Monday, 24 September 2018

Shiplake Vikings juniors conquer at Metropolitan regatta

THE Shiplake Vikings junior women’s quad continued their season of top performances with a double medal

THE Shiplake Vikings junior women’s quad continued their season of top performances with a double medal haul over back-to-back weekends at the National Schools’ Regatta and Metropolitan Amateur Regatta.

Both regattas were held over the 2,000m course at Dorney Lake.

At the National Schools’ Regatta, Shiplake were facing tough competition from the top rowing clubs and school boat clubs from across the UK in the championship girls’ quadruple sculls event, racing for the Sherriff Cup.

The quad of Hattie Orr, Ellie Thompson, Lauren Edwards and Maddie Orr were racing in their fourth season together and having completed the initial time trial of 35 crews in the morning, they faced the fastest crew from those time trials, Molesey Boat Club, in the semi-finals.

The wind conditions at Dorney meant that semi-final placings and times were paramount in determining positions for the fastest racing lanes in the final, and with this in mind the Shiplake crew flew off the start, leading the other crews by the 250m marker.

The Molesey and Shiplake Vikings boats accelerated away from the rest of the semi-finalists, and although the Molesey crew made several racing moves throughout the next 1,750m, the Shiplake boat took full control and raced confidently to win by two seconds.

In the final the Shiplake girls met Warrington Rowing Club and Glasgow Schools Boat Club. The Warrington crew made a good start as Shiplake, Glasgow and Molesey were unable to compete with this, and spent the middle 1,000m of the race competing for the silver and bronze medal positions. With 500m to go Shiplake dug deep to overpower the Molesey crew for the second time that day, and although they were unable to catch the higher-rating Warrington and Glasgow boats, they finished strongly in the bronze medal position.

At the Metropolitan regatta last weekend the Vikings were competing for women’s junior quad scull winners medals. The Vikings accelerated off the line to a clear lead within the first 250m. The Molesey crew tried several moves over the next 750m to try and come alongside the Shiplake Vikings boat. The Vikings maintained full control, utilising their own racing tactics, and defending against the Molesey boat off their bows.

As the crews from Thames, Marlow and Lee Rowing Clubs fell behind the two leaders, the race changed at the 1,000m mark when the stroke of the Molesey boat was injured and the crew stopped racing.

The Vikings accelerated away comfortably from the rest of the field, leaving the crews from Thames and Lee to compete for second and third positions. The Vikings went on to win the event with a lead of more than 10 seconds, securing their second medal in two consecutive events.

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