Good morning and congratulations to all who are making the early morning training sessions organised by Merv, Kat B and Geoff. I am there in spirit with you and when the sun comes up a bit earlier I will be there maybe…! Another very busy weekend for Mortlake both in terms of club members and preparation for the Veterans Head we have several visiting crews and overseas visitors so please endeavour to make them extremely welcome. This race is extremely competitive and good luck to all – thanks to the help of launch drivers etc. Please take care of [...]
I hope that you are all well after a massive flurry of activity for the Womens Head. All week our members had been anxiously looking at forecasts as to exactly what the conditions were likely to be. All of which on the day were not particularly accurate thank you BBC. Always a headache for the organising committee which was located at MAABC I am always amazed at the amount of volunteers who get this iconic event underway thank you all. In particular Giselle and her team of catering volunteers who slaved away all day – thank you so much. We [...]
Quote from coach Ben - “I love working with these girls, who have a really positive attitude. This was a great camp and we now have an excellent base to start the regatta season with". Mortlake and Quintin may share a beach but to date we haven't shared training camps. Quintin’s camps have a reputation for going to scenic places and for providing a mix of serious training with a holiday - recipe which suits veterans well. And so when we were asked us on this year's trip, which involved flying to Bordeaux and over the early May [...]
On the weekend of 18/19 October MAABC were represented by Fran Rawlins racing in a composite lightweight double with Charlotte Taylor of PTRC. After a solid time trial on the Saturday morning the double placing them in the A/B semi final they put in an outstanding race to be the only lightweight crew to make the A final beating the GB lightweight Squad 2x in the process who were forced into the B final. As they were the only lightweight crew in the A Final they went into the race already assured of being crowned British Champions and took the [...]
The MAABC women followed up their recent pairs head success with wins at Teddington Head on 2 November In the morning division Jenny Bizley secured a win in her Masters A/B 1x category with Lisa Kallal finishing a close 2nd in the same category The afternoon saw Mel Court Smith (racing under Walbrook but now represents MAABC) secure a win in her IM2 1x category with Jenny Bizley finishing her second head race of the day in 3rd in the same category (worth noting that Jenny had become unwell between her first and second race but decided to soldier on [...]
Following on from success at the pairs head a number of Masters crews competed at Weybridge Silver Sculls this weekend. Laura Campbell was on good form winning WMas D1x. Katarina Rolfsman and Anna Ramsden had a fast race to win the WMas B/C2x event and achieving the fastest women’s double time of the whole day. Also racing were Jo Gapper & Chrissie Greenhalgh, who came in 2nd in WMas B/C2x. Alice Poole & Louise Pattison raced at WMas E/F 2x coming in 4th out of 6 crews, making good progress on previous racing achievements.