The end of 2019 brought a flurry of Tideway success for YCRC with six pennant wins across three events and the honour of receiving the discretionary Davison Award from the Fuller’s Head of the River Fours.
First down to London were the brave souls racing at Pairs Head, notorious for tricky weather conditions. Luckily 6th October proved calmer and sunnier than previous years. All sections of the club were represented with junior, men, women and L&P crews achieving excellent results across Op J18 2x Senior, W J18 2x Senior, Op MasC 2- Championship, W2x Club, W MasE 2x and W Mas F/G 2x. Our first Tideway medals of the season were won by Charley and Alice, delivering an exceptional performance to win the W J18 2x Intermediate. Hot on their stern were Lewis/Appleton who secured 7th place in the same category.
Next up it was Fours Head of the River on Sat Nov 23rd. Strong performances across the board in W4x- Jun B2, 4x-Jun B2 and W4x- B2 led to the club being awarded the Davison Award for standout performance from a small club. This was awarded for the size and diversity of our entry as well as overall performance on a national stage. Excellent placings were achieved by all five crews including a 3rd place in 4x- Jun B2 and 4th place in W4x- Jun B2.
The purple army were out in force again the next day for Veteran Fours Head. Sunday saw a fantastic hat trick of wins for the women’s squad in WB4x, WD4+ and WE4+. The men came up against stiff competition to secure excellent results in D4- (4th) and E4+ (2nd). A not so leisurely L&P crew sculled their way to 7th place in WE4x holding their own within a large field of strong crews.
Lastly it was time for the single scullers to shine. Scullers Head on Saturday 7th December saw more calm and mild weather conditions. An amazing two wins were achieved for YCRC from Helen Waller in the W Lwt (Senior) and Katie Mole in W U23. Superb results were also forthcoming for Anne Homa (2nd WE) and Margit Rezacova (4th WB). All four of these scullers thoroughly deserve their success following months of training, dedication and hard work.
Well done to all involved and a special thank you to those who placed entries, arranged host clubs and drove rowers and boats up and down the country. Bring on 2020!