Avon Autumn Head Report
Christchurch Rowing Club took a strong contingent to the Westcountry last weekend with its first foray into the winter Time-Trial season at the Avon Autumn Head of the River hosted by Avon County Rowing Club near Bath.
First crew on, the Men’s Coxless Four of Sam Erwin (steers), James McKenna, Ned Clarke and Gian-Luc Angilioni (stroke). Despite the impediment of having to steer around another crew from higher up the order the crew put in a strong performance to beat a Minerva Bath crew on their home water by less than a second, recording a time which proved to be the fastest of the day among the 4 oared boats.
The Women’s Masters squad, looking to build on a strong coastal season this year, chose to focus on improvement rather than result and the squad was mixed across 4 boat classes in the day’s two racing Divisions.
The Womens’s Masters eight of Julie Eddicot, Sara Glen, Tara Myring-McCullach, Julia Fabrizzi, Laura Campbell, Emma Fairclough, Faye Standley, Rachael Williams with Vicky Robinson Coxing, piled down the course beating the only other Women’s 8 in their division but, more importantly, in a time that was faster than the 5 crews in the later division. A Masters class win but also the fastest Women’s Eight of the day.
The remainder of the squad formed a Coxed Four to race in the Women’s Open competition, Jayne Caudwell, Emma Moran, Lucy Hart, Alli Fortt with Jess Myring-McCullach coxing stuck to their tactical guns in their race remaining calm under extreme pressure from City of Bristol crew early on, holding their pace to row away from them over the second half of the course. Unfortunately, not quite enough on the day as Bristol’s time was a second faster across the line.
Division 4 saw a reshuffle of the eight with Jayne Caudwell, Julie Eddicott, Tara Myring-McCullach, Sara Glen, Laura Campbell, Emma Moran, Alli Fortt, Lucy Hart with Vicky Robinson coxing in the Women’s Open event. The crew set a lively tempo across the 3.25km course, not quite fast enough to beat their colleagues from the earlier division but strong enough to win the Open event.
The Coxed Four combination of Faye Standley, Emma Fairclough, Julia Fabrizzi, Rachael Williams with jess Myring-McCullach coxing were unopposed in the Masters class so, unfortunately, no medal this time but a strong performance nonetheless in a time comparable with the Coxed Fours in the other classes.