Posted by: berwickarc | 05/06/2017

Explore Series-Tees & Drummond at Metropolitan Regatta

Sunday saw Berwicks BARC’ing Mad Explore crew travel to Tees Rowing Club who were hosting a leg of the Explore Series. With team member Lee Fenton winning an event at Durham she was ineligible to continue in the series however she stepped in to cox the team of Ewan Brewis, Chris Arnfield, Holly Freebairn and Julie Riley. The new crew only had 3 sessions to practice together and 1 with Lee coxing so the challenge was already in place.

This leg of the event was based on sculling skills. The crews task was to master square blading, cornering, 360degree spinning, backing down to a buoy to allow the cox to touch it, blade swapping, emergency stop and paddle splashes. All crews had two timed attempts at this with the sum of both times bringing the results.

On their first outing the crew were clearly nervous with timings being out of sync causing blade clashes however they did manage all the skills and came in at 7mins 14secs putting them second on the leader board. The weather changed making conditions challenging however the team seemed to have lost their first race nerves and despite equipment malfunction meaning Julie was sculling with her feet not secured and the dropping of a blade at the blade exchange, the team sculled competently around the course arriving home happier and in a time of 7mins 33secs.  This gave them a combined time of 14min 47secs and put the team in to the lead. There was a nervous wait for the last few races to see where they had finished on the board. During their wait they discovered that they had been penalised 10seconds at each race due to carrying out only 8 paddles splashes instead of the required 10, this was disappointing and a lesson for the crew.

At the penultimate race Durham crew Wear Well Away completed the course in an astonishing 6min 34secs giving them a combined time of 14mins 5secs and the win. BARC’ing Mad came away with a credible second place and 4 points cementing their place at third in the table. Given that the team missed one event in the series this is a great position to be in and they look forward to the next round at Tyne ARC on 2nd July sweep rowing.

Berwicks Elvira Drummond travelled to the Metropolitan Regatta held at Dorney Lake competing as a Newcastle University crew in double sculls and quad sculls in category 2. Her first event was on Saturday in a double scull where her challenge was high having only had one outing in the boat together before this. The crew narrowly missed out on the final managing a rough course and coming in 4th against some strong Southern crews. On Sunday Elvira went on to compete in quad sculls again against strong experienced crews including Oxford and University of London.  Racing was late in the day but conditions better and the crew were pleased to come 5th in their heat at this standard. This quad are hoping to attend Womens Henley event in July and the club wish Elvira all the best in this quest. She has put in an extremely gruelling year of training and it seems this is paying off.

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