With the British Rowing masters being held at Strathclyde this year Christchurch masters decided to stay closer to home and attend the well-run Reading Regatta. For the men’s squad this turned out to be a good choice. Their first race of the day was the men’s coxless four of Andy Galloway, James Renoylds, Robert Standley and Andy Holloway, a close run race with Christchurch wining by just under a length. The four were joined in a composite crew of Mike Kelly, Tim Bull ( Lymington ) , Stan Livy, Nick Dimock and cox Tara Myring-Mccullagh who steered them through to win their semi against Upper Thames. The final proved to be just as hard as the semi putting the crew to the test and in a well-executed race the Trophy was theirs wining by a length and a half.
Ladies racing started with the double of Jenni Emery and Faye Standley who had to give 12 seconds on the start to Avon county, this did not stop them from pushing through and winning by a length, unfortunately then lost to Twickenham in the semi. Both Emma Kelly and Faye Standley then raced in singles but with no ladies masters singles on offer both raced in the open category against university students, not deterred Faye went first and despite a good race lost to Reading, Emma was racing Cardiff who had problems with her steering causing Emma to stop rowing just off the start, despite this she completed the race with Cardiff crossing the finish first, a compliant was put into umpires and Cardiff was disqualified for impeding giving Emma the decision , and another race! This time against Reading who had better steering abilities, Emma put in a good row but was unable to hold her , losing by a couple of lengths.
Solomon Hewitt and Will Tate represented Christchurch rowing club for the single J18 and J16 categories respectively. Sol rowed first for a place in the final and achieved this comfortably with a lead of 2.5 lengths. Will was up against Reading in this first heat and easily earned himself a place in the final with a great 3.5 length lead.
The final was a chance for both Sol and Will to show their ability and they both secured impressive wins. Sol completed the race with an excellent time of 3.57 mins against Star and Arrow club with a 4.5 length lead. Will won with a fantastic lead of 5 lengths against the City of Oxford sculler, in 4.05 mins.
An enjoyable days racing for all representing Christchurch rowing club with the bonus of some medals to return home with.