With only two boat racing on the winding Christchurch Course and precision turning around the buoys difficult to achieve, rarely do you see a close finish but…
… Saturday saw the exception with BTC Senior Men just managing to hold off Ryde on the final bend to win by 1/4 length after coming away from the turn with a length and a half to spare. In the Junior Senior Fours Christchurch were smartly away from the start to take advantage of the first bend and led by 1 length over BTC as they passed the Town Quay, BTC made the best use of the Sailing Club bend to get back on terms but Christchurch’s better boat speed around their turning buoy put them back in the driving seat for a comfortably 1 1/2 length lead at the finish. The Mens Novice Fours was the closest finish of the day between Itchen’s S Paul, S O’Toole, R Jones A Barrclough (Stk) (Cox L Gooch) and BTC’s M Moody, E de la Vega, P Wilkins, J Kiddle (Stk) E Bourke (Cox). From the start they matched each other stroke for stroke, there was little to choose between them as the passed the quay and the sailing club, Itchen were first to hold their boat down at the turn but it was BTC who were first away with a one length lead. Back came the Itchen crew and both crews were level as they came out of the final bend with Itchen getting their final stroke in just ahead of BTC to win by less than 1/2 a canvas.
The Mens Junior Fours was again dominated by the very capable Christchurch Crew who set the fastest time of the day of 4.58 when beating Poole by a considerable margin and Itchen Imperial’s Senior Ladies Four remain unbeaten with 5 Championship Points. In the ladies Junior Fours Poole gained their third point of the season but were made to work very hard as Southampton’s L Barker, K Wood, L Florence, L Sadler (Stk) pushed them all the way. Southampton were leading at the Town Quay, and went into their buoy first, but it was Poole who came away with the lead. Southampton were back on terms going back passed the Quay but, with the final bend in Poole’s favour they crossed the finishing line 1/2 a length down. Southampton’s Master +40 Ladies with Andi Davies back in the bow gained their fourth point of the season but BTC’s +40 Mens Master missed their chance to get a point on the board when gear failure let them down leaving Poole with the Point in the absence of Championship Leader Itchen Imperial.
Senior Fours 1 BTC A, 2 Christchurch A.
Masters +40 Fours 1 Poole A, 2 BTC A.
Masters +50 Fours 1Christchurch A, 2 Poole A.
Junior Senior Fours 1 Christchurch A, 2 BTC A.
Junior Fours 1 Christchurch A, 2 Poole A.
Novice Fours 1 Itchen Imperial A, 2 BTC B.
J16 Boys 1 Christchurch B, 2 Christchurch A.
Senior Fours 1 Itchen Imperial A, Lymington A
Masters +40 Fours 1 Southampton A, 2 BTC A.
Junior Fours 1 Poole A, 2 Southampton A.
Novice Fours 1 Lymington A, 2 Ryde A.