BTC Rowing Regatta Report 2015

With just the Coalporters Regatta remaining three of the major championships are still to be decided. The Mens Junior Senior Fours, the most finely balanced, saw the early season favourites Poole take full advantage of a boat malfunction in the last weeks winners Newport boat.

From the start this was always going to be a tight race, with Newport looking to repeat their surprise win of last week still fresh in their minds, and Championship Leaders Westover needing the point to seal the Championship, whilst Poole needed a vital point to draw level with Championship Leaders. Newport dashed away from the start to take an early lead with Westover, Poole, Southampton and Christchurch less than a boats length between them stretched across the course in line abreast. Newport held on to a half length lead as the cleared their turning buoy with Christchurch, Westover and Poole still well in contention, Southampton now a length down. With 300 metre remaining Poole were making a charge, with their bow just edging into the lead when Newport abruptly stopped leaving Poole the clear leader over Westover and the prospect of a mouth watering clash next Saturday when Westover, Poole and Newport, barring accidents, should all meet in the Final.

The Ladies Masters event brought more disappointment for the BTC Ladies. Following shock defeats at both Poole and Itchen Regattas, BTC have now seen their Championship lead disappear and after again losing to Christchurch on Saturday will now have to win at the Coalporters Regatta to force an end of Season Row-off against Christchurch if they are to stand a chance of becoming the first official Hants & Dorset Ladies Masters Champions.

It was left to the BTC Junior Men to save the day for the host club with their Junior Champions, E Crampin, P Snelling, I Lukas, P Sturley (Stk) M Moody (Cox) putting in the best performance of the regatta by extending their Championship lead to six point with a 2 foot victory over closest rivals Westover in a blanket finish with Christchurch third, whilst newly promoted BTC Junior Mens Sculler Adam Ratcliffe got the biggest cheer of the day when winning his first Junior Final after being promoted from Novice only last week.
Results
Mens
Senior Fours 1 Itchen Imperial A, 2 Coalporters A, 3 BTC A.
Masters +40 Fours 1 Itchen Imperial A, 2 Poole A, 3 BTC A.
Junior Senior Fours 1 Poole A, 2 Westover A, 3 Southampton A.
Junior Fours 1 BTC A, 2 Westover A, 3 Christchurch A.
Novice Fours 1 Christchurch A, 2 Itchen Imperial A, 3 Poole A.
Senior Pairs 1 1 Itchen Imperial A, 2 Lymington A, 3 BTC A.
Junior Pairs 1 Westover B, 2 Itchen Imperial A, 3 Ryde A.
Senior Sculls 1 Itchen (Foad), 2 Itchen (Wardell), 3 BTC (R Hume).
Junior Sculls 1 BTC (Ratcliffe), 2 Shanklin (Murray), 3 Newport (Fuccio)
Novice Sculls 1 Ryde ( Buckett ), 2 Southampton ( Stanley ), 3 Christchurch ( Quinn ).
Boys J16Fours 1 BTC, 2 Ryde, 3 BTC.
Boys J16 Sculls 1 Poole, 2 Coalporters.

Ladies
Senior Fours 1 Itchen Imperial A, 2 Coalporters A, 3 Poole A.
Masters +40 Fours 1 Christchurch A, 2 Southampton A, 3 BTC A.
Junior Fours 1 Westover A, 2 Itchen Imperial A, 3 Poole A.
Novice Fours 1 Lymington A, 2 Poole A, 3 Westover A.
Senior Pairs 1 Itchen Imperial, 2 Poole A, 3 Lymington A.
Junior Pairs 1 Westover, 2 Poole A, 3 BTC A.
Senior Sculls 1 Itchen ( R McGregor-Ritchie ), 2 Itchen (J Bull), 3 Itchen (K McGregor-Ritchie).
Junior Sculls 1 Poole (K Crane ) 2 BTC (C Gooch),
Novice Sculls 1 BTC ( Cook), 2 BTC (Moot), 3 BTC ( L Gooch).
Girls J16 Fours 1 BTC, 2 Itchen Imperial,
Girls J16 Sculls 1 Poole, 2 BTC, 3 Coalporters.

Arthur Memorial Memorial 1 Southampton A, 2 BTC A, 3 Shanklin A.
John Bailey

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