Pauline Bird and Carrie Thomas raced at the FISA World Rowing Masters Regatta in Duisburg, as Pauline reports:
Following a health problem in the winter and an operation in February, I had not expected to be rowing at the FISA Masters in September. However, I recovered more quickly than expected and tried out the 2- with Helen Bloor of Nottingham Rowing Club at Henley Masters (a twenty-minute paddle). Our second outing was the race in Duisburg, which we won against some strong opposition all from Eastern Europe. We also raced as stroke and seven of a composite eight with X-Press, Peterborough and Mortlake to win one of the heats of Women's Masters D, beating a strong Estonian crew and also the Barnes Bridge Ladies composite (reversing the Henley Masters Regatta result, which had BBL winning by two and a half lengths). I had in fact raced in both of the British crews (Nottingham and Barnes Bridge Ladies) as I was asked to sub in to the Barnes Bridge crew at short notice at Henley Masters, having been in the beer tent at the time.
Carrie also had a very successful regatta, winning her heat of Women's Masters A singles against strong opposition, and also Mixed B eights in a composite with GPA (Brazil), Nottingham and Reading.