Sprint rowing on the Trent at Nottingham Spring Regatta

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Sunday, 29 June 2014 15:18 Written by Administrator

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The two town rowing clubs, Nottingham Rowing Club and Nottingham & Union Rowing Club, joined forces to run a modest but highly successful Sprint Regatta on Sunday 15th July. The course was 750m downstream on the River Trent, from the Victoria Suspension Bridge to the buttress opposite the Britannia boathouse, which made for excellent viewing for families, joggers and dog walkers out on their Sunday stroll. It was a traditional, side-by-side, one-on-one, winner-takes-all event, which of late has been superseded by multi-lane regattas.

For many competitors it was their first regatta, and youngsters from the age of 12 were in action. Andrew Wilson from Oarsport loaned several boats for them to race in and he drove a trailer load, with sculls to match, from Oarsport's base at Ruddington. The scullers were particularly taken with the range of colours of the boats.

First winner of the day for Nottingham Rowing Club was the J17 double scull of James Mawby and Faisan Shah, building on their success at the National Schools Regatta; later in the day they also won J18 double sculls.

Women's coach Helen Bloor had five out of five wins - and claimed that she had now run out of novices after a fabulous day. Caitlin Olney won Women's Novice single sculls. Brodie Holmes was the Women's Intermediate 3 sculls winner. In an all-Nottingham Novice fours final, Suze Wynne, Lucy Rogers, Katie Baggot and Belinda Tory were coxed to victory by Jo Dodgson. The Women's Masters D (over 50) four of Ruth Hyde, Sarah Royles, Jill Titterton and Elly Welham coxed by Suze Wynne beat Loughborough Boat Club in the final. The Women's Intermediate 3 eight of Amy Stevenson, Kat Aguilar-Agon, Nicky Gray, Lucy Rogers, Gill Shuttleworth, Caitlin Olney, Katie Baggott, and Brodie Holmes coxed by Jo Dodgson beat Nottingham Trent University in a re-rowed final after a barge ran into the University crew on the first attempt.

Max Parker, although only 14 years old, had his first win of the season in J18 Sculls. Chairman of the Regatta Tony Lorrimer won Masters G quadruple Sculls with Bill Payne, Stuart Wharton and Mike Collier. After some controversial steering that had put paid to their opposition, the Men's D Masters four was a somewhat tarnished victory for Dave Knight and Kevin Titterton as part of a joint crew with Derby Rowing Club.

Ellie Townsend and Rachael Heap, part of a new group of Juniors coached by Jonny Richardson and Ashley Hewitt won Women's J15 Double Sculls.

The last race of the day saw Katie Swales, Siena Hayes, Priya Jenkins and Charlotte Brown win Women's Intermediate3 quadruple sculls with a fine display of sculling.

With five wins in the morning and seven in the afternoon session Nottingham Rowing Club are within touching distance of 1,000 wins since the club was formed in 2006.