Shanklin enjoy most successful regatta of the year!

The club travelled to Poole with a mixture of J16 and adult crews with the hope of continued success. This proved to materialise, as the club enjoyed its best set of results this season, with 4 wins, 1 second place and 2 third places and a host of fantastic performances from amateur crews!

The club had five J16 crews attending the regatta, 2 boys fours, 2 mixed fours and 1 girls four. In the J16 boys fours, the clubs A boat of Joe Robertson, Matt Miselbach, Harry Hopper, Harry Miselbach and cox Anja Bennett had a good start and powered into the lead past the half way point, holding this lead of over three lengths to the finish, taking a dominant victory. In the same race, the B boat of Jamiey Wain, Tom Leaver, Will Allsop, Sam Mabey and Alex Robertson had a lighting fast start, taking the race lead. The lead was shortly handed over to the A boat, and despite a fantastic race, the boys just missed out on a podium finish in the last few hundred metres, finishing fourth, an incredible row for the guys!

In the girls J16 fours, Juliette Wrixon, Daisy Faithful, Sophie Swallow, Hannah Cusworth and cox Rebecca Nigh were looking to gain the win that they had come so close to in previous races. They had a good start in a strong field of crews and started to move into the leading group of three crews. Despite a strong effort they couldnt find their way past the second place Christchurch crew who they had come second to at Swanage, with the home club Poole rowing to a two length victory. It was a fantastic performance from the girls, who had to row in some very difficult conditions!

The girls then joined forces with the J16 B crew, to make up two J16 Mixed fours, with Andrew Swallow replacing Tom Leaver. The crews both rowed extremely well in what was increasingly choppy water to gain a fourth and sixth place!

Harry Hopper and Alex Robertson rowed in the mixed double scull race. They had a race filled with problems, including crabs, poor buoy turns and blades slipping from hands! Which left the two wondering if they would have won the race, after the finished in fourth, just two lengths behind the eventual winners!

Harry featured in his regular crew, the Mens Junior Four, along side Joe Robertson, Henery Gove (replacing Harry Miselbach), Matt Miselbach and cox Anja Bennett. After a fantastic start that placed the crew one length ahead of the field after two hundred metres, they slipped to enter the turn about a length behind race and championship leaders BTC. After a strong row back, the crew were in a three way battle for second with Lymo and Itchen. They didnt quite have the legs on the two strong finishing crews, and finished less than a length behind in fourth place.

Harry Miselbach took a break from the Junior Four this week, and after winning the J16 Fours, hoped to make it a double in his J16 Sculls final. He once again faced J Nicholls of BTC. Someone who he has had some close races with in recent weeks. He, like many of the crews across the day, faced some choppy conditions on the course. This proved to play into Harrys hands, as he looked the more comfortable of the scullers in the race, and this showed as he crossed the line over three lengths ahead! A fantastic showing of boatmanship from the fifteen year old. It is now his second J16 sculls win from three races!

The club also had two girls J16 scullers. Hannah Cusworth and Rebecca Nigh faced similar conditions to Harry. They rowed well however, and were close to eventual winner Poole, with Hannah taking fourth and Rebecca in fifth. Rebecca also raced last minute for Southsea, in a Novice Ladies composite crew. After making the final they raced very well, suiting the conditions to take a fantastic second place finish!

The clubs championship winners turned out two wins once again. In the Mens Junior Sculls, Alex Robertson rowed comfortablely on the rough water to take a dominant four length victory. Alex then joined Joe Murray in the Mens Junior Pairs. The race saw some of the worst conditions of the day, with deep and frequent chop. Despite a bad start, the dup quickly settled into a rythem and within two hundred metres were in the lead. After an excellent buoy turn, they rowed back comfortablely to take a five length win.


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