Such are the vagaries of the English climate that Bournemouth Rowing Regatta 2014 was blessed with one of the hottest days of the year and ideal water conditions unlike 2013 when it was cancelled as unrowable.
Christchurch RC again showed their strength in the novice categories with their Ladies A and B crews and Men’s A crew all reaching the finals. The Ladies Novice A crew, N Simmons, A Wooodpower, O Humphries, R Hart(str), K Cherskova(cox) excelled in the final, winning by a considerable distance over host club Westover and Bournemouth RC with the Christchurch B crew in third place. The Men’s Novice A crew performed well but had to take second place to Southsea. With just two regattas remaining Christchurch, following Ladies Novice wins at three of the last four regattas, are just one point behind Itchen Imperial who currently top the Ladies Novice table with 5 points.
The CRC Ladies Masters (40+) put up a good fight but finished second, two lengths down on BTC.
Unfortunately last race of the day, “The Three Boroughs” a Westover – Poole – Christchurch challenge handicapped for all statuses, was cancelled as the programme overran.
The penultimate regatta of the 2014 Hants and Dorset series takes place Saturday 2nd August takes place at Hamworthy Park hosted by Poole ARC.
The Christchurch RC Junior Squad ventured inland on Sunday to Burway Regatta on the Thames where a composed and clean performance in the semi-final by Kiera Browning gave her a creditable victory in WJ13 single sculls over her Ross RC opponent. The final against a Swindon RC sculler was a closely contested over the first half of the course but superior steering by the Christchurch sculler proved decisive in a comfortable victory.
Two Christchurch scullers contested J13 single sculls, Lennon Harding Wade and Francisco Canelas and each comfortably won their heat against Burway and Ross respectively. Harding-Wade with a blistering start gained the advantage on which to build, a tactic he repeated in the all Christchurch final for a close-fought win over his club mate Canelas.
In the WJ14 single sculls heat against Ross both scullers exhibited fine skills fighting for an advantage but Stephanie Dodsworth's strength and composure eventually secured a lead of two lengths taking her through to the final against Burway where Dodsworth dominated from a positive start, pulling away in the early stages for a comfortable win.