OTRC competed at Alton Head for the first time on Saturday. It is easy to assume that other clubs have an easy time training, so it is good to visit new clubs and see what factors they have to overcome. Alton Rowing club is on a large lake and shares it facilities with the local sailing club, which says a lot about the weather factors they have to contend with. This was also an opportunity for Oundle to compete on a large lake and get practice in the sort of conditions that might prevail at the major Championships and races held on multilane courses. The lake produced both variable conditions throughout the day and a swell that gave our crews an opportunity to experience lake conditions.
Once again the OTRC spirit came to the fore before any crews had boated as members stepped up to the plate to sub. Louise stepped into the W J17 quad, and Daisy in the W J17 2X as Rochelle had picked up an injury. John subbed in the Vet 2X as Alan was laid low with a virus. Rhona subbed into Alton’s junior quad but Man of the Match went to Jack, who had turned up to support but ended up subbing in both the Women’s Eight and the club’s successful Men’s Novice Eight, when Charlie had a navigating nightmare.
The club performed well with the girls WJ 17 quad just missing out winning their event by a couple of seconds. Jo & Vicky won the W Vet 2X competition, the Men’s Eight won the Novice event and the boys J16 quad was fastest crew of the day and, therefore, fastest OTRC crew as well. They won a big and shiny tankard which we hope will be housed in a new clubhouse.
Despite the long journey those that competed had a very enjoyable day and Alton was a very hospitable host club.

Read the full report here – Alton Head – March 2016

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