Saturday, 31 May 2008

Monmouth Regatta 25th May 2008

With the rain belting down on the morning of our race; and the window screen wipers broken on the vehicle that was going to get us to the town of Monmouth- it wasn't looking hopeful that we'd make it!

However, after weighing up our options, we managed to hunt down a car to borrow, and transferred all our kit and boats, making it to Monmouth RC on the River Wye with just over an hour to go before the first race, still raining heavily.

Helen Glover and Lucy Ryvar both entered the Women*s Novice 1X, and was Helen's fist ever Regatta and Lucy's first side by side race on a river!

Both Helen and Lucy won their first races making it through to the semi finals against Exeter and Monmouth School RC respectively. Helen fought hard against her opposition, pushing down the course head to head past half way when her opposition managed to pull through the finish line first. Lucy managed to gain a couple of lengths on her contender and remained there comfortably, putting her through to the final against Exeter.

With the final being bought forward two hours, at 15:30 Lucy and Lucinda Sanders of Exeter were on the start line. Following some mishaps at the start line they were both off to a strong start, with Lucy pulling ahead in the first 250m. There she stayed, holding off a couple of attempts from Sanders to fight back, with a glorious 4 length victory!

Despite the perpetual wet weather throughout the day- hot chocolate, shortbread and meeting new people kept spirits high, especially the glass bottomed tankard at the end of the day!

The girls next races will be at the Metropolitan Regatta at Dorney on 31st May 2008 and 1st June 2008 followed by Reading Amateur Regatta on 15th June.

Lucy and Helen are both products of the Amateur Rowing Association's World Class Start Scheme sponsored by Siemens, a unique talent identification and development scheme. The programme is funded by UK Sport with Lottery money and since 2006 is sponsored by Siemens. The programme at Bath has identified four athletes for Great Britain teams in the past four years including one U23 World Champion and is run by Paul Stannard, Performance Development Coach, GB Rowing. The athletes in Bath train at the University of Bath and at Minerva Bath Rowing Club.

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