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SUCCESSFUL AFTERNOON FOR LARC AT CHRISTCHURCH REGATTA

The club enjoyed a successful afternoon's racing at Christchurch Regatta this past Saturday and secured victories in the Masters Over 40 Fours and Women's Novice Fours.

Going into the day's racing, the Masters crew of Marc Tremain, Mike Leyland-Jones, Hugo Mills, Pete Lock and in-form cox Livvi Bull knew they had an incredibly tough task ahead in order to continue their unbeaten streak and edge closer towards retaining their title.

After fending off regular opposition from BTC in the semi-final, Lymington went head-to-head with a strong crew from the host club in the final. 

The home side got off to a good start over the first leg and Lymington needed to stay composed whilst working hard to stay within a length. When the long second bend, which favoured Lymington's lane, came into play, the defending champions started to draw back.

A fantastic turn from Bull in the cox seat took two lengths out of Christchurch and handed Lymington the lead, with an almost perfect course giving her crew every chance of holding on. It all came down to a last gasp sprint but Lymington showed their own pedigree and clung on, taking the race win by half a boat length on the line. 

The talented women's novice four of Anna Melin, Ellie Potter, Lena Mills, Eliza Butchers, again with Bull in the hot seat, had a slightly easier time of it. 

The girls biggest opposition turned out to be Poole in the quarter finals but even then the Lymington crew saw them off without needing to push too hard. They beat BTC in the semi-final to progress and then faced Ryde School Boat Club in the final. 

To the Ryde crews credit, they are the newest club in the association and reaching their first final was a fine achievement. Ultimately, Lymington should have won novice earlier this season and were in a different class, stretching out into a comfortable lead and crossed the line at a canter, only 12 seconds down on the extremely close women's junior fours category. 

The girls will be working very hard in the week to prepare for next week's Poole regatta where they will be looking to get among the front runners in the higher category.

Elsewhere, Lymington's Ladies Masters crew qualified for the semi-final after a good solid performance against Southampton in the quarter-final. They pushed eventual category winners Christchurch all the way but were beaten by two lengths, albeit less than finalists BTC.

The club also had a young crew out in the Boys J16 Fours category. They took part in the semi-final and, despite being a younger mixed crew against a full crew of 16 year old boys, the crew put in a great effort to remain within contention until the half way stage, again losing out to eventual winners Christchurch.

This weekend (Saturday 8th) Lymington returns to Hamworthy Park. The Masters will be targeting a 5th point of the season whilst championship leaders Richard Wadsworth and Livvi Bull are back out on the water in the small boats categories.

LYMINGTON RETAIN CHAMPIONSHIP LEADS ON ISLE OF WIGHT

Lymington continue to lead three HDARA championships following a successful weekend away racing on the Isle of Wight. Leaving the island with four victories, every member of Lymington Rowing Club who raced at Ryde and Shanklin's Regatta left with a trophy. 

The defending champions in the Masters Over 40 Fours category of Marc Tremain, Mike Leyland-Jones, Hugo Mills and Pete Lock secured their second and third points with wins on both Saturday and Sunday. 

On Saturday they teamed with cox Alex Barnes in what proved to be a tough battle for the race win. After a quick run down to the turns, the nine boat field turned into the wind and tide which, combined with low water, meant for a long slog back to the finish. 

Lymington had to work hard with Itchen refusing to go away throughout the entire return leg but the Masters were able to hold onto a three length lead to secure their second point of the season. 

On Sunday, Terry Woolford was called into the hot seat and Lymington had a much more settled performance in the benign conditions. 

Leading at the buoy turn, they kept out of the trouble at the turns that led to a couple of protests from other crews, and stretched their lead out on the return leg. The margin of victory was similar on Sunday but the Lymington crew looked much more comfortable and leave the island with three wins and maximum points. 

In the Men's Junior Scull, Richard Wadsworth holds a 2-1 championship lead after a key victory on Saturday. Wadsworth worked hard off the start and built up a decent lead on the first leg with team-mate Alex Barnes, who had just finished fourth in the higher senior scull category, and Ryde's Joel Smith leading the chase. 

On the return leg, Wadsworth started to suffer from cramp in his forearms and was forced to slow up. He had to show a lot of fight to get across the line and held off Smith by two lengths, who took a narrow second over Barnes. 

Unfortunately on Sunday, Wadsworth became entangled near the turns and was dragged into a capsize whilst holding a two length lead. To add to the club's woes, he capsized on Barnes' buoy and neutralised his team-mates fast turn. 

Barnes, who had still managed to come out a length down on BTC's leader Reece Giles, looked to produce one of his favourite second half comebacks and started to increase his pace.

However, the inshore lifeboat, in it's frantic attempt to rescue Wadsworth, managed to swamp both Barnes and Giles with it's wash, nearly capsizing lane 1 Smith in the process, allowing a novice status sculler from Poole to take a surprise race win on the outside of the course.

Wadsworth still leads the championship 2-1 and is still the man to beat despite Sunday's error. 

