SHOREHAM Rowing Club celebrated two fantastic days of racing at their home regattas with several race wins at the weekend.
The club picked up four wins and the ladies’ aggregate trophy at the Shoreham Regatta on Saturday and five wins at the Brighton & Hove Regatta on Sunday.
Flat water and bright sunshine welcomed the start of the regatta on Saturday. Home club Shoreham took an early win in the second race of the day, with the girls’ under-16 quad of Delphi Coombs, Ezra Hulme, Phoebe Mercer and Bethe Buchanan, coxed by Becky Povey, storming home to a comfortable victory over nearest rivals Bexhill and Deal.
Shoreham’s Sally Hills and Sarah Bareham were victorious in the ladies senior pairs, and Sally Hills, Charlotte Pigg, Gemma Stoner and Bareham, coxed by Povey, won the ladies senior four.
The home club also won two of the closest, most exciting races of the weekend.
The ladies double sculls on Saturday saw Hulme and Bareham three lengths behind rivals Dover at the halfway turn. However, the Shoreham pair showed real determination to snatch the victory by less than a foot in the final few metres.
The following day at the Brighton Regatta, Shoreham’s men’s novice four of Olli Knight, Toby Strevens, Mark Dier and Luke Denis le Seve, coxed by Sally Hills, triumphed in a nail-biting race against Dover.
They were neck and neck for most of the 2k course but Shoreham dug deep to gain the first victory for the club’s recently-launched new boat, the Fruits de Mer.
The women’s squads again shone at the Brighton & Hove regatta, with convincing victories again for the girls’ under-16 quad, the ladies senior pair and the ladies senior four, despite the rough water and tricky conditions.
Shoreham’s men’s squads also starred in Brighton. Alongside a stunning row from the men’s novice four, the men’s junior pair of James Tilley and James Mouland also rowed well to gain their first championship win this season.
The girls’ quad and ladies seniors are now leading their respective CARA championships but, with ten regattas left to row, the squads will continue to train hard to maintain their leads.
The club thank everyone who supported the regatta, particularly Neil Oxley Aggregate Supplies, who sponsored the Shoreham Regatta.
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