Isle of Wight Rowing Forum Indoor Championships

The 2021 IW Rowing forum indoor rowing championships took place last weekend hosted by Shanklin. The event this year featured adult rowers for the first time and there were some exciting races and quite a few personal bests.

The Masters event saw a win for Shanklin’s John Langbourne from clubmate Paul Gamble, both in personal best times, with Chris Mullin of Newport, the event’s oldest competitor finishing in third.

Shanklin took the top spots in the year 9 boys' event, with Carter Horrix first from Louis Sheasby, and the year 7 girl’s race with Layla Katirewa winning from Immy Burfitt & Izzy Bounds. The adult boy’s event saw the closest finish of the day with Will Hall beating fellow Ryde rower Paddy McKearney, with Yas Wright winning the equivalent girl’s race from Beth Walpole-Davies and Shanklin’s Frances Katirewa winning the Year 12 girl’s race from Fauve Hooper-Phelps.

The year 11 boy’s event had the largest field of the day with Newport’s Connor Garner taking the plaudits from Shanklin’s Ben Smith & Ollie Hatch who were second and third respectively, whilst the year 11 girls event saw the top two spots go to Kayleigh Batchelor & Esme Walters.

The club’s crews see a return to the water this weekend in the second of the winter time trials.