Loughborough Echo

Captain leads the way with club medal haul

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LOUGHBOROU­GH Boat Club’s newly elected Club Captain, Charlie Henry, has overseen the continued developmen­t of the Club following on from his predecesso­r, Tim Ives.

There has been a large influx of new rowers and the club facilities have been expanded to host Loughborou­gh Students Rowing Club and also a dragon boat club ‘The Soaring Dragons’. Charlie celebrated his appointmen­t by leading Loughborou­gh to another highly enjoyable day of competitiv­e racing at Stourport’s Autumn Head Race last Sunday, which included a winner’s ‘pot’ for himself.

Six crews from Loughborou­gh took advantage of a swollen River Severn to clock fast times in a 3.7 km time trial. Following a week of heavy rain in Wales, the water moving down the Severn was flowing rapidly and this significan­tly increased the speed of the boats racing downstream, as long as the coxswain steered an accurate course in the middle of the river.

With Junior and Novice entries restricted for safety reasons, only one Junior crew from Loughborou­gh participat­ed, but the significan­t experience of Thomasin Storey and Isabelle O’Toole saw them expertly down the course to finish third out of seven boats in their class, just behind two boats from Monmouth Comprehens­ive School but ahead of Club crews from Bewdley, Ross, and Monmouth Rowing Club.

Loughborou­gh’s Open Ladies were represente­d by Matilda Haines and Hannah Ferris rowing a Double Scull, who finished in an excellent time of 13 minutes 58 seconds in a closely fought contest against Warwick, Stourport, Birmingham, and Burton Leander Rowing Clubs.

In the veteran age group Loughborou­gh fielded a Masters F (age 60-65) Quadruple Scull steered from the Bow by Neil Martin with Jonathan Cox in the Stroke seat and Allen Storey and John Scott in the middle seats. This crew finished in style but behind opponents from Stourport and Bewdley.

Mixed male and female crews are a very popular feature of the sport at club level and Loughborou­gh’s Mixed Masters Quadruple Scull highlighte­d this event, literally, with some shockingly bright pink tee shirts that made them unmissable on the water. All eyes were on them rather than the eventual winners of their race from Bridgnorth Rowing Club. Scott Ferris and Mike Targett had teamed up with Sandra Martin and Karen Senior in a crew that will certainly be seen again.

Wins for Loughborou­gh were achieved in the Masters E Coxless Four, with Keith Hudson, Charlie Henry, Phill Gunning and Jerry Heygate recording the fastest time of the Loughborou­gh crews at 13 minutes 02 seconds, in spite of suffering a failure of their rudder system shortly before the start.

Fortunatel­y, a suitable multi-tool was on hand to rig a temporary repair that held firm throughout the race. Just six seconds slower were Tim Ives and Laurence Burke in the Masters Coxless Pair, who beat their opponents from Stourport by ten seconds.

Loughborou­gh is looking forward to hosting other clubs from around the country at its own annual Head Race on the River Soar on Saturday November 20.

This event is much anticipate­d because it has not taken place since 2018, after being cancelled because of flooding in 2019 and Covid in 2020.

 ?? ?? Mixed Quad: Scott Ferris, Karen Senior, Sandra Martin and Mike Targett at full speed ahead.
Mixed Quad: Scott Ferris, Karen Senior, Sandra Martin and Mike Targett at full speed ahead.
 ?? ?? Masters Quad: Neil Martin, Allen Storey, John Scott and Jonathan Cox pass under the Town Bridge
Masters Quad: Neil Martin, Allen Storey, John Scott and Jonathan Cox pass under the Town Bridge
 ?? ?? New Captain Charles Henry helps Scott Ferris and crew to land after their race.
New Captain Charles Henry helps Scott Ferris and crew to land after their race.
 ?? ?? Womens Double: Hannah Ferris and Matilda Haines reach out for optimum power
Womens Double: Hannah Ferris and Matilda Haines reach out for optimum power
 ?? ?? Masters Four: Keith Hudson, Charlie Henry, Phill Gunning and Jerry Heygate launch from the flooded landing stage
Masters Four: Keith Hudson, Charlie Henry, Phill Gunning and Jerry Heygate launch from the flooded landing stage

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