New Season – Calling Experienced Rowers
3rd September 2017
With the dust barely settled on a successful 2016/17 season, Auriol Kensington Rowing Club is already putting plans in motion for the new campaign. The club has big ambitions to make the 2017/18 season its most successful yet and have put a new coaching structure in place to reflect this. Newly appointed Head of Rowing, Jamie Smith, will be supported by an enthusiastic team of coaches, driven to make AK the premier club for fostering rowing talent on the Tideway while competing for honours at the highest level.
The club will hold an Open Day to mark the season kick-off on Sunday 3rd September. Experienced rowers are welcome to join established squad members for sessions on the water, followed by a barbecue on our famous riverside balcony.
Are you up for the challenge? For more information about our Men’s and Women’s Squads (including contact information) refer to one of the links below.
Peterborough Summer Regatta
12th – 13th August 2017
As is tradition the epilogue to the 2016/17 season was played out at the Peterborough Summer Regatta. This is one of the most popular events on the racing calendar offering a full weekend of 4-lane racing on their man-made 1000m course. On Saturday AK recorded wins in the W.Tier1.4+ (Kirsty Page, Kate Pankhurst, Amanda Piggot, Anne Schieck with Kate Rennoldson coxing) and W.Tier3.4x (Angela Hitchens, Kirsty Page, Joey Innes-Hopkins and Kate Pankhurst) while Hitchens and Marianna Raffaele just fell short in their respective Masters 1x finals. The ‘nearly-but-not-quite’ theme continued on Sunday over the shorter course format with a number of close runners-up spots for Raffaele in her W.MasC.1x, the W.Tier2.8+ and W.Tier1.4+.
All told this was another splendid weekend of thoroughly enjoyable racing, and a fitting way to end the season.
AK Sculling Courses
4th August 2017
We are delighted to announce that we will be running two 5-day intensive sculling courses over the summer, aimed at scullers of all ability levels. Enlarge the poster below for information related to course dates, contact details and pricing.
The daily course schedule will comprise two water sessions and a land session, and are run by AK’s experienced coaches. The land sessions will cover the theory of navigation and safety on the Tideway, and also include core stability work and nutritional advice.
Henley Town & Visitors’ Regatta
29th July 2017
AK left it late to pick up some silverware at the Henley Town & Visitors’ Regatta – the only regatta offering 3 lane racing on the Henley Reach. Having made the final of the W.IM3.4+ earlier in the day, the crew of Amanda Piggot, Alice Humble, Jayne Kerton, and Sophie Lovett, coxed by Jimmy Pigden, were much too good for their rivals in the W.NOV.4+ category, taking a 2.5 length win over Reading RC in the final as light began to fade.
For their efforts they got to take away some shiny pots and could leave behind their novice status. While a number of other crews where also in action (see the Latest Results page for detail), it was the coxed four that stole the show.
Learn to Row
19th July 2017
We are delighted to announce that the club is holding another Learn to Row course starting on Wednesday 19th July. The course will run for 6 weeks with a session on Wednesday evening and Sunday mornings each week. For more information about our Learn to Row courses refer here. If you would like to apply or make further enquiries please contact our Learn to Row Coordinator.
AKRC Open Day
9th July 2017
If you’ve been inspired by AK’s recent results and would like to get in on the action then we’d very much like to hear from you, whether you be an experienced or a novice rower. We are holding an open day on Sunday 9th July which will give prospective members the chance to meet and row with our current squad in some mixed boats during the morning session. Then in the afternoon we’ll fire up the barbecue on our beautiful roof terrace for some food and drinks. If you’re interested in coming along then please refer to the contact options detailed in the link here.
Henley Royal Regatta
28th June – 2nd July 2017
Qualifying all three boats into the knockout stages of Henley Royal Regatta was a fantastic achievement. Sadly no boat progressed beyond their first round, but take nothing away from the crews – this was the best result for the club in years.
The Thames Cup eight lost out in a Tideway tug-of-war with Lea Rowing Club, while the Wyfold coxless four were defeated by eventual semi-finalists UTS Haberfield.
In the Double Sculls Challenge Cup Hugh Mackworth-Praed and partner Elliot Barton lost out to an Italian crew who have since gone on to claim bronze medals at the European Championships.
With many of our men racing at Henley Royal for the first time these results demonstrate the great level of progress that the squad has made in a short space of time, with plenty to build on next season.
