Photo by Lisa Atkin


The hottest day of the year so far saw Shanklin Sandown Rowing Club crews arrive at Southsea Regatta to very choppy water on Saturday.

The first race of the day was the J16 Girls quad, with Roxy Browne in the bow in only her second race for the club. She was joined by Yasmin Wright, Rachael Debenham, Kayleigh Batchelor and cox Daisy Faithfull who rowed strongly through the rough water to finish as the first Hampshire & Dorset crew, runners up in the race behind Herne Bay.

The Men’s Novice Four of Kevin Faithfull, Andrew Tapsell, Thomas Ashley and Owen Denness – with Daisy Faithfull coxing – had their first experience of the rough sea conditions but coped well to secure a place in the final

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The Ladies Junior 4 of Yasmin Wright, Lottie Tapsell, Rachael Debenham and Sophie Atkin – coxed by Emily Faithfull – were unfortunate to have an outside lane draw and were unlucky not to finish in the first 4 needed to qualify for their final.

By the time the Novice Four took to the water for their final, conditions were much improved, but still very warm. The crew had their best row of the season so far and finished 4th in the 8 boat final and were the 3rd Hampshire & Dorset crew to cross the line.

With the regatta running over 90 minutes late, Kayleigh Batchelor and Rachael Debenham had to wait for the final race of the day to row in the Ladies Double Sculls and this young crew rowed an excellent race, despite some steering problems, to finish as the second H&D crew home and 3rd overall.

The club would like to thank both Ryde and Newport Rowing Clubs and Coalporters Rowing Club for their support with boats and transport.

All Island rowing clubs are looking forward to some tight racing at Poole Regatta on Sunday.

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The J15 SSRC Double of Ethan Walters and Riley Horrix were invited to Dorney Lake on Sunday to trial for a place in the J16 GB team.

Despite being a year underage and in a strong cross tailwind, the boys excelled in this event, finishing in a time of 5.18 minutes – a personal best over this distance. In finishing in 6th position at this stage of their season, this bodes well for this year’s British Championships next month.

Also impressing on the river rowing scene is Shanklin oarsman Jamie Gamble, who competes this week at Royal Henley Regatta. Club members will travel up to support him on Wednesday, as he competes in the Temple challenge cup for the University of Surrey boat club.

Photo by Ursula Horrix


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