Crew head­ing out for Bos­ton re­gatta

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One of the se­nior men’s crews from Min­erva Bath Row­ing Club is pre­par­ing to head to the United States to com­pete in the big­gest two-day re­gatta in the world at Head of the Charles in Bos­ton. Crew mem­bers Char­lie Tay­lor, Ser­ryth Col­bert, Joe Don­nelly and Glen Sul­li­van will fly the Min­erva flag along­side 11,000 ath­letes com­pet­ing over a 4.8km head course. The train­ing pro­gramme has been gru­elling and with each of them in full-time jobs with fam­i­lies, find­ing enough hours to train has taken a huge will and com­mit­ment. Char­lie Tay­lor will stroke the boat and works at Knight Frank, who have spon­sored the crew by help­ing with train­ing kit and with blades. He said: “This is a race we have all wanted to do and has be­come our main fo­cus for the year. We be­gan train­ing for the event back in Au­gust and have tried to get out four or five times a week train­ing over longer dis­tances, even be­fore the re­gatta sea­son fin­ished. “Train­ing has been bru­tally hard but feel we are now ready and can’t wait to take on the Charles river. It is go­ing to be an in­ter­est­ing race with a num­ber of nar­row bridges and large bends, like on the tide­way line is vi­tal but it is also im­por­tant to over­take in the right places. “As usual the cox will have a huge part to play. We have a fi­nal warm up races at Read­ing this week­end be­fore fly­ing to North Amer­ica. We are rac­ing Club cat­e­gory in Bos­ton so it will be tough, but we will be look­ing to do Min­erva proud.” Club chair­man Elaine Hoyes said: “What a year it’s been for Min­erva. We’ve tended to think of our­selves as a small friendly row­ing club but we’re out there as con­tenders and win­ners of some of the big­gest events in the world. “Char­lie’s crew are al­ready past win­ners of the World Masters for the 4=+ in Copen­hagen, Arnold Cooke and Klaus Rieke­mann con­tinue to win year in year out, we’ve sent both men’s and women’s crews to Hen­ley qual­i­fiers this year and our women’s Vet D crew of He­len Shep­herd, Paula Nixon, Jo Church and Ching Kilby (coxed by Emma Tay­lor) won the gold at British Row­ing’s show­piece event in Not­ting­ham. “We’re also run­ning a packed ju­nior squad, so we hope we’re train­ing up the next lot of Min­erva cham­pi­ons too.”

One of the se­nior men’s crews from Min­erva Bath Row­ing Club is pre­par­ing to head to the United States to com­pete in the big­gest two-day re­gatta in the world at Head of the Charles in Bos­ton.

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