Shanklin Sandown Rowing Club enjoyed a successful start to the Hants and Dorset season, securing 3 victories at the Milford Regatta.

The Men’s Junior Four of Arlo Adds, Carter Horrix, Louis Sheasby, Fred Giemza-Pipe & Esme Walters (cox) comfortably qualified for the final and – despite a good start – found themselves level with Itchen. The crew surged from the turn however, pushing themselves back in front to win by a length.

Sheasby and Horrix also took the plaudits in the Open Double Sculls, after another hard race with the pair holding off a late challenge from Christchurch.

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The club’s 3rd victory of the day came courtesy of the Girls J14 Quad of Izzy Bounds, Rose Collier, Ella Haydon, Layla Katirewa and Esme Walters (cox), with the crew also finishing in 3rd spot in the J16 race.

Fred Giemza-Pipe also contested the Novice Sculls event, where – despite a late push for the line – lost out by a canvas to Itchen.

There was an excellent 3rd place finish, in their first time competing at this event for Esme Walters and Anna Scott in the Open Ladies Double. Also securing 3rd place were the Masters Ladies, where Anna teamed up with Stella Gamble, Lisa Robertson and Jane Denby-Roach, whilst the Masters Men of Gary Burch, John Langborne, Paul Gamble and Kev Faithfull finished 4th.

The Novice Ladies Four of Lisa Atkin, Theodora Travers, Sam Travis, Evie Selway and Jane Denby-Roach (cox) secured a place in the final in their first experience of side-by-side racing where they finished in fifth spot as did Kev Faithfull and John Langborne making their debut in the Men’s Junior Pair.

Select Junior crews look forward to competing this weekend at the National Schools Regatta at Dorney Lake and a large contingent will also represent the club at the second Hants and Dorset regatta at Poole.

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J16 Coxed Quad At Milford. Missing Lars.2
J16 Coxed Quad

Crews & Scullers from Wightlink sponsored Ryde Rowing Club also competed in the first Hants and Dorset Amateur Rowing Association Regatta of the season on Saturday (18th May 2024).

In the 1st race of the day, the Ryde Boys J16 Coxed Quad of Mai Read, Lars Groothuis, Charlie Watts, Joe Bird and Ruby Read coxing rowed excellently to win the event.

There was also an excellent row from Ryde’s men’s Novice Four of Ben Robotham, Yogi Ashworth. Joe Roberts and Joe Bird with and Harry Watts (Cox) – who finished 2nd in their heat to qualify for the final where they finished in 2nd place.

The Ryde Clubs men’s Junior Senior Four of Ben Sanderson, Will Hall, Dale Buckett and Paddy Kearney with Mai Read coxing also raced well to finish in 2nd place in their final.

In the Men’s Senior Pairs Ryde’s Paddy Kearney and Will Hall racing for the first time at this level following their promotion in status after last season’s Junior Pairs wins finished 4th in the Final.

Milford. Boys J16 Coxed Quad
J16 Coxed Quad

In the Men’s Junior Pair, the young Ryde Crew of Charlie Watts and Joe Roberts won their heat and finished in 4th place in their Final – a strong performance.

Ryde’s men’s Double scull of Paddy Kearney and Will Hall finished in 6th place in their final.

In the Ladies Double Sculls event the young Ryde double of Mai Read and Emily Kellerman, racing against adult opposition, did exceptionally well to finish in 6th place in their Final.

The Ryde Single Scullers competing at the event all scull ed reasonably well – the Men’s Coastal Junior Sculler Ben Sanderson finishing in 4tht place and the two Novice Scullers – Lars Groothuis and Yogi Ashworth finishing 4th and 5th in their respective heats – failing to make the final.


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Photo (L-to-R): Mariana Hare, Jake Garner, Vlad Galai, Connor Garner, Harry Hare, Ed Hopper, Chris Clarke, Nathaniel Hamilton, Carl Norbruch.

Newport Rowing Club kicked off the 2024 Hants & Dorset regatta season with the short trip across the Solent to Lymington Regatta (staged at Milford-on-Sea).

Milford is notorious for rough water; however the early rounds were conducted in very calm conditions. As the day progressed, the waves increased.

In the Novice crew, Carl Nordbruch, Ed Hopper, and cox Vlad Galai were making their racing debut, alongside Chris Clarke and Jake Garner who raced last year. The crew were well prepared though, and finished a strong 2nd in their heat. In the final they were dealt the outside lane which had the roughest water, and they finished 6th.

The Junior crew of Nathaniel Hamilton, Connor Gonnor, Harry Hare, Jake Garner (rowing again) – with cox Mariana Hare – also showed strongly in their heat finishing 2nd.

In the final, they made a strong start off the line, leading in the early stages, but were overhauled, eventually finishing 4th.

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