A TEAM of eight rowers from Windermere Rowing Club took to the waters of the River Ouse at the York City Rowing Club Spring Regatta on May 4, where they won all five of the finals they were involved with.

The races were held over a 1,000-metre downstream course and the cold and windy conditions on the day were perfect for team Windermere, who were most definitely accustomed to this sort of weather.

Competing for the first time this regatta season and as first time visitors at York, they entered a combination of five crews, including men’s and women's coxless quads, women’s and men’s doubles and a mixed quad.

The team picked for the regatta was Anne Harding, David Kidwell, Adrian Downe, Jane Wall-Budden, Simon Milligan, Dan Morris, Jo Cleary and Tamsin Kidwell.

Over three divisions and five finals, all the crews dominated over their opposition to win all their races- bringing home a total of 16 pots between them. Their competition included two York City Rowing Club home crews and three visiting clubs.

As a relatively small and newly formed club, based at the new Active Base at Fell Foot Park, Windermere RC put themselves firmly on the map as a highly successful, up-and-coming and competitive team.

Head Coach David Kidwell said of his squad's performances on the day: “From a coach’s point of view, the wins at York were a great reward for the emphasis that we put on rowing technique rather than just training morning, noon and night.

"The club is very diverse in terms of age, gender and aspiration, with some members wanting to race seriously whilst others prefer to enjoy a more social row. Either way, everyone is determined to learn how to row properly to get the most from the sport."

The club is currently recruiting experienced oarsmen and women of all ages to join their squad. For more information please email: windermererowingclub@gmail.com or visit their website, windermererowingclub.com, for more details.