AND STILL ... HDARA CHAMPIONS
Photo by: Dan Angell-Collins
Lymington secured it's first HDARA championship of the 2019 season this past Sunday as Marc Tremain, Mike Leyland-Jones, Hugo Mills, Pete Lock and cox Livvi Bull (pictured at Christchurch Regatta) secured their sixth point at the rescheduled Poole regatta and successfully defended their title.
After going 16 races unbeaten, Lymington's winning streak had come to an end at Newport the week before Poole regatta as they were finally beaten by a high quality crew from Christchurch. However, in tricky rough conditions, the Lymington Masters showed their class and rowed comfortably away from the field, securing their sixth point of the season and winning the 2019 HDARA Masters Championship (subject to official confirmation at the end of the season).
The Hamworthy Park course has become a special one for the Masters crew. Not only is it where they won their first race in the category in 2017, but it was also where they secured last season's 2018 championship. Now, it is the location where they won the 2019 championship.
The crews attention now turns to the South Coast Championships in September where they will be hoping to secure another championship win following last season's double. They face stiff competition this year, including what will probably be Christchurch from the Hants and Dorset, and will be competing in river boats.
The Lymington Masters won Milford, Ryde, Shanklin and Christchurch early on and with four separate coxswains. Evie Kite got the win at Milford, before Alex Barnes sat in at Ryde. Terry Woolford then filled in for Alex at Shanklin before regular race cox Livvi Bull took over at Christchurch for a dramatic final against the host club. With Livvi now in full time, they then picked up a further win at Swanage before securing the title at Poole.
Lymington remain in contention to win another two championships at present as Livvi Bull and Richard Wadsworth battle for the junior sculls championships.
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