5th Aug, 2020

Masters show great potential for regatta season

Liam Moakes 21st May, 2019

WHILST King Edward VI School rowers were conquering plenty at the Ball Cup, Stratford Boat Club was represented by masters scullers Tim Lunel and Kjersti Rogneflaten-Woolley at Nottingham City Masters regatta.

The East Midlands event is held at Holme Pierrepont which is a purpose-built rowing lake. The regatta is run over six lanes with starts from stake boats and a glorious day with beautiful sunshine and light wind was a welcome rarity for competitors.

Lunel opened the regatta by racing in the first event – the Open Masters D single – but he immediately lamented having accumulated enough sculling points to be in the Band One final and was well beaten by two very good scullers from Exeter and Marlow.

Rogneflaten-Woolley raced against a lady athlete from North Staffordshire Rowing Club and the opponent had a quick start which left Rogneflaten-Woolley down at the 200m mark.

Knowing she has a good middle section, the Stratford rower persevered and at the 750m mark she had taken a comfortable lead which she kept to the finish.

The next race for Rogneflaten-Woolley was a composite race with Derwent in a Women’s Masters D coxed four. They were in a very good race with three opponents but despite good efforts did not win.

The final race of the day was the Women’s Masters D coxless four which is the boat Rogneflaten-Woolley and the Derwent crew had been training for during the winter.

“Luckily there were only two entries in this category. The rudder broke at the start so the Stratford/Derwent crew used three lanes to get down the course and were not disqualified,” said Rogneflaten-Woolley.

“The crew managed to reach the finish line first before the Putney Town competitors. We had a great day and beat the times of younger crews in both coxed and coxless events.

“The next big event for us is the Masters National Championship in Strathclyde in June.”

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