The Hexhaminer - February 2018

Welcome to the February edition of the HRC Hexhaminer, the new title of the club’s monthly newsletter.

“Hexhaminer” was the best of the (very few) suggestions for a title, so we’ll stick with it until someone comes up with something better.

Hexhaminer highlight of the month definitely belongs to the junior section. For those who didn’t see the report in the Courant, our WJ14s triumphed in the JIRR trials at Cambois, winning the coxed quad category and beating seven other crews in the process.

Hayley Hannant, Ciara Duncan, Lucy Thorpe and Toni-Louise Brown, coxed by Owen Slipman, will now go forward to represent the Northern Region in the JIRR championships in Nottingham in April. This is a real achievement for both the crew and the club and we’ll all be cheering you on!

Staying with the juniors, they will all be out in force for two bag packs next month, the first at Marks and Spencer’s in Hexham on 10 March and a week later at Tescos on 17 March. They’ll be showing off their bag-packing skills in return for donations, so hang onto that shopping list and go along and give them your support. Please tell family and friends as well.

The weather conditions have proved challenging recently in terms of using our own stretch of river, but club members have been busy on both the Tyne and the Wear in the past few weeks, competing in the last few heads of the season.

We had two wins (and one in a composite) at Durham, but nothing at Tyne Head last weekend, although crews enjoyed the better conditions and the tough competition. There are three crews travelling to York on 4 March, after which we’ll all be enjoying the beautiful Spring weather and training flat out for the regatta season.

Speaking of regattas, if you are thinking of racing this season but are unsure of crews/experience/procedure, just speak to the captains, Steve Ludman and Catherine Bowman, who will be only too happy to offer advice.

With regattas on the horizon, we will need all our boats in tip-top condition, so there’s a timely reminder from Kevin Oates to tell him by email ( if you’ve had an accident in a boat or spotted any damage or defects. Do not use the white board in the boathouse.

The new system will provide a record and audit trail for repairs to boats and equipment and enable work on them to be prioritised.

In the meantime, please ask if you are unsure how to adjust kit or equipment. Unfortunately, someone has stripped the heads on the adjusting screws for two of the F blades in trying to alter them. With a sculling blade costing £250 and a racing boat in the thousands, we need to take the very best of care of our kit.

Currently on the casualty list are Rhubarb and Custard, Smoke on the Water and Red Hot, but thankfully all the work is either underway or recently completed.

Finally, there are still some places left for the throw-line training session at 3:00 pm on 3 March. Contact Jenny Ludman if you want to take part.

And finally, finally there is no HRC committee meeting in February. The next one will be held at the County Hotel on Wednesday 21 March, with all club members welcome to attend. Please note the start time of 7:00 pm (not 7:30!)

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