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BOURNEMOUTH REGATTA 2017

Lymington ARC completed the 2017 rowing campaign with a positive end to the season with one victory and two thirds at Bournemouth Regatta.

LARC took a composite victory with fellow local club Christchurch as Lymington’s Tim Bull and Alan Taylor combined with ‘church’s Phil Scantlebury and Andy Holloway for the men’s masters over 50 final.

The over 50 category went in a combined final with the younger over 40 category. The sea state was a little awkward with a wind chop and big rolling waves but the Lymington / Christchurch composite crew got off to a strong start, controlling their blade work well in the conditions and finding themselves with a narrow lead over the entire field.

There would be drama at the turns but not involving the composite crew. Narrow second place Poole B, in lane 3, collided with BTC on the exit of the turn. The crews expected the race to stop but the officials allowed it to continue.

The composite crew had a safe turn, focused on holding their over 50 category lead, but kept their heads in the confusion and were a close third overall. Despite some large Sunseeker wash shipwrecking their first planned lift, the second one allowed them to row through Coalporters.

The Southampton-based club then got caught by that very wash and the composite crew crossed the line in second place overall, beating four over 40 crews and very comfortably winning the over 50 category.

Bull and Taylor would double up at the regatta but couldn’t convert that into a remarkable second win, finishing midtable in the men’s senior pairs.

There would be more Lymington / Christchurch action earlier in the day, but not on the same side. Junior sculler Alex Barnes looked to round off his season on a high with a win in the awkward conditions but to do that, he needed to scupper the championship chances of Jack Rose.

The Christchurch sculler went into his final dead-level at 4-4 with Ryde’s Dale Buckett in a winner-takes-all situation. However, a victory for Barnes or the scullers from Southsea and Poole would force a row-off for the title on Sunday morning.

Barnes front loaded his race, hoping a big start and a usual strong turn might put him amongst it for the drag race to the line but his challenge faded shortly after the turns. He would ultimately finish in third, Rose winning to take the championship. 

Lymington’s own ladies senior pairs championship winning crew were without Katie Martin for the final race of the season, so Joanna Wells returned to action to team with Livvi Bull.

Despite only having one training session in midweek, the Lymington pair had plenty of experience between them and kept themselves out of trouble in a nine boat field.

Title rivals Coalporters won the senior category behind Shanklin’s impressive junior pair, but the Lymington pair put in a valiant effort and took third place, narrowly missing out to Poole in a close group at the line.

Richard Wadsworth would have been hoping to finish his campaign on a high after excellent improvements throughout the season in the men’s novice scull. He qualified for his final with a solid second place.

In the final, he had a difficult task in one of the outside lanes but would be squeezed out of the top three by those on the inside. He kept within touching distance all the way up to the line and crossed the line to take 5th.

MILFORD REGATTA CANCELLED

After consulting the weather forecast, tide direction and wind direction we have made the very tough decision to cancel Milford regatta. With wind speeds gusting at 26mph from the west (which is on shore for Milford) it seems we have no choice but to make the call. It will not be re held this year.

POOLE REGATTA 2017

Lymington ARC took victory in the men’s masters over 40 fours final last Saturday at Poole Regatta.

The brand new crew of Marc Tremain, Mike Leyland-Jones, Hugo Mills, Peter Lock and cox Terry Woolford have trained throughout the year but have only recently reached the correct minimum age.

After a difficult start which saw BTC disqualified for pushing forwards across the line too far, Lymington powered away into a head to head battle with the host club, and current over 40 champions, Poole.

A good turn and initial run out of the buoys allowed Lymington to consolidate a lead but the racing was close as Poole chased them towards the line.

Only a couple of lengths separated the race leaders in the final 100 meters but Lymington’s crew were able to see off the challenge from the champions, crossing the finish line to take their maiden win in the category.

Newly crowned ladies senior pairs champions Livvi Bull and Katie Martin suffered a shock defeat, on paper, to a crew from the status below.

However rowing is raced on water and not on paper and Shanklin’s junior champions, Daisy and Emily Faithful, had dominated the division below, proving to be more than a handful for the Lymington ladies, crossing the line a length and a half ahead of Bull and Martin.

On a more positive note, Lymington’s duo did inflict further misery on former title rivals Coalporters, again condemning them to finishing on the tail of the LARC pair.

The club’s men’s novice fours crew of Jeremy Baker, Charlie Weston, Sam Botting and Lewis Butchers narrowly missed out on, for three of them, their first victory in the category. They produced a valiant fight back from the buoy turns against a strong BTC crew.

