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March Madness at MBC

A brief summary of a very busy month at MBC with the busiest weekend of the year and the peak of winter season gleaned from reports from Franz Imfeld, Guy Leppard and Helen Taylor.

📸 Guy Leppard

'Over the course of the weekend...

175 athletes raced across junior, senior, masters, male and female categories

over 5 different events

in 3 different venues

in 2 different countries

transported on 5 different trailers

with 4 towing vehicles

all representing Molesey Boat Club.' Franz Imfeld

1) 17th March 2023 Schools Head of the River Chiswick Bridge to Putney

'One of the big events for Juniors this is where MBC athletes go head-to-head with the finest schools in the land'. Guy Leppard

Schools Head of the River Map of Course📸Guy Leppard

2) Men's Head

3) Vets' Head on the Tideway

'Let's not forget the vets head on the tideway' 📸Guy Leppard

4) Monday 20th March Junior Sculling Head

📸Guy leppard

📸Helen Taylor J18 4x with their silver medals

Helen Taylor reported: 'A host of strong performances from the Junior Squad in what was a tricky (and classic) Dorney crosswind day.

Special mention to the JM18 4x for picking up a silver medal. Not bad considering they haven't sculled since November.

The JM15 4x finished strong 4th in a highly competitive field of 61 crews. With 5 crews within 1.2s on the first leg, it looks like it's going to be fun racing over 1000m for NSR.

The JM16 4x had an unlucky day. After a great row posting the fastest time on the first leg, they unfortunately lost a gate and pin in the last 500m and paddled over the the line - still managing to finish a very respectable 9th (out of 51) overall. Plenty of speed and motivation to take into regatta season.

5 further crews finished in the top 12 with 12th for the JW15 4x (out of 71) and 10th ( out of 43) for the JW14 4x+ a big step in the right direction.

Both the JW15 and JW14 8x contained graduates of the Learn to Row course last summer with many racing at Dorney for the first time. A few crabs and broken blades but lots of enthusiasm for the racing ahead.

5) Heineken Roeivierkamp in Amsterdam where the women win 4 of 4!

'This makes MBC the first EVER foreign crew to take the Heineken'.
First ever Heineken Roeivierkamp medal won by a British Crew and from our women's squad!' Franz Imfeld

📸Franz Imfeld

Friday 24th March MBC celebrated their achievements at their Annual Club Dinner at Richmond Hill Hotel with guest of honour Mark Davies from British Rowing

Saturday 25th March Veterans Boat Race 2023

And finally...

Tom Middleton bid 'Au revoir and good luck to former Vice Captain and Leg-End Adam Pearson as he starts his new job in Tokyo'.

📸Tom Middleton

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