Shanklin Sandown Rowing Club took 5 crews to the British Junior Championships last weekend, with a fair amount of success.
Ethan Walters and Riley Horrix, part of the Isle of Wight Council Talented Athlete programme, claimed the silver medal in the J15 Double Sculls. The crew set the third-fastest time in time trial element of the event and then, after a comfortable semi-final, came up against a strong crew from Maidenhead.
The race, over the full 2000m course, saw the lead change hands between the 2 crews on a couple of occasions during the first 1500m, but a final push for the line by Maidenhead just gave them the advantage as they held on to win by a length.
The other crews were competing at this event for the first time, with Kayleigh Batchelor finishing 9th in a large field of 90 competitors in the skills-based J14 Omnium event.
Lottie Tapsell coped very well with the blustery conditions to secure 3rd spot in the C final of the J16 Sculls.
Rachael Debenham and Yasmin Wright also finished 3rd in their final after a very closely contested WJ16 Double Sculls time trial, where only 7 seconds separated 12th to 19th positions.
The club’s 5th crew at the event, the recently formed J15 Double of Owen Denness and Thomas Ashley, had an excellent debut to qualify for their first final only to see it cancelled due to the worsening conditions.
Shankkin and Sandownb were also represented at Coalporters Regatta in Southampton by 2 crews.
Jamie Gamble and George Glenister secured the Hants & Dorset Junior Men’s Pairs Championship with 3 regattas of the season left with a fine win over Southsea in the final.
The ever-improving Emily Faithfull secured a place in the final after negotiating 2 rounds of competition to secure 3rd spot in the Junior Ladies Sculls final.
The club travel to Southampton again this week for Itchen Regatta.