Christmas Head Race Report

From Tim Seru of the Argo Dreads:

Despite a doubtful start; worry about us getting in and out of the water safely, we had a thoroughly enjoyable race. There was some confusions and searching for numbers which ended with us shouting our number (123) to anyone wearing hi-vis vests, including some confused walkers. Spotting the marshall, the gorgeous weather conditions and the joy of getting out on the river made for a great time. Our race was rowed solidly with the rating kept low – in in the main -and our time was respectable even beating a masters D squad. Upon our return to Logans Way, getting out of the water was a tricky effort, involving wellied bank helpers and number 4 jumping out of the boat to hold the boat to ensure no damage to the boat rudder; those of the crew without Sealskinz or wellies hopefully have not got any long term ailments resulting from paddling in the Cam but towels were on hand and shivering was kept to a minimum. Mince pies from Jeremy were a much welcomed infusion of calories and after a carefully spaced out crew photo we split up.

Introducing our Captains

Samuel Venn: Men’s Captain

After 5 years as Safety Officer, Sam became Senior Men’s captain in 2020.  In 2018, Sam stroked a Champs IV+ around the 100k Ringvaart regatta in the Netherlands. Sam became a father in 2019, and is looking forward to the day when his son can join in rowing as well! Please contact Sam if you have any questions about senior men’s rowing.

Samantha Hulston: Women’s Captain Senior Boats:  

Sam used to live in Quebec where the temperatures got to -40 in the winter, so walks outside led to your eyelashes freezing! Sam’s first BR race was the Ouse half marathon in a 4+ where they won their category.  

Sarah Corcoran: Women’s Captain Intermediate Squad (Sarah on the left)

Tim Seru: Men’s Captain Intermediate Squad

Tim will continue to support Sam with organising the men’s crews. Little known fact about Tim, (unless you are Fijian) is that his middle name (Turagalialia) means ‘mad gentleman of the moon”.

Carole Mills: Sculling Captain

Carole was already VET D when she took up sculling but she has always spent as much time as she can on or in the river, starting with childhood holidays on an island in the Thames at Henley which was where she learned to swim and to love messing around in boats.

Lockdown II

British Rowing have now confirmed that all club sporting facilities (including club-owned landing stages) should be closed during the lockdown.

Therefore, there can be no rowing, sculling or any use of Clare or CRA boathouses until further notice.

Naturally we hope to get things going again as soon as possible.  In the meantime, see you at the AGM on 12 November on Zoom!

Back to sweep rowing!

A Champs working group has been extremely busy interpreting the new British Rowing safety guidelines and adapting to our new ways of working. With new risk assessments and cleaning protocols in place, crew bubbles have been formed and received safety briefings, and the first sweep rowing crews are back on the water.

Save the Date!

Power2Inspire is thrilled to announce the first ever virtual boat race.

Oxford v Cambridge

Saturday 13th June at 3pm

Sponsored by, this inclusive unique race is being hosted by Give As You Live, and supported by Small Films and GingerMay.

For the first time ever, on Saturday 13th June 2020, at 3pm, Olympic, Paralympic and club rowers, representing teams from Oxford and Cambridge, will compete side by side in the MCH.London virtual boat race to raise funds for Power2Inspire

The race will be available to watch online at Power2Inspire’s Give as You Live page at 3:00pm BST – with an option for viewers to donate to the charity – and experience the thrill of watching these fantastic oarspeople compete in a virtual sporting event.Rowers including World champion Oliver Cook, Rio Paralympic Champion Grace Clough, Olympic Triple Gold Medallist Pete Reed, Australian para rower Renae Domaschenz and Gold Medallist Tom Ransley, will all race from their homes across the world. Garry Herbert and Martin Cross – of the BBC – will be providing commentary of the event, in what promises to be a high action, inclusive sporting occasion online.
So SAVE THE DATEsupport inclusion through sport and CHEER ON YOUR TEAM!