Dorney lake gets Riddled again

Posted by Graham Everitt | June 4, 2013

With the sun arriving at last, the Senior Men’s squad journeyed over to Dorney Lake for the Metropolitan Regatta, one of the UK’s top rowing events. Having come home second four times in the last two years the squad were hopeful of bringing home some medals at last.

The Saturday saw Club Captain, Graham Everitt (me), racing first in a heat of IM3 singles. Repeating Adam Ridler’s words “the great white shark strikes in the second kilometre”, I kept my powder dry and confidently moved into the lead at the 1k mark. I then appeared to be in a need of a bit more advice from Adam as I blew up and nearly fell in with 100m to go, meaning I came in third and had the rep to row a few hours later. #LikeAboss. With one sculler going through to the final there could be no errors, but thankfully there were no more incidents and I progressed in a time of 7:39. With the final at just gone 6pm I came in 4th, pleased with a tough day of 2k racing – my first in a single.

The IM2 4- were next up, and they silently dominated the field in their heat up until 1500m when they went for it Everitt-style and were pushed back into second place, but safely through to the final. After a few conversations to ascertain exactly who was supposed to be making the calls which had been so rigorously planned and discussed, the four boated for the final hopeful of contesting for the win. The standard of the field was high though, and they slipped back into fourth place, disappointed but pleased with what was only their third outing. The crew are looking forward to improved performances at Marlow Regatta and the Wyfold Challenge Cup at Henley Royal Regatta in a few weeks.

Craig Allan was next up in the final of IM1 single sculls. In a typical Craig-like performance, from the outside everything looked to be progressing well at 500m in where he was sitting comfortably in second place behind some big dog called Dunley. However, what we couldn’t see is that Craig’s brain had journeyed off to the Land of the Sloths, where thousands of sloths dance to rave music in the jungle, and he wasn’t aware of his surroundings at all. Accordingly, he was somewhat surprised to find his blade wrapped around the buoys 20m later, and he dropped back 3 lengths to 5th place – too much ground to make up on a field of strong scullers.

Photo: Good day at the office in the 1x
Last up was the Harlow Hounder, the ginger ninja, the riddled rower, the Salmon King himself… Adam Ridler. Slightly malnourished and crazed after Anne-Marie had left him on his own at home for a week, Adam was looking slightly twitchy before the race and could only talk about his red socks and red shoes. Red is, of course, the colour of power so this boded well for his chances. Leading by clear water at the 1k marker, Adam then felt he’d mix it up a bit and attack the buoys, Craig style. But class will always out in the end, and he strode home four seconds clear of the second place sculler – the classy Paskovitch of Bristol. This is Adam’s second win in this event but his first in Broxbourne colours. His time of 7:18 was the second fastest of any sculler that day – showing just what form he’s in at the moment. All hail the Salmon King.

The Sunday saw the Broxbourne/Tyrian composite of Adam Ridler, Graham Everitt, Craig Allan and Paul Keane (Tyrian) boat to race in the IM1 4x category. The Molesey crews who were supposed to race mysteriously scratched minutes before the race, making this a three boat final versus Windsor Boys, second at the recent School’s Head, and a crew from Leander Club racing as Star and Arrow. Unfortunately the Broxbourne crew didn’t get out of the blocks at their usual speed and dropped half a length back on their two opponents. Against well drilled opposition in fast conditions this proved too great a deficit to win back, and the crew came in a few seconds behind the winners in a time of 6:15. Frustrated, the quad now looks forward to putting things right at Marlow and Henley, where they’ll be entering the Prince of Wales.

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