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Athlete in the Spotlight: James Fox

2015-05-19 05:27
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GB Rowing Team news caught up recently with James Fox in the latest of our series of spotlight features on squad members. We'll be adding more regularly so look out for future editions. Tweet us via @GBRowingTeam if there is an athlete you would like to see featured.

James Fox

Birthdate: 02/05/1992
Hometown: Peterborough
Education: Brunel University
Began rowing in: 2003
Clubs: Peterborough City RC, University of London Boat Club
Original coach(es): Brian Young, Tom Dyson

James Fox has just started his third full season in the GB Rowing Team LTA mixed coxed four – and is bidding to complete a hat-trick of World Championship titles.

The 22-year-old came into the crew in 2013, the summer after Britain had memorably won gold at the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

He teamed up with Pamela Relph, Naomi Riches, Oliver Hester and cox Oliver James to win both races on his senior international debut, the Varese International Para Regatta.

They were also victorious at the second World Cup at Eton Dorney before completing a stunning year with a five-second winning margin at the World Championships in Chungju, Korea.

Grace Clough and Daniel Brown came into the boat for the following year’s championships in Amsterdam but the result was the same, with clear water between the British boat and the runners-up from the United States.

The mixed coxed four have also started 2015 in impressive fashion, with James helping secure two gold medals for Britain at the International Para-Rowing Regatta in Gavirate, Italy last weekend.

We caught up with James to chat about all things rowing-related as well as life outside the sport.

GBRT: How and why did you first start rowing?

JF: I first started rowing in the summer before secondary school and it was just for a bit of fun as the rugby season had finished. Peterborough City Rowing Club held taster sessions and I went along to one of those and enjoyed it immediately.

GBRT: What has been your biggest success and your biggest disappointment in the sport so far?

JF: I would regard my biggest success so far as winning the Fawley Cup at Henley Royal Regatta. I was really young when we won that, though, so I've got my eyes set on another win at some point! As for my biggest disappointment, I tried and failed to get into the Junior World Championships squad twice when I was 17 and 18. I still can't let that go but I guess that's probably a driving force behind what I'm doing at the moment.

GBRT: What are some of your most memorable moments in your career so far?

JF: I'm going to have to say winning the World Championships twice in the LTA4+ is among my most memorable moments in the sport. It's not something you forget in a hurry! Coming fifth in the Fours Head with Westminster School was fun too.

GBRT: What aspirations do you have within the sport?

JF: Although winning World Championships is great, there is no question that Rio 2016 is the main focus. A gold there would be epic! After that who knows what will happen.

GBRT: Who is your best friend within the rowing set-up and why?

JF: I would say 90 per cent of my friends are involved with rowing, which I think is great, but the guys down at the University of London/Tyrian Club come at the top of that pile. They're great fun both on and off the water.

GBRT: Who do you look up to?

JF: I look up to whoever is beating me. For whatever reason they're doing something better than I am, so there is always something to learn from them.

GBRT: What hobbies and hidden talents do you have?

JF: I've taught myself to cut hair over the last four or five years and, although that sounds pretty dubious, I cut my friends' hair quite often. Whether I'm any good or not you'll have to ask them but we haven't had any disasters so far! It's always fun when your stroke man doubles up as your stylist anyway.

GBRT: What are some of your favourite bands?

JF: I'm sure you'd find some rubbish on my iPod but generally I like Arctic Monkeys or The Strokes, something along those lines. You need something more upbeat for training though!

GBRT: Favourite books?

JF: I'm not a massive reader but at the moment I'm reading James Cracknell's Touching Distance for the second time so that can't be bad. Also, American Psycho is an interesting one.

GBRT: Favourite films and TV shows?

JF: My favourite film of all time is Blue Valentine. I love it! The Wolf of Wall Street and Pulp Fiction aren't far behind, though. As for TV shows New Girl is a winner in my eyes.

GBRT: What qualifications and job aspirations do you have outside of rowing?

JF: I have a BSc in Sports Science from Brunel University but I didn't really enjoy it that much. I'm going into property development when rowing comes to an end as I think that would be good fun! Hopefully that won't be for a while yet, though.

Videos Of The Week: Pac-12 Coaches on Strength in Numbers, Highlights from the Ivy League, ACC, Big 12 Rowing Championships

2015-05-19 02:42
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Pac-12 fans lining the shores of Lake Natoma (Photo: B. Kitch)

This week's videos come to us from across the good ol' US of A, from the 2015 Pac-12 Rowing Championships in Sacramento, California, to the Ivy League Rowing Championships, held on the Cooper River in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, to the...

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What to do when you’re the weakling in the crew

2015-05-18 06:11
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Yup, that’s pretty much me…

As we head towards the highlight of our rowing year, the British Masters Champs (better known as Nat Vets), I have found myself in a regular crew. Which is great – really, really great – except for one thing. I am, without doubt, the weakling of the crew. I’m not even allowing myself to think about the difference in our erg scores. Suffice to say that there’s probably a good 20 seconds’ difference in our splits. Sigh.

Now I’m sure I can’t be alone in this predicament, so here are my tips for what to do if you find yourself the weedy one in a crew of Amazons.

1. Stick to the plan

Use them. They work.

If you have a training plan, keep to it. You won’t turn yourself into the Incredible Hulk overnight, but the least you can do is to let your crew see you’re  working on your strength and fitness. I’ve been hitting the gym and yeah, everything hurts, but I figure it gives me the best chance of pulling my (frustratingly light) weight.

2. Work on your technique

It’s not rocket science. If you can row smoothly and keep a good length and rhythm, you have something worthwhile to add to a crew. So you might not have great power in the water, but you can make up for it on the slide. Ask for criticism (I know it hurts to be told – I’m as needy for praise as the next person) but you will only get better if you know where your weaknesses lie. When you’re in the boat, focus, listen and keep it neat.

3. Be nice to people

That pretty much sums it up

If you’re nice to people, they’ll like rowing with you even if you’re not the strongest. So a bad outing can be demoralising and we all have our good and bad days, but try to stay positive. Don’t whine, moan, bitch or criticise and even if you don’t have a naturally sunny disposition, make an effort to be cheerful.

4. Bring cake

Everybody loves cake…

This is last resort territory and I confess I haven’t had to rely on it … yet… but most rowers can be won over by cake.

5. Relax


Chill. Seriously, it’s just rowing. Somebody had enough faith in you to put you in a crew, so just go with it. What’s the worst that could happen? Actually, don’t answer that. Just relax.

So… all I have to do now is follow my own advice. Wish me luck.

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YouTube rowers organise 50th Independence Regatta in Malė, Maldives

2015-05-18 05:51
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In April Hulhumale Rowing Club held its first ever competition as part of the 50th Independence of Maldives. The races were held in the main harbour of the country’ capital Malé using both traditional fixed seat rowing boats (bokkura) and sliding seat coastal boats. 

Since 2010 the UK rowing community and British Rowing have supported the Rowing Association Maldives in reigniting the sport of rowing in the Maldives. 

