Saturday morning saw Shanklin Sandown Rowing Club cross the Solent for the fourth installment of the 2017 Hants and Dorset ARA season, but the typical British weather stopped any hopes of competition.
The championship leading Ladies Junior Pair and Sculls, Men’s Junior Four, Men’s Senior Pair and rowers in all 3 Men’s Sculling status’ were set to race on the day at Milford Regatta, hosted by Lymington Rowing Club.
Disaster struck half way across the Solent when the club received news that rough seas and a further deteriorating forecast had seen Lymington Rowing Club cancel their home regatta on safety grounds.
After reaching Southampton and soon being informed that school holiday demand wouldn’t see the club back on a ferry until 18:00, the club made the most of a bad situation and made the same journey they had done the week before – to the home of Itchen Imperial Rowing Club.
Not wanting to waste the day sulking about not being able to race and with all the equipment on the roof of the club van, the club rigged up the boats and went afloat on the River Itchen. Enjoying a successful morning training session along the 5km stretch of water and with the kind lending of single scull from BTC Southampton Rowing Club, the day had been far from wasted.
Lymington Rowing Club have stated they will run the regatta later in the season with a date yet to be confirmed.