Despite a temperature of zero degrees travelling to Abingdon, we arrived at the head race in sunshine to a warm welcome from the hosting club. A strong tail wind against the stream promised to provide challenging conditions for all the competitors. The event was held over 4 divisions and Christchurch had competitors in the first three. Abingdon is a 2k course with two straights of about 1k with a bend in the middle. The bend in combination with the strong wind was later to contribute to some of the results.
Abingdon was attended by the Christchurch Masters and some of the Junior section.
Lennon Harding Wade continued on his winning ways with a convincing win in the J13 single scull category. In the year above Charlie Ransom came second, only trailing the winner by 5 seconds in a strong category.
The Masters C double of Rob Standley and Mike Kelly picked up a win in the double sculls whilst joining up with Jason Simpson and Andy Galloway to press the strong Bewl Bridge quad. This was deemed to be good preparation for the Masters Nationals later this year.
The J18 eight of Danni Elmy-Liddiard, Rosie Ashley East, Charlotte Corderey, Holly Strange, Amelia Woodpower, Millie Wells, Ellie Brad, Sophie Heath and cox Katya Cherskova had a much more eventful race. Following a number of local wins they set off in the third division. Unfortunately they had a coming together with a mens crew that was potentially the fastest on the day, at the notorious bend. Having extricated themselves they continued to still win the novice category.
This is the first time that some members of Christchurch had raced at Abingdon, but it is certainly one that will go on the regatta calendar for next year.