Success for Christchurch at their home regatta.
Christchurch Rowing club played host on Saturday to the latest round of the Hants and Dorset championship series of regattas.
A fine and warm day saw some great racing with the host club represented in no fewer than nine of the twelve finals.
First up, the Men’s Novice crew of Max Mills, Sol Hewitt, Will Tate and Cian Everett, coxed by Tara Myring-McCullagh. The crew had performed well in the early rounds and went into the final with some confidence, winning easily over a strong crew from Itchen Imperial Rowing Club.
The next success came in the Girls Under 16 with the crew of Millie Thomas, Annabelle Donaldson, Jess Larner and Emma-Jo Evans, coxed by Alli Fortt again with an easy victory over BTC Southampton despite a very strong start by the BTC crew.
The Boys Under 16s, of Ben Ingrem, Cian Everett, Josh Brangan and Ollie Gillingham coxed by Ed Erwin were not to be outdone by their female counterparts rowing to a 2-length win over Itchen Imperial.
The Ladies Masters crew of Rachael Williams, Emma Fairclough, Emma Kelly and Faye Standley coxed by Vicky Robinson rowed to another easy win in their final against a Southampton crew that had put in some strong performances in the early rounds.
The Masters 50 crew of Mark Heard, Phil Scantlebury, Tony Rosewarn and Tim Bull (guesting from Lymington RC) with Tara Myring-McCullagh rowed to a one length win over Poole Rowing Club in their final.
The club’s current championship contenders fared less well in their finals, despite producing some of the best racing of the regatta, the Ladies Junior crew of Fleur Howcroft, Millie Campbell, Julia Fabrizzi, Anna Turner and Ed Erwin lost by a nail-biting half-length margin to main rivals Southampton Coalporters. The Junior-Senior crew of Sam Erwin, Gian-Luc Angilioni, Ed Patton, Tom Mann and Alli Fortt were very disappointed to lose narrowly to a BTC Southampton crew who they had beaten comfortably in their previous encounter and a new Masters 40 combination of Jay Simpson, Nick Dimmock, James Reynolds, Stan Livy and Tara Myring-McCullagh ran the present championship leaders Lymington very close.
All in all though, a hugely successful event with the club comfortably winning the Victor Ludorum trophy as the most successful of the day.