Friday, 5 July 2013

Bristol Avon Regatta 2013

Minerva Bath Rowing Club entered 16 boats on the 18 May for the Bristol Avon Regatta and picked up some pots to kick off the regatta season.

Women's Master 8+
The most exciting race of the day was the hotly contested Women’s Masters (D) race between local clubs Minerva and Avon County. They last met in the winter after the aborted Vesta head race competing in their own head race with Avon County winning by 10 seconds over the 3k course, so the challenge was on for Saturday’s side by side regatta. Avon County took the lead off the start and held it for over 600m of the course with Minerva gaining some ground midway. The crews then rowed neck and neck with Avon County maintaining the lead until the final 100m when Minerva wound up the pace and pushed for home to win by a canvas on the finish line.

Winning Pair - Emily and Jeanette
The new Minerva women’s pair of Jeanette Muller and Emily Porter had a tough race before the final where they out-powered and out-paced the competition over the finish line, picking up the winning trophy and losing their novice status.

There was a great result from Toby Heaton (Minerva and also World Class Start Programme) who won the J18 singles beating fellow Minerva member Will Patmore and then went on to win the novice double sculls with Bath University rower Alex Lightfoot. The women’s novice double of Annika Jones and Eleanor Storr won their first heat but were pipped at the post in the final, but a good solid row with great promise for the future. Several of the junior squad had their first race in a single or double.

With an experienced crew and cox, Minerva’s IM3+, stroked by Dave Connell, was one of the first races of the day and Minerva did well to hold the opposition for the first 750m but could not convert the last 250m eventually losing by 2.5 lengths. In the novice sculls James Camp had one of the toughest battles of the day having to fight through 2 rounds to get to the final where he eventually met a very physically fit Alan Collins of Bath University. Despite holding Alan for the majority of the course the previous 2 races had taken its toll and James lost by only 1 length.

Men's Novice 4+ at the start line
A shaky start for the men’s novice 4+ paved the way for a tough race. Being drawn against a well drilled Bath university was never going to be easy but despite losing to the eventual winners they remained strong and focused throughout. The masters (C/D) 4+ stroked by Simon Whitby had to fight back from a 7 second starters advantage that their rivals from Avon County had. The start was strong and well versed but the pressure of coming from behind with a burst in the last 250m proved too much.

The women’s Master(c) 4+ crew stroked by Yolanda de Glanville made a great challenge but their opposition were stronger and they couldn’t pull back. The women’s novice 4+ with women’s captain Sarah Moon at stroke were outgunned by a younger Bath University crew who held them off right to the finish line.

Senior coach Andy Wallis who coached a number of the crews racing this weekend said ‘It was great to see so many Minerva crews from all our squads racing this weekend with some fantastic results. The weather managed to hold and we’re hoping this bodes well for a really strong regatta season for Minerva.

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