Tuesday, April 28, 2020

The RTB Squad

Our squad is made up of master (or veteran in old language) rowers between the ages of 48 and 76. This year, most of Bedford Rowing Club and Star Club’s master rowers have combined to form a single squad. Together, we’re aiming to take on the best rowers in the world at the World Masters Regatta in Budapest, September 2019.

We might row together, but a healthy rivalry between our clubs still exists. Once a year, our most veteran rowers used to square off at St Neots regatta. In 2018, we rowed together at the European Masters Regatta instead. We won gold in the F8 category and this year’s project was born.

But… check out our racing page and you’ll see that this year, we’re all in the UK at the end of July. Could 2019 see a derby grudge match?? Watch this space!

shirl musselle

Shirl Musselle

Rowing Age: 75
Category: I
Type: Sweep

Lenny Robertson

Lenny Robertson

Rowing Age: 69
Category: G
Type: Sweep

chris wisbey

Chris Wisbey

Rowing Age: 66
Category: G
Type: Sweep

Simon Lamb

Rowing Age: 61
Category: F
Type: Scull and sweep

David-Taylor

David Taylor

Rowing Age: 64
Category: F
Type: Sweep

David learned to row at Bedford Modern School in the late 1960s and rowed in the school’s 1971/72 1st VIII. He joined Star in the late 1990s and since then has won numerous trophies including gold at Henley Masters in C4- in 2005 (still unbeaten time) and E4- in 2013. Gold at National Masters Championships in F4+ in 2016. Wins at Vets 4s Head in F4+ in 2017 and 2018.

Colin-Hunt

Colin Hunt

Rowing Age: 63
Category: F
Type: Sweep

Colin started rowing at the age of 14 in 1969 when the tallest four in his class were picked to attend Star rowing club for PE. He went on to row at the club for several years as a junior colt, colt and finally senior rower winning the tideway Jackson Trophy in three successive years. He returned to rowing 2001 and as a veteran rower has own several Henley Masters medals, National Masters gold and silvers and a couple of national fours events.

Lester-Waugh

Lester Waugh

Rowing Age: 63
Category: F
Type: Scull & Sweep

Lester learned to row at Star Club in 2012 and his commitment to technique and fitness has seen remarkable resulst. With a number of wins in local regattas under his belt, he’s won a gold and two silver medals at the British National Masters in the 2x (Class E) and 4x (Novice and Class F) sculls. He raced at World Masters in Bled 2017 resulting in two second places in the single and mixed double sculls, followed by a third and a fourth in the men’s quad and men’s doubles respectively.

trevor barton

Trevor Barton

Rowing Age: 62
Category: F
Type: Sweep

Trevor learned to row at Exeter University in the 1970s and subsequently rowed for the Royal Navy (winning the Inter Services Coxless Pairs title). While living in Russia in the 1990s he was a member of the “Znamiye” Club in St Petersburg, where he won the Veterans’ Double Sculls championship on the River Neva. Since joining Star Club some thirteen years ago, he and his fellow crew members have won numerous events, including the Veterans’ Fours Head on the River Thames twice and gold at the National Masters’ Championship.

Kevan-Armstrong

Kevan “Papa” Armstrong

Rowing Age: 60
Category: F
Type: Scull & Sweep

Andrew-Thomson

Andrew Thomson

Rowing Age: 60
Category: F
Type: Scull and sweep

Andrew learnt to row at Windsor Boys School at the age of 14 and went on to Eton Excelsior, Reading University and Globe Rowing Club before coming to Star in 1998.

He has raced at Henley Royal Regatta three times, two winners medals from Henley Masters, Gold and several silvers from National Masters and many second places from World and European Masters. Yet to win at the Worlds, this is the year. Not bad for 65Kgs!

Ivan-Higgins

Ivan Higgins

Rowing Age: 58
Category: E
Type: Scull and Sweep

A Star man through and through, Ivan joined the Club aged 14. He progressed into the senior squad and went on to win the Jackson Trophy at Tideway in three successive years from 1982. Ivan also competed on numerous occasions at Henley Royal Regatta in the Thames Cup and the Britannia. He was a member of the elite Bedford Star squad formed for Bedford Rowing Club’s centenary in 1986, which went on to become the country’s strongest Club Squad. There are many similarities to the squad that Kevan is building today, full of talent and determination. Returning in 2010 after a long break from rowing, Ivan’s masters career has generated numerous regatta wins, which include, in 2018, gold and silver at National Masters and a win at Henley Masters in the same year.

David-Sogan

David “Soggy” Sogan

Rowing Age: 57
Category: E
Type: Scull & Sweep

David learned to row at Latymer School and Mortlake Anglian and enjoyed considerable success as a Junior before giving it up. After a 34-year gap he return to rowing 4 years ago after moving to Bedford. Since then he has racked up 55 wins across all boat classes, including six National, one Henley and two European Masters gold medals.

Richard-White

Richard “Swite” White

Rowing Age: 57
Category: E
Type: Sweep

Richard ‘Swite’ White started his rowing career at Bedford Modern School aged 13 and has been racing almost with great success ever since: junior national squad triallist, junior national medallist, GB senior squad Triallist, Winner Britannia Challenge Cup at Henley Royal Regatta, Jackson Trophy winner, pairs head winner (2-), Masters Head outright winner, represented England at the Home International Regatta, British Championship Gold & Silver medals, six World Masters, three European Masters Gold medals and two Henley Masters wins.

david rainbow

David Rainbow

Rowing Age: 53
Category: D
Type: Scull and sweep

Pete-Isaacson

Pete “Fester” Isaacson

Rowing Age: 52
Category: D
Type: Scull & Sweep

Peter Isaacson learnt to row at Pilgrim School, Bedford at the age of 15 and enjoyed a hugely successful senior rowing career. A few highlights include: bronze medal in the Mens’ 4+ at the British Champs, the Jackson Trophy,  semi-finalist in the Thames Cup at HRR, silver medal in Men’s 2- British Champs and representing England in the Home Countries International. Pete joined Star in 2018 after years out of the boat. Watch this space.

Dom Hawes

Dom “Egg” Hawes

Rowing Age: 52
Category: D
Type: Sweep and Scull

Dom learned to row at Magdalen College School in Oxford where the squad comprised four rowers and one cox. He started rowing again around five years ago and joined Star Club in 2016. After shedding two stone and getting his fitness back up to par, In 2018 he won two national, one Henley and one European gold medals.

Tim Isaacson

Tim Isaacson

Rowing Age: 48
Category: C
Type: Scull & Sweep

Tim rowed in a successful junior 4+ for Pilgrim school being able to row (badly) on both sides. He switched to coxing at senior rowing, winning the gold medal at the GB National Championships in 1991 before retiring at age of 20. 27 years later Tim now is competing for the squad already winning two events during the winter season. He’s not the biggest oarsman, but driven to succeed and determined to out perform in any boat he is selected in, fiercely competitive along with his older brother Pete.

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