Sudbury Regatta – Senior Men Report

Posted by Ryan Cheale | August 11, 2017

Saturday 5th August.

Sudbury Regatta is a 650m side-by-side event held on the River Stour in, Sudbury.

This year we entered the following:

IM1.1x – Ryan Cheale
IM1.2x – Matt Day / Ryan Cheale
IM1.2- – Matt Fidler / Ben Hughes
IM3.2x – Rob Mayes / Russ Theobald
ELI.8+ – Moseley/TSS/BRX(Ryan Cheale)

IM1.1x
This event was a straight final and sadly the opponent didn’t show – Rowed Over.

IM1.2x
This event was a straight final. The IM1.2x combo was up against a Huntingdon double combination. We set out rapidly and put open water between us and the Huntingdon crew and took a comfortable win.
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IM1.2-
Matt Fidler and Ben Hughes represented the squad in the IM1.2- against the Lea rowing club. With little preparation, the boys went out and pushed hard. At the 350m marker, they looked as if they were holding on strong but, the advantage of the corner moved into the Lea’s favour and they, sadly, pulled ahead. A strong effort by the both of them.

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IM3.2x
The IM3.2x entry of Rob Mayes and Russ Theobald is a new combination. Rob Mayes has recently taken up the two oared (sculling) form of rowing and Russ, a returning member is relatively experienced. Both went hard out of the blocks but with an exceptionally difficult corner for the inexperienced crew they didn’t quite match up to their opposition. Sadly they were knocked out in the first round by the Lea but, this is merely the start for both of these.

ELI.8+
I participated in an Elite 8+ Molesey/TSS/Broxbourne composite boat with ex Broxbourne members Adam Ridler and Robin Mould. This is the pinnacle event at Sudbury – The elite sprint 8s. A 350m rapid race. A scratch, but an incredibly experienced crew. We first went up against the Lea and put a length between us within the first 15 strokes. This put us straight into the final against Cambridge ninety-nine.
We decided regardless of any potential lead we could make we would not be winding down on this one. We went out and held rate 48 for the whole 350m and left CNN in our wake by 3 lengths. A nice end to the day and another pot.

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The senior men had a good representation at Sudbury and left the men yearning for more. This weekend we are competing at Peterborough Regatta in a variety of boats.

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