West Norfolk’s Theo Bailey, Phil Holden, Owen Lewis and Robert John in racing action.

ROWING: West Norfolk Rowing Club took a full trailer of boats to compete at St Ives Regatta for the first time in three years, for what was some members’ first racing experience. 

Even the rain didn’t dampen the spirits of Junior and Masters crews representing the club in single sculls, doubles and quad races.

St Ives has a challenging two-lane buoyed course round a bend of the River Great Ouse.

Poppy Holden won her WJ15.1x semi-final.

The WNRC Open Masters D coxless quad of Robert John, Owen Lewis, Phil Holden and Theo Bailey overcame the rival Ely crew to progress to their final.

Matt Parle in Masters B single also won his semi-final.

Simon Prior was narrowly beaten at the line in his Masters D single event.

Tom Cory and Erin Fitzgerald-Sutton raced well in their heats. 

Women’s Masters D double of Carol Rose and Fran Fitzgerald and Masters D coxless quad of Lisa Chamberlain James, Angela Holford, Liz Palmer and Helen Pryer had to wait in the rain for their events, but came away without wins despite strong crew performances. 

Club supporters watched from course-side gazebos on the regatta field, and there was a constant buzz of rigging, launching and racing throughout the day.

No silverware for West Norfolk this time, but it was a reminder of how much club members enjoyed participation at events around the region before the pandemic, and it is hoped that as rowing regattas re-establish themselves, West Norfolk will continue to train new and existing crews to compete.

Anyone interested in finding out more about the club should email wnrc.club@gmail.com