ITCHEN REGATTA LIVE UPDATES

Summary:

Livvi Bull & Richard Wadsworth racing for vital championship points in the Junior scull categories.

Masters Over 40 Four targeting seventh win this season.

Women's Junior Four crew set for first big test in new category.

Ellie Potter (J16 Girls Scull), Sam Botting (Men's Novice Scull), Alex Barnes (Men's Junior Scull) and Ladies Masters Four also in action.

Live updates:


18.02 - That's all from Lymington today. Regatta report to follow midweek and we race at Woolston next weekend.

18.00 - RACE WIN: Our Masters take a very good win to end the day. Poole had a great row but the LARC boys took victory by just over a length. It's their seventh win of the season. 

17.44 - A really good performance from Livvi in the final but McGregor-Ritchie takes the race win and the championship. Our Masters are last up today.

17.04 - Big race for Livvi now. She has got to beat McGregor-Ritchie if she isn't going to stop the Itchen girl winning the championship.

16.53 - Very close second place for Ellie against a fresher Shanklin sculler in the Girls J16 Sculls final. 

16.41 - Our Masters progress with a straight forward heat win. This was followed by the MJ1x final but Alex ultimately had to settle for a reasonably close second. Ellie is up next at J16.

15.37 - A really brave effort from our girls but they miss out to a quality crew from BTC. Only a length or so between the two in the end. 

15.18 - Busy period coming up for the club now. First up are our Junior girls in their semi-final with BTC, a close affair in theory. Straight after them is the Masters Over 40 Fours in their heat. Almost immediately after will see Alex go in our first final of the day with Ellie going in the J16 Girls scull a few races later. 

14.48 - Strong effort from our Masters but they finish second to a very strong Christchurch crew. Our girls will be out in the Junior Four semi-finals next for Lymington. 

14.44 - Our Ladies Masters are on the water now, big race with Christchurch and Coalporters.

13.56 - Great win for the girls! They progress through to the semi-finals with ease. 

13.45 - Big race for our Ladies Junior Four crew in their first race in the new category. They are about to race Itchen and Southampton for a place in the semi-finals.

13.05 - While our crews have a quiet period, our chairman Mark Viner is still plugging away as one of today's starting umpires. We have over 70 races that our regatta officials need to oversee.

12.28 - Nice result for Ellie as she takes a comfortable win in the Girls J16 scull heat. She'll race the final later this evening. We now have a 2 hour wait until Lymington's next crew, the Ladies Junior Four, take to the water.

11.41 - Good effort from Sam but it's a close third in his first novice sculls race. Ellie is out on the water for her J16 heat now.

10.56 - Big surprise here as it's Alex who takes the heat win over Newport and Waddy. He'll face Gibbs in the final. Livvi has also progressed safely through to her final. Sam is up next. 

09.45 - Novice winner spot taken by Newport in MJ1x so we have a decent race in the first heat. Last preparations in place for Alex & Waddy. Livvi, Sam and Ellie follow. 

08.39 - MJ1x is a very open affair. Waddy has 2 points, as does Will Gibbs (Poole), Elder (Southsea, not entered) and Joel Smith (Ryde) has one. No matter who wins, the championship goes into next week but Waddy needs a win on calmer water. He has an ideal draw and has a straight forward heat to navigate against team-mate Alex Barnes.

08.35 - So here's the key championships info. In WJ1x, Livvi needs a win if she is going to keep the title race within reach. A win for Itchen's own Maddie McGregor-Ritchie today would see the hometown girl win the championship. Livvi would still have a chance if anyone else wins but she would have to win the last two races to force a row off. Kath Jones (BTC) is still in contention but needs to win all three remaining races.

08.32 - Morning! The club has almost arrived and racing is due to commence at 10am. We'll have more updates later on.

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