- Posted by Tom Stanley
- On June 28, 2018
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Clubs across the association came together to hold a huge Swanage regatta. With a record number of entries across all status’, BTC once again had a strong day both on and off the water
Luke Betteridge and Rory Smith sealed the Men’s Junior Pairs Championship with another devastating display. They powered into a commanding lead in the first 10 strokes and never looked back winning by a considerable margin. Rory and Luke are the first Junior Pair champions for the club in 41 years (Ray Stones and Dave Edwards, 1977) and it is also the first pair championship for the club since Brian Edwards and Ade Stuart won the Senior Pairs championship in 1988.
Further history beckoned for the pair as they once again joined Max Moody, Thomas Potentier and Ryan Weaver (cox) for the Men’s Junior Four final. With Christchurch winning the only other point from the season, a win would see the lads win BTC’s first four H&D championships since 2015. With a 4-length lead going into the turn, coxswain Ryan Weaver made no mistake and steered the crew home for another dominating win to win the H&D Junior Fours Championship. Individually, Max joined a very small group of people who have won two green medals through both coxswaining and rowing.
Phil Sturley and Adam Ratcliffe continued their pursuit for the Senior Pairs championship. They safely dispatched their opposition knowing tougher tests lie ahead. The pair need two more wins to win the Championship. Phil and Adam also went on to win the Men’s Senior four race with Simon Edwards, Simon Bailey and Rhys Weaver (cox) by 5 lengths.
Adam once again had a hugely promising race against his championship rival, Foad from Itchen. The gap decreases with every race and Adam knows it’s only a matter of time for him to beat the ex-Olympian.
Milly Paul put up a great fight with a lung bursting sprint to push a very good Poole sculler all the way to the line. Milly ended up finishing just short of the sculler however her championship is surely a matter of when not if.
With the regatta ending with two championships wrapped up the Swanage evening was sure to be a big one. Despite not all of the junior crew being out to celebrate, their coach Mark Wilson ensured he celebrated for all of them! With plenty of sore heads in the morning, attentions swiftly turned to Mondays training.
The seasons rolls on to Poole next weekend with 4 championships still up for grabs. With more training and support from the shore, we can all play our part in making this season a record breaker.