The Women and Development Squads at Ardingly Rowing Club ended 2014 in style with two wins and an overall good showing at Saturday’s Head of the River race in Burway (near Chertsey).
It was a tough 3000m course against the stream on a sunny but frosty day.
The Women’s Masters D quadruple scull of Lucinda Weis, Jo Evans, Joanna Searle and Joanna Toch were fastest women’s crew on the day which is a great accomplishment as they beat more than 100 crews across 3 divisions.
Joanna Searle and Joanna Toch also won the Women’s Mas D double event closely followed by Clubmates Jo Evans and Ursula Tanner.
Nicola Plank and Michaela Tallant made a very impressive showing at 2 categories above their racing status.
From the Development squad, Hope Warren and Rosie Cottell came second in their J16 double by just 6 seconds despite one of them being 15 and the other just J16 by 3 days and many others finished well up the rankings too.
In particular, the WJ15 quad finished in the top third of their event which bodes well for their push for regional selection for the Spring Inter-Regional Regatta.
There was a good showing from Alex Scovell in the J16 1x who came in just behind scullers from two schools with great rowing reputations, and his father, Carlos,
raced his first ever race and is looking forwards to the next one as are the rest of the squad who raced for the first time.
This is a great performance from the Club and will inspire all athletes to keep training over the Christmas break so they can start 2015 in winning ways too.