Four of us made the trip up to Nottingham for this year’s British Masters (ex Nat Vets). We put in four boats, three doubles and a single (is this the first time we’ve entered sculling boats ONLY?). Pierre-Yves’ unavailability and the Women being focused on Henley reduced the numbers somewhat but we still put in some good performances.
Masters D 2x-
Steve and I out in our usual combination. A reasonable start saw us in the mix for the first 200 but then three of the other boats starting pulling away, leaving us in a fight over fourth and fifth. We held off the other crew (despite me miscounting the “beeps” and slowing down before the line – beginner’s error!) to take fourth – unfortunately, first three went to the final.
Masters A IM3 1x
Tim, having de-noviced last week-end at Peterborough, had to move up a category to IM3. Somewhat unfortunate, given his lack of racing in a single and this saw him trailing the very strong field.
Masters B IM3 2x-
Fortunately (unlike Peterborough) we had plenty of time before Tim and I went out for the next race. We even had enough time for a good session out on the Trent; useful as my footplate came adrift – better to find this out in practice rather than the race. Only three boats in this straight final, us, Dart Totnes and Berwick. Again, we had a nice strong start which left us trailing Dart, just but with a handy lead over Berwick. Although we kept with Dart for the first 250 or so, they gradually pulled away, leaving us to fight it out with Berwick. After one of the hardest races I’ve ever had, we managed to hold them off to finish a runners up in Masters B doubles. A very nice feeling!
Masters C Mixed IM3 2x-
Our last crew of the day saw Steve and Clare take on an RAF/Lincoln composite in a straight final. Given Steve and Clare’s small amount of races and that Clare is still recovering from her broken ankle, perhpas inevitable that the RAF/Lincoln boat won fairly comfortably.
I do like this event. At least you feel you are racing in with a chance, instead of turning up on the start line against huge, hulking great uni kids. Well managed and run – noticeable that the umpires were more lenient here than at Peterborough (one race had boat 4 in lane 2 but no action taken as there was no impeding). Great atmosphere and we’ll be back next year, hopefully in a bit more force.
Only sour note of the day was that someone has “borrowed” one of our sling trestles and forgotten to return it. Please keep an eye out for a green sling trestle, marked MKRC – we would like it back!
Photos are now online at MKRC fotopic site