08 July 2015
There have been Regattas raced at Talkin Tarn since the early 1850’s, about a decade before Talkin Tarn Amateur Rowing Club was formed in 1859. In 1852, both Professionals and Gentlemen Amateurs competed for prizes of up to £20, and last Saturday, competitors from 24 Clubs ranging from Aberdeen to Maidstone, continued the tradition with a stunning day’s racing on the Tarn.
Crews travel in such number to the Tarn Regatta, as most rowing is on rivers, and rowers do like to experience something different on a wide body of water. Carrying on their normal habit of “following the bank” is not going to help win races on the Tarn! The 700m 3-lane course starting at the Tarn End Hotel and running diagonally north east can be deceptively challenging to navigate.
The day started with heavy rain and a thunderstorm to further challenge the dedicated organising team, but with many able bodies to push cars through the mud into the parking field, the lightning stopped, and we ran 240 races in good conditions.
There were some good successes for the home crews. Two of our youngest competitors, Ben Norman and Esther Rowntree won their Junior and Women’s J12A Single Scull races respectively. Esther’s sister Georgina then won with Jess Machin in the Women’s J14A double sculls, and then they both hopped in with Fi Ponton and Maya Ellingsen to be coxed by Tom Lewis to continue their winning streak in the Women’s J14A coxed quad.
James Smith showed his continuing form by winning both his J15A single scull, then the J15A double scull with his partner Arun from Tyne United. His friend James Martin then powered through in the adult category Intermediate (IM2) single scull. The girls were not going to be outdone, Lydia Graham won her Women’s IM3 single, then Megan Lewis and Emily Batchelor won in their Women’s IM1 double.
The adults in the club had some good battles against some very strong opposition (who didn’t spend the early part of the day pushing cars!). Club Captain Katie Robinson charged through the heats to win in her Women’s Masters A/B single, then joined with Vice Captain Jo Lewis to win the double scull in the same category. The first outing for the Masters C coxed Four of Jon Britton, Dave Harte, John Pearson and Julian Auckland-Lewis, coxed by Tom Lewis resulted in success also.
Thanks must go to all the Club members and volunteers who helped make this big event run so smoothly.