CARA Grand Aggregate 2014 champions, dance-floor stars and all-round winners. Here’s what 2014 had in store for Shoreham Rowing Club!
Author: SRC Administrator
Shoreham RC had a lot to celebrate at the 2014 End of Season Dinner & Dance as our most successful season for 10 years came to a close. Not only have we won six, yes SIX, CARA championships this year we have also taken home the prestigious CARA Grand Aggregate trophy for the first time since 2004. Outstanding!
Winning the Grand Aggregate has been a real team effort – with the entire club pulling together to race, cox, coach and support each other. And we’ve not only proven ourselves the fastest club in Kent & Sussex, winning more races than any other to get the Grand, but we’ve also proven ourselves champions of the dance floor, led by the notorious PIG…G :).
In early October we headed over to Bexhill for the CARA End of Season presentation dinner to collect our championships from ex-GB Olympian and rowing legend Sarah Winckless (above: front row, middle). Turns out she knows how to have a good party too! In total we picked up:
CARA Grand Aggregate Trophy
Ladies Senior Points Trophy – Sally Hills
Ladies Junior Points Trophy – Charlotte Pigg
Junior Quads Aggregate
Mens Junior Sculls Championship
Ladies Senior Pairs Championship
Ladies Senior Fours Championship
Ladies Junior Pairs Championship
Ladies Junior Fours Championship
J14 Quad Sculls Championship
This weekend welcomed the notorious annual SRC End of Season dinner at Sussex Yacht Club. And it was a fantastic night of celebrations, not only of our CARA wins but also the presentation of our own prizes this season. So for 2014 we salute the following winners:
Harold Brown Trophy (given out to the Shoreham rower winning the most CARA races each season) – Charlotte Pigg
Rowers’ Rower Award – Toby Strevens
Comedy Rower Award – Alfie Scott
Rookie Rower Award – Max Huxtable, Luke Denis le Seve, Alex Apps
J16 Rower of the Year – Isobel Tugwell & Ezra Hulme
Most Improved Rower Award – Olli Knight
For showing commitment, improvement and real rowing promise, Phoebe Mercer also wins a weekend of coaching at the prestigious Leander Club in Henley.
Well done all! Bring on 2015!!
Once again an enthusiastic contingent of Shoreham rowers headed west along the coast to Southampton, for the annual coastal fours head down the River Itchen. And while the weather provided the drama last year, this year the day was doomed to descend into confusion and disqualifications, despite the glorious weather.
First down the course were the Junior Men’s crew of James Mouland, James Tilley, Mark Swarbrick and Toby Strevens. As a scratch four the boys had a relaxed attitude to their race, and a creative swapping of sides and seats as they boated meant it wasn’t necessarily going to be the most successful 5km of their lives. And just as they neared the start line disaster struck, the wheel of James T’s seat sheared off, making his race potentially very difficult. In an act of what can only be described as true selfless heroism, and with a cry of “you probably need this more than me” bowman Toby whipped off his functioning seat, swapping it for James’ 3 wheeled one. Toby – you are an inspiration to us all (or you didn’t want to have to push too hard down the course…one of the two). The resulting 8th place (out of 8) was perhaps then unsurprising – but well done to the boys for not giving up on the race despite the difficult circumstances.
Next up were the Senior Ladies crew of Sarah Bareham, Sally Hills, Rachel Povey & Becky Povey, coxed in her very first race by Isobel Tugwell. After a somewhat confused start (no-one said go, so they weren’t sure they weren’t sure they’d crossed the start line) the girls had a solid row in their first race as a four. Despite a lack of boat time as a crew they crossed the finish line in second place, just 10 seconds behind a very slick-looking Coalporters crew (well done them). And were promptly disqualified. As were Coalies. So Southampton took the win by default, despite being a whole minute slower down the course than the first two crews. Frustratingly reasons for the disqualification seem to be confused, and it seems we’ll never know why it happened. However, their time was an encouraging start to the 2014 season and despite the confusion a great start to Isobel’s coxing career.
The final crew down the course were the Shoreham Junior Ladies four of Charlotte Utting, Charlotte Pigg, Roxanne Addison and Harriet Chavasse. The girls also had a solid row, and as they came under the third bridge, halfway down the course, were gaining steadily on the crews in front. With the fastest crew in their category, BTC, disqualified it was announced at prize-giving that Shoreham had rowed home to a second place, with Southampton taking the win. However, a look at the results sheet today shows them to have the same time! So a great joint-win for the girls and a real confidence boost for the season ahead. It was a good test of their recent training sessions against five Hants & Dorset ARA Junior crews, and gives the girls additional inspiration to work hard in the weeks leading up to the coastal season.
Ultimately a successful yet unsuccessful day for Shoreham. It’s a real shame for all the participants that results and disqualifications across all categories and across all clubs seem to be so confused. Thanks to Southampton Rowing Club for hosting the event, and to all who gave up their time to make it happen. We look forward to racing again next year without any hiccups.
Shoreham junior Phoebe Mercer was the club’s first ever representative at the National Junior Indoor Rowing Championships, held last Friday at the Lea Valley Athletics Centre, North London. And in true Shoreham style she well and truly left her mark, coming a fantastic 12th out of 190 competitors in the Year 9 girls’ competition.