Guin Batten, Chair of FISA’s Rowing for all Commission said ‘it is great to see the growth of Hulhumale RC, who only 2 years ago taught themselves sliding seat rowing from videos on You Tube’. Despite the recent success the future is bleak for the Club as the water around the boathouse is reclaimed to provide new land for housing as Malé expands. Guin is confident the Club officers will find a new beach in the next few months to local their boathouse. 

The "Moodhu kulhivaru Eedhu" Regatta was held over two days featuring sculling events for both males and females. 

It was a huge triumph for Hulhumale RC who participated in the two-day weekend festival as well as co-ordinating 11 teams and six competitions of sculling, bokkura and bokkura tug-of-war. The event organisers provided trophies, medals and certificates for the winning teams. 

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Video of the Week: Flux

2015-05-18 00:05
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We’re getting very close to the end of the season which means everybody’s training hard to make sure they peak at just the right time. Everything’s moving at a million miles a minute and it probably feels like you don’t have two seconds to stop and catch your breath before moving on to the next thing you’ve gotta doThat’s how I feel right now so I can only imagine how ragged you guys must be, especially dealing with school, prepping for finals, etc. on top of everything else. I thought this week that this would be a good video to share because what’s more relaxing than watching clips of people rowing set to a classical music soundtrack? Sit back for a couple minutes, relax, decompress, and enjoy it.

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Six of the best at International Para-Rowing Regatta

2015-05-17 10:55
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A top-notch performance from the GB Rowing Team saw them win six gold medals, one silver and a bronze during an outstanding weekend at the International Para-Rowing Regatta in Gavirate, Italy.

Two of the golds were won by the LTA mixed coxed four, a boat class in which Britain are the reigning Paralympic and World Champions.

The TA men’s single scull finals saw Laurence Whiteley record a double victory for the second year running, while Scott Meenagh won gold and bronze during an impressive GB debut.

And Beijing 2008 Paralympic champion Tom Aggar finished the regatta with a gold and a silver in the AS men’s single scull.

Friday’s heats were cancelled due to the weather but the British crew of Pamela Relph, Grace Clough, Dan Brown, James Fox and cox Oliver James – the World Championship winning team from 2014 – were soon into their stride in Saturday morning’s final.

Their winning time of 3:28.50 put them nine seconds clear of Germany and 17 seconds ahead of third-placed Brazil.

Debutant Rose Linden replaced Relph in the boat for that afternoon’s heats, which Britain won comfortably to ease into the following day’s A final.

And the crew of Linden, Clough, Brown, Fox and James were again the class of the field on Sunday, clocking 3:24.70 to finish eight seconds clear of Italy.

Aggar finished more than a minute clear of the field to win gold in his AS men’s single scull race on Saturday, with his rapid time of 5:05:50 being the fastest overall.

Russia’s Aleksei Chuvashev was second-quickest but the positions were reversed when they raced side by side in Sunday’s A final, with Aggar finishing runner-up in 4:53.70.

In Saturday’s TA men’s single scull finals, Whiteley set the quickest time of 4:15.30 and British team-mate Meenagh was third-fastest overall as he won gold in his final in 4:31.10.

And those positions were repeated when racing side by side in Sunday’s A final, with Whiteley and Meenagh clocking 4:19.40 and 4:30.00 to win gold and bronze respectively. Italy’s Daniele Stefanoni was second-fastest on both days.

Tom Dyson, GB Rowing Team lead coach for para-rowing, was delighted with the weekend’s performances.

“The squad had a strong showing this regatta with some great results across the board,” he said.

“The LTA4+ showed the strength of competition for this season’s crew with dominant performances in both combinations we raced here.

“The singles also produced some great racing for this stage of the season, with Laurence dominant in the TAM1x and Scott producing a brilliant debut performance on the international stage.

“Tom opened his season with some very solid speed but the Russian, Chuvashev, has clearly taken a step on over the winter and the ASM1x continues to be a real dogfight.

“In addition to the Russian sculler there were particularly strong performances from the Israeli and Norwegian ASW1x and a strong field in the TA2x that highlight the fight we can expect for qualification places in Aiguebelette.”

The British team will remain in Italy for a training camp in Varese, the venue for the second World Cup – which will also feature para-rowing – from June 19-21.

The big target for the year ahead is the World Championships in Aiguebelette, France, which doubles as a qualification regatta for the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio.

Gavirate results:

CREW LISTS (Includes club, home town, date of birth)

GB Rowing Team for 2015 International Para Rowing Regatta in Gavirate, Italy, 15-17 May

LTA 4+

Grace Clough (Nottingham RC/Sheffield/21.06.91)
Rose Linden (Durham University BC/London/27.06.92)
Pamela Relph (Leander Club/Aylesbury/14.11.89)
Daniel Brown (Upper Thames BC/Reading/29.11.82)
James Fox (Univ of London/Peterborough/02.05.92)
Oliver James (cox) (Leander Club/Henley-on-Thames/05.10.90)
Coach: Tom Dyson


Tom Aggar (Marlow RC/Maidenhead/24.05.84)
Coach: Nick Baker


Scott Meenagh (Army BC/Cumbernauld/16.09.89)
Lawrence Whiteley (Tees RC/Northallerton/29.08.91)
Coach: Nick Baker


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Successful weekend in Essen for GB Rowing Team

2015-05-17 10:22
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A number of wins across the senior and U23 categories provided the icing on a successful 2015 International Huegel Regatta in Essen, Germany, this weekend for the GB Rowing Team.

“We have had a very good regatta”, said Sir David Tanner, Performance Director for the GB Rowing Team. “It has been a fantastic opportunity to race at senior and U23 level and to see our emerging rowers competing well.

“For our U23s it’s been about immersing them in a challenging environment because we can’t get this depth of competition at home”.

2014 World U23 medallists, Angus Groom and Jack Beaumont, took the opportunity to hone their racing skills in the open men’s single on Saturday, their focus event for the weekend.

They produced a great one-two for GB, with Groom getting the victory, before teaming up on Sunday to race to a close second behind Argentina in the open men’s double. GB development rowers Dan Clift and Nick Middleton (from the Isle of Ely and Leander Club) were third in that race.

The GB men’s four of Oli Cook, Tom George, Mat Tarrant and Calum McBrierty were fourth on Saturday but put in a much better performance on Sunday to take second.

Olympian Beth Rodford, from Gloucester RC, was consistent across the two days, with two second places in the open women’s single - she will race in the quadruple scull at the European Championships in Poznan, Poland, imminently and is now well on the recovery track after a disrupted winter’s training.

Rebecca Chin and Karen Bennett (of Agecroft and Leander Clubs) were double winners, taking victory in the women’s pair on both days - albeit from a narrow field. This duo will be GB reserves in Poland later this month.

The GB U23 women’s four won twice in different combinations with Sam Courty, from the University of Bath, and Emily Ford, from Newcastle University, featuring in both victories.