Going into the turn two and a half lengths down, Lymington dragged themselves to within a canvas with 300 meters to go but BTC had a little spare in the tank, holding the margin for a quick double hoot as the crews crossed the line.

Tim Bull joined a BTC crew to race the men’s masters over 50 category and finished second to Kingston Press. The Girls J16 four were a strong third in their final again.

It was mix and match for the club’s scullers. Alex Barnes finished fourth at senior level, turned back round onto the line and raced again, only to be beaten into fourth again by novice status team-mate Richard Wadsworth, who was also racing a higher status, in the junior scull final.

Wadsworth then did likewise, having won his actual categories heat earlier in the morning, and pulled off a strong performance in torrential rain to secure another third in the men’s novice sculls behind two scullers who were very fast and finished dead-level.

Only the ladies junior fours failed to progress from their heat. However, to say they had a tough challenge would be an understatement. In a race that consisted of the current champions, the championship runners up and a strong Christchurch crew, Lymington were a respectable fourth.

Considering the three crews who beat them then secured the podium spots in the final later on, it was a very good result for the junior ladies.

Next weekend, Lymington are due to host their rerun of Milford regatta after the initial attempt was cancelled due to poor weather earlier this year.

BTC REGATTA - LYMINGTON WIN THE LADIES SENIOR PAIRS CHAMPIONSHIP!

Lymington A.R.C rowers Livvi Bull and Katie Martin have won the ladies senior pairs championship this past weekend at a rain soaked BTC regatta. 

The duo held off competition from championship rivals Coalporters to take their fifth point of the season, leaving the Southampton based club with a four point gap and only three points available this season. 

Bull and Martin have also ended Itchen's domination of the category and are the first ladies to secure the senior championship from any other club since 2013.

They started the race with a little bit of trepidation after losing the last point to the strong Coalporters pairing. Barely anything separated Lymington and Coalporters on the first leg with Southampton, Poole and Bournemouth fighting for the minor podium place. 

Conditions were challenging and the Lymington pair had to maintain their composure as they came out of the turns, with the officials reporting that they were half a length down to Coalporters. 

On the return leg, Coalporters tried to squeeze past Lymington on the outside of a well marked wooden post. However, not to be bullied, Lymington's crew held their nerve and Bull held her course. The two crews clashed blades as Coalporters were pressured, the officials deeming Lymington had done nothing wrong. 

From there it was a drag race to the finish line and Coalporters simply couldn't recover. Bull and Martin rowed away into a comfortable three length advantage, crossing the line to secure the ladies senior pairs championship. 

It marks a fantastic achievement by the ladies and is Bull's second title in a row whilst Martin claims her first championship for the club. 

Lymington ARC were again well represented at BTC regatta with strong performances from members. 

In tough conditions and awkward sideways chop, Richard Wadsworth produced the second best result of the day after the ladies senior pairs championship victory for Livvi Bull and Katie Martin. 

Men's novice sculler Wadsworth had to progress from his heat in torrential rain during the morning. Once in the final, which took place that afternoon, Wadsworth had a good run down to the buoy turns. 

His race unravelled a little bit there and found himself in the second half of the field with plenty of work to do. He chased down Joe Robertson of Shanklin and eventual race winner Wayne Harrison of Itchen, who rows in the senior four as well, to finish in a excellent third place for the club. 

Lymington also had two very late entries in the men's senior scull category. Veteran Tim Bull and junior status sculler Alex Barnes decided to join that race as they felt they were well suited to the conditions. 

In the nine boat field, both Lymington scullers had a neck and neck race but also held onto the coat-tails of the top four which included two championship contenders and the current defending champion. Barnes finished within a length of 2016 champion Mark Wardell and only a few lengths up on Bull with them finishing in respectable 5th and 6th places. 

The Girls J16 crew had a tough race in their combined final with the J16 boys and mixed crews, finishing fifth. It follows on from an excellent result last week at Southsea where the clubs youngest crew, ranging from 15 to just 13, secured second place in the adult women's novice category. 

COALPORTERS REGATTA 2017

Livvi Bull and Katie Martin's ladies senior pairs campaign hit a slight snag this past weekend as they were beaten by host club Coalporters. 

It is the first time that Bull, who secured the junior pairs championship with Lucy Taylor last season, has lost a pairs race since 2015 but it was a fighting defeat for the championship leaders none-the-less.

It was all looking good after they put down a big win over Southampton, who'd nearly snatched the win last weekend at Weston Shore, comfortably qualifying for the final. 

