Controversy in the Mens Senior Fours Portsmouth Grand Challenge Cup Final at Southsea on Saturday when the race was stopped after just 200 metres when Folkestone, caught by a large wave over their stern, sank. From the beach it was looked upon purely as a racing accident with no other crews involved, but later clarification from the Judge said that Coalporters A, who were immediately behind Folkestone, were seriously impeded, causing the Umpire to stop the race. When the race was finally restarted Deal A, in the favoured number one position nearest the beach, got away to take a clear lead with Bexhill in second place followed by Coalporters, holding to their position at number nine and Itchen Imperial at seven. Around the buoys and Deal held a comfortable 3 lengths lead over Bexhill and Coalporters, with Itchen Imperial heading inshore to gain some advantage. But it was Deal’s race and only Coalporters holding a true course on the outside made any real impression on the rampant Deal. Itchen passed Bexhill to briefly move into second place, but with 200 mtrs to the line it was the Coalporters, making a race of it on the outside, who closed Deal down to take second place and the Hants and Dorset Championship point, whilst the Grand Challenge Cup headed back to Deal.
As always, competition between the Coast ARA and the Hants and Dorset Rowing Association was keen and Southampton based clubs had their share of the spoils with good wins for Itchen Imperial in the +40 Mens Masters Four, but only after three attempts at getting a clean start, having clashed with BTC after ten strokes on the first two occasions and in the Mens Novice Fours it was a Coalporters one / two, with their B crew, J Sayer, C Pierson, C Papenbrock, J Clarke (STK) taking line honours with a 2 length win over their A crew. BTC with Ed Crampin, Pete Snelling, Ingvar Lukas, Phil Sturley (Stk) Max Moody (Cox) in the Mens Junior Fours put on another good show with a 3 length win over Westover and Deal A, rowing a controlled race to take a four points lead in the Hants and Dorset Championship.
In the Ladies Events Itchen Imperial put up a good show against Shoreham in the Senior Fours winning by 31/2 lengths and BTC added a point to their Ladies Masters Championship tally beating Southampton into second place by 2 lengths. With Westover dominating the Ladies Junior Fours and Pairs and Southsea the Ladies Novice Fours it was left to Shoreham Ladies in the Senior Pairs to gain an unexpected win over Itchen Imperial and Worthing to dominate in the Ladies Novice Sculls.
Senior Fours 1 Deal A, 2 Coalporters A, 3 Itchen Imperial A
Master+40 Fours 1 Itchen Imperial A, 2 Lymington A, 3 Coalporters A
Masters +50 Fours 1 Bexhill A, 2 Herne Bay A.
Junior Senior Fours 1 Deal A, 2 Westover, 3 Poole A.
Junior Fours 1 BTC A, 2 Worthing A, Deal A.
Novice Fours 1 Coalporters B, 2 Coalporters A, 3 Poole B.
Senior Pairs 1 Itchen Imperial A, 2 Bexhill A, 3 Bexhill C.
Junior Pairs 1 Deal B, 2 Westover A, 3 Dover A.
Senior Sculls 1 Deal (Dennis), 2 Bexhill (Holdaway), 3 Bexhill (McCorry).
Junior Sculls Not Rowed
J16 Quads 1 Deal A, 2 Itchen Imperial A, 3 Ryde A.
Senior Fours 1 Itchen Imperial A, 2 Shoreham A, 3 Coalporters A.
Masters +40 Fours 1 BTC A, 2 Southampton A, 3 Poole A.
Junior Fours 1 Westover A, 2 Worthing A, 3 Deal A.
Novice Fours 1 Southsea A, 2 Itchen Imperial, 3 Dover A.
Senior Pairs 1 Shoreham A, Itchen Imperial A, 3Poole A.
Junior Pairs 1 Westover, 2 Shoreham A, 3 Deal A.
Junior Sculls 1 Poole, 2 Itchen Imperial.
Novice Sculls 1 Worthing B, 2 Dover A, 3 Dover B.