The NJIRC is the biggest indoor rowing event for juniors in the world and with almost 2,500 rowers at the event had the potential to be an overwhelming experience for a less-experienced competitor. However, Phoebe rose to the challenge to pull a personal best score – a whopping 1032m at an average split of 1:56.2/500m and at just 14 years old, Phoebe has real potential for a bright rowing career.
Phoebe – we’re very proud of your achievement…keep that training up! We’d also like to say a big thanks to Mandy Mercer and Tom Faith for their in-person support at the event, and for all club members who sent out a loud Shoreham cheer by the power of facebook.
We’re delighted to announce that six of Shoreham’s junior rowers have been selected to represent the South East at the upcoming Junior Inter-Regional Regatta on 26th April in Nottingham! This weekend Ezra Hulme, Beth Buchanan, Phoebe Mercer, Charlotte Rose, Amelia Balthazor and Imogen Mercer travelled to Westbere Lake in Kent to trial against promising coastal and river crews from across the South East region.
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Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd March saw over 100 crews from across Kent and Sussex descend on Shoreham’s River Adur for the 2014 Adur Head race. It was a weekend of the best weather and the worst, blue skies, sunshine and calm waters, 20mph winds and 10ft waves.
The inaugural Junior Adur Head on the Saturday made the most of the perfect conditions as crews from Shoreham, Bexhill, Worthing and BTC raced each other over the shortened 1.5km course. And with some youngsters racing for the first time, and others pulling out exceptional performances it was a great success. For Shoreham it was an encouraging start to the season with 3 wins – the J14 quad, J16 double and J16 mixed four.
With Sunday came the main event, along with high winds, higher waves and once again the Adur Head became a battle against the elements, with the hardiest crews testing themselves against the inclement weather. And Shoreham’s senior crews continued the success of the juniors the day before, claiming not only the second fastest time of the day but also 4 great wins in the Mens junior single sculls, Ladies junior pairs, Ladies junior fours and Ladies senior fours.
Shoreham came home with fabulous 4 wins at this year’s Sussex Indoor Mile competition in Bexhill, including fastest time of the day and fastest female of the day, as well as a whole host of 2nds, 3rds & 4ths!
Check us out celebrating!
4 or 5 minutes of pain for our junior rowers, 1608m of pain for the adults were well worth it as Tom Faith took the overall fastest time of the day, also winning the Men’s 30-35 category ahead of Bexhill RC legend Mark Mitchell, Charlotte Pigg absolutely stonked it to claim the fastest female of the day and the Women’s Open category, Sarah B took home the fastest female lightweight of the day and Pheobe Mercer won the Year 9 Girls’ competition by a huge margin.
A small contingent of Shoreham rowers (along with a very loud contingent of supporters) dusted off our river boats and headed to the Thames yesterday for Burway Small Boats Head race. And on the coldest day of the year so far – seriously freezing in the marshalling area – Shoreham’s novice scullers shone.
First to shiver their way up to the start line, via a large bank-side tree, was Sarah B in her single scull, closely followed by Ezra & Charlotte R in the double scull (via the same, pesky bank-side foliage). With Burway being Charlotte’s first ever head race, and Ezra’s first time steering one from the bow, and both with limited experience in a double scull together the girls should be very proud of their row yesterday. Of course, we can definitely blame one tiny altercation with a tree halfway down the course on the very loud, and quite clearly, very distracting cheering from both Ezra & Charlotte’s families…
Sarah’s race in the single scull went surprisingly smoothly, managing to avoid the Hastings/Bewl Bridge pair who had lodged themselves in the same tree the Shoreham double would find a few minutes later, but coming closer than would be deemed comfortable to a large, looming barge 50om from the finish. Despite these distractions Sarah’s row was good enough to see her down the course fastest among the novice women’s entries, winning her category overall.
For Division 3 the temperature dropped from a balmy 4 degrees to a mildly chilly 2-3 degrees, as the sun disappeared behind a few clouds and a piercing northerly breeze whipped up every few minutes. Lining up at the start was Tom in the Men’s Novice Single Sculls and Debbie, Charlotte R, Sally, Sarah B and Ezra coxing the Women’s Novice coxed quad. Tom’s first head race in his scull was not entirely unsuccessful, pinching 3rd place overall- and had he known where the finish line was he may even have been able to move up those few places!
The Women’s Novice coxed quad were up next and had a great row considering they have never been in a quad together, and had absolutely no chance of a warm up or practice together until the starter called “go”. With some fantastic steering from Ezra, negotiating tricky overtaking, the girls were able to push on ahead of a chasing Ardingly novice quad, beating them down the course by 10 seconds and claiming the overall victory.
A very successful first winter head race for Shoreham – a big congratulations to everyone who took part and a very big thanks to all supporters, whose (loud, very loud) cheering gave all our rowers that extra boost halfway down the course. Here’s to the next one!
For your viewing pleasure…the 2013 regatta season, Shoreham style.
Shoreham Ladies Senior Four of Sally Hills, Gemma Stoner, Sarah Povey and Sarah Bareham , coxed by Becky Povey, made club history at the weekend, becoming the first ever Shoreham senior ladies to win the South Coast Championships.