Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Shiplake Vikings crews conquer at Kingston Regatta

THE Shiplake Vikings junior team came away from Kingston Regatta on Sunday with three wins and four semi-finals placings.

THE Shiplake Vikings junior team came away from Kingston Regatta on Sunday with three wins and four semi-finals placings.

Katy Ward drew the eventual winner of the WJ18 single in the semi-final and despite pushing the City of Oxford sculler hard in the mid-point of the race could not overhaul her.

A new WJ14 partnership of Belle Narracott and Charlotte Gwillim comfortably won their heat but an experienced Marlow crew was too strong for them in their semi-final.

Charles Galligan was in a tight race in his semi-final of the J16 single sculls which necessitated a re-row. In the second race, after challenging for most of the race he just lost out to the Weybridge sculler who won the final comfortably.

The WJ14 quad of Millie Cook, Alina Budden, Gwillim, Mollie Robinson with cox Narracott had a bye in the first round before beating a crew from Lady Eleanor Holles. In their semi-final they lost to Guildford RC. The highlight of the day was in the J14 age group. The Vikings entered two doubles into the A category but because of a large entry the division was split into two separate events.

Henry Blois-Brooke and Ollie Kelly won through to the semi-final where they faced a strong City of Oxford double who they beat by one foot.

In their final they comfortably beat a Tideways Scullers’ School crew.

In the parallel event Christian Hjortland-Marks and Seb Newman comfortably won through to their final and raced a previously unbeaten Thames RC crew. After a good start they held off a challenge to win by a length.

In the afternoon, Kelly, Newman and Blois-Brooke joined with Cosmo Hearndon to race in the quad event with Hearndon’s twin brother Felix coxing.

The quad won through to the semi-final where they faced the City of Oxford crew who had won at Marlow Town. After a convincing start they held off a challenge in the middle of the race to move away again in the enclosures to win by a length.

The quad will now race at the National Championships in Nottingham.

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