There were a lot of trophies taken back to Ardingly Rowing Club from a weekend of racing in the sunshine.
The adults raced on Saturday on the Thames at Chiswick, and on Sunday Juniors from the Development squad raced at Dorney Lake, Eton.
All our Juniors won medals in the Ball Cup a competition specifically for smaller Clubs but with a high standard of racing on the Olympic Regatta Lake.
In his first single sculling event, 16 year old Will finished with the fastest heat time and then a bronze medal for his final.
This was quickly followed by another fastest heat time for the 12, 13 and 14 year old Women’s coxed quad of Georgia, Tash, Ellie and Isabella coxed by Sarah who also collected a bronze in the final.
Tash is only 12 and this was her first race a super start to her career. The wind picked up in the afternoon to make racing more challenging which caused the younger athletes races to be cancelled for safety - but 15 year old Hope battled through to a super silver in her single scull and followed that with another silver in a double scull with Sarah, also aged 15.
Five of our competitors’ supporters also helped run the Regatta by spending two hours on the stakeboats lying flat on the start pontoons holding on to the boats about to race to ensure they get a fair start.
The wind wasn’t quite as bad on Saturday on the Thames, but the river brings challenges of its own of course.
Ardingly rowers performed well to come away with six wins many against people racing from ‚home’ clubs which always adds extra spice to the win.
Joe Guppy from Brighton & Sussex Universities, part of Ardingly RC, broke his duck in both sweep (1 oar) and sculling (2 oars) events in Novice Coxed Fours with Elliot Green, Henry Seymour, Harry Beedell coxed by Andrew Probert, and then in Novice Double Sculls with Guglielmo La Torre. This topped a great week for the students who had rowed on an ergo or indoor rowing machine for 24 hours on bank holiday Monday in a sponsored row to raise funds for specific gym equipment based at the University.
Ursula Tanner and Lynda Elms brought back the honours for the Women’s Squad in their double scull win, and Lynda also won in her single scull in the morning.
Georgiana and Oriane had a great first round win but were narrowly beaten in the semi-final by a crew from the host club. From the Masters Men, there were 2 wins each for Slavo Radosevic and Stephen Banks in their double scull and then in a quad scull, and for Mick Howe in a double scull with Alex Chester where an age handicap meant they had to give their opposition a sevensecond head start, and in the quad with Slavo and Steve joined by David Phillips. William Medlicott also won in his single scull.
This has set the Club up well for the summer of racing.
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