Red Bull X Row
On Friday 30th September, nine senior squad members, plus one borrowed Cox from a certain upstream pink club, headed to Switzerland to compete in the Red Bull X Row.
The event would involve rowing an eight over a course of 17Km and running through the streets of Lucerne for 7Km (with the boat and blades.)
If you think it sounds hard, then ask any of the squad who went and they will confirm your suspicions (unless you ask Jon Moon, who being the coach, managed to get a lift from one check point to another while fuelling himself on Red Bull!)
The event consisted of six crews from Switzerland, Germany and the UK. One of the Swiss crews was compiled of their national squads heavy weight quad and light weight four.
The race was started with the six crews lined up side by side between two buoys. With only one training session in the eight under our belts we adopted the globally known 'fly and die' technique and took an early lead.
Met Regatta report
Molesey '2' go toe to toe with Cambridge Blue Boat
On a blustery Tuesday afternoon the Molesey Club crew (2nd VIII for the Head) took on the Cambridge Blue Boat for our second series of these fixtures. There was a slight personnel change with Ben Pugh moving from bow to seven (yes, Ben Pugh in the 7 seat I hear many of you say!) and Robin Bourne-Taylor coming in at bow with Acer in the coxes seat while Rowley ran the video camera. This was all the more impressive as Ben Lewis had to do the warm up paddle while Robin was deposited at London Rowing Club in time for boating, raced then got out at Tradesmen and ran back to work while Ben jumped back in for the row back to Putney fullfilling his player/manager role.
Head of the River 2011
On Saturday, 5 Molesey crews took to the water on the Tideway to take on 415 other crews in the annual Head of the River.
Our 1st VIII, going off 1st after last years win, had the obvious aim of retaining the title. Despite a solid build up and a good race we didn't quite do it and Leander took the title by 3.5 seconds. All credit to Leander who had had a disrupted week with injury and illness but we were well aware that this would make them even more dangerous
On yet another damp, drizzly but windless Sunday afternoon (Feb 20th) the Molesey Boat Club 2nd and 3rd VIII's lined up on the Tideway for series of races over the 'Championship Course' against Oxford University's two crews; the Blue Boat and Isis. The distances were from Boat Race start to Hammersmith Pier, then the middle of the Eyot to the Boat Race finish.
Isis and our young development crew started first; Molesey, on Middlesex, grabbed a quick lead but Isis showed a better transition to pace and gradually began to inch out. By Harrods they had open water and were able to steer where they liked. The second piece to the finish saw the Molesey crew learn and adapt somewhat but again Isis showed to be the stronger crew and dominated to the finish. However valuable lessons were learned and for a crew with a limited number of outings and a with some young guys in the boat it was great experience.