WITH a forecast of squalls, torrential rain and wind speed more suitable for sailing, Eastbourne Rowing Club headed for Southsea for the south coast’s largest annual regatta.
The regatta brings together clubs from Kent and Sussex – the Coastal Amateur Rowing Association – to race alongside their counterparts from the Hants and Dorset Association.
Despite the predicted bad weather, the torrential downpours held off for most of the event and the predicted winds died down to eventually provide perfect racing conditions.
Eastbourne entered crews in almost every race but came up against strong opposition from the Hants and Dorset clubs, who won most of the races.
Personal bests were seen by the ladies’ pairs of Rosie Pugh and Lucy Wright and Jasmine Perry and Koral Prodger who came in fourth and fifth respectively.
Matt Whitehead came in third in the novice sculls but first place for CARA.
Max Fisher, aged 14, and Ben Howell qualified in the men’s junior pairs heat and came fourth in the final.
The penultimate race of the day, the men’s senior fours, which was won in seven minutes, 46 seconds by Herne Bay.
Eastbourne cox Max Fisher was awarded cox of the day for his racing turn.
Eastbourne chairman Bob Noakes was on the judging stand for the day and reported: “Our crews had a tough but enjoyable day’s racing and our younger members will have benefitted from the experience.
All credit to Max for his superb turn as cox in the men’s senior fours which meant we finished the day on a high.