Rowing: Bournemouth takes early championship lead
The Hants & Dorset Amateur Rowing Association season kicked off with racing on the Isle of Wight on Saturday and Sunday May 13-14. Ryde Rowing Club hosted the opening regatta, where crews faced some challenging coastal conditions. Bournemouth’s Novice Ladies were the first to secure a notable result for the club, with Anita Hassall, Monika Matusova, Kirsty Jane Todd, Grace Rowan and Libby Perry (cox) finishing in second place in their final.
Other Bournemouth rowers struggled with the rough water, but it was Bournemouth’s Junior Men – Dom Bihari, Nathan Prowles, Tom Cave and Connor Stone – who managed to hold off stiff competition from Itchen Imperial Rowing Club to gain the first victory for the club.
The following day saw racing take place at Shanklin Rowing Club. Once again, crews would face some tough conditions on the day. However, Bournemouth’s Junior Men went out and picked up their second win of the weekend, securing an early lead in the championship and registering the second fastest time of the day. Dom Bihari and Connor Stone then went out and picked up the top spot in the Junior Pair category, making it three wins for Bournemouth Rowing Club across the weekend.
Racing will continue on Saturday May 20 on the River Itchen in Southampton, with Bournemouth Rowing Club’s J16 ladies – made up of students from Avonbourne College – representing the club for the first time.
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