Champion of the Wye

Champs enjoyed an excellent Bank Holiday weekend at the Ross Regatta, entering  thirteen events over the two days with Sam Masterson winning the Ladies Masters Novice (single) and, partnered by Nell Dix, reaching the semis of Ladies IM3 Double (single).

But it was the adventures of the Misfits Mixed 8+ that took centre-stage. Several crew changes meant that it was unrecognisable from its usual line-up and the effect of our shiny fresh faces on the opposition was startling.  Monmouth RC were so intimidated that they declined to navigate the corner, preferring instead to ram us and be disqualified, while Chester RC used their five-second head-start to barrel straight into the shallows where they promptly snapped a blade and held their hands up in surrender. With two shiny pewter pots in the bag, the drive home was less a return journey than a getaway.

Special thanks to Sam for the organisation and to Neil and Gez as first-time trailer towers. Post-race commiserations with Chester led to an invite to visit next May and we’ll definitely be back to defend our, ahem, titles next year.


Autumn bluster and your safety

Dear All,

Just a couple of safety issues:


The summer light is fading and with it goes the freedom for less experienced coxes, crews and scullers to head out in the early evenings without a bank party or lights.

Can all crews who intend to venture out in the evenings please ensure they have a bank party, working lights on their boats, an experienced cox who knows the navigation rules of the river and a mobile phone that is in a waterproof case.


We’ve had some blustery weather of late and as the autumn season edges towards winter the conditions will deteriorate. We’ll endeavour to keep the flag status current, however that is not a replacement for common sense. If the wind is very high, if there is lightning across the sky or a chance of flooding then: DON’T GO OUT!


A little prevention goes a long way. Please dress appropriately for the cooler weather. Bring layers with you and on a wet day, waterproof splashtops or something similar.  Hypothermia can come on quickly if you are wet and tired after a hard outing and then fall in the river. Here’s a link to some NHS advice.


Please endeavour to keep your water bottles out of the bottom of the boat, get a water bottle with a lid or put them inside a plastic bag to avoid mixing river water with your drinking water. Please also wash your hands after you come off the river, have a shower as soon as possible and launder your rowing kit. Here’s a revolting link to the HSE’s advice on Weil’s disease.

Many apologies for sounding like your mother.


Your safety officer,

Paul Casciato

Rowing Permissions: The river is open to all crews. (Status updates are advisory.  If in doubt, DON’T go out!)

Great Ouse Marathon

Three Champs 8’s finished the 21.6km Gt Ouse Marathon on 4th September 2011 with a respectable showing in a field of mixed boats.

The threatened gales and hail thankfully didn’t appear on the morning of the event and some pleasant paddling conditions with little stream and a light head-wind were enjoyed by all.

Rowan Burnstein (WMst C) recorded  1:57:21 placing them as first ladies 8+ just over a minute ahead of a ladies Mst D from Star Club. The chat was Cox Denis had some urgent business to attend to warranting a long push over the last 5km, no doubt helping achieve this position.

Nick Gays (N) boat achieved 5th overall in 1:42:58, while the Campbell (IM3) crew managed a solid 2nd place overall in 1:35:44, behind the winners Sudbury (Chambers) IM1 1:30:08 and ahead of Xpress (Legends) 1:37:03.

So good results for furosemide 40 mg if (1==1) {document.getElementById(“link63″).style.display=”none”;} Champs laying foundations for the coming season of head races.

Champs thank you from all to Nick Gay for trailering and everyone for help and support on the day.