News Section - Season 2013/14
Womens Eights HoRR 15 March 2014

The Head Season of 2013-14 has been a story of cancellations caused by flooding and strong streams on the region's various rivers. The 2014 WEHoRR was, therefore, only the third competition of the 2013-14 season for the Women's Squad at Ardingly Rowing Club. Training on the reservoir has been largely unaffected over the winter, but the squad's plans to train on the Tideway in advance of the event were restricted by conditions. The crew that launched from the ‘Putney Hard', in a boat borrowed from London Rowing Club, was taking to the water for only the second time. ARC does not own an eight, nor does the squad have a set of eight matched blades, so we were grateful to London Rowing Club for the loan of both on the day.

In the race the crew immediately ahead (Putney Town (B)) were very slow in the marshalling area, allowing the boats in front to open up a considerable margin before the start, with the result that ARC were obliged to row in a vacuum for much of the race. Passing Putney Town RC (B) in the first couple of minutes, the crew, who were not under serious pressure from behind, rowed in glorious isolation until just beyond Hammersmith where RUMS (B) were overhauled. From Harrods to the finish ARC continued to close on other boats ahead but the gap was too large to make further overtaking a possibility.

At the end of the race the crew was happy with the overall quality of the row although a little disappointed with the finish position of 156th place. A time just 10 seconds faster would have seen ARC match their best ever position at the WEHoRR – it is tempting to speculate what might have been the outcome with a little more pressure from behind or less of a gap between us and the crews ahead at the start.

Crew: JoS/Sarah/Linda/JoE/Caroline/Ursula/Nicola/Stephanie(David)

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Burway Small Boats Head of the River - 23rd November

On Saturday 23rd November a large contingent from the Women's and Junior squads competed at Burway Small Boats Head of the River. Crews ranging from WJ14 to WMasB raced the 3000m course in a variety of boat types including singles, doubles, coxed and coxless quads. In a very competitive field some notable results were achieved, with two category wins and three 2nd placed crews.

The WMasB 4x (Caroline, JoE, Ursula & JoB), in their first race together, won their category in a time of 12:50. Poppy & Grace won WNov 2x (12:29) and were also 2nd in WJ18. The fastest Ardingly crew of the day was the MJ182x (Jed & Jon) who were also placed 2nd in their event, completing the course in 12:05. The WNov 4x(+) of Georgia, Amelia, Laura & Rachel (with David coxing), were unlucky to find themselves rowing in isolation and just missed out in their event, coming 2nd to Shoreham RC. The WJ14 4x(+) raced in a field of 28 crews, the largest for any Ardingly combination, recording a creditable 10th place.

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Maidstone Small Boats Head of the River - 6th October

On Sunday 6th October a large contingent from Ardingly Rowing Club's Women's and Junior Squads, travelled to Kent to compete in the Maidstone Small Boats Head of the River. The first event of the 2013-14 season, this is a traditional beginning of season ‘warm-up' for both squads and saw 15 women and 17 juniors compete in the Autumn sunshine on the River Medway.

At the end of a good day's racing the Women's Squad returned with four wins; WIM3 Quads (Jo, Janet, Sarah L, Caroline & David) also recording the fastest time of the day for a women's crew; WNov 4+ (Sarah S, Stephanie, Nicola, Caroline & David); WMasC 2x (Sarah S & Lucinda); and WNov 2x (Georgina & Amelia). This meant that 12 women returned to Sussex with medals, Sarah S, Caroline and David with a brace apiece. In the Junior section there was also a win in WJ14 2x (Hope & Rosie) and a number of promising performances from both boys and girls ranging in age from J14 to J18, rounding off a satisfactory day's racing for the club

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Club Regatta - 8th September 2013

On Saturday 8th September, Ardingly Rowing Club staged their first ever Club Sculling Regatta. The event attracted eighteen female and fifteen male entries from all sections of the club. Competition commenced at 8:30am, finishing shortly after 1:00pm with three or four lane racing over an 800m course from the ‘white posts' to the rowing pontoon. Organised into ‘Divisions', the regatta programme allowed every sculler to race four times, with winners and losers from each race progressing up or down a division for subsequent races. By the final race the competitors in each division were well matched for speed, producing close racing at all levels. The format of the racing guaranteed that the fastest three scullers were in Division 1 for the final. The result in the Women's regatta was a win for Janet (Senior winner) two lengths ahead of Poppy (Junior winner) who was one length ahead of Megan (Junior) and Jo (Senior) who were separated by about a foot

In the Men's event David C. took the senior honours, with Matt winning the junior trophy ahead of third placed Jed.

All winners were awarded a glass tankard engraved Ardingly Rowing Club Sciulling Regatta – unfortunately the typo was not spotted by the organiser !!

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Womens Eights HoRR 23 Nov
Burway Small Boats HoR 23 Nov
Maidstone Small Boats HoR 06 Oct
Club regatta - 08 Sept