Tis the season for mince pies, holiday cheer, yuletide gatherings and endless indoor training with a gap in the adaptive calendar and the characteristically inclement weather (which when cold and rough enough is more than an annoyance, but a proper safety issue for adaptive rowing). But Maidenhead Rowing Club found a break in the weather to hold their own festive fun club event and Adaptive/Pararowing Coach and Coordinator Nick Steele provided this report…
- “Maidenhead Rowing Club ran its annual Santa Scratch Regatta on 16 December. River conditions were kind to us this year, so we were on the water (as opposed to ‘festive’ ergos of prior years). This was the first year we have run an adaptive event as part of the programme of racing, and the first time we have raced our two adaptive doubles against each other. New combo Luke and Nick beat regatta veterans Dan and Poppy in the first race of the day. Time handicaps were scientifically calculated (ahem…) by the coach. Dan and Steve also got to race in scratch 4x’s and 8+’s respectively. Big shout out to the MRC Senior Women’s squad for arranging the regatta, and enabling us to move forward by integrating adaptive events and athletes into our wider club activities.”
Marlow had experimented with integrating adaptive rowers into its annual holiday (Boxing Day) scratch quads event, but the adaptive equipment proved too difficult to get into the quads being used on the day so if you try one yourself, be sure to check out all the equipment before hand.
Seasons Greetings and Happy Erging to All!