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Lymington Rowing Club competed at the second of three pre-season head of the river races on Saturday and began preparing for the summer with a positive days racing.  

LARC secured three victories in total along with a second place and an excellent fifth place finish in the men’s river open category.  

17-year-old Max Mills produced Lymington’s fastest time of the day in the Men’s River Novice 1x category. His blistering time of 19 minutes and six seconds was enough for him to secure the win by nearly a minute over his closest rival.  

Max’s sister Lena had teamed up with Ellie Potter in the Girls J16 River 2x earlier in the day and were also winners of their category. It was the first time the girls had raced the double scull on the tricky Southampton course but they still produced a great time of 20 minutes and 42 seconds.  

LARC captain Livvi Bull earned her club it’s third win of the day with a hard-fought win in the Women’s Junior Coastal Sculls category. Putting down a time of 21 minutes and 10 seconds, Livvi finished 40 seconds ahead of second place and was nearly a minute ahead of third.  

Junior-status Sam Botting raced up two categories higher in the first division and earned second place in the Men’s Senior Coastal Pair, teaming with Alex Barnes. The duo lost out to an experienced crew from Poole but certainly had good pace over the course, setting a time of 20 minutes and 28 seconds.  

Last but not least, Masters rower Tim Bull took part in a high quality Men’s River Open 1x field that included the current Hants and Dorset Champion as well as two other former champions. Tim produced a highly respectable fifth place with a time of 19 minutes, 41 seconds. 

Next up for Lymington is the Southampton Coastal Fours Head of the River in April before the club is set to move to it’s new premises in time for the new season. The 2019 Hampshire and Dorset Rowing season begins in early May and Lymington will be hosting the opening regatta at Milford beach.  

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