Zak Lee Green led off the lightweights on Saturday with a win in the lightweight men’s single scull. Agecroft RC’s Welsh dentist, Lee Green, took top spot in the lightweight men’s single scull in a time of 8:17,12, over four seconds ahead of Johannes Unsprung of Germany.

On Sunday, Lee Green teamed up with Jamie Copus to take second place in the lightweight double scull.

Sunday also saw a great GB lightweight one-two at U23 level through Flo Pickles and Lucy Cruxton (of Gloucester-Hartpury and Reading University) and Emma McDonald and Maddie Arlett (of Glasgow and Edinburgh Universities) in the double scull.

On Saturday, Wallingford RC’s Brianna Stubbs and Ellie Piggott were third and fourth in the lightweight women’s single. They teamed up with Ruth Walczak and Emily Craig on Sunday in the lightweight women’s quadruple scull and raced to victory.

The U23 lightweight men were also in great form on Sunday taking victory in the double through Sam Mottram and Steven Parsonage and in the four though the efforts of Ben Reeves, Ed Fisher, Jonathan Jackson and Alastair Douglass.

2013 World lightweight single scull bronze medallists, Walczak, racing with Craig, rounded off the Saturday racing for the GB squad with a third place finish in the lightweight women’s double scull.

A number of U23 rowers were looking to impress this weekend ahead of this summer’s World U23 Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.

“We’re also looking ahead and this is part of the planning for the Tokyo Olympic cycle, too”, said Sir David.

Peter Sheppard, GB Rowing Team lead on U23s, said: “It’s all about teaching some of the younger rowers who won’t get the chance to race at the senior Europeans to be winners.

“For the U23s, it’s the first time in four years that we have raced at this regatta. They have really moved on a lot over the two days and learnt a lot. It has been the first opportunity many of them have had to measure themselves against an international field”.



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Championship Weekend in Rowing: Sprints, Big Tens, Pac-12s, Oh My!

2015-05-16 18:16
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Pac-12 bling (Photo: B. Kitch)

Championship Weekend is here in the U.S., and there's no shortage of fantastic racing from coast to coast at this very moment. Here's our breakdown of the action, plus resources to stay on top of all the racing.

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Flashback Friday: May 3rd – 16th

2015-05-15 16:39
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This week marks ONE YEAR of #FBF posts. What do you think so far? Helpful, not helpful…? They’re tedious to put together but I like seeing older posts/questions get attention from what I assume are new readers so I’m definitely up for continuing to post them if you guys think they’re worthwhile. Leave a comment and let me know!

: Hello!! First I just wanted to say that I am a high school novice cox and your blog has helped me so much. But I have a problem. My varsity/head coaches are so supportive and nice, but my novice coach isn’t. She has missed practice almost everyday for 3 weeks, and she flipped when I missed practice one day for an appointment that I had scheduled months in advance. She’s a good athletic coach who knows a lot about rowing and sports injuries, but not about feelings. At our last regatta my dad was talking to her. Today at practice in front of my whole team she blamed for the team’s loss. Considering the fact that she hasn’t been a real part of the team and then just shows up out of the blue, I think that’s part of what messed up the team. She came in and changed our start sequence and everything that we’ve learned. She kept knocking me down in front of the team. It got the point that I came home and cried for two hours. Everyone on my team calls her “a hero” because of how much she knows. I agree that she knows a lot about rowing, but not about coxing. What should I do?

QOTD: Hi OK on my team novices don’t go to regionals unless you’re in the fresh 8. So anyways for the rest of the year those who aren’t going have to row in pairs which is awesome but we have assigned pairs and the girl I’m with is bow and she is so horribly bossy and mean and she yells at me and blames me for everything that goes wrong. I’ve talked to the coach but she said we just need to work it out and I even took a starboard rigged boat just so I could be bow but she still acts like she’s the coxswain. How should I deal with this? I really like rowing pairs but she makes it so awful.

QOTD: Hi Kayleigh! I’m a sophomore rower and at the moment I’m 5’7″ and around 130 pounds. I know I’m on the tall side, but I think that I could get to 120/125 pounds and still be healthy. While I do love rowing, my real interest and passion is in coxing, so I was wondering if you think coxing men in college is a viable option for me, and if it is, what I can do to get there. Thanks!

VOTW: Why Losing Matters

QOTD: Hi! I’m a high school rower and am in my team’s LW V4. We’re going to SE Regionals this weekend and have a shot to place for nationals, so I’m really excited! The whole season I have been naturally under 130, ranging from 127-130ish. At the beginning of this week my weight was up a little (I know it fluctuates day to day), but we don’t have practice after Wednesday and I was just wondering if you had any advice for how I should keep my weight in control for this weekend. I’ve heard different things like do cardio (obviously) and eat fibrous foods until the day before when you should eat energy dense food that doesn’t weigh you down. I love your blog and love to relate to other rowers during my spring season! Thanks!

QOTD: I’m a masters coxswain, with experience primarily on lakes in the Pacific Northwest. This past Saturday at a very hectic and busy race in this area, I was told by a Marshal to execute a “river turn” as I was crossing the warm up area. I realized with all the races that I have done over the years, I have only actually coxed on a river ONCE, and have no idea what a “river turn” is. Could you explain this maneuver and describe how to execute it without flipping your shell? Typically when we need to turn in a tight area I have the side I am turning towards back, and the opposite side row in alternating strokes. So if I need to rotate clockwise I have starboards back and ports row. It’s a bit of a slow process, is a river turn something faster?


QOTD: I just read your post on power 10s and it clarifies a lot – but a quick question. I know a power 10 means a burst of pressure. So does that mean usually, but not always, bringing up the stroke rating a few beats? Or what?

All About Power 10s Hopefully this post clarifies what they are, what they aren’t, and how to call them.

Music to erg to, pt. 38 Boston, Simple Plan, Papa Roach, T-Swift, New Politics, etc.

QOTD: I’ve been getting a lot of help from your blog lately, thank you! I’m in 8th grade and have been in coxing for 3 years. I recently went to states for the third time but I missed out on two days of practice right before the regatta. I don’t know the fine details but I wound up moving from the 4v to the 6v. This caused my normal rowers, the 4v girls, to start treating me differently. I’m not getting a lot of respect from the girls in my boat, it could be the age difference, but I’m hoping that I’m the most mature at practices than I am anywhere else. I have been moved back into the 4v but the girls still aren’t being as attentive and listening to my advice as I hoped they would be. This could just be some drama, but I feel that if there isn’t any “harmony” in the boat, we won’t compete as one boat. With SE Regionals coming up, I’m a little worried. Any ideas? Thanks.

QOTD: I am coxing our V4 at regionals soon and realized that I have a lot of trouble coxing in bow loaders. I have trouble getting enough air in my lungs between words and feel like I can’t project my voice and can’t use my abs to cox. What would you recommend?

