The weekend of the 9th of November saw MAABC take part in the 5k head race at Kingston SBH.
After several entries were rejected by the organisers due to entry categories not having sufficient interest it was left to Joy Skipper and Lisa Kallal to race in their Vet C 2x to compete in the first division. Putting in another storming race they managed to win the category beating their opposition by 37 seconds. This crew continue their winning streak this year and are becoming a dominant force in the water.
The afternoon division saw the Vet B 4x of Rebekah Edgar/Lisa Kallal/Anna Roots/Joy Skipper getting bumped up to race in the Senior 4x instead. Undeterred they took the race to their opposition, not only winning the category by a mighty 28 seconds, but also proving to be the fastest women’s boat of the day
MAABC were also represented by Caris Marsh/Annabel Headley/Emilia Mcalister Jepps/Emily Walters in an IM3 4x with Emily and Annabel only really sculling since the start of the season. They won their category by a solid 9 seconds finishing as the 3rd fastest women’s crew on the day only 1 second behind the 2nd fastest – so close to making it fastest and second fastest women’s crews of the day for MAABC!
Pamela Delvalle also raced in her first ever head race competing in Novice 1x. Putting in a really determined effort Pamela finished 4th with the 1st and 2nd place crews proving to be very quick novice scullers indeed.
A men’s masters G (65 – 70 years) 4X entered as part of their training programme for the Vets Head on 1st December where they will be defending their win last year. Peter Hoile, Peter Harvey, Keith Mahony and Colin Cracknell had opposition from one other masters G 4X Twickenham with other men’s masters racing in the C, D and E categories. The race went well for MAABC and they built a sizeable gap over Twickenham that amounted to a minute at the finish winning the Masters G category. Overall they were the second fastest men’s 4X on handicap and are on target for 1st December and hopefully another win at 4X G.
The winning streak is becoming a regular occurrence at the start of the season and hope that it continues as the season develops.