The 2005/2006 season has started well for the Marlow Women’s Senior Squad with successes both on and off the water.   Four months in and we have 7 wins to report together with some other notable results.  We have added 3 new members to the squad, bringing the core to 12.  There is also great promise from the newly formed Development Squad (coached by Lisa Knill) who are proving their ability on the water in training and in racing too.

A great start to the season was made at the first attempt at the Rower’s Revenge Triathlon.  Helen, Clare and super-sub Alex Richmond won the women’s team event in a new course record, beating a couple of men’s teams in the process (not naming any names though, eh coach?!).

On the water, the squad notched up three wins at Marlow LDS:  Clare in WE 1x; Helen in WS1 1x and Tash Wase in WS3 1x.  The Development Squad tasted success at their first race with a win in WN 4x. with a 2nd place for Rachel in WN 1x.

 

Also on home ground, the two Tash’s won WS2 2x at Marlow Fours and Pairs Head, a feat which was impressive on two counts – firstly they had both raced at the Sculler's Head on the Tideway the day before and secondly their penchant for detailed bank inspections meant that they spent a great deal of time extracting themselves from the reeds.

 

The Senior Squad have raced three times on the Tideway since September; at the Pairs, Fours, and Sculler’s Heads.  Clare teamed up with Mortlake’s Ingrid Hansen and were placed 2nd equal in WS2 2x, which all things considered was not a bad result (a slight mishap with Chiswick Bridge during the pre-race warm-up paddle had resulted in an unexpected swim).  The squad had three boats entered at the Fours Head, resulting in a fantastic 2nd place in WS2 4+ (Helen, Louise, Sarah and Martina with Lisa Knill coxing).  The Sculler’s Head saw a win in WVet A 1x for Clare and 2nd in WS1 1x for Helen.

Most recently, the squad attended Walton Small Boats Head at the beginning of December and notched up a further 2 wins.  Clare in WE 1x and Helen in WS1 1x.  Tamsin and Bridget narrowly missed taking the WS3 2x title, losing by 2 seconds to local winners Walton RC.  Fay showed off some demon steering in WS2 2x with Clare, finishing 4th fastest Women’s 2x of the day.

The focus is now shifting to bigger boats and after Christmas eights will be formed in anticipation of the Women’s Eights Head in March.