Peterborough Summer Regatta was held last weekend and all thoughts rowing are increasingly turning to the autumn, the formation of new squads and the prospect of longer distance events, not least our own Head of the River on 19th November.

The regatta season has been busy, but before providing a brief commentary, I should like to congratulate Ally Satchwill on his election as Club Captain at the special general meeting in July and to thank David Sogan for his hard work in his year as Captain.

Our Junior Squad is now approaching 50 athletes under the watchful eye of Sharon Noble-Layng.  A young quad performed ably in the Fawley qualifiers at Henley Royal Regatta and will come back stronger and more experienced next year.  Regatta wins were numerous, including 15 at our own regatta in June.  The Masters Women regularly boated 2 coxed fours, a coxless pair and double sculls.  Wins were scarce but near misses were plentiful and there is a good base for autumn and winter training.  The Masters Men have chalked up some notable successes at regattas and made their mark at Masters Henley with some close racing against seriously good opposition.  There were medals at the Masters Champs, notably Gold for our mixed quad and mixed pair.  The quad will be competing in the World Masters Champs in Bled, Slovenia in September.  Our Senior Women’s Squad is growing in numbers, training hard and beginning to accumulate silverware!  This is such good news as the Club seeks to inject young blood into its core of athletes.  Similarly, our Senior Men have the nucleus of a Squad for 2017/18, with one pair already clocking up considerable miles on the water in preparation for this autumn’s Pair’s Head.  The Recreational Squad is thriving with around 16 members boating on a regular basis and contributing greatly to Club life.  Our participation in the recent Workplace Challenge will, I hope generate more members for all Squads.

Our annual regatta was successfully staged and helped replenish the Club’s coffers.  Many thanks to all members who volunteered to help on the day and to members of the regatta committee who spent countless hours planning and staging the event.

As ever, our Squads rely on quality coaching.  We have a need for coaches for the Masters Women and the Recreational Squad.  Please contact the Club Captain if you are able to contribute even a limited amount of time.

Since I last wrote, I have had the sad job of reporting the death of two Vice Presidents, Mike Edwards and David Swain.  Much has already been written about them, but suffice to say, they are greatly missed.

We have had wins off the water, as the following will testify:

  • A revised constitution was approved by members at July’s special general meeting
  • New balcony doors have been fitted and a repainting of the interior has commenced.  Ivan Higgins has volunteered to head a project group to oversee clubhouse repairs and renewals.  Thank you Ivan.
  • The Management Board has approved a new 99 year lease of the premises and this has now been signed by Bedford Borough Council and the Club’s subsidiary, Star Club Bedford Ltd.

Enjoy the dying embers of summer and look forward to 2017/18 at the Club – David


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