Livvi Bull still has a joint lead in the women's junior sculls championship despite not being available to race at the weekend. Itchen's high flying Megan McGregor-Ritchie won on Saturday shortly after winning novice whilst Kath Jones of BTC won on Sunday to leave the standings at 1-1-1.

15-year-old Ellie Potter (pictured, courtesy of Dan Angell-Collins)continues to show great development and hit her targets for the weekend. She won her second runner's up trophy of the season in the women's novice scull on Saturday and won the Girls J16 race on Sunday. 

With McGregor-Ritchie taking a comfortable win on Saturday, Potter took an equally comfortable second behind her. On Sunday, Potter had to really work hard for her win and a determined performance from the Lymington sculler saw her take a narrow three feet victory over Shanklin. 

She put in a good performance in the women's novice race on Sunday but, unfortunately, capsized whilst in second place. Despite this, Potter managed to get back into her scull and still crossed the line in an excellent fourth place, all things considered. 

There is no racing on Saturday, 25th May, but it's a big day for Lymington as we officially open our new clubhouse from 12pm onwards. The next racing takes place at the fours-only Christchurch regatta where the Masters crew will be targeting a crucial fourth championship point.

VICTOR LUDORUM FOR LARC AT HOME REGATTA

Lymington's trophy winners at Milford Regatta with the coverted Victor Ludorum shield. Photo: Will Palmer Photography

Lymington ARC hosted their home regatta and the first of the Hants and Dorset season last Saturday, managing to win 4 races and gaining a further 11 podiums.

The first successes of the day came from the juniors of the club, the two races consisted of J16 rowing quads and 4’s, Lymington managed a 2nd and 3rd in both J16 races. Next up was new combination of Kirsty Melin and Jane Wild in the Ladies Junior Pair. 

After a good start they were sitting in second position, half way up the course they started breaking away from the other crews and continued doing this until they crossed the line by some distance to pick up 2nd place. The ladies master 40’s crew of Emma Butchers, Amanda Llewelyn, Rebecca Mayman, Juliet Memery, Terry Woolford (Cox) then raced after and gained 4th place.

With the conditions still relatively calm for Milford it was time for the sculling events, first up was Kenny Chalk in a tough field of senior men, Chalk managed to position 5th.

After that was the first win for Lymington of the day in the men’s junior race, Richard Wadsworth who had never completed the course in previous years due to wanting to go for a swim mid race, managed to pull away at the turns and continued extending his lead for the return leg of the course. Behind him was Alex Barnes who was in a close battle for 2nd place against Christchurch. After pushing hard Barnes managed to get ahead of Christchurch just before the line, giving Lymington a 1-2 finish. 

Lymo domination: Alex Barnes (lane 4) benefits from a fast start while race winner Richard Wadsworth (lane 2) begins to get up to full speed.

Club Captain Livvi Bull was the next to gain another 1st place for the club in the Ladies Junior.

Ellie Potter was the last sculler of the day to gain a podium. After a collision off the start with Itchens sculler, the race was restarted and Potter kept her calm and gained 2nd in Ladies Novice.

Leading from the front: LARC captain Livvi Bull secured her first championship point in the single scull (pictured above) whilst Ellie Potter (below) earned second place in her first adult sculls race.

Next up was an important one as it saw the return of 2018 men’s masters over 40s Championship winning crew of Marc Tremain, Mike Leyland, Hugo Mills, Pete Lock and Evie Kite (Cox), After a strong start which put them out in front, the masters kept it there all the way, bringing home another 1st and keeping up the winning streak. 

Still masters: Lymington take their 12th HDARA win without reply since 2017.

With the conditions getting rougher the ladies novice 4 of Anna Melin, Ellie Potter, Lena Mills, Eliza Butcher and Tim Bull (Cox), had managed to win their heat, and managed  a 2nd place in the final. The women’s junior crew also battled the conditions and managed a 3rd.

Futures bright: Lymington's runners up in the Women's Novice Fours category.

Another new combination of Samuel Botting and Richard Wadsworth in men’s senior pair managed a 6th place against a strong field. Botting and Wadsworth then jumped into a scratch crew along with Life Vice-President Brian Goodall, returning to action, and Alex Barnes, to race men’s Junior/Senior 4’s where they finished a couple of lengths down on 2nd after a strong row.

Finally, Lymington had a crew entered for the Dave Stafford, which is a fun race in memory of former club captain. The crew consisted of Livvi Bull, Tom Smith who had only ever had one water session previously ahead of the race, Wadsworth, Botting and Tim Bull (Cox), the crew had a very good race given the circumstances and managed a respectable 4th place.

With a very successful day of racing and many podiums it also meant that Lymington had won the joint overall most amount of points taking home the Victor Ludorum Trophy, Evie Kite also picked up Cox of the day having coxed the masters to 1st place. 

Lymington ARC would like to thank everyone who was involved in running and organisation of the regatta. For more information and updates about the club and our new clubhouse please visit our website at www.lymingtonrowingclub.com or visit our Facebook and Instagram page @lymington_rowing_club

Special thank you to Will Palmer Photography for coming down and taking the trophy winner's photos at our brand new clubhouse.

BTC SMALL BOATS HEAD OF THE RIVER

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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