Bonanza at Poole!!!
It was a record-breaking day for Shanklin Sandown Rowing Club, as they travelled to Dorset, for the rerun of Poole Regatta.
The club stormed the event, taking home the aggregate trophy for both the Junior and Open events, achieving a remarkable club record 9 wins!
The morning session was kicked off by quadruple scull domination in the junior events, with the Girls J16 Quad of Alannah Denness, Layla Katirewa, Beth Katirewa and Esme Walters striding to victory, a precedent which was followed by the Boys J14 Quad of Adam Farley, Daniel Page, Carter Horrix and Louis Sheasby just races later. This successful Boys combination impressively raced up two age-categories in the J16 Boys Quads as well, however they were marginally beaten by Shanklin’s ‘A’ crew of Arlo Adds, Ben Smith, Fred Giemza-Pipe and Ollie Hatch.
It was the single-scullers who took the stage next, with Rachael Debenham securing her second novice win of the season, and promotion to junior status, in comfortable fashion. Daisy Faithfull also won in impressive style with a late surge over stiff opposition from BTC, to take another step towards the championship and Emily Faithfull was narrowly beaten in the Ladies Junior sculls. The sisters then returned to winning ways with victory in the Ladies Senior Pairs, putting them in reach of the championship, whilst the Ladies Junior pairing of Kayleigh Batchelor and Yas Wright secured the club’s first championship of the season with a dominant win.
It was an all-Shanklin final in the Ladies Novice Fours, with the club fielding eight deserving athletes, all vying for promotion to Junior status. In one of the closest finishes of the day, it was the ‘B’ crew of Alannah Denness, Abi Swinscoe, Beth Katirewa & Esme Walters who came out on top on this occasion.
The club’s final victory of the regatta came in the Men’s JS Four, the crew of Ollie Hatch, Matt Page, Riley Horrix & Ethan Walters, battled it out with island rivals Ryde, with both crews matching each other to the turns, Shanklin came out first, and established a four length lead which they maintained to the finish.