British Rowing Junior Championships, Molesey Regatta
and Southsea Regatta.
Christchurch Rowing Club competed at three very different events in a busy weekend threatened to be disrupted by weather.
At NWSC Holme Pierrepont the British Rowing Junior National Championships, in their second year as a separate event from seniors, took place on Saturday and Sunday. Christchurch sculler Lizzie Lander, competing in Women’s J15 single sculls category, was third fastest from an entry of 30 scullers in the Saturday 1500metre time trial taking her into the A semi-final finishing in first place some four lengths over the Pengwern RC sculler on the 2000metre six-lane course. Later on Sunday the final was a closely fought battle against Warrington RC with Lander a length down at 1000m from which she pushed back to draw level at 1500metres. But the Warrington sculler responded and took first place by half a length with Lander taking the Silver.
At Molesey Regatta Lennon Harding –Wade, an up and coming member of the Christchurch Junior squad, displayed his bourgeoning skills in J12 single sculls beating the Guildford RC sculler by an impressive 5 lengths.
The coastal event was the combined H&D ARA/ CARA Southsea Regatta which, though it stayed free of rain, presented some rough water during the day partly accounting for the regatta finishing over three hours late. The Christchurch Ladies Novice Four just qualified from their heat for the final where they performed better but although rowing well in the conditions, could not catch the Itchen Imperial crew and finished in a creditable second place.
Saturday (27th) will see Christchurch out and about again racing at Burway Regatta on the Thames and at Bournemouth Regatta based at Joseph’s Steps on the seafront.