the Star boat stroked by Colin Hunt scored a win rowing as Masters D. This was a good achievement in a straight race as the crew were unable to compete at their age category of Masters E.

In Masters D/E 4+ Star came first and third with the boat stroked by Andy Crook winning. This was another win in a string of wins for this crew over the season.

The third win of the day was in the Masters D 2x. This crew consisted of Rachael Armstrong and David Sogan. Although rowing in a men’s event they scored another convincing win.

In Masters D 4x and E 4x both crews finished second. The D crew (Armstrong) to the very fast boat from St Ives and the E crew (Thomson) to Norwich.

In Masters C4+ the Star crew stroked by Andy Chillingsworth came third in a race won by Worcester.


On Sunday five crews competed in the 500 meter sprint.

The Masters C/D 8+ with Andy Crook stroking scored a good win.

In Masters C/D 4+ Star entered two boats, finishing first and second. Michael Mitchell was in the winning boat and also in the winning C/D eight. A great bonus for him as this was his stag weekend and with his future wife Kat coxing!

In Masters D 2x, again two Star crews competed with a win for the Lisa Boggis double over the Clive Thomson double.

The Masters D/E 4x was won as usual by the fast St Ives crew with the George French quad finishing fourth.

Last but not least the Masters E 2x stroked by Ian Staniforth came a close third in their heat just missing the final.

All in all a very successful weekend for the Star Masters Men, which included a couple of Star Masters Women in the two winning crews

Master Squads Storm Sudbury

The Masters Men and Women took a small but select contingent to Sudbury Regatta on Saturday 5th August. Enjoying both the very best and the very worst of British summer weather, the group gained two wins from three events, including a long over-due win for some of the Masters Women. The day was especially exciting for Clive Thompson, who coxed those two winning crews –  his first time competing as a cox since 1974.

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