Henley Royal Regatta – Crew Lists
26th June 2017
Auriol Kensington has sent three crews to Henley Royal Regatta this year and is delighted to announce that all have successfully navigated last Friday’s time trial to qualify for the knockout stages of the regatta – starting on Wednesday 28th June.
The coxless four, stroked by Mark Mearing-Smith, steered by James Dickinson and with James Green and Tim Morton-Humphries in the middle seats, will compete in the 1st Round of The Wyfold Challenge Cup against an Australian crew – U.T.S. Haberfield RC.
The eight will take on Lea RC in the 1st Round of The Thames Challenge Cup. Cameron Graham strokes the boat, and will be ably supported by Yevgen Fesenko, Josh Herridge, James Kirkbride, Stuart Watts, Juan Aponte-Dubois, Michael Walsh and Alex Tomlinson. William Lewis will navigate from the coxswain seat.
AK stalwart Hugh Mackworth-Praed will also compete with partner Elliott Barton in The Double Sculls Challenge Cup.
The Thames and Wyfold Cup crews are coached by Roger Ewing.
The qualification of the 3 boats means that AK has got all five of their crews sent to Henley in 2017 (2 to HWR, and 3 to HRR) through to the knockout stages of their respective regatta. An achievement which the club is deservedly proud of.
Henley Women’s Regatta
16th June – 18th June 2017
Following two weeks of intensive training since Met Regatta the two crews arrived in Henley to take on the Friday time trial in confident mood. They both lived up to expectations with the coxed four setting the 2nd fastest time, and the eight comfortably qualifying as the 11th quickest crew.
The four was straight back into action on Friday afternoon, given a tough draw against the fastest unseeded boat – Wallingford RC. Despite a slow start the girls set a relentless mid-race pace, rowing through the opposition and putting clear water between the boats by the finish line.
On Saturday morning, the eight was drawn against Dart Totnes RC, and despite a gutsy row were not able to overhaul their Devon-based opposition and finished 1.5 lengths down. The four was also in Quarter Final action against Tideway Scullers School – eager to put to bed memories from last year’s 1st Round defeat in the eight. They needn’t have worried as a powerful start put them up and out of reach by the halfway mark, and they cruised to a 3 length victory.
Sunday saw the four take on a strong Vesta RC crew in the Semi-Final. Despite a faster time trial the girls knew this would be a very close race. Sadly a stumble entering the enclosures with the boats level lost them the best part of a length and denied the crowd the grandstand finish that would likely have resulted.
While no medals to show for their efforts the results demonstrate the upward trajectory of the AK Women’s squad. Undoubtedly they will be back next year – fitter, stronger, and faster.
Henley Women’s Regatta – Crew Lists
12th June 2017
AKRC can now officially name their crews for the 2017 Henley Women’s Regatta. The entry is spearheaded by a Club coxed four in The Lester Trophy, and a Club eight into The Invesco Perpetual Challenge Cup.
The coxed four is stroked by Tamara Zwaagstra, and she is joined by Joey Innes-Hopkins, Kate Pankhurst, Angela Hitchens, and Chris Williamson in the coxswain seat.
The eight is stroked by Catherine Edwards. Behind her is Kirsty Page, Amanda Piggot, Mateja Sborchia, Kate Cyr, Sophie Lovett, Marianna Raffaele and Anne Schieck. Isy Marshall coxes the boat.
The Metropolitan Regatta
3rd-4th June 2017
The Metropolitan Regatta is always one of the highlights on the racing calendar offering exciting, multi-lane action over the 2012 Olympic 2 km course. The event, using the new Personal Ranking Index for the first time, placed the W.4+ in the top Championship tier, while the W.8+ doubled up in both Championship & Tier 2. The men were represented by a 4+ and two coxless 4’s across various tiers. The best result on the Saturday was a 3rd place finish in the Championship Final for the Women’s coxed four (Tamara Zwaagstra, Joey Innes-Hopkins, Kate Pankhurst, Angela Hitchens, Chris Williamson).
On Sunday both the Women’s and Men’s squads entered the popular Challenge Eights event. The W.8+ battled through their time trial and semi-final and into the B Final, where they rowed through Thames RC to finish a creditable 5th, and the 3rd ranked UK club crew for the event overall. Following their time trial the Men’s 8+ lined up in the E Final and stormed through from 4th place after 500m to take the win. Also in action was James Dickinson and Mark Mearing-Smith in the Tier 2 Pairs event and after a great win in their heat, came home 4th in the final.