Shanklin enjoy further success at Milford regatta!

Shanklin enjoyed further success at Milford regatta this weekend following the four wins gained from the first two regattas of the season. The club took a small squad to Milford on Sea, where the home regatta of Lymington Rowing Club is held. The forecast was for a warm day and calm conditions, which was true of the weather for the first events.

The first race for the club was the Girls J16 Four, the crew featured Juliette Wrixon, Hannah Cusworth, Amber de Landro, Rebecca Nigh and cox Amber Pierce. The crew faced six other crews, in a field that has proved itself in recent events as one of a very high quality. Despite this, the girls went in with high hopes, and delivered, with an excellent start that placed them in the leading three crews over the 1000 metre course. By the half way mark they were comfortably sitting in third place, slightly adrift of the leading Itchen and Christchurch crews. In the closing stages, the girls were challenged by the fourth placed crew and due to the stagger of the finish line, they missed out narrowly on the third place finish. A great performance nevertheless from the girls.

The club then waited two hours for the Mens Junior Fours race, the crew featuring Joseph Robertson, Matthew Miselbach, Harry Hopper, Harry Miselbach and cox John Forrest had won their Novice at Shanklin regatta and were hoping to test the field in their first Junior race. They raced in what has already been proven as the closest field of crews on the Hants and Dorset and performed well, taking fifth place out of eight, but more importantly beating both event winners from Ryde and Shanklin, further proving the potential of the crew at Junior status.

Shanklin’s next event was the Mens Junior Sculls. After both a win and a second place at the island regattas, Alex Robertson was hoping to regain the lead in his Hants and Dorset championship. With the calm conditions making way for the more traditional Milford 'chop', the chances were looking up for the sculler. Off the start Alex took a quick lead and after leading in and out of the turn, he held a comfortable lead to the finish, as other scullers struggled in the difficult conditions. The win takes his championship to 2-1.

The next of Shanklin’s championship events was the Mens Junior Pair. Alex Robertson and Joe Murray won convincingly at both Ryde and Shanklin regattas. However, Milford would prove to be a sticking point for the duo. After a re row was called after four pairs collided at the start, the pair lead the re row and entered the buoy turn two lengths ahead. However after a poor turn the pair were then up against it to hold off the Southampton pair in lane one. The Southampton pair raced well to level with the Shanklin pair and forced yet another re row as a dead heat was concluded! In the third re row Shanklin once again held a two length lead, but once again failed at the buoy turn, this time missing their buoy and granting Southampton the unassailable lead that would hand them the win! The boys will feel a little hard done to, as three unfortunate incidents lead to them having the race snatched from them. This leaves the clubs second championship sitting at 2-1 also!

The final race of the day was the Dave Stafford Challenge, an event that has specific crew requirements (Female stroke, Novice in three, Senior or lower in two, Junior or lower in bow) Shanklin, whilst conforming to the rules, couldn't quite match the firepower in other crews, as the majority of the field had two Seniors, a junior and a novice in their boats. Whilst Shanklin could only field a crew with two juniors and two novices! However, the crew featuring Joe Robertson, Matt Miselbach, Amber de Landro, Amber Pierce and cox Alex Robertson pulled out an incredible David vs Goliath performance! After a poor start left them in last place, the crew slowly crawled back through the field in the choppy conditions and entered the buoy turn in fourth place. After a fantastic turn, the crew saw themselves in second place with the crews of far greater experience lying in their wake! The experience of some crews did show through however and in the final stages two BTC crews crept past Shanklin and the crew eventually missed out on third place by a mere canvas! An amazing performance from the four!

The event was one that had highs and lows for the club, but ultimately showed both the success the club can achieve and the promise to achieve further success! They will take this promise to Coalporters regatta next weekend!

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