After a week of rain and wind it looked questionable as to whether the favourite Hants and Dorset event of the season, Swanage Regatta would take place. Much to the excitement of all competitors, fortune favoured the organisers, who had the foresight to shorten the course to 1500m, and the sea was fairly flat and even the rain, for the most part, held off.
The picturesque location coupled with the traditional after racing fancy dress evening entertainment attracted a large entry with heats in most events. For Christchurch notable performances came from the men's junior four who were narrowly pipped on the finish line by their Southampton based rivals. The women's Junior pair of Laura Campbell and Alli Fortt sailed through their heat in 1st position and valiantly fought their way to 2nd places having been impeded by Itchen and twice by BTC, the eventual winners, the Stewards ruled in favour of the BTC crew and the Christchurch crew chalked the race up to experience which will undoubtedly fuel their remaining seasons racing encounters.
Laura Campbell was again in action in the final of the women's masters 4s where she was joined by Emma Kelly, Lucy Hart, Sara Glen and cox Vicky Robinson. This crew was brought together specially for the day as a reunion of the crew that won this event at Swanage in 2017. From the start the Christchurch crew had a commanding lead over rivals Southampton, Lymington and BTC, this stretched out to a comfortable 4 length lead, a win for the reunion crew and puts Christchurch into a 4-1 lead in the league.
Next week sees the Christchurch crews racing at Newport regatta with a reconfigured masters crew aspiring to extend their league lead and crews in Men's & Women's Novice, Junior, Senior and Masters looking to secure league wins.