Club Members from Lymington write about our organisation's recent activities here including News and Regatta Results.
The Club Regatta is on Saturday 19th October. This is a fun event held in the Lymington River. Crews are mixed with everyone from Novice to Senior, J15 to Veteran 50 in the same crew. The course is about 300m from the Barrier to the Yacht Club. Registration is at 1:30pm with racing due to start at 2:30pm.
The AGM is on Friday 18th October at 7:30pm. This is where we vote for the Committee for the next year. We also vote on the membership fees for 2014. All members are entitled to attend and to vote. This year there are decisions to be made that can not be made at any other time of the year. This is your opportunity to put your opinions across. It would be good to have a large turn out for both. The new officers of the club form will be on the board down the club to fill in.
Lymington Rowing Club have survived a chaotic South Coast Championship in Deal and have come away with just two third place finishes.
The Lymington team was made up of two Men’s junior crews, two veteran crews and a senior crew.
The Men’s Junior Four crew of George Verdon, Stuart Pink, Richard Wadsworth, Joe Bull and veteran cox Brian Goodall took to the rough water to contest the Junior Championship race alongside champions Ryde and crews from the West of England and Coast Associations.
Ryde took an early lead whilst Lymington dropped to fourth behind Bexhill and Herne Bay.
With 500 meters to go, Lymington battled back into the top three. Ryde kept their composure and Herne Bay managed to cling onto second place. Finishing in the top three proves that the Lymington crew have been one of the top crews all season.
As the conditions worsened, the Veteran Over 40 crew of Tim Bull, Alan Taylor, Kenny Chalk, BTC’s Brian Edwards and BTC cox Ella Bourke were the last Lymington crew to finish the course. Damage to the boat's bailers before the race began meant the boat started sinking rapidly after ten strokes. Lymington club members were dispatched to their rescue but the veteran crew had managed to fix the damage and drain the boat unassisted. This meant that they picked up a third place.
The regatta organizers were desperate to continue but it was soon clear that the conditions were becoming dangerous. A Southampton rowing club member was lucky to survive relatively unharmed as his boat crashed into him side-on due to a large breaking wave. Three of the boat's blades (oars) snapped and this was a wake up call to safety concerns.
The Lymington Junior Open crew of Rory Jutton, Jason Lewis, Harvey Jenkins, Luke Martin and cox Max Hishon took to the water shortly afterwards. However, they took on a large amount of water and sank at the race’s half way point. The crew were asked to take their blades out by the safety launch and this resulted in the boat capsizing. Cox Hishon was lucky to escape after his life jacket inflated while he was under the boat. The crew was shortly returned to shore safely.
The regatta was called off two races later when two Senior crews sank. This meant the Veteran Over 50 crew and Senior Four crew were unable to race their events and Lymington headed home in frustration.
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Lymington Rowing Club have turned around an initially disappointing BTC regatta to pick up three wins, three second places, a third and the all-important Senior Sculls Championship.
Despite two Novice scullers and the Men’s Junior Four qualifying comfortably for their finals the day took a negative turn after 10 races when Geoffrey Fryer and Chris Schreiber took to the water for the men’s senior pair final against Itchen.
Both crews were level on points before the race and the windy conditions made for a hard race. Itchen took the lead in the final quarter of the race and rowed through to take the victory and the championship. Schreiber and Fryer finished in second with team-mates Pete Lock and Rob Maltby behind them.
Seven races later and Schreiber was given the opportunity to avenge their defeat. He was 5-4 up on Richard Hume of BTC before the race and he started as he meant to go on with a fast start that gave him an early lead. Hume wasn’t able to find enough of a response and Schreiber rowed away to take the win and a hard fought championship.
Minutes later men’s junior four championship runners up George Verdon, Stuart Pink, Richard Wadsworth, Joe Bull and cox Tim Bull faced a hard battle with Southampton and Newport in order to claim the final win of the season.
With newly crowned champions Ryde absent, Lymington took control of the race and held off strong efforts from the two crews behind and sealed the win with a controlled final sprint.
Lymington’s Veteran crews then gave a phenomenal account of themselves as they picked up two close second place finishes.
The Over 40 crew charged down Coalporters over the return leg to finish just a length off them, while the 50+ crew had their closest race against Christchurch this season and lost by just half a length.
The men’s junior pair of Richard Wadsworth and George Verdon struggled due to the wind and rough sea and couldn’t stop champions Westover ending the season undefeated.
The final win of the day came from the Men’s Novice Four of Rory Jutton, Jason Lewis, Ryan Chalk, Luke Martin and cox Joe Bull came from behind to row through BTC in the final quarter of the race. The crew, cheered on by coach Laura Lock, held off a final effort from BTC to secure their first win of the season.
Chalk then took to the water again a few minutes later to race the men’s novice scull final. The hard effort in the Novice four final stopped Chalk from making a top three finish but team-mate Alex Barnes picked up a close third to end the day.
Lymington will next compete at the South Coast Championships in September with the Men’s Junior Four going for championship glory against Ryde and the best of the other two competing associations.
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Lymington Rowing Club have picked up three wins and another important championship point as the Hampshire and Dorset rowing season competed in the penultimate event of 2013.
Lymington’s first win on the day came from J16 Boys Sculler Ryan Chalk while the racing conditions at Hamworthy Park, Poole, were still relatively flat.
Chalk made the most of the conditions to scull away from BTC and went on to take his second J16 win of the season.
Senior Sculls competitor Chris Schreiber dominated his race in trickier conditions to take victory over championship rival Richard Hume of BTC.
Schreiber held his nerve over the last quarter of the course to take a vital championship point and give himself a 5-4 lead with just one race to go. This means that Schreiber doesn’t even have to win at BTC (Saturday 24th August) to secure the title. If Hume fails to win then Schreiber will end the season with a 5-4 victory.
Schreiber later paired with Geoffrey Fryer, who also raced Senior Scull alongside Pete Lock, but the duo finished second in their championship race against Itchen. The result means that both Itchen and Lymington are now level on points going into the final race.
The third Lymington win came from Olivia Bull and Lucy Taylor in the Ladies Junior Pair. The girls used superb technique in high winds and choppy seas to keep control of their boat and row away from the competition over the first leg of the course.
It was then a case of keeping control whilst maintaining their lead over the second leg to take the win.
Lymington went on to finish joint first with Christchurch in the aggregate trophy after a second place finish for Terry Woolford, Brian Oliver, Simon Wright and Brian Goodall in the Veteran Over 50’s and third places for Rory Jutton, Jason Lewis, Harvey Jenkins and Luke Martin in the Men’s Novice Four, Lock and Rob Maltby in the Senior Pair, Tom Homan and Alex Barnes in the Men’s Junior Pair and for Barnes in the Novice Scull.
The only sour note on an otherwise successful day was that Ryde picked up the win in the Men’s Junior Four race which meant they have secured the championship. Lymington struggled with illness in their boat but gave it their all and will be determined to take the final victory of the season at BTC before heading to the South Coast Championships at Deal in September.
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