Ironbridge: Trials and Tribulations

The weekends racing at Ironbridge Regatta was full of drama for Loughborough Boat Club.

With 14 crews travelling for a full weekends racing, Saturday ended with no club wins. The many finalists were unfortunate to come up against some fierce opposition.

The unluckiest crew was undoubtedly the IM3 4+ of Shane Freer, Chris Smith, Dave McCaughan and Adam Fairbrother who coxed by Rachel Grewcock lost their rudder and hence steering when their boat found an underwater obstruction just off the race start.

Heavy rain from Friday night caused the river to rise dramatically and Sundays racing was very eventful for all the wrong reasons. The MastersD 8+ crew had a fantastic victory in their semi-final over a shocked Nottingham RC crew. Tom Scholefield provided what turned out to be the clubs only victory, picking up a pot in the open junior single scull.

As the day progressed the racing did not, with numerous delays due to flood debris on the course.  Yet again the Junior squad rowed with confidence and aptitude and in very difficult conditions, however this regatta there were no victorys for the juniors but provided some excellent personal achievements.

The MastersD 8+ were unable to contest their final against Stourport, when at 6.30pm the Regatta had to be terminated due to dangerous river conditions. This was unfortunate for Tom Schofield who was on the river awaiting his final in the IM2 1x, it could have been a double victory for Tom who is showing great promise this season.

However, the greatest disappointment and utter frustration was felt by the WNOV4+ crew of Jen Smith, Emma Heygate, Kate Henry and Di Hope-Cockayne with cox Jonny Day. After waiting over 4 hours to start their heats, they were on the start and ‘forward to row’ when the announcement came to terminate the Regatta.

The good old British Summer!