Mayflower Rowers in fine form at world championships

Plymouth’s Mayflower Offshore Rowing Club have made their presence felt at the World Coastal Rowing Championships on Lake Geneva.

A 26-strong party from the club, which is based in Richmond Walk, Devonport, travelled to the event at Thono-les-Bains. Four members were tasked with towing two quads and a single boat, 24 blades, three launch trollies and a van full of gear 1500 miles through France for the event.

The club’s British Champion Fiona Carmichael came 13th in the A final, to earn herself a world ranking of 13 – but it could have been so much better. She was disappointed as she clashed with another sculler on the first buoy turn which delayed her for 30 seconds. It was still a fantastic achievement by Fiona as she was up against Olympians and world professional athletes.

Mayflower’s ladies’ quad of Ania Wieczorek, Jill Lees, Jackie Bailey-Tucker and Phoebe Winter, with Brian O’dea coxing, also came 13th in the A final.

Men’s single sculler James Lovering progressed to the finals and also came in 13th against some serious competition.

The club had two men’s squad in the B final, with Jeff Keast, Josh O’Brien, John Malone and Andy Conbeer, coxed by Brian Headlam, taking ninth spot while Jeff Hammond, Tom Doherty, Mark Crumplin and Mike Horrocks, coxed by Brian O’Dea, finished 12th.

The Mayflower club, which is sponsored by Jolly Jacks Restaurant, is run entirely by volunteers and meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays evenings at 5.30pm, with circuits in autumn and winter and row all year round on Saturday and Sunday mornings at 9.30am.

Taster rows are available for anyone interested Learn to Row courses are also available. The club competes in the South West Coastal Rowing League against other south west coastal clubs and row in Wales, Ireland and Europe.

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First published in the Plymouth Shopper – November 2017

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