Masters women win at Notts City Masters
Camilla Lister reports:
The Masters Women & Paul Debois had a strong showing at Nottingham Masters and Club Regatta on Sunday 15th May. As found last year, the opportunity to race 6 abreast on the 1,000metre course at Holmepierpoint, is invaluable preparation for National Masters whis is run on the same course in the middle of June.
The day started with a number of the squad racing in singles, gaining confidence in boating on and sitting on a start line, controlling those last minute nerves. There were some positive races from all involved given the strength of the field, with Paul in particular finishing a very strong second despite having a rocky start to the race; not only late to the start line, but a poor start and a bit of a tussle with a buoy at the 500 metre mark found him to be 5 and a half seconds behind the leader. Undeterred, Paul really pulled out all the stops against his M. E competition and finished 3.8 seconds / only half a length down from the winner. Having now faced all his demons, Paul looks in strong contention to take this race at Nat Champs!
The Women competed in a range of different sculling categories in both doubles and quads across the day, but the star performance came in the shape of a Masters E Coxed 4. Despite not having had time in the boat together, the crew of Sue, Claire, Liz, Simone and Camilla as Cox lined up against another 5 Master’s E/F crews. (The F crew went off with a 9 second start). With a reasonable start off the line and a good rhythm into the 500 metre mark, the PTRC four, easily took the F crew and found themselves in 2nd place, 1.2 seconds down on the leaders, Royal Chester. With 250 metres to go, both crews were still neck and neck, with no one crew clearly leading. With time running out, Cox Camilla called the crew in the last 10 strokes to wind it up fast in a last push to drive the boat first over the line. With what had looked like a dead heat, the Umpires asked both crews to sit and wait while they checked the camera. Thankfully, (and much to the annoyance of the RC cox!) PTRC were called to the podium to collect their Gold medals having pipped RC to the post by a mere 0.9seconds. A fantastic result to a beautiful sunny days racing, with practically no wind to speak of! Heaven on a plate!