A successful Woolston Regatta at Southampton’s Weston Shore but no wins to mark the events 70 Anniversary for the host club. First rowed on the 10th September 1945, at the invitation of the Mayor of Southampton J C Dyer, the newly formed Southampton Amateur Rowing Club were asked by the Mayor to organise the event as part of the V E Day Celebrations.
Sadly, for the first time in those 70 years, the Mens Senior Fours race had to be cancelled when Itchen Imperial were the only Club out of the twelve Hants and Dorset Affiliated Clubs who could muster an entry. Thankfully all other events were well supported with some close finishes on the deceptively choppy conditions.
In the Mens Junior Senior Fours Poole demonstrated the growing strength of their club with a 3 lengths win over the improving Southampton who held BTC off by just half a length to take second place. In the Mens Junior Four BTC, with E Crampin, P Snelling, I Lukas, P Sturley (Stk) M Moody (Cox), had their supporters cheering as they crossed the finishing line a canvas ahead of the charging Christchurch A with Christchurch C third. But the Mens Novice Fours proved to be the race of the day with Shanklin Rowing Club putting in a determined finishing spurt to take line honours by just 2 feet from Poole A with Christchurch B third three lengths behind.
In the Ladies racing Itchen Imperial’s Junior Four, P Lewis, R Daniels, A Jenden, M Dunlop (Stk) had to be at their very best, holding off Westover by half a length with Coalporters a length down in third place, but an easy win for Westover in the Ladies Novice Fours made up for that as they romped home ahead of Lymington and Shanklin. In the Ladies Senior Fours Itchen Imperial had a comfortable win over BTC but a win for BTC’S J Wilson, K Hume, E Nicholls, L Mould (Stk) S Maxwell (Cox) keeps them on line for the first Ladies Masters Championship.
Masters +40 Fours 1 Itchen Imperial A, 2 Poole A, 3 Lymington A.
Junior Senior Fours 1 Poole A, 2 Southampton A, 3 BTC A.
Junior Fours Shanklin A, 2 Christchurch A, 3 Christchurch C.
Novice Fours 1 Shanklin A, 2 Poole A, 3 Christchurch B.
Senior Pairs 1 Itchen Imperial A, 2 Lymington A, 3 Coalporters A.
Junior Pairs 1 Westover B, 2 Westover A, 3 Itchen Imperial A.
Senior Sculls 1 Itchen (Wardell), 2 Itchen (Foad), 3 Shanklin (Robertson).
Junior Sculls 1 Newport (Fuccio), 2 Westover (Pulford).
Novice Sculls 1 Shanklin (Murray), 2 BTC (Ratcliffe), 3 Coalporters (Symes)
Boys J16 Sculls 1 Poole (Battley-Smith), 2 Ryde (Smith), 3 Ryde (Redstone).
Boys J16 Fours 1 Itchen Imperial, 2 Ryde A, 3 Poole A.
Senior Fours 1 Itchen Imperial A, 2 BTC A, 3 Itchen Imperial B.
Masters +40 Fours 1 BTC A, 2 Southampton A, 3 Poole A.
Junior Fours 1 Itchen Imperial, 2 Westover A, 3 Coalporters A.
Novice Fours 1 Westover A, 2 Lymington A, 3 Shanklin A.
Senior Pairs 1 Itchen Imperial A, 2 Itchen Imperial B, 3 Lymington A.
Junior Pairs 1 Westover A, 2 Lymington A, 3 Southampton A.
Senior Scull 1 Itchen (Bull), 2 Southsea (Harrison).
Junior Sculls 1 Itchen (Daniels), 2 BTC (Cook), Itchen (Lewis)
Girls J16 Sculls 1 BTC (Gooch), 2 Itchen (Grenyer), 3 Itchen (Magee).
Girls J16 Fours 1 Shanklin A, 2 Itchen Imperial A, 3 BTC A.
Mixed Fours 1 BTC.