VOTW: “A bruise on the leg is a hell of a long way from the heart…”

Coxswain recordings, pt. 12

QOTD: Hi. First off let me say I love your blog. I completely agree with everything you say. I looked for a question like mine but I can’t really find one that’s exactly like it. I cox a group of guys and most of them are older than me, so of course they’re kind of douchey when someone younger than them is in charge, but it’s kind of gotten out of hand. On and off the water all they do is ridicule me. I have become ostracized from the group of friends that is our boat, and everything I do is constantly under scrutiny by them. There are two guys especially who are the oldest in the boat and everyone follows what they do. They are my stroke pair and no matter the importance of an issue, they constantly correct every single tiny mistake I make. Even sometimes during pieces! I have talked to them multiple times about letting me and my coach deal with it and not them, or at least talk about it on land instead, but they still do it. I.E: During a random 500 that my coach called to get us in after practice, I forgot to call the start and they yelled at me during the piece to correct me. We have regionals coming up and I’m tired of this. What should I do to end it once and for all?


QOTD: Hi! Your blog has been so helpful to me and my team – thank you so so much! I am approaching my 6th year of coxing. I did 4 years in high school for my men’s team plus I began coxing my college’s men’s team. Next year, we have a new cox stepping up to varsity. He rowed for 4 year in high school and he is coxing now and I feel he is LIGHTYEARS better than me, only because he has had the rower perspective that I haven’t had. I also feel that I’ve been in a funk – using the same calls for years and they get me results – I just feel on autopilot. I’ve gone to coxing camps and everything, I just wanted to know if you have any suggestions to help me get my groove back? Thanks!

Music to erg to, pt. 39 Journey, Swedish House Mafia, Tiesto, Iggy Azalea, Cazzette, etc.

QOTD: In high school my coach was a former coxswain and put a big emphasis on teaching the coxes. I spent 4 years learning how to cox from him, my fellow coxswains, countless recordings, clinics, etc. I am very much of the opinion that there is a right way to cox, and one of the things I learned from my high school coach that’s really stuck with me is to avoid the use of “filler”, i.e. meaningless encouragements, general yelling, and just general talking for the sake of talking. Now that I am in college, I am working with a different group of rowers who haven’t ever known this philosophy of coxing. For the most part, their high school programs were less serious, and they learned to row in a “coxswains are cheerleaders” environment. When my coach has them fill out feedback forms, I get comments like “You are very organized and I always trust you at races,” “You make great technique calls,” “Great steering,” etc. Always followed by the “but you’re not aggressive enough during pieces.” When I’ve asked what they’re looking for, they pretty much define filler. They want me to yell stupid things about the crews next to us to get them fired up and essentially just scream from start to finish. At a small and inconsequential race in the fall, I decided to try it. I finished thinking that that was some of the worst coxing I had ever done. There was no coherent race plan, no useful information about the course, no technical focuses. However, the feedback I got was “That’s some of the best coxing you’ve ever done.” All I did was yell nonsense for 5k! This spring, my unwillingness to compromise my coxing lost me the boat. (Granted, this was not a coaching decision, but a simple vote from the top 8). I am absolutely willing to work with the girls on specific calls that work for them and get them fired up within the scope of our race plan, but not at the expense of everything else I do well. How do you think I should deal with this? I learned how to cox around rowers who were taught the same things I was about coxswains, but now I’m stuck coxing in a “coxswains are cheerleaders” environment.

QOTD: One of my rowers get so much layback she looks as if she’s about to completely lay down! It’s affecting her timing with stroke seat, what would you suggest?

QOTD: What’s your opinion of rowing couples/coxswain-rower couples? Especially teammates?

QOTD: What’s a good split for an average coxswain to have for 2k?

QOTD: What analogies do you use for different aspects of technique? Am looking for some inspiration for my novices!

QOTD: One of our rowers was out today, and since sprints are Sunday our coach came in the boat and rowed with us! It was pretty cool, but towards the end of warmup she yelled at us to pull harder during warmup (especially power 10s) because she was panting and working harder than we were. It was frustrating because it’s no fun when anyone says they’re working harder and blames the rest of the boat, let alone the coach. Should I say something, or just let it go since it’s unlikely to reoccur?

QOTD: What are some encouraging words I can use/what can I tell people to do so they keep their hands at even heights at the catch (sculling btw), without having to remind them every 5 strokes? I can feel the boat dropping to port every stroke because of this.

QOTD: Hi there, I’m a rower from New Zealand and I am considering going to Uni in the states. I was wondering if you could help me out on what type of rowing scholarships there were and what the benchmark erg times are? And how to go about applying for one? Thanks :-)

VOTW: Learn to row with Marcus Mcelhenney

QOTD: Do you not scull very much in America? Do you know why? And do you think that translates into the successes in the elite programme (like being more successful in eights than smaller/sculling boats)?


QOTD: Hey there! I’m in a lightweight boat where the average is about 115-120 lbs and the girls are about 5’7, maybe even 5’6. Only thing is, I’m a little more than five pounds heavier than the others and a good 2-3″ taller. I feel like I’m weighing down the boat and there are other lightweights who could have my place. I never really feel worthy of the boat, I guess its reasonable to say. We all pull around the same times but I’m a tiny bit more technically sound, but they’re also smaller. Thoughts?

QOTD: Today my coach posted the line ups for our race this weekend. I am racing in the 2V8+. It is a pretty good boat, but we have a novice coxswain. She has coxed for us before, but she often crashes into other boats and in the last race she called a power 10 for the muffins at the food tent! We have tried to give her suggestions for what we want to hear, but she just doesn’t listen. Is there any respectful way to ask my coach if we can have another coxswain?

QOTD: IDK if you can help with this but I’m a novice coxswain and there is another rower/coxswain on varsity who keeps giving me a lot of crap for things that are out of my control. Like, if I tell my boat to be back at a certain time and they are a little late or if another coxswain makes a mistake and takes my boat’s oars – I get blamed. Like it is my fault that other people messed up. It really just shakes me up and stresses me out before we race. Any advice to get her to stop?

QOTD: I consider my crew to be very lucky. We possibly have one of the best coxswains around. She can steer like a BOSS and has the patience and the nature of saint. However I think we pushed her to her limits at one point and I don’t think I have ever seen her that angry. I often read this blog and I always read tips on what makes a great coxswain, how to deal with your rowers, and things not to do however I would like to hear from a coxie’s point of view is what are the things that rowers do that really sets you off edge and how we can avoid those things. I know coxies are all different (…and I have had some interesting ones at times) but it would really help if you could give some pointers from a coxswain. As rowers our biceps are sometimes bigger than our brains so it would help if you could give us some insight. Thanks…oh and great blog!

QOTD: How do you keep your wrenches and pliers from going all rusty? My team goes out on the water year round, rain or shine, in a salt water marina. My tools tend to rust within a season, if not sooner which is quite inconvenient because then I’m constantly purchasing new tools.

QOTD: How do you deal with losing, especially if it was a big race? As my boat’s coxswain I feel like I’m taking it way harder than everyone in my boat. We did really well and my rowers gave it their all but I’m just very upset that we didn’t do as well as we wanted. I’ve been crying and while I am SO PROUD of my girls (and of myself) I just feel like I let my boat down. Please help? :-(

QOTD: My boat qualified for Nationals! Yay! Now what? I’ve never coxed in such a big event. Any tips?

