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On Sunday 4th November, two crews from Oxford’s Falcon Rowing Club swapped the calm of the Isis for the excitement of racing over the Boat Race course on London’s Tideway.
The Women’s Masters D quad of Julie Summers, Alison Grünewald, Camilla Scarf and Alison Salvesen joined over 250 crews taking part in Veterans Fours Head - a competition for Masters rowers (i.e. those aged 27 or older) competing in crews of either four rowers or scullers.
What happens when a boat is stored outside and not used for a month...
Falcon won the gold in the women's D quad sculls and silver in the women's E double sculls at the British Rowing Masters Champs regatta in Nottingham on Saturday 16th June 2018,
On Friday 29th September, over 70 juniors, parents and coaches attended the Annual Presentation Evening, to celebrate the successes of the juniors over the 2016-17 season. Many thanks also to club vice-captain Mary-Heather Crowther for representing the rowing committee.
Congratulations to our winning juniors:
Most Promising Newcomer- Toby Pridmore
Most Improved Junior- Liv Cuthbert
Performance of the Year- Martin Benfeghoul, Bronze medal at the Junior Sculling Regatta
Crew of the Year- Anisha Tennant and Megan Tadesse, WJ13 double
On Sunday 14th May, Martin Benfeghoul competed at the National Junior Sculling Regatta at Dorney Lake in the J17 1x.
An excellent time trial saw him finish in 3rd place overall, qualifying for the 'A' final comfortably. In the final, he held the silver medal position for much of the race, but a burst of speed from the Leander Club sculler next to him gave him the silver medal on the line, with Martin taking a well deserved bronze. Martin sculled exceptionally well, and to lose only to the sculler from heavyweight clubs Maidenhead and Leander was a phenomenal achievement.
Preparing for their first Women’s Head of the River race together are the Falcon senior women’s eight. The crew began training seven months ago after a racing squad was brought together by coach Howard Jacobs. The crew will be coxed for WeHORR by Masters race-winning club member Naomi Sharma.
On Friday 7th October, over 80 juniors and parents packed into the Sea Scouts Hall to celebrate Falcon Juniors' 2015-16 season.
The evening started with prosecco and food, and with a quiz run by Matt and Aengus, following on from their successful run as quizmasters at the National Championships this year.
The season was then reviewed, covering all 30 race wins, with all race winners invited to stand up for applause. The pennants for the 5 successful crews at Isis Sculls were also awarded, and the new Junior Captain and Captain of Coxes were introduced.
This weekend (11th June), saw 4 club wins at Marlow Town regatta. Representing the club seniors, there was victory for Naomi Sharma in the WMasD singles, with the WIM3 four finishing in second place.
There was success across the age groups this weekend for the rowers.
John Hill was victorious in the MasG 1x and also, with Julie Steele, in the mxd MasF doubles at Monmouth Regatta.
At Dorney Lake, the WJ15 quad of Cicely Lobreglio, May Carter, Emily Tadesse and Molly Chambers finished 4th in the C final at the National Schools Regatta, an overall placing of 16th out of 48 entrants.
Also at Dorney Lake, at the National Sculling Regatta, Martin Benfeghoul reached the B final in the J16 single, out of 24 entrants in an incredibly tough category.
This weekend saw success right across the club.
On Saturday at Evesham regatta, the WMasB coxed four of Retha Pretorius, Naomi Sharma, Georgia Dowdeswell and Jo Humphries, coxed by Sophie Wragg, came away with victory, as did Lil Cochrane and Cam Scarf in the WMas C/D doubles.