It was Shanklin Sandown Rowing Club’s Single Scullers that earned the best results of the day at the Itchen Imperial Regatta on Saturday.
The notoriously long regatta featured heats and semi finals in the majority of the events entered by the club, with the programme totalling 89 events.
The club’s first event of the day was the Ladies Novice Sculls. Emily Andre was hoping to transfer a podium finish in her first ever race into another strong performance on the choppy early morning water. With a good start Emily put herself in contention for a spot in the semi final for the most part of the race. Disaster struck in the final few hundred metres as Emily capsized. Unphased, Emily got back in her boat and finished.
Following the Ladies Novice Sculls, it was the turn of the men. Joe Robertson had a great start to his race, sticking to the coat tails of a determined Christchurch sculler. Despite Joe’s considerably shorter levers he continued to be a nuisance holding Christchurch to a length the whole way, his sprint wasn’t quite enough to earn progression to the semi final however. Henry Mudge too faced an excellent Christchurch sculler in his race and a good turn kept his semi final hopes alive but he unfortunately slipped away from the eventual winner on the day as Cavill of Christchurch took the win in this particular heat.
Then it was the turn of the Men’s Senior Pair to test out the choppy waters of the Itchen. With a solid start and a clean turn Shanklin managed to ease a comfortable victory out against 2 strong crews.
Daisy Faithfull would brave the course in the race after the Seniors, hoping to extend her lead in the Ladies Junior Sculls Championship. The Junior Sculls championship leader shot out the starting blocks and quickly took a length out of both scullers within 10 strokes. This set the tone for a comfortable win. In the final it was a similar story, a lightning fast start put the race into Daisy’s hands early on and she took a very impressive win – this takes Daisy to 3-0 in the championship standings.
Harry Miselbach was the club’s Men’s Junior Sculls entry and he attacked his start in usual fashion. Said start put the 18-year-old right in the mix at the turns. A quick turn from Rose of Christchurch quickly put the race into the Christchurch scullers court and despite his best efforts Harry had to settle for second against an excellent sculler who would go on to win the final.
Harry was then part of the Men’s Junior Four who also faced some serious calibre in their heat – lining up against last weeks Novice Fours winners Coalies and the Junior Fours championship leaders Bournemouth. Joining Harry were Joe Robertson, Henry Mudge, Matt Miselbach and cox Ethan Walters. The Shanklin boys surged towards the finish to snatch second.
The Ladies Juniors of Stella Gamble, Lisa Robertson, Emily Andre, Sophie Atkin and cox Emily Faithfull then took to the water. Not only were they the second Shanklin Juniors out on the water in quick succession but they too faced championship leaders in their heat in the shape of Itchen. A clean start from the crew set the tone for an excellent race from the Shanklin boat and they finished a few lengths behind Christchurch with another determined performance.
The Ladies Junior Pair had a straight final in their event where Daisy Faithfull hoped that she could remain unbeaten this season in both the scull and in this combination with her sister, Emily. Despite the far from ideal start the girls collected themselves and raced to the turns in pursuit of the leaders. After a clean turn the gap was getting smaller and smaller towards the line and in a sprint finish the girls missed out on the win by around half a length.
The final race of the day and a nice bookend to a positive days racing was Ethan Walters in the Boys J16 Sculls final. The 12-year-old’s chattering teeth seemed not to be an issue however, as he had an excellent start and stayed level with his much older Itchen opponent into a strong headwind. The race was close at the turns, however once round the buoys and with the headwind quickly turning into a tailwind Ethan came into his own. The young Shanklin sculler glided across the top of the rapidly deteriorating water, extending his marginal lead from the turns into an eventual win of at least 5 lengths.
The next regatta will be this coming Saturday at Milford-on-Sea.