Itchen Junior Rowing Regatta – Saturday 23rd September 2017
An enthusiastic squad of junior rowers representing Christchurch Rowing Club competed at the annual Itchen Junior Regatta hosted by Southampton’s Itchen Imperial Rowing Club on Saturday 23rd September.
Bright and Breezy conditions, crowds of wide-eyed first-time competitors and one or two old-hands provided the ingredients for a good day’s racing downstream of the 800m long toll-bridge on the lower reaches of the River Itchen. Spectators and supporters were treated to some close and exciting racing.
Christchurch boats contested eleven of the thirty four events, winning seven outright with one very close second place. The remaining three races in which Christchurch crews competed were no less exciting and provided valuable race experience for the youngsters involved, some of whom were taking to the water for the first time in a competitive format.
The following is a summary of the day’s results.
George Robbin, Morgan Durward, Ned Clarke, Oliver Leat, and Verity Leat (coxswain) – junior 16 quadruple sculls winners
Solomon Hewitt – junior 16 single sculls winner
Alfie Youngs, Solomon Hewitt, William Tate, Louie Callaghan and Madeleine Grainger (coxswain) – junior 15 quadruple sculls winners
George Robbin and Morgan Durward – junior 16 double sculls winners
Ned Clarke and Oliver Leat – junior 15 double sculls winners
Alice Facer – girls’ junior 15 single sculls winner
Molly Morris – girls’ junior 14 single sculls winner
William Tate – junior 14 single sculls – was unlucky to ‘catch a crab’ in the final stages of his race which cost him first place by a negligible margin. Alice Facer and Hannah Eddicott, competing in their heat of the girls’ J15 double sculls event, were looking favourites for a win but were caught out by the strengthening cross-wind and had to settle for second place in the end. Annabelle Donaldson and Verity Leat – girls’ J12/J13 double sculls – contested their first ever race and fought hard in worsening conditions to put in creditable performance. Later the pair teamed up with Molly Morris, Hannah Eddicott and coxswain William Tate to record another competitive outing in the girls’ J15 quadruple sculls event. Not content with two water outings, Annabelle Donaldson won the ergo (rowing machine) competition for her age-category.
An excellent conclusion to the season for the Christchurch Rowing Club junior squad, securing second place overall at the regatta taking into account the aggregate points total across all events.
The squad will now embark on a testing regime of winter training, both on the water and in the gym, to prepare for next season’s challenges.