Rowing: Bournemouth back to winning ways

After two weeks of Bournemouth crews narrowly missing out on wins, the club headed to Woolston on Saturday June 24 for the fifth regatta of the Hants and Dorset season hosted by Southampton Rowing Club.

The conditions on the day were challenging to say the least – with rowers having to negotiate high winds and choppy water (including the odd bit of boat wash). Bournemouth’s J16 girl’s squad were first up to take on the challenge, racing in the J16 category, and it was the A crew – Honey Martyn-Dewstow, Lydia Hardy, Judie Mayne and Grace Rowan (coxed by Libby Perry) – who put in a sterling effort to pick up the Bournemouth’s first victory on the day.

It was the J16 girl’s B crew, made up of Amy Thomson, Isabel Gear, Sabra Kearns and Tyler Irwin (coxed by Bahez Abdullah) who then went on to narrowly miss out on a win in the Novice ladies category, but picked up a prize for a solid second place. Also coming second was Bournemouth’s Libby Perry in her scull, who managed to tackle the testing conditions with ease.

Finally, Bournemouth entered a crew in the J/S category that was coxed by Poole’s Katie Crane, which saw Charlie Ranson, Ben Chesterman, Dominic Brancaleone and Connor Stone dominate the field and take a final victory for the club.

Racing will continue at Coalporters Rowing Club on Saturday July 1.

Fact file

Bournemouth Rowing Club is the oldest sporting club in Dorset, established in 1865.

The club is a member of the Hants and Dorset Coastal Rowing Association and we compete at the weekends in a number of races along the South coast between May and September each year. During the winter months we also attend a number of river head races to keep our rowing skills sharp and our fitness levels up. Our National Governing Body is British Rowing.



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Dominic Brancaleone

Dominic Brancaleone

Dom completed a BA (Hons) degree in Arts & Media and gained a number of professional credits working on film and TV productions before heading to Bournemouth to complete a screenwriting Masters degree. Now he spends most of his time rowing and producing video content for national and international brands.

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