After a bit of time off the air waves as we had Christmas and New Year and horrible water. However painful it must be for all of you, I am back with my ramblings and observations as there is much activity going on at MAABC including some news about mixed crew racing - firstly, you may have noticed that we are continuing to tidy up the boating area and fleet, we have said goodbye to the Phoebe Mason and that has gone to Putney High School – we will be focusing on the outside racks to tidy up the boats. [...]
I do hope you all had a good weekend. I thought I would share some jottings about our first foray on the Autumn Sculling Heads circuit – first of all thanks to all who participated in boat loading and looking after our valuable kit! The most important aspect of travelling to events. Please acknowledge the time that Merv spent driving he did not leave the head course until at least 5 pm and I would like to thank him personally on behalf of us all. We cannot compete or be prepared for these events without enormous back up whether its [...]
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.