QOTD: Hey! In terms of calls, what do men prefer to hear? Cheerleader? Technique? Basically, how to become a successful men’s coxswain?

QOTD: Today we were counting on medaling in our race so that our coach would keep it for districts but we were super tiny and the competition kicked our ass (not really, it was a really close race), but we’re all really disappointed now and we’re scared he’s going to make a heavy weight boat instead and we’ll just be stuck in boring old eights…

VOTW: Old Glory vs. Cal

R-E-S-P-E-C-T This is a pretty popular post so if you’re trying to figure out how to earn your crew’s/teammates respect, definitely check it out.

A follow up to yesterday’s post on “respect”… This was emailed to me by a coxswain who rowed on a women’s team in high school, switched to coxing in college, and was immediately moved up to the varsity men’s boat due to numbers. She details what that transition was like and how she earned the respect of her teammates. Definitely worth reading!


QOTD: This is my second season on my team, and although I rowed in the fall, I was drafted to cox this spring by my coach. The novice girls had widely out-shined the novice boys (beating their times twice in the fall) and that was exacerbated by the loss of everyone but their bow four and five seat. Five seat quickly became a sculler, and a walk-on became our other coxswain. She’s super friendly and I love her to death, but her steering and calls need improvement. I’ve busted my ass to become what the varsity and head coxswains have called “the best novice cox on the team”, and have medaled with my girls four at every single regatta this season, even though the four is usually an afterthought. The other coxswain had not medaled yet, and has crashed several times. However, she got to take out the boys in our BRAND NEW Vespoli bowloader, while the girls are relegated to a slightly old stern loader. Due to her being a sophomore, I was sent with the boys to states and had a week to practice in our other bowloader, while our head got the new one. I worked to keep the boys in check, and was not afraid to be frank with them, also being professional and focused in the boat. In a week, they went from placing 8/16 to second at states. She was with the novice girls, and screwed up their start which resulted in them not making finals, and had at least three people say something along the lines of “I wondered what would have happened if you…” We got back to practice today, and she was allowed to take out the boys in our brand new bowloader while I was sent with the girls. I love my girls and we had a great practice but I had three out of the four boys say they wanted me back in the boat and my bow pair ask me to specifically not do things she had done. I just feel like ALL my hard work with the boys is being ignored and I’m probably being ridiculous but it just feels so unfair to me because I worked so damn hard to help them get that medal. Sorry if this was long, I guess I just wanted some coaching input on why this decision was possibly made. Thanks for reading, I needed to vent.

QOTD: Hi, I am a exchange student and I joined our crew team. Since I am pretty small I am a coxswain. I am now moved up into our first boat but I never know what to say during a race. The problems is I am not a native speaker and so I have even more problems to make good/ clear calls. Do you have any tips for Nationals (YES we qualified) and Stotesbury?

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Music to erg to, pt. 90

2015-05-15 14:51
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Just had an “oh shit, it’s Friday” moment … seriously though, where’d the week go? This weekend is Eastern Sprints (!!!) so we’ll be leaving tomorrow morning for Worcester. I’m not really a fan of racing close to home (it’s just not as exciting and I like traveling) but it’ll be fun to experience the Sprints atmosphere and see some good racing. Good luck to everybody else that’ll be there as well as everyone racing this weekend at Stotes, Northeast Regionals, etc.!

PS thanks Cían, Andrew, and Jack for the song suggestions this week! If you guys have any favorite songs that you like erging/working out to, send me an email and I’ll include them if they’re on Spotify. :-)

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Essen regatta provides opportunity for rowers to get "race ready"

2015-05-15 11:16
Source Channel:  GB Rowing Team Source Link:

Three members of the GB Rowing Team for the forthcoming European Championships will have an opportunity to get “race ready” when they compete at the 2015 International Huegel Regatta in Essen, Germany this weekend.

The two-day regatta – featuring Senior, U23 and Lightweight races – will also provide the chance for other members of the GB Rowing Team to get some competitive rowing under their belts ahead of a big season.

Double Olympian Beth Rodford – who has been named along with Melanie Wilson, Tina Stiller and Jess Leyden in the women’s quadruple scull for the European Championships – will contest the single scull on both Saturday and Sunday in Essen.

Angus Groom and Jack Beaumont will race tomorrow in the open men’s single and Zak Lee-Green in the lightweight men’s single.

Lee-Green said: “This weekend is a chance to be race ready and then hopefully when the Europeans come along I’ll be nearer my peak.”

Groom and Lee-Green will compete in the double scull races on Sunday, with Jack Beaumont and Jamie Copus respectively.

Karen Bennett and Rebecca Chin – who have been selected as spares for the European Championships – will race in the women’s pair tomorrow and on Sunday.

GB Rowing Team members Oliver Cook and Matthew Tarrant will team up with Tom George and Callum McBrierty in the men’s four on both days.

For the lightweight women, Brianna Stubbs, Emily Craig, Ruth Walczak and Ellie Piggott will form a quadruple scull on Sunday having raced in the single and double competitions tomorrow.

A number of U23 rowers will also be looking to impress ahead of this summer’s World U23 Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.

Clubs suspended from Competition 2015

2015-05-15 05:10
Source Channel:  British Rowing Source Link:

As at 15th May, 2015 affiliation fees have not been received for the rowing clubs listed below.  

From 15th May these clubs are therefore automatically suspended from entering British Rowing competitions and from Monday 18th May are suspended from taking part in any Regatta or other events.  

If you wish to arrange payment please email Sally Hickey at British Rowing or call her on 020 8237 6708.

Clubs who remain in arrears after six months (from 1st April) are automatically removed from the list of affiliated clubs.

East Midlands   
Gainsborough RC


Black Prince BC

Black Sheep RC

Boars Head BC

Infidel, The BC

Oundelian BC

Uni of East Anglia, BC 

Hughes Hall BC

Jesus College BC

Newnham College BC

Lucy Cavendish College BC

Thames Upriver I   
Radley Mariners

Corpus Christi College BC

St Annes College BC

Thames Upriver 2 
Oratory Cardinals

Thames Upriver 3
The Windsorian RC

Thames Upriver 4
Hinchley Wood BC

Thames London 5     
Tyrian Club

Queen Mary (Uni of London)    

St Georges Hospital Medical School BC

Radnor House RC

Thames South East 8
Canterbury Pilgrims BC

Langport RC

Meles BC

Swindon RC

Wessex & South Coast
BTC Southampton RC

Westover & Bournemouth RC

Southampton University RC

West Midlands
Two Lions BC

Warwick Graduate Association BC

Paignton ARC

Plymouth University RC

Debutants to make their bow at International Para Rowing Regatta

2015-05-14 11:16
Source Channel:  GB Rowing Team Source Link:

There will be two debutants and two different mixed coxed four crews for the GB Rowing Team at this weekend’s 2015 International Para Rowing Regatta at Gavirate near Varese, Italy.

