Shanklin Sandown Rowing Club’s Riley Horrix and Ethan Walters have earnt themselves a place in the J14 double skull race at the Junior Inter Regional Regatta in Nottingham.
Each year coaches pick the best crews from the region to represent Wessex at the national event, which comprises of J14/15/16 races in everything from the single scull to an Oct Scull.
Despite the duo both only being 13, they were put up against a crew from Itchen at the weekend to race off for the all important spot on the starting position in the J14 at Nottingham.
Having to row off in the morning of the Southampton Coastal Fours Head, the pair arrived at Itchen Imperial to find the water was not too unfamiliar as a nasty wind swept across the mouth of the River Itchen.
After Itchen coach Chris Foad rightly suggested it would be safer if the crews rowed up river to find better water, Riley and Ethan rowed over 4 kilometers just to get to the start. This didn’t phase them on the start line on the Coalporters regatta course however, as they enjoyed a strong start. With both crews having a strong race it was first and foremost a fantastic display of the talent within the region, however, it was indeed the Shanklin boat that eventually had the better of the 2 rows and earned the spot at Nottingham.
The boys went on to row up the course even further later in the day as they then competed in the J14 Mixed Quad Scull event. The duo now look forward to training for the Junior Inter Regional Regatta which takes place on Saturday 22nd April.