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A Special Match Report in aid of the Clubhouse Fund


"Match Report" - Fete Accompli, 26th June

Depending on your view of OTRC members, it was either a case of “the sun shining on the righteous” or “the luck of the devil” but, after a week of thunder storms and episodes of torrential rain, OTRC’s first Garden Party took place in dry and intermittently sunny weather.
Becky Smith and her kind family opened their beautiful garden at Tansor Manor to club members in order to raise funds for OTRC’s new, soon-to-be-started clubhouse. Therefore, elements of both club-support and garden-curiosity contributed to a high turnout from club members on what was to be a very enjoyable occasion.
The crowds enjoyed free-flowing Pimms, a treasure trail which allowed us to explore the gardens, a delicious ‘Regatta Platter’ and a gorgeous bowl of meringues, fruit and cream. There were games to play and books and plants to buy. We even had live music from the highly talented Lottie and Matt (look out for them at the Oundle Fringe – group name of ‘carterdolby’).
Debbie James (Bob’s artist wife) donated a beautiful picture of our stretch of the river, with apparently, Auntie Angela portrayed in one of the two sculls on the river. Now, for those of you who know Auntie Angela, this will come as a bit of a surprise and regular Saturday rowers were vociferous in their disagreement. Auntie Angela doesn’t row in a single! Artistic licence (very) obviously played a part here or there’s a need for a visit to Specsavers!
Initial plans for the clubhouse were on display with estimated project timescales and costs. It was great to see these. Now we all have a picture of what we are aiming for (and an idea of how much effort it’s going to take).
To avoid withdrawal symptoms, we went down to the river, onto which Becky’s garden borders and partook of a very sedate duck race. The stream was VERY slow but things were livened up by Jason’s commentary and mostly by the vision of Becky and Daisy, dressed in very pretty party gear, paddling a kayak, rounding up the ducks at the end of the race with a fishing net. Very entertaining – and rumours abound that they will be entering as a crew in said kayak at St Neots! Anyway, the winning duck, seemingly nudged over the finish by a bribed fish or a secret Russian submarine belonged to Paul Pearson (“Not another pot”, I hear you cry. “Not another pot”, I hear Mrs Pearson groan).
This race was followed later in the day by The Boat Race. Attendees had been challenged to build a boat (from purely biodegradable materials) and they came in all shapes and sizes. There was a beautiful Viking Longship from Richard, ‘Corky McCork Face’ from Hugh and Fiona, multiple origami entries from Philip, an elegant lump of wood from Jo (I’m only joking Jo. It was a beautifully crafted lump of wood), an aesthetically pleasing modern catamaran design from Mr Dunn and a miniature quad from John Wight. George got caught up in the spirit of the day and entered a paper bowl from the dessert table!
(I apologise if, I’ve left any boat designers out. The excitement got to me).
If anything, the stream was even slower this time and the crowd were encouraging Becky and Daisy to blow and make waves to build up the excitement. This arrived when two cruisers powered into sight. Unfortunately, they were going in the wrong direction to encourage our boats and their wake even pushed some boats back upstream and into the bank. Hard luck to those designers, but all’s fair in love, war and boat races! After an interminable wait, John Wight’s boat crossed the line first, much to the disgust of Philip who is still claiming that his boat, to which John’s had been attached for most of the race, had pulled John’s down the course, so he should be declared the winner. However, the Blazers ignored his appeals for a disqualification and John’s mini-quad was declared the Pot Winner. You will be interested to hear that George’s paper dessert bowl finished third!
After the unbearable excitement, pots were awarded, the raffle for the painting was won by – go on, you’ll never guess – Paul Pearson, and thanks were expressed.

