Wye rowers to the f-oar

By Mark Elson in Other Sports

MORE than 900 rowers from 33 clubs made a giant splash as they launched out in 439 boats at the two-day Monmouth Regatta.

Wye clubs proved “oar-some” at the Momouthshire Building Society-sponsored event by seeing off the invading armada to win 23 classes.

Monmouth Comprehensive School’s rowers took nine victories over Saturday’s 1500m course, while Ross RC landed seven over the weekend (May 27 to 28). Hosts Monmouth RC notched up four wins, with Haberdashers’ Monmouth and Monmouth School landing two and one respectively over Sunday’s 750m sprint course.

The Comprehensive’s girls’ U15 quad scull Arwen van der Horst, Harriet Kearsey, Josie Harrison, Charlotte Heath and cox Milly Saunders saw off Oxford’s Falcon, before Tom Heath took U16 singles by four lengths from Gloucester, Mia Boycott rowed to the U16 girls’ singles, and 2.5L split two club crews in the U14 quads final, with Amelie Baddeley, Alice Gandy, Holly Duncan, Grace Shields and Milly Saunders taking the prizes.

Martha Waterstone beat Cardiff City to novice singles by 2.5L; James Guest landed U14 singles from Falcon; Tom Smith, Rowan Kohler-Hoon, Tom Heath and Rob Williams took IM3 quads from Llandaff by 3.5L; and Katie Kearsey and Sophie Richards, and Tom Smith and Rob Williams, won the girls’ and boys’ U16 doubles, both from Staines.

Ross landed three women’s masters quad scull events, and in the sprint, U14 doubles, girls’ U15 and U14 singles through Daisy Phillips and Heidi Brodholt, plus U14 boys’ singles through Ben Clatworthy.

Monmouth RC’s Pippa Thomas took Saturday’s elite singles from Taunton, Finlay Waters won 1500m U14 singles from Swansea, Monmouth’s masters men got the better of Ross by 3L and their women’s masters double beat Llandaff.

Haberdashers’ Zara Blackstock, Nia Hunter, Abigail Potter, Lucy Davies and Abby Blackwell beat Bristol Ariel to IM3 fours, while Sasha Baldwin, Laura James, Emily Finch, Hattie Leaf and Gabi West landed U14 girls’ quads and Monmouth School’s novice eight beat Ross by 2L.

West Country invitation club Las Vegas Institute of Sport beat Old Monmothians by 1L to the feature Phil Mathew Invitation men’s 8s, and City of Bristol took the women’s Alec Woods 8s from Swansea University.

Competitors travelled from as far afield as London, Bedford and Nottingham to take part in more than 300 races at the 86-year-old event.

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