Having learnt earlier in the week that MBC won the Victor Ludorum and Women's VL at the Belgian National Championships in Ghent, the squad was keen to continue its run of success. The men and women’s squad enjoyed a fruitful weekend at the Metropolitan Regatta coming third in the VL, and with the majority of crews newly-formed since earlier battles at Ghent and Wallingford, the pressure was on to make a good showing in the build up to HRR and HWR.
Saturday saw the majority of the MBC crews leave with a coveted Met medal, with the Senior 4-, the probable Molesey Wyfolds entry, leading the charge with an early victory in their category.
The Wyfold four of Chris Rae, Harry Glenister, Liam Tustin and Ali Douglass win Senior 4-.
The women’s double of Gabby Rodriguez and Helen Roberts then began a winning streak, beating off competition from Durham and Edinburgh to win the Senior 2x, 7 seconds ahead of second place. This was quickly followed by a victory for the newly-formed women’s pair combination of Sam Fowler and Aimee Jonckers, who won their debut race in style, cruising to a 17-second victory ahead of local rivals Thames RC in second.
Sam Fowler & Aimee Jonckers (W2-), Helen Roberts & Gabby Rodriguez (W2x) with head coach Phil Bourguignon.
Sculler Dave Bell also produced a creditable performance, coming in second in the Elite 1x, continuing his campaign to contest the Diamonds and attempt to once more win the hearts of a nation by going head-to-head with household names.
Sunday involved more of the same, with many of our crews claiming their second medals of the weekend. The first win of the day was convincingly claimed by the women’s quad, who came back from an error of judgment the previous day to head the WIM14x, and beginning their HWR campaign ahead of an established Maidenhead combination. The WSen2x then upheld their streak of success, again taking the top honors in their final.
The Women’s quad of Natalie Irvine, Marie Grant, Eve Newton & Emma Boyns collecting their medals.
The men clinched another victory in the IM1 4+, the likely Britannia Challenge Cup crew winning by 0.5s over Imperial College. The final title of the weekend was once again claimed by the women’s pair, who remain unbeaten and once more maintained a convincing margin over the rest of the field.
Lee Rawlings, Rupert Graham, Sam Vye & Andy Warren, coxed by Ellie Willets win IM1 4+.
Other notable wins for Molesey over the weekend go to Fred Gill, teaming up with Tideway Scullers to win Senior Doubles on the Saturday, and Ruth Walczak racing with Wallingford and UL to win Women’s Elite Quads and Doubles.
Thanks go to ISPS Handa and their continued support. Momentum is building and the club is certainly on the rise.
Report by Eve Newton