Dan Brown, James Fox, Grace Clough and cox Oliver James – all of whom helped Britain defend their World Championship title in Amsterdam last year – will form the basis of both crews at the regatta, taking place from May 15-17.

They will be joined by reigning Paralympic and World champion Pamela Relph on the first day and Rose Linden on the second as Tom Dyson, GB Rowing Team lead coach for para-rowing, assesses the potential for each combination after a strong winter of testing and Trials performances.

Linden will be making her first competitive appearance for the GB Rowing Team at the regatta, as will former soldier Scott Meenagh.

Army BC rower, Meenagh, got into the sport through the British Paralympic Association’s Paralympic Inspiration Programme, supported by Help For Heroes, and captained the British Armed Forces rowing team in the 2014 London Invictus Games.

He will compete in the TA men’s single scull on both days, along with Laurence Whiteley of Tees RC – he won gold medals on both days of the 2014 regatta.

2008 Paralympic Champion, Tom Aggar, will race in the AS men’s single scull, in which he won a silver medal at the 2014 World Championships.

Meenagh is looking forward to testing himself on the international stage and says the quality in the GB Rowing Team squad is getting better all the time.

“It’s really exciting – it’s a big chance to put something out there and set a benchmark,” he said.

“My aim last year was to get to this regatta, so I’ve achieved what I set out to do. Now I’m almost in a position where I have nothing to lose, so I am going into it fairly relaxed and feeling good about myself.

“I know full well I’m still developing as an athlete and have a lot of gains to make. I just need to give an honest account of myself in Italy.

“We have such a strong group of athletes who are coming together as a team in training and pushing each other, getting the best out of each other.

“Laurence is inspiring me to push harder and try to catch him, whereas the closer I get to him the harder he is having to work. It’s a win-win.

“For us to do well in Italy would send a big message to the rest of the world a year before Rio.”

The British team flew out on Tuesday to a preparation camp in Varese, the venue for the second World Cup – which will also feature para-rowing – from June 19-21.

The big target for the year ahead is the World Championships in Aiguebelette, France, which doubles as a qualification regatta for the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio.

CREW LISTS (Includes club, home town, date of birth)

GB Rowing Team for 2015 International Para Rowing Regatta in Gavirate, Italy, 15-17 May

LTA 4+

Grace Clough (Nottingham RC/Sheffield/21.06.91)
Rose Linden (Durham University BC/London/27.06.92)
Pamela Relph (Leander Club/Aylesbury/14.11.89)
Daniel Brown (Upper Thames BC/Reading/29.11.82)
James Fox (Univ of London/Peterborough/02.05.92)
Oliver James (cox) (Leander Club/Henley-on-Thames/05.10.90)
Coach: Tom Dyson


Tom Aggar (Marlow RC/Maidenhead/24.05.84)
Coach: Nick Baker


Scott Meenagh (Army BC/Cumbernauld/16.09.89)
Laurence Whiteley (Tees RC/Northallerton/29.08.91)
Coach: Nick Baker

Spice Up Your Summer SkiErg Training

2015-05-13 20:00
Source Channel:  Concept 2 Source Link:

One of the best features of Concept2 ergs (ski or rowing) is that they accurately measure the work you’re doing. In addition, the flywheel calibrates itself on every rundown to take ambient conditions into account, so someone at altitude can compare their erg time with someone at sea level, regardless of the weather and environmental conditions.

What’s so great about this? It means you can race! You can compare your times and distances with friends and competitors in another state, country or continent. It also makes the SkiErg a great tool for tracking your training progress by comparing your performance for a certain workout from one time to the next.

Do you have a competitive streak? Or do you just want to make your workouts more interesting? We invite you to try the following challenges—there are some for individuals and some for teams:

  • 100 Meter Dash: Pre-set the Performance Monitor for a 100 meter distance. The meters will count down to zero, and your total time will be displayed at the end.
  • 1 Minute Max Meters: Pre-set the Performance Monitor for a 1 minute time. The time will count down to zero, and your total meters will be displayed at the end.
  • Mixed Team 2k Relay: Pre-set the Performance Monitor for a 2000m distance. Gather some friends—two men and two women per team. Rotate through in order, with each team member skiing as long as they can maintain their goal pace, then switch on the fly. The meters will count down to zero, and your elapsed time will be displayed at the end.
  • 1000 Meter Individual Sprint: Pre-set the Performance Monitor for a 1000m distance. This is an indoor version of the standard Nordic sprint.

Check out the online rankings and the SkiErg Sprints results.

Sprinkle some of these challenges into your summer training schedule to spice things up and keep it fun. Post your results and pictures on the Concept2 SkiErg Facebook page!

Katherine Grainger returns to British team for European championships

2015-05-13 13:10
Source Channel:  Guardian - Rowing Source Link:

• Olympic gold medallist races in double sculls with Vicky Thornley
• Helen Glover and Heather Stanning have best chance of gold in women’s pair

Katherine Grainger will make her return to the Great Britain team at the European championships in Poznan on 29-31 May. Grainger will compete in the double sculls, the same event in which she won the Olympic gold in 2012, with a new partner, Vicky Thornley.

Grainger won the Olympic gold with Anna Watkins in 2012 and is coming back into the sport after more than two years on the sidelines.

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GB Rowing Team announce squad for European Championships in Poland

2015-05-13 07:47
Source Channel:  GB Rowing Team Source Link:

The GB Rowing Team, announced today to race at this month’s European Championships in Poland, has a different look and feel from its 2014 make-up.
Reigning men’s four World Champions Mohamed Sbihi, Alex Gregory and George Nash will race from 29-31 May in the men’s eight with 2014 eights World Champions Matt Gotrel, Paul Bennett, Peter Reed, Will Satch and cox Phelan Hill in a crew which also features international senior debutant Stewart Innes. This is a boat class in which Britain has taken the last two World Championships titles.
“Everyone has pushed very hard in training over the winter because only two people in the open men’s squad didn’t get a World Championships medal last year so everyone is aware of how strong this squad is.  We have been using each other to improve”, said Sbihi.
The move means that Nathaniel Reilly O’Donnell, Tom Ransley, Alan Sinclair and Scott Durant will contest the men’s four, an event that GB won at the last European Championships.   The former were both World Champions in the eight last year whilst the latter duo were silver medalists in the coxed pair.
James Foad and Matt Langridge, who took World men’s pair silver in 2014, remain the specialist pair.  They posted the fastest time by a GB men’s pair in history in winning that 2014 silver, overhauling the time set by James Cracknell and Sir Matt Pinsent in 2002.
Andrew Triggs Hodge and Constantine Louloudis, both World and Olympic medallists, are ruled out of selection, Triggs Hodge through illness and Louloudis because he is sitting his finals at Oxford University before rejoining the squad after the season’s second world Cup.
Sir David Tanner, Performance Director for the GB Rowing Team, said:  “In one sense we have an embarrassment of riches in the open men’s sweep squad, with 11 World Champions and five other World medallists, returning from last year.  However, we are not complacent.  This is an Olympic qualifying year and other nations will be stepping up. The depth of competition will be stronger and, against that background, we are looking at honing a squad that gives us the best possible chance of qualifying all of our men’s boats for Rio.
“The European Championships are an important event in their own right, too, and everyone selected will also want to add medals and titles there.”
GB has named an unchanged men’s quadruple scull of Graeme Thomas, Sam Townsend, Charles Cousins and Peter Lambert. The quartet were a smidgen away from World gold last year, winning silver to add to the bronze they took in 2013 - Britain’s first in this event since the World Championships began.
Jonny Walton and John Collins have kept hold of their seats in the men’s double scull despite growing pressure from  2014 World U23 medallists Jack Beaumont and Angus Groom. With Alan Campbell still returning from illness, Groom, who was fourth in the GB Rowing Team Trials in this event last month, is selected to race the single scull in Poznan.
Olympic and World Champions Helen Glover and Heather Stanning will have the opportunity to defend the women’s pair title won for GB by Glover with Polly Swann a year ago.  This time round Swann misses out with injury.
Glover said:  We anticipate an incredibly tough field this year but the aim is to win medals whilst not losing sight of the main goal which is Rio next year.”

