With the worst weather conditions of the Summer forecasted BTC Rowing Club took the brave decision late on Thursday evening to relocate their planned Weston Shore Regatta to the more placid waters of the River Itchen at Northam Bridge over the Coalporters Regatta Course.
Limiting events to Championship Fours and the Men’s Single Sculls, the regatta was completed within the limited tide time available thanks to the Coalporters Rowing Club who gave every support to the BTC Organising Committee by providing the full use of their facilities, making parking arrangements for boat trailers and officials and for laying the course.
Starting at 10 AM the programme was limited to 25 races deciding the outstanding overall Champions in the Men’s Junior Senior Fours, where the back to form Christchurch crew of G Robinson, J Glass-Hooper, T Mahy, R Quinn (Stk) D Elmy- Liddard (Cox) gained the point they needed with a five length win over BTC A and in both the Mens Senior Sculls and Senior Fours where Itchen Imperial needed a point in each to avoid a possible row-off in both statuses. This was made all the more interesting by a rare visit to the Hants and Dorset by Deal Rowing Club making entries in both events, but Itchen’s Mark Wardell had a comfortable win over Alex Robertson of Shanklin in their senior sculls heat and a two and half lengths win over W Dennis from Deal in the final to settle the single sculls title and Itchen Imperial beat the Deal Senior Four in their first round clash by a length and a half and BTC A by three and a half lengths in the Senior Fours final, ending any lingering hope they may have had.
Southampton’s Men finally gained their Novice Fours win, but it was their “B” crew who took the honours with Anthony Cairney, Ewan Saunders, Martin Antonio, Emer Rodriguez Formosan (Stk) Lisa Redwood (Cox) winning their heat against Christchurch and a Newport/Itchen Composite Four to face Southsea in the final. Both crews looked well matched as they raced into their turning buoys together. An excellent turn by Southampton’s Cox Lisa Redwood saw them coming away first with clear water between the boats and the impetus to drive them home to a 4 lengths victory.
In the Ladies Junior Fours, champions Poole RC got back to winning ways with a convincing win over championship runners up Southampton by 4 lengths in their heat and Ryde by 2 lengths in the final and both Itchen Imperial Senior Ladies and Southampton’s Master+40 Ladies came through unscathed whilst Christchurch made certain of winning the Ladies Novice Trophy with their “A” beating their “B” crew by one length in an all Christchurch Final.
Senior Fours 1 Itchen Imperial A, 2 BTC A
Masters +40 Fours 1 BTC A, 2 BTC B, 3 Coalporters A.
Junior Senior Fours 1 Christchurch A, 2 BTC A, 3 BTC B.
Junior Fours 1 Poole A, 2 Shanklin A, 3 Deal A.
Novice Fours 1 Southampton B, 2 Southsea A.
Senior Sculls 1 Itchen Imperial (Wardell), 2 Deal (Dennis)
Senior Fours 1 Itchen Imperial A, 2 BTC A.
Masters +40 Fours 1 Southampton A, 2 BTC A, 3 Poole A
Junior Fours 1Poole A, 2 Ryde A, 3 BTC A.
Novice Fours 1 Christchurch A, 2 Christchurch B.