With Championships still to be resolved and status changes to be achieved BTC regatta at Weston Shore Southampton, last of the thirteen Hants and Dorset series, still attracted a good turnout. A strong south-westerly wind coupled with a big tide made for demanding conditions at times particularly on the start line.
In a final surge, Christchurch RC clinched the Ladies Novice Championship with just a one point
advantage over rivals Itchen Imperial, the two predominant clubs sharing 11 of the 13 available points between them. The CRC crew, L Booth, M Wells, C Wedderburn, L Lander(str), R Hart(cox) finished with a comfortable four length lead over Southampton with Southsea in third place. A win by the Christchurch Men’s Novice Four, A Linden, J Grant, G-L Angiolini, J Partington(str), A Chadwick(cox)
took the club to second place in that Championship one point behind BTC. In quite rough conditions the crew coped well on the return leg moving into first place ahead of Itchen and taking the line by a comfortable six lengths margin. The season’s total of nine male and female crews making the transition from Novice to Junior status should bode well for the Club in the year ahead.
Christchurch also cleaned up in the J16 events winning both Boy’s and Girl’s categories. S Heath, O Humphries, R Hart, D Elmy-Liddiard(str), A Horn(cox) for the Girl’s trophy and K Mersey, H Lawton-Hurst, G Robinson, D Parker(str), S Erwin(cox), for the Boy’s. It was Sam Erwin’s first win at only his second regatta and the Christchurch Men’s Junior B crew made progress in their new status reaching a final for the first time.
In the Men’s Senior Fours final, BTC added another win bringing their tally to nine points and, with Itchen Imperial taking the second berth, will race-off with CARA and WEARA crews for the Bideford Bowl at the South Coast Championships hosted this year by the Hants and Dorset ARA in Swanage, 13th and 14th September.