Thanks to:

  •  Rhona for organising the event

  •  Jo for purchasing and serving all the delicious food

  •  Lottie and Matt for the music

  •  Daisy and Becky (Jnr) for their kayaking/marshalling

  •  Jennie and Mel for making hundreds of meringues

  •  Debbie for her painting and donations

  •  Everyone who donated books, plants and drink

  •  Everyone who turned up in doubtful weather to lend their support and spend their money

  • But most importantly to Becky and the Smith family for the loan of their gorgeous garden

The garden curiosity has now turned into garden envy.
And the great news is that, not only did we have really good time, but a marvellous £752 (with maybe a bit more to come) was raised for the Clubhouse Fund.


Up Next

11 and 12 June 2016 - (Saturday and Sunday) - British Masters - Seniors only - 5 crews entered - Match Report available - click Match Report in the menu above.
18 June 2016 (Saturday) - St Ives Regatta - Whole club event. Waiting on match report.
10 July 2016 (Sunday) - Bedford Sprint - Whole club event
24 July 2016 (Sunday) - St Neot's Regatta - Whole club event - Sprint event 500m
6 August 2016 (Saturday) - Sudbury Regatta - Whole club event
14 August 2016 (Sunday) - Peterborough Summer Regatta - Whole club event - Sprint event 500m
20 August 2016 (Saturday) - Warwick - Whole club event

100 Club - A great fundraising initiative - with cash prizes!!

New equipment is always needed at OTRC as we expand, and now everyone can help towards achieving this in a fun way as part of the OTRC 100 club. Current costs are £5 if you join before July 14th 2016. This will cover the costs of the remaining draw in this club year. Members, friends and family over 16 can purchase a number to be in the prize draws. To find out more, sign-up and to stand a chance to win one of the monthly cash prizes, go to the member area, download and print the form and cross your fingers! Members' 100 Club page. If you have not joined the member area, you will need to register. (Club Members only)

The 9th draw (June 2016) has taken place - and the winning numbers are: 
1st - No.18; £22 
2nd - No 9; £13 
3rd - No.10; £9


Race Fees
Fees are no longer payable online, and are to be paid in advance of all races direct to Keely, please.

Nottingham Masters Regatta - 15th May 2016 - Match Report

Check out the runners and riders for this additional new event on the OTRC Calendar.  Click here to see the report

Twitter and Facebook for NDRA

Follow NDRA now on their Twitter @NDRAandOTRC and Facebook NDRA OTRC accounts.

River Level at Lilford Lock

The DfE site changes are now available from the link in the right hand column and also here.

About OTRC

Oundle Town Rowing Club is a fully inclusive Community Sports Club and welcomes members of all abilities and ages. We have a strong competitive group of adults and juniors who take part regularly in Regattas and Head Races. We also have a large group of recreational rowers and a growing number of disabled and visually impaired rowers.

The club is Club Mark accredited and affiliated to British Rowing

We have 12 British Rowing qualified coaches providing free coaching to all members.

The club has a boathouse on the River Nene on the Barnwell Estate south of Oundle with in excess of 25 boats ranging from singles, through double/pairs, quad/fours to an eight. There are 2 launches that provide coaching and safety cover on the three and half kilometres of river between Barnwell Mill and Lilford lock.

We have close links with Oundle's Prince William School..

The club provides a rowing and fitness programme for adults and juniors year round with indoor winter training at Prince William School.

Meetings Information


  • Tuesday 6.30pm - 8.30pm Adult rowing on the water. 
  • Thursday 6.30pm - 8.30pm - Adult rowing on the water. 
  • Saturday 8.00am - 4pm - Juniors and Adults on the water in multiple sessions. Competition training.
  • Sunday 9.00am - 10:30am and 10:30am to 12pm Junior and recreational Rowing on the water


  • Tuesday 7pm - 8pm Adults Ergo session indoor at PWS 
  • Thursday 7pm - 8pm Club circuit training session indoor at PWS 
  • Saturday 8.00am - 2pm - Juniors and Adults on the water in multiple sessions. Competition training.
  • Sunday 9:00am to 10:30am and 10.30am to 12pm Junior and recreational Rowing on the water

Please note Summer and Winter are very subjective and as such it is suggested contact is made with the club prior to attendance to ensure which session is occurring. 




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