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Over the last few chilly weeks, when our outings have involved biting winds and chapped hands, our women’s squad has been motivated by one thing (other than the naked desire to win): the prospect of reviving ourselves with coffee and cake when we debrief in the clubhouse afterwards. Taking it in turns to do the […]

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It was Monmouth regatta this weekend, so we had all hands on deck. In the past my duties have been confined to sweating it out in the kitchen, frying bacon for the masses, relieved only by a brief stint on empacher numbers and one lazy hour on the launch on a sunny afternoon. This year, […]

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The first symptoms appreared as I lay in bed last night, wide awake and twitching. My mind was racing, my heart was thumping and every few minutes my stomach lurched. Thump-lurch, thump-lurch, thump-lurch. I could feel the adrenalin coursing around my body. Exactly a week before my first regatta of the season, I had my […]

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Picture this. We’re fit, race-ready and have planned our start. We’re a bit older (OK, a lot older) than our opponents, but we’re a good crew and we’re quietly confident that we can beat them. What could possibly go wrong? Well, the sea, for a start. Just getting into the boat involves an awful lot […]

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Keep it in the family

There are certain things in life that are bound to provoke arguments with your kids. Teaching them to drive is, I’m guessing, right up there. ¬†Choosing a playlist for pretty much any occasion. Offering thoughts on what they’re wearing. But what about rowing? Well, we put this to the test at our latest regatta, with […]

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Things I learned this weekend

So Ross Regatta has been and gone and my shelf is still empty. It was a bit of a rollercoaster of a weekend; I’m not going to go into the gory details, but if I say it involved my firstborn, a couple of coxing errors, a crash and a disqualification, you’ll understand why I don’t […]

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