Golden Devil June 2021
Katie Cooper, who learned to row with Devil’s Elbow and races under our colours has won her Singles event at the British Rowing Masters Championship at Holme Pierrepoint on the 12th June. Having learned with us, Katie caught the bug and progressed with private coaching and an independent programme to get to a national level. Being a member of the Devil’s Elbow allows her to have a club affiliation and she is very happy to wear our strip.
With her mission accomplished, it would be great to see her back at Trent Lock to share some her secrets for success. The pressure is on for the rest of us to make sure that this is not the only silverware for the Devil’s this season – however truncated it may be.
Side by Side by Side June 2021
Ahead of a special upcoming event (more of which in the next few weeks) it was time to get some practice in on race starts and the additional pressure of side by side racing. A mix of boats and ad hoc crew combinations warmed up and found themselves upstream, ready for a series of 500m sprints back towards the boathouse. The last race was past one of Learn to Row crews so we actually managed 4 abreast. The jury is out on whether the racing suitably inspired the learners. More of the same to come and the prospect of actual regattas is getting firmer – Covid restrictions permitting. Top photography of all our Learn to Row sessions by Andy Grimmett on the launch. We were just getting in his way.
Unleash the Beast Jun 2021
Our new learners are progressing well and so both the Tuesday and Saturday Squads have experienced the Octuple. Our 8 seat scull is a lovely wooden boat and the longest in our fleet. The warm weather has brought out more general river users so some land drills were in order to remind them on the backing down procedure in a sculling boat. With sixteen blades on the water it is certainly worth getting this right. Using the Octuple alongside our Quad Explorer meant that, supported by experienced club rowers in their midst, we could all the students on the river at the same time. Working in fours we got the timing right and refreshed everyone’s muscle memory and then with just the bow seat setting the boat we had 14 blades going. All the basic skills got better with this extended spell out on the water and we able to venture further up river, all the way to the Harrington Bridge.
Learn to Row – The Saturday Squad May 2021
Our new starters on Tuesday now have some competition – the Saturday squad is in town. Slightly grey weather and a threat of rain did not put them off and the water was pretty flat and river flow was modest. A good series of outings and for a first showing there were some promising performances and everyone got back to land dry and with some confidence to head out again next saturday which will have more actual rowing.
Learn to Row – The Tuesday Squad May 2021
After Covid-19 stopping last year’s ‘Learn to Row’ it was great to see some new faces for this year. In fact, driven by demand, we are actually running two parallel courses with one on Tuesday evenings and the other on Saturday mornings. Shown here are the smiling Tuesday squad whose first experience on the water did manage to just slot in between heavy rain showers. The group photo was suitably socially distanced. Our Explorer boats provide a stable platform for these first forays and everyone came back in smiling. Whilst waiting for the run out in the Explorers they were introduced to the delights of the Concept 2 rowing machines – less smiling, which makes sense.
Back for Good? Mar 2021
Our first session back at the club was on a warm sunny evening. The clocks had just changed and the mood was lifted. Some nerves as a lot of the club members had been kept off the water for months by previous Lockdowns and the Tier system. The water was flat and those that went out on the water started slowly, hoping the muscle memory hadn’t deserted them. Some opted for land training – socially distanced of course. It all went suspiciously well, although the reappearance of blistered hands shows that it was indeed a long time off the water. The hands will toughen up again.
Making the Most of the Situation Feb 2021
Covid and the recent flooding has kept us off the water. The rise of the Trent caused additional problems. One of our Explorers was holed when the floodwater pushed it into a boat trailer hitch. The need to get that repaired also opened up the opportunity to get other wear and tear issues sorted while the boats were off the water. Those in need of some TLC were taken to Technique Composites in Ripley. It looks like rowing might be back as an organised outdoor sport by the end of March, so with this repair and the other work, we should be ready to go.
Thank You Feb 2021
Some good news….
Devil’s Elbow Rowing Club has gratefully received a grant of £1,500 towards a New Womens Eight, to replace our old, very heavy and slightly broken one! The Grant was awarded in Dec 2020 By Erewash Voluntary Action CVs Small Grants Scheme. The Erewash Small Grant Scheme is funded by Derbyshire County Council Public Health, Derbyshire County Council Adult Care Services and Erewash Borough Council.
The Erewash Small Grant Scheme has three priority themes. The priority themes include:
- Health Inequalities
- Community Wellness
- Building Resilience
The Grant also focuses on The 5 Ways to Wellbeing – Connect, Be Active, Take Notice, Keep Learning and Give. I’m sure all you rowers out there will agree that rowing certainly encompasses all of these!
We very much hope that with the purchase of a new 8 our women’s crew can expand, grow, thrive and perhaps even win?!
Thank you Erewash
Off Off Rowing Feb 2021
Lockdown III continues and we now have flooding on the Trent to contend with. Water levels neared record highs and we will have to wait to see what damage has been done to the boat-house and the equipment stored outside. This is further complicated by Lockdown preventing the possibility of work parties as have been deployed before.
Where and how they can, the Devils are land training and we should come back stronger and fitter, but might need a bit of time to get the boat skills back up and running.
Lockdown III Jan 2021
All a bit familiar. Tier 3 saw access to the club limited to Derbyshire based members. That did at least allow some cobwebs to be blown away and preparations made for some virtual time trial racing. Tier 4 made that harder and no sooner had we got our heads around it, we went into another national lockdown. When we can we will unwind the restrictions and the Covid-19 protocols on the dedicated website page will come back into effect for some time into the future.
Lockdown II Nov 2020
A last row before Lockdown kicked in on the 5th November. The clocks had changed and the Devils were getting used to rowing on the dark River Trent. Our Covid-19 page has been updated and we would hope to get out and about again – probably following a similar expansion in activity as that used as we came out of the last Lockdown. All the equipment was scrubbed clean according to protocols and will come out again at a date unknown. See our Covid-19 Page here
Last Days of Summer Oct 2020
With the end of a burst of late summer heat, we are now heading properly into Autumn. Tuesday evening training sessions will soon be fully in the dark. This has its own advantages – no one else on the river and rowing along under the moon and stars, when the river is flat and your eyes have adjusted is a whole new way to see the countryside.
Four Up Aug 2020
Atlantic Preparations Jun 2020
Slowly Back Onto The Water Jun 2020
Going Off The Grid Mar 2020
Learn to Row 2020 Announced Mar 2020
The Great Clean Up Feb 2020
World Famous in Sweden Feb 2020
The Santa Row Dec 2019:
Newark Head Dec 2019:
The Golden Crab Award Dec 2019
AGM Nov 2019:
Rain Stops Play Nov 2019:
Stourport Regatta Jun 2019
A Successful ‘Learn to Row’ May 2019