Six hours later and Lymington looked to put themselves on championship point with a fifth win of the season. 

Southampton qualifyed as fastest losers, but Coalporters had set a similar time to Bull and Martin in their own heat. 

Neck and neck with Coalporters out of the turns, Lymington found themselves in a tough race. The host club found some extra pace in the final run up to the line and pushed past, taking out a two lengths lead over Lymington.

Bull and Martin threw one big attack at Coalporters in the final sprint, but the hosts had a burst of their own and maintained their advantage to take their first win of the season. 

With the championship now at 4-1, Coalporters must win all five of the remaining races in order to take the title. 

With Southampton's pair also a potential race winner in rough water, and with Southsea, Milford and Bournemouth regattas all threatened by the weather, the odds remain on the side of Lymington pair.

With the execption of chairman Mark Viner, officiating the regatta, and ladies pairs coach Tim Bull, men's junior sculler Alex Barnes was Lymington's only other representative.

He suffered a not-totally-unexpected defeat to Shanklin's Harry Miselbach in the junior sculls heat but just 10 minutes later, Barnes narrowly missed out on a place in the men's senior scull final. He lost by half a length to veteran BTC sculler Malcolm Hume in the higher categories' semi-final. 

With the small boats section of Newport regatta unfortunately cancelled due to another event on the river medina, Lymington's next race will be at Southsea regatta in two weeks time. 

Thank you to Kady Middleton for the photo.

WOOLSTON REGATTA 2017

Lymington ARC continue to build towards a successful second half of the season after another strong performance at Woolston Regatta in Southampton.

Ladies Senior Pair championship leaders Livvi Bull and Katie Martin edged closer to the title with a fourth win in extremely difficult conditions at Weston Shore. 

Whilst their previous wins had been comfortable, the Lymington duo struggled on the return leg. Southampton's pair of Louise Florence and Linzi Sadler set about dramatically cutting down the Lymington lead, and soon pulled level.

However, Southampton's course was poor and they drifted from lane four all the way across to the inside lane. Bull, steering from the bow seat, had her course spot on and this proved to be the winning factor.

On the final sprint to the line, Southampton had to adjust course to make sure they crossed the finish line, allowing Lymington to hold on and take the win by just a matter of feet. 

Lymington didn't win any further races but had a further three podium places and two more fourths, with every representative securing a top four finish. 

Men's Junior sculler Alex Barnes secured a season best of second in his final whilst Lymington's J16 girls performed superbly in the difficult water, finishing as runners up and between two Bournemouth crews who would later finish second and fourth in the adult ladies category later. 

Towards the end of the day, the Men's Novice Fours crew looked to build on their victory in the heats. The category is proving to be competitive and they had to settle for a fighting third place. 

Novice sculler Richard Wadsworth was pleased with his efforts through the heats but had a tough ask in lane one with high winds pushing all the crews into the shore. Wadsworth kept within touching distance of the top three but ultimately finished fourth. 

In the men's senior pairs final, a strong effort from Peter Lock and Tim Bull put them well amongst the championship contenders until the last 500 meters.  

They were passed by overall leaders Itchen on the return leg before their chances of a top three finish were unfortunately scuppered after Poole collided with them on the run up to the line. 

Photo: Livvi Bull and Katie Martin lead the ladies senior pairs final (credit: Paula Williams / HDARA)

LAURA WINS COX OF THE DAY!

Lymington ARC coxswain Laura Lock was rewarded for her fine efforts at Swanage regatta with the coverted 'cox of the day' award. 

Her most notable performance at the regatta was in the men's novice fours. Combining her experienced coaching from the coxswain's seat with an excellent buoy turn, Lock guided Lymington's crew through a competitive heat and into the final.

Once there, she made sure her crew left the turn with a two lengths advantage, only for a broken seat in the bow to leave them limping back with three rowers.

They managed to hold onto fourth on the line and Lock was later announced as the best coxswain from the entire association for that regatta. 

Not only did Lock win cox of the day, her club also won the first ever Swanage Fancy Dress competition and collected their trophy the followed weekend at Woolston regatta.

SWANAGE REGATTA 2017

Lymington ARC's ladies senior pair of Livvi Bull and Katie Martin have extended their championship lead to three points after securing another victory at Swanage. 

Bull and Martin remain unbeaten this season after winning the opening final of the regatta. They faced opposition from Poole and Southampton but were comfortably clear by the time the pairs raced away from the turns. 

With Poole and Southampton squabbling over one of the six turning marks, Bull and Martin maintained their composure to seal the point with no further drama. 

For the first time this season, with the exception of the abandoned Milford regatta, Lymington had a strong field of crews on the water. 

Whilst there was only one win for the club, Lymington members featured in several top 3 finishes. 

The girls J16 crew of Anna Melin, Phoebe Collins, Catherine Gaskin and Eliza Butchers, along with club secretary Lucy Taylor as cox, couldn't quite replicate their Christchurch victory and had to settle for a very good second, finishing fourth overall amongst older boys crews in the combined event. 

There was a narrow third for the Men's Senior Pair of Rob Maltby and Pete Lock who rowed through Christchurch in a late surge and snatched third place on the line whilst veteran sculler Kenny Chalk took third place in the men's senior sculls final, beating current championship contender Adam Ratcliffe of BTC. 

A few Lymington crews reached their finals and performed well but ultimately had to settle for a spot outside the podium places. The J16 mixed four, ladies junior four, adult mixed four and men's senior four all had to settle for fourth place finishes. 

Scullers Joe Bull (men's novice) and Alex Barnes (men's junior) both finished in fourth while a broken seat in the men's novice fours crew robbed them of a 2 length lead in their final, forcing them to settle for fourth as well. 

Lymington had a finalist in the ladies novice fours whilst two men's novice fours, a ladies novice four and a ladies junior four, along with two senior pairs, were all eliminated in the heats. 

The club's masters division continue to compete with the over 50 crew left without a race in their own age category, so they raced the younger over 40 final instead, allowing Paul Du Bourg to make his debut in the bow seat. 

Next weekend Lymington will race at Weston Shore as Southampton host the sixth regatta of the season. The postponed Milford regatta will now be reorganised for the 5th of August.

Big thank you to Dan Angell-Collins for the photo!

CHRISTCHURCH REGATTA 2017

Lymington ARC's junior section enjoyed their first victory of the season as the J16 girls won their final at Christchurch. 

The Lymington crew of Anna Melin, Phoebe Collins, Catherine Gaskin, Eliza Butchers, who are all 15 but only have one age category to race in, and cox Terry Woolford had to qualify from a semi-final at the two lane fours only regatta.

However the final itself allowed the girls to show their quality and win with ease, crossing the line a considerable distance ahead of the eventual runners up. 

LYMINGTON JUNIORS COMPLETE FUNDRAISING CHALLENGE

On Sunday 21st May, 16 Lymington Junior rowers took on the challenge of rowing from Lymington Quay to Lepe Country Park and back. Funds raised will go towards the fit out of the new club house at the Redrow site. 

So, two coastal boats completed the journey in great spirits last Sunday, accompanied by safety ribs and adults (LARC would like to say a big thank you to Sea Jay's Sailing School for loaning the use of their rib). 

The weather was kind, the sun was shining, although the sea was a challenge for the valiant rowers, there were many blisters between them to prove this. 

The crews consisted of Evie, Luvena, Ellie, Steph, James, Finn, Jonah, Tim, Eliza, Anna, Catherine, Phoebe, Harrison, Jacob, Kirsty and Rebecaa; who gave up their time to fundraise for what will be fantastic community facility for Lymington. 

The junior crews train all year round, compete at the Heads of the Rivers races in the winter and are now competing in the main HDARA season. 

Recently, Lymington ARC attend the inter-regionals at the National Water Sports Centre in Holme Pierrepoint, Notts. 

They represented the Wessex Region in the Girls J15 quad. Against fierce competition at an elite level, the girls smashed their personal best and are set for a fantastic future. A

A video message from role models Olympians Heather Stanning and Helen Glover wishing them well caused much excitement!

For anyone interested in supporting the club to ensure that this legacy continue for the future generations of young rowers, please contact us on secretary@lymingtonrowingclub.com. 

ITCHEN REGATTA 2017

Livvi Bull and Katie Martin secured their second HDARA championship point in the Ladies Senior Pairs after winning at Itchen Imperial Regatta on Saturday whilst double scullers Peter Lock and Richard Wadsworth reclaimed their crown from 2014.

Bull and Martin were victorious in the opening race of the season at Shanklin but knew that choppy conditions on the short sprint course at Itchen were going to be a challenge.

However, they dealt with the water better than their opposition from Poole and Southampton in the final. Poole and Lymington were a little close to clashing blades at the start but moved apart safely.

Bull and Martin then stretched out into a two lengths lead on the heavy first leg of the course and a solid turn from Bull meant that they were exiting the buoy turn as Poole entered it.

Southampton would miss the buoy entirely and made this a two boat race. Poole tried to challenge on the fast return leg but they had too much work to do in little time, allowing Lymington to take a comfortable victory and a 2-0 advantage in the championship.

Earlier in the day, Lock and Wadsworth raced the Men’s Double Sculls final and had opposition from Southampton and Newport.

The Lymington duo powered out into an early advantage, with Southampton attempting to stay on their stern for the first leg.

However, it was the buoy turn where Southampton would be undone and a fast turn from the Lymington double extended their lead to four lengths.

Lock and Wadsworth stretched out further as they raced back down the course and were winners by some margin, taking back their title which they had last won in 2014.

The Girls J16’s Four made the club proud with a valiant runners up spot in their category. The crew of Anna, Phoebe, Catherine and Eliza had an incredibly close battle with Bournemouth in the semi-final.

Both young crews were neck and neck for the entire race and had to really dig deep for a place in the final. Lymington just about pulled it off, beating their Dorset rivals by just under a canvas on the line.

They then had a similar race against Itchen in the final where both crews could barely be separated for the first two thirds.

However, when it came down to the final sprint, two intense races had taken their toll on the Lymington girls and the slightly fresher Itchen crew opened up a three quarter length lead, meaning Lymington had to settle for the runners up spot.

There was also a second place finish for Lymington in the Men’s Masters Over 50 final, losing out to Poole by less than a length as well.

Lymington had a strong field of crews for the event but several lost out in the heats, although all of them were second out of three. Pete Lock and Mark Tremain lost to a strong Shanklin pair in the Senior Pairs whilst Tim Bull and Alan Taylor were beaten by Bournemouth in the same category.

Richard Wadsworth, Alex Barnes and Kenny Chalk all missed out on berths in the Men’s Novice, Junior and Senior Scull semi-finals respectively and both the Ladies Novice and Junior Fours had close races but also missed out on the semi-finals.

Next week Lymington ARC is due to host Milford Regatta and hopes to see plenty of the local community at the newly refurbished seafront to watch the days racing.

Thank you to Richard Bull for the photo!

RYDE & SHANKLIN REGATTA 2017

Livvi Bull and Katie Martin got their 2017 Ladies Senior Pairs campaign off to the perfect start as they won the opening race on Sunday at Shanklin Rowing Regatta.

It was an interesting weekend for Lymington ARC which saw a threadbare squad of five compete on the island, with the club only actually fielding one member on Saturday due to various reasons.

Bull and Martin missed out on a race on Saturday as there were no other entries in their final at Ryde. However, five crews came out of the woodwork on Sunday to give them a competitive event.

The race, which was also the last one of the weekend, was going well for the Lymington ladies on the first leg and Bull produced a good turn at the buoys to put her pair out in front.

But Lymington’s supporters on the beach were left a little concerned as a strong exit from Coalporters and a weaker run from Lymington allowed the Southampton-based club to close the gap down.

In the end, Bull and Martin were able to power away a second time and win by a considerable margin, taking the first win and first championship point of the season.

This was a fantastic result for the ladies winning the very top category of HDARA women's pairs rowing. 

Livvi’s father Tim Bull and team-mate Alan Taylor represented the club in the men’s senior pairs where they were fourth, just nicking the spot on the line as Bournemouth stopped rowing on the far side.

Club captain Tim Bull also raced in the men’s senior scull final where he registered another victory over London 2012 Olympian James Foad, albeit because the Itchen sculler capsized, and ultimately finished in fifth. 

Lymington’s fortunes on Saturday were different. Having made the trip to the Island for the entire weekend, the Ladies Senior Pair race was scratched, the men’s senior pair had to pull out due to illness and the coastal double scull race, set to be sculled by Livvi and Tim Bull, was cancelled due to a lack of water.

This meant that only men's junior sculler Alex Barnes completed a race on Saturday, securing a fourth place finish for the club, missing out on third by just half a canvas. He raced again on Sunday but could only manage fifth. 

However, it is worth noting that whilst Barnes registered Lymington’s only result on Saturday, he was not the only LARC member to be involved with the racing at Ryde. His 15 minutes afloat pales in comparison with that of club chairman Mark Viner.

Viner again represented the club as a race official and was on the water at the buoy turns for both regattas, a grand total of just over nine hours across the weekend.

This Saturday, Lymington ARC will travel to Itchen Imperial for the third regatta of the season before the club hosts Milford Regatta on the May Bank holiday weekend. 

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