Photo by Lisa Atkin


Shanklin Sandown Rowing Club travelled to Oxfordshire for the Abingdon Spring Head Race on Sunday 14th April.

There were promising results for the club yet again, most notably Riley Horrix’s win in the J15 1x. In the same event, Ethan Walters finished a close second and Owen Denness gained the third place position.

Walters and Horrix teamed up for their double in the first division and, after a collision brought them to a standstill and cost valuable seconds, they finished second, just 2 seconds off the winners.

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Kayleigh Batchelor continued to impress, coming second in the WJ14 1x before rowing with Rachael Debenham in the WJ15 2x and getting an agonisingly close 2nd place finish.

Shanklin’s run of seconds resumed with the WJ16 2x of Yasmin Wright and Lottie Tapsell. Lottie also went on to achieve the same feat in the WJ16 1x.

Abingdon Head offered 4 divisions, which is an unparalleled format, and this serves to provide many of Shanklin’s rowers with the opportunity to race in boats they may not usually row in. Owen Denness and Rachael Debenham had a solid row, as did the mixed J17 2x of Sophie Atkin and Ethan Walters, despite just rowing for time-only.

Shanklin Rowing Club are now fully focused on the Junior Inter Regional Rowing Regatta in Peterborough, which invites the top talent from all over England and Wales to race. The club will have 9 rowers representing the Wessex region this year.

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