Dee Autumn Head October 2017 - A Full Trailer and a Promising Start to the Season
There's something promising about having a full trailer for the first race of the season.....Derby Rowing Club opened the racing season with 14 crews entered across the two divisions at Dee Autumn Head on Saturday 28th October in Chester.
Despite a lack of competition in the IM1.4x-, our senior men started the day off strong, recording the 3rd fastest time of the division. They were closely followed by our J18.4x- who took on three very strong crews from Warrington RC and Northwich RC. Both of these crews will be ones to watch at Fours Head!
Elsewhere DRC's single scullers laid down some big markers for the first race of the season:
Matt Ley came a narrow 2nd in the Senior 1x, followed by Jack Kelly and Josh Rhodes who came 1st & 3rd respectively in the Nov 1x. Well done to Jack for his first win for DRC, not bad for his first race in 5.5 years!
Not deterred for a minute about racing in both divisions, Katie Remer competed in the W.J15.1x and finished in 3rd place.
Division 2 saw four more wins for Derby, including a first ever win for four of our Intermediate Squad!
The Novice.4x- comprising of Tom Mortimer, Andrew Todd, Alex Wright and James Grattidge rowed well to take a win over the University of York. University students Mortimer, Todd and Grattidge will use this to motivate them through the rest of the season towards BUCS Regatta in early May. As this was Alex's first head race he now has a 100% win rate. Alex's unique ability to survive off 3-4 hours sleep most Friday and Saturday evenings seem to be working well...
The composite Mas.G/H.8+ showed us how it's done (coxed by Viv Dean in her first event since coxing a DRC ladies crew at the Home International Regatta in the 70’s!) by taking home a comfortable win by almost half a minute.
Our Senior Men and Junior Men’s quad went head-to-head again in IM2.4x-. Both rowed well and are looking good for the Fours Head in a couple of weekends time.
Sticking with the quads, our W.J16A.4x’s put in a great performance of their first ever head race to come 3rd out of 6 in a strong field.
Rounding off the day, were our single scullers in the W.Sen.1x, W.Nov.1x and Josh Rhodes in the J15.1x who took home our last win of the day.
Well done to all DRC representatives, especially our winning crews: Mas.G/H.8+, IM2.4x-, Nov.4x, Nov.1x and J15.1x. Thank you to all of the coaches for their time spent with the crews, and to Des for towing the trailer. We look forward to seeing what the rest of the season holds!
Coming soon: A focus on the guys in the Senior 4x and J18 4x who will be racing at Fours Head on Sunday 12th November.
Mas.G/H.8+ - Viv Dean (cox), Neil Shorrock, Fred Hollis, Mick Guest, Peter Holland Lloyd, Ken Moore (BUL) Dave Wregg (NRC) Dave Night (NRC) Dave Stuart (DEW) 1st – Congratulations
IM1.4x- - Toby Venn, James Bennett, James Walker, Tim Maine Time Only
IM2.4x- - Toby Venn, James Bennett, James Walker, Tim Maine 1st – Congratulations
IM2.4x- - Tom Rubini, James Remer, Tom Ford Knowles, Sam Remer 2nd
J18.4x- - Tom Rubini, James Remer, Tom Ford Knowles, Sam Remer 4th
Nov.4x- - James Grattidge, Alex Wright, Andrew Todd, Tom Mortimer 1st – Congratulations
W.J16.4x- - Emma-Jo Gilbert, Chloe Wild, Emily Merriman, Katie Remer 3rd
Sen.1x – Matt Ley 2nd
Nov.1x – Jack Kelly 1st – Congratulations
Nov.1x – Josh Rhodes 3rd
J15.1x – Josh Rhodes 1st – Congratulations
W.Sen.1x – Sophie Payne 2nd
W.Nov.1x – Martha Nutkins 3rd
W.J15.1x – Katie Remer 3rd