This Saturday sees one of the highlights of the rowing calendar….Marlow Regatta…held at Dorney Lake. This year I’m excited and pleased to be part of the commentary team, so if you’re at the regatta you’ll get to hear my dulcet tones and even if you’re not you can still listen to me wittering away on Regatta Radio 87.7FM and on the Regatta Radio website!
So, I thought it would be a good idea to take a (brief) look at the entries in the top events particularly as today (Thursday) saw the publication of the Henley Royal Regatta entries and Marlow is the last proper chance the top crews have to hone their racing skills or catch the eye of the Stewards to avoid the dreaded Qualifiers!
Leander have two scullers entered, Josh Bugajski and Matt Tatlock. Bugajski is entered for the Diamonds at Henley and is a former GB U23. He raced at the GB senior trials finishing 24th in the Time Trial.
Tatlock was in the GB 8 that won a silver medal at the World Junior Championships in 2009 and is a former winner of the Thames Cup at Henley with Molesey Boat Club.
Another U23 international racing is UL’s Matt Bedford. Bedford won a silver medal in the LM2- last year and also raced at the World Cup at Dorney also picking up a silver medal. He’s no mean sculler either, finishing 10th in the LM1X at the GB Senior trials.
Bedford, Bugajski and Tatlock all raced eachother on the Sunday of the Metropolitan regatta finishing 3rd, 4th and 6th respectively.
Kingston RC’s entry; Ertan Hazine is another experienced U23 international and former UL Purple having raced in the GB U23 M4- last year. He also raced in the M2- James Cook at the Eton World Cup finishing an excellent 5th. Like Bugajski he is entered in the Diamonds at Henley.
Also entered in the Diamonds is Tom Carter of Upper Thames. Carter has been racing the single scull all season and has a win at Ghent followed by a 2nd place at Wallingford. At the Met he was 5th in the Senior 1X.
Laurence Wells of Thames Club is another Diamonds aspirant and was 3rd at Wallingford but missed out on an “A final spot at thee Met.
The winner at Wallingford was Rob Roy’s Chris Revell (also of Caius College and CUBC). He raced in the Senior 1X division at the Met finishing 2nd. Gary Wilson of Aberdeen could be the dark horse of the event, he’s the Scottish champion and an u23 trialist last year
Just two doubles. Leander have Sholto Carnegie and Seb Deveraux and Cardiff Uni have Robbie Massey and Tom Barras. These 4 guys are joining forces to race the Elite quad as well (under the Leander banner – not sure how it works competing for two different clubs at one regatta??) So far this season Carnegie and Deveraux have been racing in the quad with Jack Beaumont and Angus Groom, which looked to be the potential GB U23 quad and Leander Prince of Wales quad. Now with Beaumont and Groom racing the 2X at the World Cup it looks as though the plan may have changed. Beaumont and Groom look to be the U23 2X with the Leander Prince of Wales Quad being Carnegie/Deveraux/Massey/Barras….we shall see.
10 crews. As mentioned above, Leander have changed their line-up from the quad that raced earlier this season. So, as a quad, they are a bit of an unknown quantity. But given the quality of the athletes onboard you can expect them to be very quick.
2nd in Elite 4X at the Met were the schoolboys from Sir William Borlase School, they were silver medalists at the National Schools Regatta. They will be one of the favourites for the Fawley at Henley.
Eton Have entered Elite 4X’s but not with a crew of current schoolboys, instead they have a crew that includes 3 VIII coach Stephen Hermes & Old-Etonian and University of Washington student Ed Nainby-Luxmoore.
Henley Rowing Club raced in Elite quads at the Met finishing 3rd behind Leander and Sir William Borlase.
Newcastle University raced at the BUCS Championships picking up a silver medal.
London RC raced at the Met on Sunday in IM1 coming 2nd to a quad from Oxford Brookes.
10 crews. Fulham Reach Rwing Club are a new one on me I must admit.As far as I know they are the newest community rowing club on the Tideway.
Leander won on both days at the Met with their line-up of Francis Highton, Stewart Innes, Barney Stentiford and Keiren Emery. There should’ve a good showdown with the UL crew of Matt Rossiter, James Cook, Roroy Buffachi and Richard Clarke but the boys in purple scratched from both days.
Rob Roy have 3 of the line up that reached the final of the Wyfold Challenge Cup last year with Cambridge Blue Moritz Schramm replacing John Hale. This line-up raced at the Met finishing 3rd.
The Students of Cambridge have a young development crew entered including Blue Ivo Dawkins and Goldie oarsman Angus Knights.
Tideway Scullers have an experienced lightweight crew including club captain Nathan O’Reilly, Stuart Heap, Adam Lodygowski and Billy Fields who were winners of the Senior 4- at The Met on Saturday.
The old boys of Westminster School, Elizabethan have 3/4 of the crew that made the semi finals of the Wyfold Challenge cup last year with Henry Goodier replacing Martin Barasko..
Molesey have 2 time Junior international and Princeton student Matthew Benstead, along with Dave Bell, Phil Williams and Pete Robinson.
Newcastle University have half of their BUCS silver medal winning VIII racing with Jaspar Holst, Tom Ford, James Rudkin and Sam Arnot.
Imperial College won Senior 4’s at the Met on both Saturday and Sunday. It should be a good battle between these two top student crews.
Rob Roy finished 2nd in IM2 at the Met but may find the pace of the other crews a little hot.
Tideway Scullers have a mix of youth and experience with the young Brazilian Arthur Gola De Paula joined by the experienced erg monster that is Graham “The Erg daddy” Benton – holder (or former holder) of numerous world ergo records. Also in the crew is Dan Dalmau who, when at Southampton University, became their first BUCS medal winner after taking silver in the Int 1X. Scullers raced at Ghent at picked up a bronze medal.
Nottingham also raced at the Met in the Senior 4 category finishing 3rd behind Imperial.
The Upper Thames crew of Wootton, Hall, Barnes and Davidson won on the Saturday of Ghent International regatta but only managed 5th at Wallingford.
6 crews. Leander will be the crew to beat. They finished 2nd to Oxford Brookes in the Challenge 8’s at the Met on Sunday and were winners of Elite 8’s on the Saturday.
They will be chased hard by Thames who won Senior 8’s at the Met on Saturday and were 4th on the Sunday in Challenge 8’s.
Griffen Boat Club (the Abingdon School old boys) won the Thames Challenge Cup last year and have one of that crew onboard – Vassilis Ragoussis. All of the crew are Henley winners so they could well mount a strong challenge to retain their title.
Durham Uni have made the long trip south with a crew that placed 5th at the BUCS regatta.
Watch out too for the Irish students from Dublin.
Apologies that this is a bit thin on the ground and not my usual in-depth look…I’ve been really busy on the work front and just ran out of time!
If you’re racing at Marlow come and say hello!