The latest round of the Hants & Dorset Championship was held at Newport Regatta on the River Medina at the weekend (30th/31st July).
Saturday’s racing was exclusively in coastal 4s, and it was Southampton’s BTC club that romped away with the majority of the trophies. They took the Aggregate Cup for the most wins alongside the prestigious Men’s Senior 4s race, this year sponsored by Mermaid Gin. In an initially close race with the home Newport crew of Steve Salter, Rob Williams, Matt Swiss, and Toby Batchelor, they pulled away in the second half of the race, holding on to a 4 length lead. Newport were also pleased to be able to enter a Mens’ Novice crew of Will Loveday-Powell, Connor Garner, Harry Hare and Boris Hare. Although finishing down the field, they acquitted themselves well in their 1st-ever race.
3 of the Newport novice crew, along with Hayden Tiffin, a new 2022 recruit, raced in the J16 Quad on Sunday, again learning a lot from their first sculling race. However, the junior racing was dominated by Shanklin & Sandown who took the Aggregate Junior Cup.
Newport had a better day in the Small Boats races, with Matt Swiss retaining his Senior Sculls title, although he was pushed hard all the way to the finish by the Poole sculler. Toby Batchelor won the Novice Sculls event in his 1st sculling race of this season. In a very close race with Ben Sanderson of Ryde, he won by 2 feet. Newport also made the final of the Men’s Senior Pair but were outgunned by Itchen Imperial. Julie Clarke, for Newport, in her 1st sculling race, acquitted herself well against much younger opposition, finishing 3rd in her heat.
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