Ethan Walters & Riley Horrix. Photo: Lisa Atkin



After a winter of cancelled events, Shanklin Sandown Rowing Club returned to competitive action on the water at the BTC Spring Head Race on the River Itchen in Southampton.

Ethan Walters and Riley Horrix carried on where they left off by winning the Men’s Open double sculls in impressive style. The victory, by over 20 seconds, placed them as the 3rd fastest crew overall in all boat classes, within their division.

Kayleigh Batchelor won the Ladies novice coastal sculls, and with club mates Rachael Debenham and Lottie Tapsell finishing 2nd and 3rd respectively, this made for an all Shanklin podium.

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The Junior Ladies Four of Yasmin Wright, Sophie Atkin, Lottie Tapsell, Rachael Debenham & Kayleigh Batchelor (cox) finished in 2nd place behind Poole by the closest of margins. The crew produced a positive performance and will be looking to reverse the result at the coastal fours head at the end of March.

Jonjo Findlay, who was making his debut for Shanklin, claimed the runner up spot in the Men’s coastal novice sculls and secured a 4th placed finish in the open river sculls against some tough opposition.

The club had a further podium success with a 3rd place finish for Owen Denness in the J16 sculls.

The club have 4 crews entered into the Coastal Fours & Pairs head at the end of March and will look to continue the great start to the season.

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