Newport Rowing Club tasted victory in their first competitive event of 2018, by convincingly winning the J16 Quadruple Sculls category at Saturday’s Coastal Fours Head of the River Race on the River Itchen, in Southampton.
Conditions were just about perfect at the weekend, with flat waters, moderate temperatures, sunny skies and virtually no wind.
The team’s result is testament to the hard work and hours of training put in by crew – comprising of Toby Lucas, Finlay Bamlett, Toby Batchelor, Jonjo Findlay and coxswain Emily Oatley – over the winter months, being as their last competitive outing at the South Coast Championships, at Dorney Lake in September also finished on the top step of the podium.
A Head of the River Race is basically a time trial, with crews being set off at timed intervals and the winner being the crew that covers the 4 mile course in the shortest time. In the case of the Newport J16 Quad, competing in the afternoon’s 2nd Division, this was a very respectable 18 minutes and 39 seconds, a full 12 seconds in front of runners-up Southsea.
Also rowing for Newport, in the morning’s 1st Division, were the men’s Junior Four, made up of Toby Batchelor, Olly Coulson, Matt Chalmers, Jonjo Findlay and coxswain Emily Oatley. A very competitive row in a challenging field saw this crew cover the course in 17 minutes and 2 seconds to place 4th in their category.
The coaches at Newport were very pleased with the efforts of their crews, in laying down markers for the upcoming Hants and Dorset regatta season, which begins on Saturday 5th May, at Coalporters Rowing Club.
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