Saturday, 16 December 2017

Shiplake Vikings conquer Warwick Regatta with eight victories

SHIPLAKE VIKINGS won eight events and contested 13 finals at Warwick Regatta on Saturday.

SHIPLAKE VIKINGS won eight events and contested 13 finals at Warwick Regatta on Saturday.

The WJ14s led the way by winning both the quad event and the doubles.

Milly Cook and Alina Budden, semi-finalists at the National Schools’ Regatta at Nottingham earlier this year, beat Evesham by two lengths in the doubles and were joined by Mollie Robinson and Maddie Curran with cox Belle Narracott in the quad to beat Evesham again.

The WJ13s then repeated this feat. Jade Miller and Suzy Penrose beat Stratford by six lengths in the double and with Emily Waldron, Saskia Watson and cox Narracott defeated Evesham by three lengths in the quad event. Narracott was the most unlucky Viking of the day. In the WJ14 singles she won both her heats and was expected to contest the final but a quirk in the rules left three girls on the same number of league points and the other two were deemed to have won their heats by greater margins and therefore contested the final. The J14 boys were next up where Ollie Potter, in his first singles outing, comfortably won the single sculls event.

Potter was joined by Louis Shankland in the double, beating Holowell Scullers by six lengths.

Anna Davies added to the collection of victories by winning the WJ15 single sculls title, her third at successive Warwick regattas. Anna van Leemputten comfortably won the Women’s Masters B/C singles to take the number of overall wins to eight.

In addition, the double pairing of twins Harry and Tom Berkley lost in the final to two GB juniors in the J16 double sculls. Saskia Watson, who only started sculling four months ago, reached the final of the WJ13 singles only to lose by half-a-length after hitting the bank midway through the race.

Will Carey, in a single for the first time, won through to the J15 singles final where he lost out to a more experienced sculler.

For the first time members of the senior Viking Club raced with the juniors. Bruce and Marguerite Gascoine just lost to a Stratford mixed Masters D double by one-third of a length.

In the penultimate final of the day Anna Davies joined her father, Gregg, for the first time in a competitive race where they were beaten by a Worcester crew.

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