Saturday saw Christchurch Rowing Club (CRC) taking to the waters again in the second Hants and Dorset Rowing Association regatta of the season. The first piece of excellent news was that following last year’s 2 weather thwarted attempts to run the event, it was on, albeit with some time delays owing to fog which then cleared for a lovely sunny day. Conditions were bouncy with an onshore wind proving difficult for some competitors leading to capsizes in the sculling events, luckily the CRC crews were unaffected and produced their best results to date.
First win came for the Women’s Junior Pair of Lucy Hart and Sara Glen, anxious to put the erroneous collision which led to their not qualifying for the final at Coalporters behind them, they went off hard, in a straight line, were first to the buoy turn and cruised home to a comfortable victory over Coalporters, Poole and the Christchurch B crew of Lydia Hardy and Kiera Browning.
This win sparked a charge of subsequent CRC victories, the Women’s novice four of Emma Radford, Katya Cherskova, Kiera Browning and Jordan Draga, coxed by Ollie Gillingham were able to better their 2nd place at Coalporters, fighting off strong opposition to claim 1st place which now moves them up to the Junior category.
In one of the closest races of the day, the men’s novice four of Connor Marshall, Rob Eddicott, Franc Canelas and Louie Callaghan, coxed by Ollie Gillingham were narrowly beaten by BTC who took the lead within metres of the finish line following a boat stopping wave hitting the CRC crew.
Ollie Gillingham went on to cox the CRC Junior A crew of Lucy Woods, Emma Moran, Katryn Burgess and Lucy Hart to victory in the Womens Junior fours category, beating hosts Lymington into second place and claiming their second league point putting them 2 points ahead in their category. The CRC Junior B crew of Louise Fairweather, Sara Glen, Julie Eddicott and Allison Fortt were in contention right up to the buoy turn after which time the conditions favoured the Junior A crew and the B crew finished a commendable 4th.
Not to be outdone by the Women’s Squad the Men’s Junior Four of Sam Erwin, Sean Cooney, Thomas Mann and Ed Patton, coxed by Harry Pearson, put in an outstanding performance to gain a comfortable win, in a strong field, and earn their first point of the season.
In other results, Julie Eddicott completed her first race in a single scull, the women’s masters four of Sally Percival Foy, Julia Fabrizi, Susan Ponsford and Rachael Williams with Vicky Robinson coxing finished second in Masters fours and third in Senior fours with Faye Standley coxing.’
This Saturday (26th June) CRC are hosting the next H&D regatta, so all competing clubs will be heading to Christchurch to race on the river Stour. Come down, enjoy a full day of head to head racing right by the Quomps, Christchurch Rowing Club will have a BBQ, cake stall, bar and prize stall running all day, so come and cheer on your local rowers suited in Dorset Yellow all hoping to gain more championship points.