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Dear <<First Name>>, 

Nearly July—where has the year gone to?

Marlow Town Regatta at Marlow

Congratulations to the WMas G crew of Anne, Rachel, Jacqui, Jayne who won their race against the home team.

Other appearances on Saturday were the Men's Mas C and the J14 and J15.quads. Well done to them all for taking part and special thanks to Nick for towing and to Weybridge Ladies ARC for the use of their trailer.

J16 GB Rowing Team special event

Very pleased to report a strong J16 representation at the GB National Team organised trials at the National Water Centre. All our boys and girls made it through time trials to the final A or Final B. In particular there was complete dominance from our J16 double of Cullen and Nick who decisively won their race. Well done to Kostas and Mark for all that training, and Holly and Heather for back-up and admin.

Delighted also to report a very credible silver medal from the Girls 4- of Eva, Lydia, Keziah and Naimh — well done to Scott, too.

Additionally, and in a very strong field in the toughest age group for junior rowing, top 3 in the B final for the boys 4x as well as the girls 4+ of Jaz, Luella, Lois and Grace (c) Katie… as well as an amazing experience for the second J16.2x making it to the final B to finish on 6th spot. 

Appreciation to all the organisers and to Richard and Ben for plucking up courage to tow the Weybridge trailer first to Marlow and then to Nottingham.

Nick & Cullen—Winner JM16 2x GB Rowing Team, J16 Summer Event 2021

Boat booking protocols

As the club is, pleasingly, getting a sense of returning to pre-pandemic chaos at peak times, can I please remind everyone of the protocols of boat booking.

  • Boats are available for booking ahead of time by full members only — concession members in any crew may book if their chosen boat is unallocated at 18:00 the day before they require it. 
  • Crews training for events have priority for boats but even so please remember that boats and blades belong to the club, and not to any one particular crew. If you feel you need a boat that is used by a regular crew please have the courtesy to discuss with them and arrange use appropriately. We don't operate a 'we got to it first' system. A good example is the W.MasG and WJ16 crews who amicably arrange their outings in the same boat around each other.
  • If you re-rig a boat for an outing please remember to return it to it's default configuration.
  • Some boats may be (rarely and for a limited time) blocked for certain crews in the run up to a major event, e.g. one of the doubles being used by the J16 GBRT crew.

Doggetts Coat and Badge

The 360th Doggetts Coat and Badge race was run on the River Thames on Friday; our very own Greg Gregory-Jones is Chair of the Race Committee. This long established race is for members of the Company of Waterman and Lightermen under 26 years of age who have finished their apprenticeship with the Company. It was first held in 1715 and is 7,400m from London Bridge to Cadogan Pier, Chelsea. (The Boat Race is 620m shorter and 114 years younger). During the race the competitors row under 11 of the Capital's bridges.

The time taken to complete the course is between 25 to 30 minutes and in 1973 Bobby Prentice, now Bargemaster to the Fishmongers' Company and Upper Warden of the Company, set the fastest recorded time of 23 minute 22 seconds.  This year the event was won by the 22 year old favourite James Berry in 25 minutes 21 seconds. James is a master captain with Thames Clippers. He comes from Canterbury, where he is a member of the King’s School Boat Club. He receives the ceremonial scarlet coat, an honour awarded to every winner in the race’s 300-year history, featuring a large silver badge on the arm, designed by Doggett himself and will be officially recognised at a Livery Dinner in Fishmonger's Hall in November.

As a sign of the importance attached to the race, the River Thames is closed for the duration of the race; it would be impossible to counter the turbulence generated by normal river traffic. Members of the Watermans' Company have a proud history of World Championships, Scullers Head, Henley and Olympic representation. At one time all working skippers, mates and boat crews on the Tidal Thames would have been trained by the Company which was founded in 1514. Annemarie Phelps CBE (of British rowing fame) is a Junior Warden.

Doggetts competitors awaiting the start | Photo credit:
Doggetts 2021 winner James Berry with Bob Crouch, the oldest living winner (1958) | Photo credit:

Our new boats...

...have left the port of Yantian on board HMM Dublin currently making 17kn in the Red Sea, heading towards the Suez Canal. The boats should be with us towards the end of July, all being well.

A generous gift

Members will remember that we were able to be part of Leif Mills's final goodbye earlier this month. I am humbled that his family have asked if they could provide funding to enable a boat to be named in this honour, and as such I have agreed that one of the new boats will be named 'Leif'. They have made a very generous financial donation in his memory.

Restrictions at the Club

…continue as noted last week: masks if you can't socially distance; limits on numbers of people in the changing rooms—come ready dressed for rowing; strict limits on indoor training.

Have a nice week, all.

Clive Capel 
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