Day 1 of Town Bumps got off to a flying start for Isle of Ely with two bumps and a row over, putting us in second place behind St Neots for the John Jenner Trophy.
Women’s Division 3
W2 (Sweep of Faith) enjoyed their first experience of bumps after starting from scratch just 3 months ago. The crew was up for it, and very quickly ate into Cantabs 12's lead at the start.but despite a good row they couldn’t quite manage a bump. So, with no one chasing they settled down for a row-over to save their energy for day 2.
With first night nerves now behind them, and much scrutiny of videos of the opposition, the crew is even more up for it for day 2. Tonight they will attempt to catch Cantabs 12 who failed to bump ’99 7.
Isle of Ely rowers took on the best at Britain’s showpiece rowing event at Henley Royal Regatta.
The junior quartet of Freya Dingwall, Rebecca Welch Kate Lyster, Molly Johnson stormed to the final of the Diamond Jubilee Challenge Cup for junior girls quadruple sculls, after coming through four rounds of quality racing.
16 boats from 51 entries contested the event at the 178-year-old Thames regatta, which takes place on a 2,100m course, roared on by thousands of spectators watching the action along the riverside.
The Isle of Ely girls started their campaign with a 2 lengths lead over the Lady Eleanor Holles School, followed by a commanding 2 ¼ length lead over Godolphin Latymer in the quarter-finals, to move through to the next round.
In the semi-final Isle of Ely had another strong performance against local crew Henley Rowing Club. The Ely girls led from the start and in the second half of the race put on a big push to win comfortably by 2 ¼ lengths. This put them into the final against defending champions Gloucester Rowing Club. The two clubs had previously met in the final of Henley Women’s Regatta two weeks earlier where Gloucester won.
In the rematch, Ely got off to a good start leading by ½ length, but they were unable to hold off their rivals Gloucester who moved out at the halfway point to win for the fourth consecutive year by 2 ½ lengths.
It was the first time that an Isle of Ely crew had reached the finals at Henley. Coached by Peter Lee, the quartet received plaudits from the race commentators about the quality of their sculling.
You can watch all of Isle of Ely’s races on YouTube.
On Sunday 7th May, Seren Palmer and Emily May travelled to Eton Dorney to compete in the 2017 Ball Cup Regatta. The aim of the Ball Cup is to give small and emerging clubs and their emerging competitors a chance to experience true competition and the chance to win.
Seren won gold in WJ13 1x and Emily won silver in WJ18 1x.
Kate Lyster was in action with Great Britain junior squad during the weekend’s Junior International Regatta in Munich.
One of six female scullers in a 32-strong squad announced by British Rowing, Kate competed over the 2,000m Olympic course in the junior women double sculls with Beth Willford-Dutton, from Northwich Rowing Club.
The duo then joined forces with Zoe Adamson (Gloucester RC) and Lottie Orr (Henley RC) in the junior women-quadruple sculls later the same day, finishing second in the final.
The International Junior Regatta is an annual event that attracts some of the best young rowers from across the world.
The Ladies Quad set off to St Ives for the Head to Head race not entirely sure what was involved. A discussion in the car concluded that a racing turn was unlikely to be possible on health and safety grounds, so there would probably be a welcome breather at the half way point, which happily proved to be the case.
John Ison, an invaluable friend of IoERC since its foundation, has died, aged 76, following a long illness.
John lived and worked in Ely for more than 20 years. During his 10 year spell as editor of the Ely Standard he was a driving force behind the organisation and publicity for the 2004 Diamond 44 celebration of the 1944 Boat Race held in Ely. The event gave birth to IoERC and thereafter John remained loyally committed to our development. One of the actions of which he was most proud was being able use his discretionary fund to buy the club its first loo whilst he was Mayor of Ely in 2006-7!
He spent more than 50 years in publishing and worked on newspapers, magazines, handbooks and a national tourism magazine. He was also author of a booklet to celebrate the 900th anniversary of the Ely diocese.
After retiring to Whitstable, Kent, in 2007, he continued to take a close interest in our activities. Your vice-presidents paid regular visits and were always closely questioned about the club's achievements and plans.
John is survived by his wife, Cherry, daughters Cate, Anne, Andrea, Rebecca, and Helen (who served as his mayoress), grandsons Jack and David. We send them our deepest sympathy.
The photos show John:
• at his boat naming, and
• in mayoral garb accompanied by Michael Chandler the then Dean of Ely, sitting on a section of the milk-bottle bridge used in the 2006 Ely Classic Regatta.