Now the fleet had been updated and the Boathouse was crammed, it was time to turn attention to indoor training. This is vital for the club over the winter where dark evenings prevent us getting out on the water to train. Whilst the club has always had a gym, it was in need of a bit of a revamp and some new equipment.
The Club were very lucky to be accepted as one of the Co-op’s community fund projects. They presented us with a cheque for over £2350 which enabled us to buy a new leg press machine, a complete set of dumbbells, a set of Kettle bells, and a multi use exercise station. Huge thanks to the continued support of Godmanchester Co-op.
With all this new equipment it seemed we had to give the gym a face lift. The whole room was repainted and the changing rooms were given an overhaul. Thanks go to all those who gave up time to help achieve the fabulous results.
Huntingdon’s Head of River race was a great day of racing on Sunday 28th October 2018. Clubs attended from around the region to race the 3.4km upstream course. The weather held out well across all 3 divisions.
The new mini head trial was a successful addition for the younger rowers, giving them the chance to test themselves on a head course over 2km. Youngsters between J11 and J14 seemed to smile their way along the course! We anticipate greater numbers for this next year.
Results can be found under Head of River on our main menu.
In January 2018 we set about raising yet more funds, this time to purchase a much needed safety/coaching launch to ensure we could keep our growing number of juniors safe on the water. As well as safety, these boats enable us to provide on the water coaching so the kids can get the most out of their time on the water.
Our club BBQ at the Riverside Gala raised £1000 towards this project whilst £500 was gratefully received from the Rotary Club. We madly held another 24 hour sponsored event in August. We had ergos, treadmills and cross trainers on the go for 24 hours solid to see just how much distance we could cover. We clocked up 1622 miles, the equivalent distance between Huntingdon and Moscow! This event raised us just over £1500. John and Brenda Davey kindly stepped in with support of £2000 and along with some other fundraising to make up the remainder, funds were complete to purchase the new boat. The new low wash Wintech Catamaran can now be seen following crews between the club and Houghton.
On Saturday 4th August a number of the clubs rowers headed to Sudbury for their annual regatta. To the relief of the spectators the weather was perfect this year and a fantastic day was had by all. HBC winners were Toby Ray and Finn Brice in the J12 2x who achieved a new course record in 2.51 mins and Josh Davies sculling in a composite 2x with Fergus Mitchell-Dwely also achieving a new course record of 2.14 mins. Toby Ray secured an additional win in the J12 1x.
For the seniors, Edward and Mark won a straight final in the Masters A/B 2x. Also rowing were Ellie Nicholls, Ellie Garnham, Maksim, Emily, Lou, Alec, Joe Brice, Ben, Alex and Iain and Andy with Alice Coxing the 8x+. Thanks to Neil for towing the trailer again, Edward for the use of his towing truck and all those who came along to support.
The 28th and 29th July saw a number of crews from Huntingdon battle the elements at St Neots regatta. Unfortunately the regatta weekend coincided with the only stormy weather of the summer so far. Luckily not too much rain fell so the spectators weren’t too bad but the wind was extremely strong making it very difficult for the rowers and there were a number of incidents on the course. Luckily all of our crews crossed the line without incident. On the Saturday, Josh won his semi in the Op1x and was only beaten by the smallest of margins in the final.
Sunday’s racing saw the op 4x- of Josh, Tom, Gatley and Oscar go one better than Saturday and after some tough racing in both their semi and the final they secured a win. Also racing were Suvid, Gwilym, Alec, Rosie, Abigail, Emily, Ellie Nicholls and Lou in the role of cox. Well done to all of you for giving it your best shot in very difficult conditions. Thanks also to Neil for towing the trailer.
In 2015 we set out long term plans to raise funding to purchase 2 new double sculls, 2 new single sculls and a number of sets of sculling blades to provide equipment for our continually growing Junior squad. We were lucky to receive £2000 of funding from the Rowing Foundation which enabled us to purchase 6 sets of sculling blades. In March 2017 we received funding of £3900 from the Tesco Bags of Help scheme which was another huge help.
The club held a 12 hour water rowing sponsored event, produced and sold calendars at Christmas and held many other fund raising events to help raise the remaining funds. We welcomed a brand new Wintech double ‘Phil Sturgeon’ and 2 brand new Wintech singles ‘Sarah Louise’ and ‘Oarsome Alice’ to our fleet win April 2018. We also purchased a 2nd had double which completed this project.
Thanks to all those who helped raise the funds!
Freemen’s double scull gets a new lease of life
The double scull ‘Huntingdon Freemen’s Charity’ has been given a new lease of life thanks to funding from what is now the Huntingdon Freemen’s Trust. When approached the Trust very generously agreed to fund the full cost of a complete refurbishment of the boat. Having been originally donated to the club by the charity approximately 25 years ago, it had seen many many hours of water time and the scars of this were plain to see. The boat was getting to the point of not passing scrutiny for racing. Now, thanks to the funding, it has been completely overhauled by Paul at PC Boat repairs and looks as good as new. Huge thanks to Paul for his hard work and to Huntingdon Freemen’s Trust for their continued support of the club!