Stanning added:  “If you look back 12 months I’m in far better shape than I was then. I’ve had a really solid winter and training has been going very well.”
A year ago Katherine Grainger was watching from the lakeside as a BBC pundit in Serbia when Vicky Thornley raced to sixth place with Frances Houghton in the women’s double scull. Houghton races the single in Poznan.
No doubt the fledgling Grainger-Thornley combination will attract some attention beyond rowing fans.  Grainger, of course, is the Olympic champion in this discipline, a title she won with Anna Watkins in 2012, and is coming back into the sport after a gap of over two years.
Charlotte Taylor has been picked ahead of Imogen Walsh in the lightweight women’s double scull and will race with Olympic Champion Kat Copeland. Walsh moves into the single.
“The selections in this boat class have been very, very tight,” said Tanner.  “We needed a photo-finish to separate Taylor and Walsh at the Trials and this continues to be a very competitive section of our team.”
Britain also has a new-look lightweight men’s double scull with the experienced 2012 lightweight men’s four medallist Richard Chambers teaming up with Will Fletcher from the 2014 crew.
Joel Cassells is named as a newcomer at senior level and moves into the lightweight men’s four to race with Chris Bartley - a 2012 silver medallist - and 2014 World bronze winners Mark Aldred and Sam Scrimgeour.
Other selections include a fresh women’s quad crew including 2013 World Junior Champion Jess Leyden, seasoned Olympian and 2010 World Champion Beth Rodford with Melanie Wilson, who qualified as a doctor only a month or so ago, and Tina Stiller from the 2014 crew.
The women’s eight is coxed once more by Zoe de Toledo and features experienced Olympians Jess Eddie, Katie Greves and Louisa Reeve.
Zak Lee Green races the lightweight men’s single scull whilst the GB lightweight pair will be Jonno Clegg and Peter Chambers, a 2012 silver medallist in the four. Jamie Kirkwood who fought back from a knee injury to win his second successive GB Rowing Team senior team trials last month, misses out again because of injury.
Britain won eight medals, including two golds, at the 2014 European Championships which took place in Belgrade, Serbia.   Poznan’s Lake Malta, home of the 2015 Championships has hosted many top international rowing events including the 2007 European Championships and the 2009 World Championships.
The event will be broadcast live by BBC TV.
CREW LISTS (Includes club, home town, date of birth)

GB Rowing Team for the 2015 European Championships,
Poznan, 29-31 May




Helen Glover (Minerva Bath RC/Penzance/17.06.86)
Heather Stanning (Army RC/Lossiemouth/26.01.85)
Coach: Robin Williams


Katie Greves (Leander Club/Oxford/02.09.82)
Olivia Carnegie-Brown (Oxford Brookes Univ BC/Oxford/28.03.91)
Lucinda Gooderham (Leander Club/Garboldisham/09.06.84)
Donna Etiebet (Sport Imperial/London/29.04.86)
Jessica Eddie (London RC/Durham/07.10.84)
Louise Reeve (Leander Club/London/16.05.84)
Rosamund Bradbury (Leander Club/Banstead/17.12.88)
Zoe Lee (Imperial College BC/Richmond/15.12.85)
Zoe de Toledo (cox) (Leander Club/London/17.07.87)
Coach: James Harris

Single Scull

Frances Houghton (Univ of London Tyrian Club/Oxford/19.09.80)
Coach: Nick Strange

Double Scull

Katherine Grainger (St Andrew BC/Glasgow/12.11.75)
Victoria Thornley (Leander Club/Wrexham/30.11.87)
Coach: Paul Thompson

Quadruple Scull

Melanie Wilson (Imperial College BC/London/25.06.84)
Kristina Stiller (Tees RC/Yarm/07.12.93)
Beth Rodford (Gloucester RC/Gloucester/28.12.82)
Jessica Leyden (Leander Club/Todmorden/22.02.95)
Coach: Nick Strange

Women’s Spares

Karen Bennett (Leander Club/Edinburgh/05.02.89)
Becca Chin (Agecroft RC/Deganwy/11.12.91)




James Foad (Molesey BC/Southampton/20.03.87)
Matt Langridge (Leander Club/Northwich/20.05.83)
Coach: Rob Dauncey


Nathaniel Reilly-O’Donnell (Univ of London BC/Durham/13.04.88)
Alan Sinclair (Leander Club/Munlochy/16.10.85)
Tom Ransley (Leander Club/Ashford/06.09.85)
Scott Durant (Oxford Brookes Univ BC/Lancaster/12.02.88)
Coach: Christian Felkel


Matt Gotrel (Leander Club/Chipping Campden/01.03.89)
Stewart Innes (Leander Club/Henley-on-Thames/20.05.91)
Pete Reed (Leander Club/Nailsworth/27.07.81)
Paul Bennett (Univ of London BC/Leeds/16.12.88)
Mohamed Sbihi (Molesey BC/Surbiton/27.03.88)
Alex Gregory (Leander Club/Wormington/11.03.84)
George Nash (Molesey BC/Guildford/02.10.89)
Will Satch (Leander Club/Henley-on-Thames/09.06.89)
Phelan Hill (cox) (Leander Club/Bedford/21.07.79)
Coach: Jurgen Grobler

Single Scull

Angus Groom (Leander Club/Glasgow/16.06.92)
Coach: John West

Double Scull

Jonny Walton (Leander Club/Leicester/06.10.90)
John Collins (Leander Club/Twickenham/24.01.89)
Coach: Mark Banks

Quadruple Scull

Graeme Thomas (Agecroft RC/Preston/08.11.88)
Sam Townsend (Reading Univ BC/Reading/26.11.85)
Charles Cousins (Leander Club/Willingham/13.12.88)
Peter Lambert (Leander Club/Maidenhead/03.12.86)
Coach: Paul Stannard

