2013 season punting, skiffing and dragon boating results

The end of the season has arrived for the skiffers and punters, while the winter season is about to begin for the dragon boaters with the monthly Henley Winter Series events starting in November. The results for the season have largely been announced.

Punting – there is the usual mystery over the Morris Trophy for the most successful club, which was undoubtedly won by DSPC, but as no one has seen it for years, except perhaps DSPC, and the TPC never make an end of season announcement, like the SRA do for skiffing; I guess we will never know what the points were… Ditto the Pardoe Cup for the most successful punter, as won by our own Tony Cross last year, but I don’t think was ever formally presented to him.

The Club had a reasonable season, picking up wins here and there with representation at most regattas culminating with the WSPC Club Regatta being the best supported regatta outside the Punting Championships this year.

Activity is all relative and there were probably still less than 10 competitors from WSPC during the season.

Skiffing – the various awards were announced after the SRA Doubles Marathon on Sun 20th Oct:

The Ormiston, awarded the Club with the most points was won by DSPC; The Veteran Pennant was also won by DSPC and the Junior Pennant was won by WSPC.

The Most Improved Sculler was Paul Neat from SSPC; our nomination, for the third year running, was a Junior, this year being the much deserved Paddy O’Neill who had a tremendous season in J14 singles, J14 Doubles and invitation events, as well as a bit of coxing, so he didn’t get bored on regatta days.

The highlights are…

Ormiston Trophy

  • DSPC   83 ½
  • TVSC   67
  • SSPC   33
  • SC        16 ½
  • WSPC  14
  • WBC     4
  • GBC      0

Veteran Pennant

  • DSPC   12
  • WSPC  6
  • TVSC   5
  • SC       4
  • WBC    0
  • GSC     0
  • SSPC   0

We actually won 8 events, but 2 were deemed null and void from the Pennant perspective because Steve Myhill won Senior Singles at Chertsey & Shepperton Regatta, which means you are not allowed to race Veteran for the rest of the season, but we forgot. Well done to Steve Myhill, Mary Sherry, Mike Lawson and Gareth Bennett.

Junior Pennant – this was retained by WSPC for the third year running with another convincing performance from all our youngsters.

  • WSPC  14 ½
  • DSPC   3 ½
  • SSPC   2
  • WBC    2
  • TVSC   0
  • SC       0
  • GSC     0

Well done to Paddy and Rowan O’Neill, Libby and Will Oke, Liam Moody, Joe Taylor, Ernie Burgess, Mimi McDougal, Lewis Spurling and Emily Tebbit for hardly losing a race all season.

It is certainly not all doom and gloom; if you add together all our wins, then we are up there with SSPC, but still way behind TVSC and DSPC. Evelyn’s ‘ladies’ raced in the last 2 regattas to add to the wins tally and we hope to see more from them next season in doubles, singles and mixed. Well done to all those who did race and contributed towards this total.

Dragon Boating – The National League competition finished some time ago, with Tao, the Wraysbury/Bristol combo coming third in the Premier League in both Standard and Distance Leagues. We had 71 points, 6 points behind the 1st and 2nd placed crews who had the same number of points; in the distance league we had 73 points against 74 and 77; as can be seen, we are now very firmly in that top part of the league and can look forward to next season having had more new recruits with international paddling experience in recent months.

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