Shanklin enjoy a 100% record at Woolston!
Shanklin arrived at Woolston regatta leading both the Mens Junior Pair and Mens Junior Sculls Hants and Dorset championships. Due to festival absences these were the clubs sole events entered in! They hoped of success in one or both of these events in order to hold the leads in the championships.
The Mens Junior Sculls was the fourth event of the day, and featured just four of the regular rowers, but importantly featured both Newport and Christchurch scullers whom both held one win to Shanklin's Alex Robertson's two. The water appeared to be flat with an offshore wind, but did have an unpredicatable swell. The race started well for Alex, with an aggressive start resulting in an early lead. He held a one length lead into the buoy turn, where a disasterous turn from Robertson was only saved by the equally poor turns from the other three scullers. On the return leg Robertson extended the lead to over three lengths and eventually took a comfortable victory over Christchurch and Westover who clsely fought out for second place. The resuly leaves the championship at 3-1-1 giving Alex and two win cushion at the top.
In order for Shanklin to make it two out of two and give the club a one hundred percent record, the Mens Junior Pair were at 3-1 in the championship after victory at Coalporters the week before, where Westover pushed the duo to the turn. It was the Westover pair that proved to be a problem for Shanklin again. An electric start from Westover gave them half a length over the Shanklin pair, but as Shanklin drew the Dorset crew back in, the crews collided and a re-row was called. The re-row went without hitch and after another quick Westover start, Shanklin rowed through the duo and after the turn, they held their opponents at over two lengths to the finish where Shanklin took their fourth win of the season. The race also featured in the outside lanes the Mens Senior Pair race, being rowed in unison. The Shanklin duo finished just a length behind the Senior winners, a further plus to take from their race. The championship stands now at 4-1 and gives Joe and Alex a comfortable lead.
The day proved to be well worth the extra travel for the club, and is the first 100% regatta in many a season for Shanklin. The next regatta is on the sunny shores of Swanage in Dorset on the 21st of June.