Men’s Spares

Jack Beaumont (Leander Club/Maidenhead/21.11.93)
Callum McBrierty (Leander Club/Edinburgh/13.08.92)
Matthew Tarrant (Oxford Brookes Univ BC/Shepperton/11.07.90)



Single Scull

Imogen Walsh (London RC/Inverness/17.01.84)
Coach: Paul Reedy

Double Scull

Kat Copeland (Tees RC/Ingleby Barwick/01.12.90)
Charlotte Taylor (Putney Town RC/Bedford/14.08.85)
Coach: Paul Reedy




Jonathan Clegg (Leander Club/Maidenhead/14.07.89)
Peter Chambers (Oxford Brookes Univ BC/Coleraine/14.03.90)
Coach: Rob Morgan


Sam Scrimgeour (Imperial College BC/Kirriemuir/28.01.88)
Joel Cassells (Oxford Brookes Univ BC/Coleraine/15.06.94)
Mark Aldred (London RC/Birmingham/18.04.87)
Chris Bartley (Leander Club/Chester/02.02.84)
Coach: Rob Morgan

Single Scull

Zak Lee-Green (Agecroft RC/Cardiff/05.02.91)
Coach: Darren Whiter

Double Scull

Richard Chambers (Leander Club/Coleraine/10.06.85)
Will Fletcher (Leander Club/Chester-le-Street/24.12.89)
Coach: Darren Whiter

Provisional timetable (all times BST)
Friday 29 May
08.30 -12.10 - Heats
14.30-15.40 - Repechages
Saturday 30 May
08.30- 08.45 - Semis C/D
08.50-11.15 – Repechages and Semis A/B
11.20-11.25 – Finals D
11.30-12.00 – Finals C
Sunday 31 May
07.45-09.05 – B Finals
09.33-13.33 – Finals
Official website for full timetable:
Last year’s event in Belgrade, Serbia, was the first time that the GB Rowing Team had taken a full team to the European Championships and they were rewarded with eight medals, including two gold.
Those results put GB on top of the medal table and set the team up for a successful year on the World Cup circuit and at the World Championships in Amsterdam.
2014 European Championships Medals
Women’s Pair – GOLD
Helen Glover, Polly Swann
Men’s Four – GOLD
Alex Gregory, Mohamed Sbihi, George Nash, Andrew Triggs Hodge
Women’s Eight – SILVER
Rosamund Bradbury, Olivia Carnegie-Brown, Katie Greves, Donna Etiebet, Jessica Eddie, Zoe Lee,Caragh McMurtry, Louisa Reeve, Zoe de Toledo (cox)
Men’s Quadruple Scull – SILVER
Sam Townsend, Charles Cousins, Graeme Thomas, Peter Lambert
Lightweight Men’s Pair – SILVER
Sam Scrimgeour, Jonathan Clegg
Lightweight Men’s Four – SILVER
Mark Aldred, Peter Chambers, Richard Chambers, Chris Bartley
Men’s Eight – BRONZE
Phil Congdon, Oliver Cook, Matthew Gotrel, Pete Reed, William Satch, Matthew Tarrant, Scott Durant, James Foad, Phelan Hill (cox)
Lightweight Women’s Double Scull – BRONZE
Imogen Walsh, Katherine Copeland

Employee Profile: André Rathje

2015-05-12 20:00
Source Channel:  Concept 2 Source Link:

André Rathje’s connection to rowing began when he was a toddler and his parents would take him and his sister to countless regattas. Rowers themselves, his parents put André in a boat when he was ten years old and thus began his "career" in rowing.

André rowed competitively for several years and was a lightweight rower on the German National team at the German Junior and Under 23 Championships. He’s also been a boat builder and rowing coach, and since 2006, oversees the oar business at Concept2 Germany in Hamburg.

The Hamburg office is efficiently small and requires everyone to have multiple roles. André’s position includes everything from customer service, inventory management, regatta service, reseller support and rowing advisor. That’s a lot to juggle! But as busy as he is, André finds that the variety is one of his favorite things about his job—that, and working with a great team of people.

To offset his busy work life, André finds great enjoyment and relaxation in his family. His wife Jenny and their three young children top the list of things he most looks forward to when not in the office or on the road traveling to regattas. He’s also picked up his violin after several years and tries to play a few times a week. A newfound passion for gardening is another way André spends free time.

This summer André will be going back and forth between the office and the field, providing oar service at the International Jr. Regatta in his hometown of Hamburg, the German Championships in Cologne and the World Masters Rowing Regatta in Belgium.

Weekend Barn Burners: Oxford Brookes and Florida Tech Sprint to Victory on Both Sides of the Pond

2015-05-12 03:21
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Last weekend was jammed with great racing at the junior and collegiate levels, but look no further than these two races for some of the most exciting, and closely fought action on both sides of the Atlantic.

The above video, thanks to OBUBC's Ben Murphy, follows the Oxford Brookes first eight down...

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Video Of The Week: International Rowing Season Underway in Wake of First World Cup

2015-05-11 19:49
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Close racing at the first World Rowing Cup (Photo courtesy of FISA/quattro media)

This week's video comes to us from the beautiful shores of Lake Bled, Slovenia, and gives a hint of the atmosphere at the first of this year's World Rowing Cup regattas, as well as some insight into the starting-line...

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Munich test ends in four medals for GB Rowing Team Juniors

2015-05-11 04:10
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The GB Rowing Team’s juniors returned from the Munich Junior International over the weekend with two silvers and two bronzes as they continue their early preparation for the World Junior Championships in the summer.

GB’s junior men’s and women’s quads both took silvers yesterday and the men’s eight won bronze to add to the junior women’s double bronze from Saturday.

With many other nations race-ready in preparation for the European Junior Championships in the next few weeks, this was a creditable haul for GB who do not generally enter the European Juniors as they clash with the National Schools Championships in the UK.

GB Team Manager John Layng said: “I was pleased that our team in Munich was able to step up from Saturday into Sunday and we know that means they can move forward again for the summer.

“This event is an ideal testing regatta for us. It gives our rowers some great experience and the opportunity to race with other World Championships medal hopeful crews".

The Germans were understandably strong on their home waters, using the event as a selection regatta so that each event was brimful of their national composite and regional crews.

Racing was delayed by 90 minutes on Saturday to allow thunderstorms to pass through but otherwise the racing conditions were very fair over the weekend.

Medal winners:


Junior women’s quadruple scull: Susannah Duncan/Kyra Edwards/Molly Harding/Anna Thornton
Junior men’s quadruple scull: Josh Amrstrong/Gavin Horsburgh/Chris Lawrie/Sam Meijer


Junior women’s double scull: Ros Wilson/Kyra Edwards
Junior men’s eight: David Ambler/Freddie Davidson/Oscar Bird/Jonathan Naylor/Luke Towers/Alex Slater/Seb Benzecry/Tom Digby/Hugo Marsh

Full results: