LYMINGTON'S CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS ROUND UP
Masters Over 40 Fours (Champions)
Lymington's Men's Masters Over 40 Fours crew of Marc Tremain, Mike Leyland-Jones, Hugo Mills, Peter Lock & cox's Evie Kite, Livvi Bull & Terry Woolford finished the season as HDARA champions. The crew secured 8 wins this campaign, as well as the pre-season Head of the River time trial, and were unbeaten on the water. They will represent Lymington at the South Coast Championships.
Men's Novice Scull (Champions)
Richard Wadsworth will finish the season as a joint-champion for Lymington. In the Men's Novice Sculls club championship, he secured Lymington's only two wins in the category. This leaves the club level on points with Christchurch & Poole, meaning there is a three-way tie for first. Waddy won his first novice sculls event at Itchen before securing his second victory at sunny Swanage.
Women's Novice Scull (Runners Up)
Livvi Bull secured two victories for Lymington this season which was enough for the club to secure a joint runner's up spot along with BTC. Livvi won her first sculling race at Milford right at the beginning of the season before getting the job done at Woolston.
Men's Novice Fours (Runners Up)
Probably the most spread-out category of the season! Lymington raced the Men's Novice Fours category once this season, secured just one victory and still managed to secure a joint runner's up spot in the championship.
However, they are runner's up with five other clubs and first place is also shared.
Women's Junior Fours (Third Overall)
Emma Butchers, Kirsten Melin, Rebecca Maymen, Juliet Memery and cox Terry Woolford only raced twice this season but on both occasions they battled themselves into second place overall. With Christchurch entering as many as four crews in each race this season, very few clubs actually secured podium places.
Christchurch won 10 races this campaign, Itchen secured one. Lymington were the only crew to come second on more than one occasion and take up third place, as well as an invitation to represent Lymington at the South Coast Championships.
Men's Junior-Senior Fours (Fourth Overall)
Fourth will be a slight disappointment for Alex Barnes, James Blair, Sam Botting, Richard Wadsworth and cox's Livvi Bull and Lucy Taylor, considering it's only because of the current points format.
The lads were third on four occasions this season and were only beaten by the two championship contenders at any point during the campaign. However, a win for BTC on their only appearance over under-strength champions Bournemouth on the final race of the season means Lymington must settle for fourth, not third.
Men's Senior Sculls (Fourth Overall - yes, really!!)
One of the most unexpected results of the season, Alex Barnes secured more podium places in the Senior Sculls category this season than 2015, 2016 and 2017 in Junior Sculls combined. Two seconds and two thirds this season leave Alex fourth overall and, like the J/S four, he only missed out on third overall due to the current points system.
Had he won the last race of the season (or if Adam Ratcliffe or James Foad had raced and won the last race), Alex would have been third. However, Ollie Starkey's only top 3 result of the season see's him take third overall.
Men's Junior Sculls (Fourth Overall)
Richard Wadsworth's excellent season continues with a fourth place finish in the Men's Junior Sculls category, although again arguably only because of the current points system.
Joseph Pavlica's two wins from three races this season leaves him third overall, whilst Waddy's two seconds and four thirds puts him fourth, with his third place on the final day of the campaign separating him from Joel Smith of Ryde.
A 3-2-1 points system would have left Waddy in third overall.
Women's Junior Sculls (Fifth Overall)
The other noteworthy championship result this season for Lymington is for Livvi Bull in the Women's Junior Sculls category. Granted, Livvi eventually only secured fifth overall but it's the results themselves that are important.
When Livvi did race Women's Junior Sculls, after her promotion from novice, she was third place behind the two championship contenders who will both be promoted to Senior Sculls next season. The two scullers who finished ahead of Livvi in the standings weren't able to beat her during the season.
Like Waddy, Livvi ends the season as the fastest sculler who won't be promoted next season although both Junior scullers will have a tough battle on their hands.
Men's Junior Pairs (5th), Women's Senior Pairs (5th), Men's Senior Pairs (6th).
Special mention: Well done to novice rower Sam Botting who secured five podium places in the Men's Junior and Men's Senior Pairs categories this season, with four of them coming before his promotion to Junior status at Swanage.
Big congratulations to our Masters Over 50 and J16 crews who represented the club well with victories in the non-championships categories throughout the season.
THREE LYMINGTON CREWS INVITED TO REPRESENT HDARA AT SOUTH COAST ROWING CHAMPIONSHIPS
Three Lymington ARC crews have been invited to represent the HDARA at the 2018 South Coast Rowing Championships, hosted by Deal, in early September.
Each association (HDARA, WEARA and CARA) selects two crews and a third choice reserve to represent them in the championship races to decide who is the champion of the entire south coast in each category.
The obvious selection for Lymington was always going to be the Men's Masters Over 40 Fours crew (pictured, with thanks to Paula Williams) who were the champions in their category this season and were immediately invited to represent the Hampshire and Dorset Rowing Association on September 8th.
The Lymington crew consists of Marc Tremain, Mike Leyland-Jones, Hugo Mills and Peter Lock who have raced together all season, with Tim Bull stepping in to help secure a point at Milford.
However, due to WEARA regularly not being able to field two crews at CARA hosted championships, a SCC rule allows both the HDARA and CARA to select a third choice reserve crew, who would also then represent their association if WEARA failed to enter two crews.
The Lymington four of Alex Barnes, James Blair, Sam Botting & Richard Wadsworth had occupied the Junior-Senior Fours category third place position until junior champions BTC won the final JS race of the season and took third due to the current points based system.
However, with BTC needing to focus on their own category, Lymington were offered the reserve spot and a possible selection for the championship race.
Ultimately, the crew have declined in favour of racing the open race (which is only allowed for third choice crews) as they were a little way off the top two HDARA crews this season and have a more realistic chance of winning the open.
There would be a surprise third invitation for Lymington which is still being discussed.
The Ladies Junior Fours crew of Emma Butchers, Kirsten Melin, Rebecca Maymen, Juliet Memery were invited to be the third choice reserve crew for the HDARA.
The ladies haven't raced much for Lymington this season due to other commitments but they have secured two second place results this season and were not far off the pace of champions Christchurch early in the season.
But with Christchurch dominating the category with as many as fours crews in some races, and with Itchen the only other crew to secure a win this season, the HDARA decided that the third fastest crew this season were Lymington and that they should be offered the reserve spot.
With the Lymington meeting delegates unprepared to reply at the time, the HDARA have allowed the club time to think through the decision. Coach Terry Woolford will discuss with the ladies whether they now want to attend the championships and, if so, the club will need to check if all four have been members for a full year to make them eligible.
BOURNEMOUTH REGATTA 2018
Ellie collecting her J16 sculls prize - Photo by: Mark Whittaker
Lymington Rowing Club signed off on a high this weekend with two victories and a handful of top 3 finishes at Bournemouth Regatta on Saturday.
Lymington's champions, the Men's Masters Over 40 Fours, earned their 8th win of the campaign whilst Ellie Potter claimed her maiden sculling victory to open the day.
There could possibly have been two further wins for LARC but both the Boy's J16 Fours crew and Alex Barnes narrowly missed out on first place.
Ellie got the day's action underway for Lymington in a four-boat Girls J16 sculls field that featured opposition from Ryde and Itchen.
The race was a straight 1,000 meter sprint down half of the course from the buoy turn and Ellie got off to a good start, hoping to work hard over the first couple of hundred meters to establish a strong position.
Although she was convinced she had moved into second place, Ellie was actually leading as she reached the half way stage and the supporters on the beach. A little lift from Lymington sculler put pressure on the Itchen challenge behind her with a couple of lengths of clear water separating the two.
Ellie held onto her lead over the final couple of hundred meters and was delighted to be informed as she came ashore that she had in fact won. The win was thoroughly deserved for the youngster who has been one of Lymington's most regular entries this season, despite missing out on three races recently due to the weather.
Next on the water were Lymington's elite crew for the season as Marc Tremain, Mike Leyland-Jones, Hugo Mills, Peter Lock and cox Terry Woolford attempted to win their 8th victory of the season.
It was a potential banana-skin race for Lymington as a first loss of the season here could allow one of their South Coast Championships rivals to get the bit between their teeth going into the month long break.
However, this was a special course for Lymington as it's where they won their first ever Masters Over 40 Fours race, shortly after Lock's 40th birthday in 2017, and Hamworthy Park was also the venue for their championship-crowning win earlier this season.
Keen to avoid that happening, the HDARA champions got off to one of their better starts this season, leaving fast-starters and main opposition BTC scratching their heads already.
Lymington then found their usual rhythm and started to extend into a small lead throughout the first leg. BTC, along with two crews from Poole, clung onto the champions coattails until the turns but Lymington were soon out and away.
Lymington's masters have too much experience between them to allow a couple of lengths lead to slip away and they managed the return leg nicely, going on to secure their 8th win of the campaign.
They will now represent the HDARA at the South Coast Championships in the Masters Over 40 Fours Championship race in early September.
There was very nearly a third win a row for Lymington when Alex Barnes raced shortly after in the Men's Senior Sculls final.
With Adam Ratcliffe (BTC) and James Foad (Itchen) deciding to scratch to focus on the Senior Pairs championship, and with third-favourite Alex Robertson scratching as he wasn't able to attend, it left an open three way race between Alex, Simon Edwards (BTC) and Ollie Sharkey (Coalporters).
Alex had beaten both men in rough conditions this twice this season but the calm conditions favoured Sharkey and Edwards, with Alex doing very well just to be within a length of both at the turns.
However, lane 4 Sharkey and lane 5 Edwards managed to collide with each other on buoy 3 and had to untangle themselves. Alex made no mistakes on his own turn and came out with a surprising three lengths lead.
He tried to hang on by sprinting from the turns with Sharkey leading the chase on the return leg but Alex collapsed in the final 100 meters of the race, allowing Sharkey to come from two lengths down to steal the victory by less than a length on the finish line.
Next to race were two young crews of J16's, a crew of girls and another crew of boys. The Lymington girls had an extremely tough race in prospect with a high quality Shanklin crew among their opposition.
The boys crew had two crews from Itchen to race against and faced a stern challenge from an slightly older crew alongside them.
Both crews had strong starts, with the girls giving the boys more than a run for their money over the first hundred meters, before the three boys crews started to edge ahead.
With the fun of the mixed start done, both crews began to focus on their individual categories with the Lymington boys running neck and neck with Itchen.
The girls crew were working hard down the 1,000 meter race as well but the experienced Shanklin crew were not only ahead but barely a length down on the two lead boys crews.
The Lymington boys attacked with 200 meters to go but couldn't quite close a half-length gap to Itchen and had to settle for a close second.
The girls would miss out on second by only a small margin, according to the officials, settling for third behind Bournemouth and Shanklin.
Later in the day, Richard Wadsworth added to Lymington's string of podium places with a third place finish in the Men's Junior Sculls category.
Joined by Masters champion Mike Leyland-Jones, both Lymington scullers was among the race leaders throughout the first leg. However, Leyland-Jones struggled from not being in a scull for 18 months and Wadsworth had been pulled out wide, struggling with safety boat wash as he tried to find and then exit his turn.
Wadsworth managed to come from two lengths down to retake third place from championship runner-up Alex Murphy (Poole) whilst his team-mate Leyland-Jones managed to finish in 5th place.
It caps an excellent season for Wadsworth, who was awarded his trophy for his first novice sculls victory at Itchen due to the trophy only being returned late by it's previous winner.
Despite starting the season as a novice, Wadsworth will finish the season fourth in the Junior sculls championship and as the fastest sculler not to be promoted for next season.
Finally, to end the main part of the season, Lymington had a crew entered for the Men's Senior Pairs final as Peter Lock was joined by a much shorter than usual (and definitely not sat on Bournemouth beach) Geoff Fryer.
Despite their experience, the Lymington pair looked like they hadn't actually raced the category before (or even together at all) and even looked like they may have been from a lower status (junior-senior perhaps?) but they ultimately managed to pull things together to beat crews from Coalporters and BTC to finish a respectable 5th.
SOUTHAMPTON (WOOLSTON)REGATTA 2018
Lymington ARC had four crews compete at Woolston Regatta on Saturday and all of them finished in the top 3.
The club's Masters Over 40 Fours crew put themselves within touching distance of the championship with a fifth win of the season. With only six regatta left to go Marc Tremain, Mike Leyland-Jones, Hugo Mills and Peter Lock, who were joined this time by cox Livvi Bull, only need one more point to be guaranteed at least a row off at the end of the season, two more points would win them the title.
Livvi Bull earned her second win of the season in the women's novice sculls category. Bull dominated the field in horrible awkward conditions and finished comfortably ahead of her opposition. Bull had previously won Milford regatta and had to wait for her second win of the campaign, it will be interesting to see how she gets on in the higher junior status at Swanage this weekend.
Novice rower Sam Botting earned himself yet another excellent pairs result, this time with Alex Barnes, in the men's senior pairs. Their second place at Woolston means Botting now has 5 podium finishes for the season at higher statuses in the pairs events.
Alex Barnes struggled in conditions he would normally favour but found his rhythm in time to save a third place finish in the men's senior sculls final. He sculled back through Simon Edwards of BTC on the return leg to earn his second top 3 finish of the year in the category.
ITCHEN IMPERIAL REGATTA 2018
Lymington Rowing Club secured three wins and a handful of podium finishes at Itchen Imperial Regatta on Saturday.
Richard Wadsworth secured the first single sculls victory of his career, winning a very close final after qualifying through heats and semi-finals. Wadsworth completed an impressive seven races throughout the regatta and also earned a third place finish at junior status.
The Men's Masters Over 40 Fours crew of Marc Tremain, Mike Leyland-Jones, Hugo Mills, Peter Lock and cox Livvi Bull won their heat and final to secure their fourth championship point of the season and a 4-1 lead overall.
Ellie Potter also won for Lymington. She raced with a Coalporters composite crew who fought back from three lengths down at the buoy turn to take an excellent comeback victory in the J16 Girls four.
Sam Botting and James Blair were an excellent second in the Men's Junior Pairs competition. They battled back from a length down to dead-heat with BTC and earn a spot in the final, where they were a comfortable second.
Livvi Bull had to settle for second again in the Women's Novice Scull. She won her heat to qualify for the final but was beaten by Monica Matsova of Poole, who had taken her second win from last season and is now promoted.
An exhausted Men's Junior-Senior Fours crew of Alex Barnes, Blair, Botting, Wadsworth (on his seventh race) and cox Bull did their best to stay in contention but would only finish third in the final. Bull was superb through all three races she coxed.
Alex Barnes was eliminated in the heat of the Men's Junior Sculls by championship leader Will Mahoney. This is good news for Mahoney as, in the last three years in a row, whoever has beaten Barnes at Itchen has gone on to win the championship (Joe Murray 2015, Adam Ratcliffe 2016, Jack Rose 2017).
Mike Leyland-Jones & Richard Wadsworth were eliminated in the coastal double sculls heat by Itchen, who were ultimately the winners. The Lymington double was hindered by malfunctioning steering.
CHRISTCHURCH REGATTA 2018
With the majority of Lymington ARC's regular small boats competitors unable to race at Christchurch's fours only event, LARC only had one representative at their neighbour's regatta.
However, it proved to be a very successful day for the Men's Masters Over 40 Fours crew of Marc Tremain, Mike Leyland-Jones, Hugo Mills, Peter Lock and cox Evie Kite.
The luck of the draw meant that Lymington avoided the solitary quarter-final and went straight into a semi-final head to head with BTC.
The Southampton-based club were the only crew of the last four who had needed to qualify for the semis and, despite looking strong in the previous race, couldn't match pace with Lymington from the off.
Lymington charged into an early couple of lengths lead and Kite avoided adding her name to the long list of cox's who failed to negotiate the difficult course correctly. The young cox produced a safe course, ensuring Lymington could relax on the return leg and cruise into the final.
The crew only had an hour or so to recover from their semi-final but they looked refreshed as they charged clear of fellow finalists Poole off the line. The Dorset based club got their act together after the start and sat at a consistent couple of lengths behind Lymington until the turns.
Lymington managed to safely navigate the turn, with bowman Tremain making an alert call for stroke-side to back down whilst turning, thus avoiding a collision with Poole as the later shaped for their mark.
With Lymington out and away, Poole got snatched up by the tide and were dragged across into the private moorings. They were certainly not the first crew to be caught out like this on the day, but it ended their chances in the final.
Lymington now take a 3-0 lead into the next two regattas of the season at Ryde on Saturday 2nd June and Shanklin on Sunday 3rd.
MILFORD REGATTA 2018
Lymington ARC hosted their home regatta on Saturday afternoon at sunny Milford beach for the first time since 2016 and had an incredibly successful day. The club secured 3 wins and a further 5 podium results throughout the day.
The most important victory for Lymington came in the Masters Over 40 Fours final where the crew of Tim Bull, Mike Leyland-Jones, Hugo Mills, Peter Lock and cox Evie Kite were searching for their second championship point of the campaign, following their win at Coalporters two weeks ago.
Their final consisted of six crews, including defending champions Poole, and took place in uncomfortable conditions with awkward sideways chop buffeting the crews along the nearly 2,000 meter course. Lymington dealt with the conditions well and had a good start to move into a narrow lead over Itchen.
The crew were quickly stretching out a few lengths as they approached the buoy turns and another good, consistent, turn from Kite in the coxswain's seat made sure that Lymington maintained that advantage for the return leg.
However, Itchen never really made it easy for the host club in this final and stopped Lymington getting any further than a few lengths in front of them. This kept the race leaders honest but couldn't put them under any real pressure from there, allowing Lymington to cross the line for an excellent victory and their second point of the season.
Whilst that crew had raced in choppy waters in the middle of the day, Livvi Bull opened Lymington's account for the day with a win in the ladies novice sculls final which she raced in perfectly flat conditions but with fog covering much of the course.
Bull had been impressive two weeks ago in a higher category but she didn't have it all her own way in the novice final initially. BTC's Kath Jones got off to a flying start during the opening leg with Bull having to fend off the attention of Clare Rimmer on the outside of the course, who she'd had a close battle with at the previous regatta.
But it was on the return leg that Bull's training came into effect and she was able to scull past Jones to take a good lead with a quarter of the course to go. She held her composure and didn't allow Jones any way back into the race, taking a her first sculling victory of her career.
Lymington's third victory arrived towards the end of the regatta in the Masters Over 50's final where the "Lymingchurch" crew of last season reunited with Christchurch's Phil Scantlebury joined LARC's Kenny Chalk, Alan Taylor, Tim Bull and cox Livvi Bull in a four boat final.
Lymingchurch put in a strong start and were quickly moving away from Poole and BTC throughout the first run down to the turns with the intense chop making life difficult for everyone, including those trying to martial the buoy turns. In fact, Lymingchurch's turn had drifted out of position by a few lengths and cost the composite crew several lengths, putting them back level with BTC.
BTC, sensing an opportunity, had a real go at the host club on the way back but the talented Lymingchurch crew just about had the situation under control and took a narrow victory, winning by just half a length.
The regattas opening race was the mixed four-boat J16 race and Lymington's crew of ... & cox Terry Woolford put in a very good performance for their debut race. They missed out to an experienced crew from Ryde but only by a boat length and claimed the clubs first podium of the day.
In the ladies senior pairs race, 2016 junior champions Livvi Bull & club captain Lucy Taylor reunited for a one-off battle with 2017 champions Daisy and Emily Faithful for a highly anticipated race. It was very close throughout with the Lymington duo giving the talented Shanklin pair a good run for their money but couldn't quite cause a shock upset and finished as runner's up in a tight finish.
Lymington might have hoped for a good result in the men's junior sculls final but neither Richard Wadsworth or Alex Barnes could break their respective records at Milford regatta. Wadsworth, who will hopefully still be able to put his name among the title contenders in the coming races, couldn't end his unfortunate capsize streak at this venue and went for a swim after a third of the race. He wasn't the only one as three of the seven scullers all ended up in the drink.
Barnes did survive the course, barely, but was unable to hold onto his early lead and eventually had to settle for another second place finish.
The pair later teamed up with novice rowers Sam Botting, James Blair and Lucy Taylor (cox) for the Junior-Senior fours final. The race was incredibly tight throughout, with all three crews trading the lead at times but the home crew couldn't quite hang on against the established J/S opposition and had to settle for a close third in the last quarter of the race.
In the ladies junior fours, Emma Butchers, Kirsten Melin, Rebecca Maymen, Juliet Memery & cox Woolford put in an brilliant result against a strong field of crews. The ladies finished second in their final, only missing out to championship leaders Christchurch, who won two weeks ago, and chased them all the way. The race would go all the way down to the final couple of hundred meters where Christchurch were able to eventually see off the valiant effort from Lymington but it is a positive result for the ladies to build on this season.
Evie Kite, Luvena Contreas, Ellie Potter, Alice Dix & cox Lucy Taylor raced in the ladies novice fours final and the young crew, with ages ranging from 14-18, did very well against adult crews in horrible conditions, running as high as second in the final at one stage due to a strong start from them. However, the conditions eventually got the better of them and Lymington missed out on a top 3 finish.
Finally, Lymington had a crew in the Dave Stafford Challenge, held in memory of their former club captain, which was made up of Tim Bull, Richard Wadsworth, Sam Botting, Livvi Bull and cox Evie Kite and they beat half of the nine boat field to finish a close fourth to end the regatta.
Lymington ARC would like to thank everyone who was involved in the running and organisation of the regatta and look forward to the next race at Christchurch next weekend. For more information about the club, please visit our new website at www.lymingtonrowingclub.com. Photos by Dan Angell-Collins / Captured Moments by Dan A-C
COALPORTERS REGATTA 2018
Lymington ARC enjoyed a positive start to the 2018 HDARA season with a win, four podiums and the cox of the day award at Coalporters Regatta on Saturday (May 5th).
The club's new Masters Over 40 crew won both their heat and final in sweltering conditions whilst novice scullers Richard Wadsworth & Livvi Bull both impressed with podium finishes in the higher junior status.
Mark Tremain, Mike Leyland-Jones, Hugo Mills, Pete Lock & debutant cox Evie Kite had to wait 20 races before they had their chance to get on the water but showed no signs of fatigue as they swept aside BTC to progress into a three boat final later in the evening.
Another 20 races later and they faced Itchen and another crew from BTC in the final. The first leg was quite close between the three crews with BTC just trailing Lymington and Itchen until the buoy turn. However, a good course and solid buoy turn from Kite in the coxswains seat gave Lymington the opportunity to extended into a lead over Itchen for the return leg.
Neither Itchen or BTC were willing to make it easy for the claret-and-blue though and the race leaders had to work hard for their first championship point of the season, holding onto a three length lead to take the race victory under a bridge full of supporters.
There would be further good news for the crew as Kite, racing in her first official HDARA regatta, had been recognised for her handling and buoy turns throughout both races and was awarded the first 'Cox of the Day' prize and valuable points towards the overall championship.
Livvi Bull was impressive in her debut sculling race as well, competing at the higher Women's Junior status due to the exclusion of novice due to time constraints at Coalporters regatta. She raced her heat in the first race of the day and had a neck-and-neck battle with Poole's Clare Rimmer over the majority of the course.
It wasn't until the last 300 meters that Bull was finally able to break away from her opponent and hold a narrow 3/4 length lead over Rimmer and squeeze into that evening's final. She then raced BTC's Milly Paul, the eventual race winner, and Poole sculler M.Matusova and found herself in a tough battle for second. Bull would just miss out at the end but a third place finish in a higher category for her race is an extremely good start to the season.
Richard Wadsworth, who has a little more experience in sculling, was forced to race at the higher junior sculls category as well but he has done that before and qualified for the final with relative ease. However, later he faced a mountain of a challenge in Solent Universities' late entry and, despite an excellent effort from Wadsworth, he wasn't able to overcome the challenge and held on for a valiant second, but still excellent, second place in the final.
Wadsworth would later team up with Alex Barnes, James Blair, Sam Botting and club captain Lucy Taylor (cox) for the Men's Junior-Senior Fours final where the crew, which included Blair and Botting racing two categories higher than their novice status, were a close third to seasoned crews Bournemouth and Poole in the final.
Lymington's young Ladies Novice Fours crew of Evie Kite, Luvena Contreas, Ellie Potter, Samantha Hughes & cox Taylor had a tough ask in their heat against BTC & Christchurch and had to settle for third place in the heat. However, the crew are putting in a lot of work off the water and will be a handful for their opposition in rougher conditions on the open sea later in the season.
Junior sculler Alex Barnes put in a much improved performance from last year but was still eliminated with ease by Solent's late entry. However, on a positive note, only team-mate Wadsworth set a faster time than him from the other two heats and both men will be looking forward to the more uncomfortable conditions at Milford on Saturday 19th May.
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DAVE & ROB BREAK WORLD RECORD
Lymington ARC's own Rob Maltby & Dave Mans (pictured), along with club double scull Spartina have completed 165 miles of the River Thames, smashing the previous world record by six hours.
Rob & Dave sculled for 30 hours and five minutes to break the record comfortably and were assisted by a great support team for the entirety who provided cover in the safety rib as well as the all important task of making sure all the locks on the Thames were opened and closed for the double.
The record will still need to be confirmed but the support team took down plenty of information, witness signatures, photos and video.
KENNY BECOMES WORLD CHAMPION
Lymington ARC has a world champion amongst it's ranks!
Kenny Chalk won the Masters D1x category at the World Masters Championships in Bled, Slovenia earlier in September. He was part of a squad of Hants and Dorset ARA members to compete at the competition shortly, a squad that also included Tim Bull & Alan Taylor.
Thank you to Dan Angell-Collins for the picture, which is of Kenny during Swanage regatta earlier this year.
TOTAL THAMES CHALLENGE
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The date for the challenge is now set with the team starting at 0500 on Saturday the 7th October 2017 and finishing before 1400 on Sunday the 8th if they are to break the Guinness World Record...
The Challenge in Numbers:
• 2 Men
• 1 boat
• 185 miles
• 36 hours of non-stop rowing
• 30,000 calories
• 9 counties
• 45 Lochs
• 214 bridges
The current world record has stood unbeaten for over 10 years and the team from Lymington will be looking to maximise their technical, practical and physical experience of rowing in challenging coastal conditions in order to set a new world record.
Dave Mans and Rob Malby are the athletes that will crew the boat and have over 30 years of coastal rowing experience between them. Both are serving in the Army and have a number of other rowing challenges to their names including the successful 500 mile 'Old Pultney' row to the magnetic North Pole.
Lymington Rowing Club has drawn together an exceptional support team of 6 people to assist Rob and Dave that includes experts in yacht racing, rowing boat construction and an RAF Doctor. The athletes will use a specially developed boat that maximises speed in the calmer upper Thames but will also be seaworthy enough to cope with rougher water in the Thames Estuary.
ITCHEN JUNIOR REGATTA
Girls Crew won the J15 Quad event. Very close to the nail in the finishing stretch and Lymington pushed really hard against Itchen to win. Eliza Butcher, Anna Jackson Melin, Ellie Potts and Sophie Rudd, Terry Woolford (cox).
Eliza and Anna also had their first 'double' experience. A steep learning curve after 3 just sessions to prep- their goal was to 'stay dry' and try and steer a straight course with no placing expectation.
Amazingly, they won their semi-final and then only lost in the final to the Itchen home crew. More winter river races planned to prep for next summer.
Boys J15 Quad placed 2nd in their Semi Final. Jasper and Harrison Adams, Elliot Cain and Georgie Fern.
Girls J16 Coastal 4 (Lucy's Crew) Luvena, Alice, Sam and Maddy placed 2nd in their straight final.
61ST SOUTH COAST CHAMPIONSHIPS AND JUNIOR REGATTA
Lymington ARC finished their 2017 campaign in style with three massive victories at the 61st South Coast Rowing Championships on the London 2012 Olympic Course at Dorney Lake.
The club took victories in both the morning’s junior regatta and then the afternoon’s senior open regatta.
Not only that but Girls J16 C1x representative Stephanie Fletcher-Jones became what is believed to be Lymington’s first ever women’s rower to have won a single sculls race at the South Coast Championships.
Her race was an interesting one as she went head to head with only one opponent in the final, Deal’s L.Mullaney. The Coast ARA sculler looked to be a strong challenge in the opening half of the race as the two girls were neck-and-neck.
However, a big crab from Mullaney with 400 meters to go allowed Fletcher-Jones to hold her composure and power through into the lead.
From there, she broke away from her rival and entered the final 100 meters, cheered on by Lymington’s spectators amongst the large crowd, and crossed the line to take a comfortable victory.
Earlier in the morning, the Girls J16 4X+ crew of Anna Melin, Phoebe Collins, Catherine Gaskin, Eliza Butchers and cox Terry Woolford also took victory at the prestigious event.
Woolford needed his head on a swivel tactically in the opening of the race as the final consisted of seven crews. Lymington were flying the flag for Hampshire as it’s sole representatives in the final, although Dorset club Poole provided some familiar competition.
In the end, it was Herne Bay who provided the challenge for Lymington. The girls sculled expertly under pressure and held a few lengths advantage over the Herne Bay crew for the most part.
In the final red-buoy lined sprint to the finish, Lymington found that Herne Bay had a little bit of fight left in them. They lifted their rate and kept an eye on the crew in blue, but the LARC team crossed with a healthy two lengths to see out a well deserved victory.
The senior regatta took place in the afternoon and featured two podium finishes for the Lymington / Christchurch composite crew of Phil Scantlebury, Kenny Chalk, Alan Taylor, Tim Bull and cox Livvi Bull.
They took victory in the Men’s Masters Over 50 fours final by some margin, holding off opposition from local rivals Poole as well as Deal, Bexhill and Bideford AAC.
A strong start from “Lymingchurch” put their noses in front of the Poole crew but the Dorset based four are usually very strong over the first leg of a race.
Lymingchurch held their nerve through the first 1,000 meters of the race and put a push in as the line started to approach. They broke away from Poole and the crew in second had little left to respond with.
The win was Lymington’s third of the day, a 100% record at that stage in the regatta. The very same Masters crew would then race in the younger over 40’s open and still put in a great result.
Chasing eventual winners Bexhill and a younger crew from Poole, Lymingchurch kept in touch all the way until the sprint finish. They crossed the line in a highly respectable third place out of seven crews.
The masters crew are currently racing at the World Masters Championships in Bled, Slovenia.
The ladies junior fours open crew of Emma Butchers, Tori Hishon, Rebecca Mayman, Kirsten Melin and cox Woolford were once again scuppered by the luck of the draw. A tough qualifying heat, of which just two progressed to the final, was just a little bit beyond the Lymington crew.
They put in a valiant effort that had them in contention for the majority of the course but in the end they had to settle for a fighting fourth place, missing out on the final.
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