We would normally ask the juniors to write up reports from their races themselves, but they're getting a by during the exam season! They did find time to achieve some great results in two weekends of regattas...
National Schools Championship (NATs), 27 May:
Six of the club's juniors faced very early starts to get to the National School's Regatta at Eton Dorney on 27 May. The J16 girls quad was up first and faced fierce competition in the qualifier race followed by the boys in a J18 double. Lucy, Holly, Ellie, Jess, Jamie and Ollie can all be very proud of how they rowed and... more
The second ‘Wilford Single Sculls’ Race' enjoyed perfect conditions. The water was calm, the tide behaved as predicted, the air was mild and the start began within ten seconds of the posted time of 10am.
The competitors steered well against the last of the flooding tide and all crossed the finish line without incident.
Many thanks to the officers, marshalls and boat drivers who worked together to make the day a success.
The winner of the Ladies Trophy was Phoebe Eaton with a time of 14 minutes and 33 seconds. Second was Rachel Andvig with a time of 14 minutes... more
The day began surprisingly warm and sunny with seven seniors and six juniors taking part in 11 different racing categories at the Yare Cup in Norwich. The competition was divided into two divisions to allow competitors time to row the 6k to the start line before racing the 3700m course and returning home. If you were last to race back it meant you were first to boat so some people were waiting on the start line for over an hour.
The Yare Rowing Club is really unusual as it is on an island so you can only get to it by boat, therefore we were kindly hosted by Norwich Rowing Club who... more
On Sunday I was lucky enough to take part in my third Boston Marathon in what promised to be near perfect weather conditions. This marathon is an unusual race in that you have to get in your boat, row 13k to a lock, get out of your boat, pick it up, run over a hill, get back in your boat and paddle on for another 37k as if it was a completely normal thing to do.
Luckily for Mark, Andy and I we had a excellent land crew who reduced the anticipated 5 minute stoppage time at the lock to less than 2.5 minutes with a pit-stop enviable of any formula one crew.
The biggest topic of... more
This weekend 11 of our senior and junior DRC crews braved the Great Ouse Marathon and rowed the 22k from Denver Sluice to the Queen Adelaide Bridge near Ely in some extreme conditions.
To give you an idea of how windy it was compared to previous years the weather conditions are below, many other crews were pushed into the banks and lots of people capsized. Luckily our Deben rowers stayed upright and battled the waves as if it were a normal day on the Deben!
2009 wind west to south-west; 11 to 14 mph; cloudy; 17c
2010 wind south-south-east to south east; 10 to 15mph;... more
Katy Wilkinson-Feller (19) secured another great win on 14 May when she represented DRC at Nottingham City Regatta. Taking place at the Holme Pierrepont National Watersports Centre, the weather was sunny and the conditions perfect, with the additional help of a tail wind, surprising for Nottingham.
Katy’s first race was a straight final in a senior category, one category above her current ranking. With clubs from London and Nottingham in the field, it was an exciting race. Katy was second over the first 500m and managed to push through to finish in 7:59.16, an overall win of 16... more
Lea Rowing Club in London hosted their annual Spring Regatta on Sunday 24th April. A team of eight DRC rowers faced the early morning start with enthusiasm and a strong will to compete well over the day.
Up against 14 other clubs, the strong team spirit proved to be an important factor over the day, and Deben was by far the loudest and most supportive club along the riverbank.
Albert Robson took part in the very first race of the day, beating his IM3 singles opponent. While Phoebe Eaton... more
Olly Wroe and Jamie Goodwyn represented the Eastern Region at the Junior Inter Regional Regatta on Saturday at Nottingham. They raced against 11 other regions from around the country and came a very creditable 4th in the J16 2x.
Here they share their memories of the event.
At first Jamie and I were slightly overwhelmed at the prospect of racing in the JIRR. Deben, being a relatively small club, doesn’t usually attend such events and this was the first event on this scale that Jamie and I would ever go to, not to mention the fierce competition that we were... more
After a long wait Terry Davey finally realised his dream of having a single scull race on the River Deben. The race date was specifically chosen to take advantage of an early high tide so that the competitors could race the 2.1K from Wilford Bridge back to the clubhouse. The scullers ranged from 16 to 69 years of age so the BR recognised handicap system was adopted allowing everyone to compete for either the Men’s or Women’s cup. It was also good to see people taking part in more stable boats which also attracted a 15 second handicap.
The weather in the preceding week prevented many... more
This weekend a number of our crews went to Bedford to race in the last head race of the season. The weather seemed favourable when we arrived but the increasingly stronger winds meant that the conditions deteriorated during the day. There were a total of 336 boats, divided into 8 divisions, completing a 2k course on the beautiful Great Ouse river. The narrow meandering river requires the bowman to skilfully navigate several bridges, go around islands and steer a few difficult bends. Despite a few problematic moments our crews all stayed dry and finished the course!