Welcome to the Isle of Ely Rowing Club
New Boat Name
IoERC can trace its origins back to the 1944 Boat Race in Ely and for this reason many of our boats are named after those involved in the race who have shown particular interest in our progress. The arrival of IEL 405 has given us an opportunity to add a new name in the sequence – Michael Brooks.
Michael began his medical studies at Oxford in 1941. He rowed in the 1943 Boat Race at Sandford and in the 1944 Boat Race at Ely. He then ‘dropped out’ of medicine after the death of a school friend who was blown up in a tank. The death affected him deeply and he joined the Rifle Brigade, eventually serving in North Africa and Palestine. On demobilisation in 1947 he returned to Oxford and continued to read Medicine. After clinical studies at St. Bartholomew’s Hospital he qualified in 1952.
Michael lives in Amersham and, for health reasons, is unable to be with us for a naming ceremony. Instead, we plan to present him with a photograph of a junior crew in the boat at the Queen Adelaide Bridge near where Michael would have finished the 1944 race. (See photographs - Michael is at 3 in left hand photo).
Great Ouse Marathon 2013
Now with its own twitter account (@ouseGOM) it can be safely said that the Great Ouse Marathon (GOM to its friends) had an exceptional 2013. From its humble beginnings in 2009, GOM became an official British Rowing event in 2012 and since then it has not looked back. Helped by a double page spread in Rowing and Regatta, it had its largest ever entry this year with just under 90 crews taking part.
The morning of GOM 2013 dawned fair, a boost as both participants and organisers had an early start at Denver Sailing Club. The need to make sure that there was enough room for parking, rigging and boating of eights, fours, quads singles and doubles, and that all this would run smoothly had exercised the Isle of Ely Rowing Club organisers for months. Their fear of losing the friendly nature of GOM as it more than doubled in size was palpable, but as the first crews arrived at 7.30am and everyone swung into action, these worries proved unfounded.
Kicking off the days events were GOMs first ever adaptive rowers, Claire from Oundle Town RC and Sophie from Sudbury BC, a true indication that both rowing and GOM are open to all. They were swiftly followed by the IOERC crews, who were aiming not only to row the course as quickly as possible but also to get to the finish so that they could help lift boats and marshall at the other end!
As in previous GOMs, the crews who took part came from far and wide and spanned a substantial age range, with J14 entries rowing alongside Masters J. Novice crews (including one senior quad from Walton BC that had only been rowing for 6 weeks) battled it out with IM3 and IM1 crews along the 22km distance. Thanks to a minimal head wind and a lot of hard work, several crews completed the course in record time. Indeed, with so many entries this year it was possible for GOM to award a substantial number of prizes. GOMs increase in size also necessitated an unprecedented level of baking on behalf of the IOERC members, many of whom entered the first ever ‘GOM bake off ’.
To end what was hopefully a rewarding and perversely enjoyable row, the sun came out just as the majority of crews were finishing. Thus, after the lifting of boats and the inevitable de-rigging, there was plenty of time to sit and relax, to eat, to drink, to have a massage and to talk about plans for next year.
We hope GOM 2013 met your expectations and @ouseGOM would like to thank everyone who entered this year (and tweeted). GOM and the IOERC hope to see you all again next year.
Cambridge Bumps Days 1 and 2
An exciting evenings racing on Day 1 of the CRA Town Bumps. Read the article in the Cambridge Evening News to see how our crews got on.
In Day 2 of the bumps, Isle of Ely women's crew came close to claiming revenge on Cantabs IV with a storming start but couldn’t make contact before Cantabs called time on X Press II crew. Read the full report of last nights racing in the Cambridge Evening news
Catch up on all the results on the CRA website