Maidenhead Rowing Club chalked up an excellent seven victories at the Head Race of the calendar year on January 19. In fine rowing conditions at Weybridge Winter Head, the junior women’s and masters women’s teams both excelled.
The WJ15 crew of Ametz Parcell-Arregi, Amelia Carpenter, Jasmine Stockdale, Poppy Jaminson, Ellen Gomersall, Olivia Hall, Dallas Thompson and Abby Jones, coxed by India White, saw off competition from nine crews to pip Wimbledon High School for first place over the 3000m course.
In the afternoon session the two WJ15 quads of Amelia Carpenter, Olivia Hall, Bethyn Roberts and Jasmine Stockdale, coxed by Jimmy Harlow, and Ellen Gomersall, Poppy Jaminson, India White and Dallas Thompson, coxed by Abby Jones, came first and second respectively. The crews were awarded gold and silver medals. It also means that each of the WJ15 junior crew has now won at least one event since the start of the season in September.
The WJ14 quad of Emma Rayner, Annabel Rayner, Scarlett Hunter and Sylvie Evans were pipped into second place (out of 21 crews) with the club’s other quad coming 17th overall.
Emma Rayner, Annabel Rayner, Phoebe Johnson, Sylvie Evans, Rucha Potdukhe, Olivia Everett, Eloise Templing and Milly Hall also raced in the WJ14 Octuple and WJ13 races. Ametz Parcell-Arregi coxed the crew to a satisfactory fourth place out of 12.
The older girls also enjoyed a good day on the water. Izzy Sellers, Christa Scott, Stephanie Stuij and Elizabeth Hollis won the WJ16 quad race with nine seconds to spare over closest rivals Bewl Bridge. Izzy and Stephanie went on to win the WJ16 pairs event with Christa and Elizabeth finishing third. Lena Tomasik and Leah Teagle were also fourth in the Women’s Senior Doubles.
Not to be outdone the Masters Women also dominated their events, with Sue Harker, Claire Pugh, Laura Lion and Natalie Marti winning their Masters C Quad event. The Masters A/B Doubles event was also won by Natalie Marti and Claire Pugh and the Masters E/F Doubles by Laura Lion and Sue Harker. Laura Lion is also the Mayoress of Windsor and Maidenhead and was also the first ever female member of Maidenhead Rowing Club back in 1976.