Tuesday, 13 March 2012

City of Bristol Head 2012

And so we move into 2012. A larger Minerva contingent and a strong showing from the men's squad, turned out for the City of Bristol head race through the dockland and passed the historic landmark of the SS Great Britain. But these crews had no time for sight seeing, they faced the strongest competition of the season.

The newly formed women's 8 faced opposition from 7 other crews. The crew of Jeanette Muller, Elaine Hoyes, Helen Atherton, Sarah Moon, Laura Cowan, Kathryn Maidment, Jane Turner and Emily Porter pushed hard down the course. There was some difficulty finding a comfortable rhythm and a slight steering issue but the girls pulled together and came in a respectable fourth.

The first division also saw the first race for James Camp, Matthew Bone, David Connell and Tom Reynolds with the incredibly promising cox of Marianna Hunt. The crew gelled well together, with James setting a good rhythm which saw the men place a third position, a very positive start to the season. Bristol Head also saw the return of 'Gandy' Andy Wallis and Gary John and they settled back quickly into their winning ways. They won the Vet D 2- category and posted the third fastest pair time of the day, coming in only 2 places behind the women's 8!!

The other division saw a composite crew of Minerva, Avon County and Wiltshire scullers competing in the IM2 4-. The crew competed well and came in 2nd behind the local City of Bristol crew. Helen Atherton and Elaine Hoyes decided that one race wasn't quite enough for them and also took part in the IM3 2x. They managed to post a third place behind Avon County and a Cardiff crew.

All crews were looking forward to the Avon County Head race the following weekend.



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