ITCHEN REGATTA REPORT

2nd August 2019

Lymington produced some improved performances from recent weeks at Saturday's Itchen Imperial Regatta and came away with a seventh victory in the Masters Over 40 Fours category. Livvi Bull's championship challenge came to and end whilst a brave performance from the Women's Junior Four saw them give champions BTC a run for their money.

Marc Tremain, Rupert Davies, Hugo Mills, Pete Lock and cox Livvi Bull won a great battle in the Masters Over 40 Fours category to secure Lymington's only victory on Saturday. After a straight forward progression into the final, Lymington found themselves just over a length down on Poole after the first couple of hundred meters.

On the sprint course, of barely 900 meters in total, the buoy turn was crucial and a good one from Livvi helped her crew pull back the deficit before an excellent final push from the current champions saw them row through Poole and take the win by just over a length on the finish.

It was the crews seventh victory of the campaign and they now turn their attention to the Masters Championship race at this years South Coast Championships in September.

Lymington were still in contention for two further championship in the Junior Sculls categories. Livvi Bull had to win the championship point in order to keep the title race alive into next weekend but she fell at the final, well beaten by a flawless performance from Itchen teenager Maddie McGregor-Ritchie who secured the win to take both the trophy and the overall championship.

Richard Wadsworth, after nine weeks, was finally knocked off the top spot in the Men's Junior Sculls category as he was eliminated in the heat but that championship remains wide open (with the scores at 3-2-2-1 with two races to go) after Will Gibbs, Poole, took his third point of the season in the final.

Elsewhere, preparations continue to build for the South Coast Championships. Lymington's Women's Junior Four, who are set to contest the open category, put in a great performance to reach the semi-finals on Saturday. A really brave effort from them (pictured, by Dan Angell-Collins) saw them run champions BTC really close but they couldn't quite make the final.

However, they were beaten by the same distance that Coalporters and Christchurch were separated from them in previous rounds so a great battle for second at Woolston this weekend is on the cards.

The Ladies Masters Four were also in action and, similarly, only missed out on a spot in the final after being beaten by champions Christchurch. A good effort from the Lymington crew saw them stay within contention for the most part but they couldn't quite hang on to Christchurch, ultimately taking second in the semi-final and, like the Women's Junior category, were the closest crew to the eventual winners all day.

Elsewhere, Lymington had some excellent results for our support scullers. In the Men's Junior Sculls, Alex Barnes caused an upset by eliminating his team-mate as well as the recently promoted Jonjo Findlay, who was a very close third. A season's best performance from Alex in the final saw him run Gibbs close but he eventually had to settle for the runner's up spot by a length and a half.

And Ellie Potter's excellent season in the single scull continues as she registered her 8th second place of the season, this time in the Girls J16 scull. She reached the final comfortably but was still feeling the effects of that battle in the Women's Junior Fours semi-final, and this allowed Kayleigh Batchelor of Shanklin to take her first win of the season, beating a tired but spirited effort from Ellie by three lengths. 

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