With the re-arranged date for Lymington Regatta now filling the only gap in the season it was not surprising that some Club entries were depleted crews having booked a mid-season break, but this didn’t lesson the excitement and quality of racing at the Milford-on-Sea Regatta on Saturday.
The race of the day was always going to be the Mens Senior Fours and, with Itchen Imperial “A” resting, it was expected that the Coalporters would keep their late charge for a Championship Title Row-Off alive but, with the unpredictable Lymington and a late entry from BTC with past champions and young hopefuls Simon Edwards, Harry Fox, Richard Hume, Simon Bailey (Stk) Chloe Weaver (Cox) making up the crew it was always going to be interesting, especially with near perfect conditions for the earlier races now starting to boil as the Southerly wind whipped up the waves. The BTC crew started with the expected early charge, but Coalporters matched them, getting back on terms and matching them stroke for stroke, going into their buoys level. Coalporters seemed to have the better turn and there was little between the boats with 300 mtrs left to row, up went the BTC rate, which some thought would be short lived, but Coalporters couldn’t respond and BTC rowed the crest of the waves to finish four lengths clear, leaving the Coalporters dream shattered and the absent Itchen Imperial “A” Crew Hants and Dorset Senior Champions.
To put the icing on the cake for the BTC Club, who went home with eight trophies, including the Mens Junior Fours Championship for Ed Crampin, Pete Snelling, Invar Lukas, Phil Sturley (Stk) Max Moody (Cox), who, like their senior four, found the rough water conditions to their liking in a close race with Westover and Christchurch. Closely matched to the buoys, Christchurch ‘A’ were first to turn followed by Westover, BTC and Christchurch ‘B’ hidden by spray on the outside of the course. With 200 mtrs remaining BTC were pulling clear, with Westover in second place looking a spent force just holding off Christchurch A as they crossed the line.
A polished looking Coalporters Senior Ladies Crew gained their first win of the season with four lengths to spare over Champions Itchen Imperial and their Mens Novice Four pipped Southampton to the post to win by a Canvas. BTC Ladies Masters were all smiles as they returned to the top of their table following last weeks narrow defeat by Christchurch and it was success for Southampton in the Mens Novice Sculls when Tom Stanley followed up his well earned second place at Poole with his first win of the season, turning the table on Ian Ratcliffe of BTC with a five lengths victory.
Next Saturdays racing is on the River Itchen at Southampton’s Cross House Hard starting at 10 am.
Senior Fours 1 BTC A, 2 Coalporters A, 3 Lymington A.
Masters+40 Fours 1 BTC A, 2 Coalporters A, 3 Itchen Imperial A.
Junior Senior Fours 1 Westover B, 2 Westover A, 3 Southampton A.
Junior Fours 1 BTC A, 2 Westover A, 3 Christchurch A.
Novice Fours 1 Coalporters A, 2 Southampton A, 3 Christchurch A.
Senior Pairs 1 Itchen Imperial A, 2 Shanklin A, 3 Lymington A.
Junior Pairs 1 Westover A, 2 Itchen Imperial A.
Senior Sculls 1 BTC (R Hume), 2 Itchen (Wardell), 3 Shanklin (Robertson).
Junior Sculls 1 Shanklin (Murray, 2 Lymington (Barnes), 3 Coalporters.
Novice Sculls 1 Southampton (Stanley). 2 BTC (Ratcliffe), 3 Poole (Southern).
Senior Fours 1 Coalporters A, 2 Itchen Imperial A.
Masters +40 1 BTC A, 2 Christchurch A, 3 Poole A.
Junior Fours 1 Poole B, Poole A, 3 Lymington A
Novice Fours 1 Poole A, 2 Lymington A, 3 Westover A.
Senior Pairs 1 Itchen Imperial A, 2 Poole A, 3 Lymington A.
Junior Pairs 1 Westover A, 2 Lymington A, 3 BTC A.
Senior Sculls 1 Itchen (Bull)
Junior Sculls 1 Poole (Crane), 2 Itchen (Townly), 3 BTC(Gooch).
Novice Sculls 1 BTC (Cook), 2 BTC (Moot).
Dave Stafford Challenge 1 BTC, 2 Itchen Imperial.