Kingston Head - 2011

An all round superb performance by the Juniors at a high quality Kingston Regatta.

A great win at J16 for Ross Porter and Jake Harris winning by 25 seconds and with Andrew Collins and Jack Grace taking second place beating 7 other doubles from Tiffin,Ardingly and Kingston.

After a quick turnaround Jake Harris went onto win the J16 Single with Andrew Collins only 2 secs behind.

A monumental effort considering the distances involved.

Sally McConchie and Bella Fish competing a year above and probably in the toughest event of the day rowed particularly well putting in a very solid performance

Anneka Terry competed in her first Head race over 4,800 as a J14 and rowed the best she has all season

All in all a very pleasing Regatta for Maidstone juniors

Will Porter     

Docklands Head - 2011

MIRC went mob handed to the Docklands Head this year, particularly with a large contingent of scullers and doubles from the Juniors.

The weather was reminiscent of last year; a gin clear day, but much warmer, but also with an unfortunate 25 knot headwind bearing straight down the shortened course.

It was bloody out there, and after the first Division and numerous capsizes, the event was sensibly restricted to 4s and 8s, which impacted the Junior events heavily.

That said, even with a much reduced field, MIRC dominated the whole event, taking the first 3 fastest times, and with some notable performances further down the field.

Results are HERE

First were the dominant 4- of Morgan Hellen, Tim Grant, Chris Mollison and Matt Nicholls; fresh from their victory at the Fours Head, they destroyed this field, beating the second place MIRC Vet D 8+ by 35 seconds.

The Vet D 8+ coxed by Dani had a strong race.  They elected to use the women's blades and benefited from the shorter length in the difficult conditions.

And in another powerful performance, the Novice 4x came third only just being beaten by the Veterans by 6 seconds.  We understand that Tom is throughly bereft and unconsolable from being beaten by the "old farts".  Still, based on this showing they will not be novice scullers for very long.
 Our rejuvenated ladies 8+ came 16th overall and 2nd to a strong Curlew ladies crew at IM3.  Their now trademark precision made the conditions look benign.

OK - that's before the start in the calm of the Victoria Dock, but even in the race it was pretty good!

The Vet C4+ came 17th, and seemed pretty happy for their second outing of the day.
Only 4 Junior boats got out in the end.  The stand out performance was in the J162x who came 31st  beating Thames Rowing Club by 36 seconds.

 A MIRC Junior sculler braves the docks!

Comic moment of the day was the unusual boat entry of Dani James into the Vet D8+.  It went something like this: Dani: "Cox getting in... aaaaarrrrrrghhhhhh," as she missed the boat altogether and ended up in the drink.  She was swamped for the rest of the day by other trainee coxes eager to learn how she performed this feat!
Dani - moments before her bath!

Photos, as ever, stolen from various FB albums particularly from Dani, Andrea and Anne

Well done MIRC - a good days racing!

Fours Head of the River - 2011

Although MIRC only entered one crew into this year's event, the IM1 4- of Morgan Hellen, Tim Grant, Chris Mollison and Matt Nicholls WON their event convincingly with a time of 19mins 48secs and beating 35 other crews in their category.

A fantastic achievement and (I think) our first ever Fours head event winners.  Well doine lads.  Henley beckons!

Results can be found HERE:

See here for a nice little video nicked off somebodies facebook: