Rowers bask in sun and glory after Bexhill success

Eastbourne Rowing Club basked in more than the hot summer sun at last weekend’s Hastings & Bexhill’s Annual Regattas.

A succession of excellent performances began with Saturday’s racing at Hastings, which produced a number of second places, starting with the Novice Ladies crew of Koral Prodger, Rosie Pugh, Jasmine Perry and Maria Burrows-West.

The Ladies Junior pair of Koral Prodger and Jasmine Perry also had their best result of the season coming in third place.

Matt Whitehead followed this with second place in the Men’s Novice Sculls with Max Fisher coming sixth.

The men’s novice crew of Tim Norwood, Dan Nicholls, Rob Johnson and Bram Beal also finished in second place. At Bexhill on Sunday novice scullers Matt Whitehead and Max Fisher improved on the previous day’s results by coming first and fourth respectively.

And as the day warmed up, the results kept racking up.

The Ladies U16 quad scull of Rosie Pugh, Emma Williams, Lucy Wright and new recruit Lauren Baker came in close second to Herne Bay, while the Men’s U16 quad of Lloyd Heathfield, Ben Howell, Matt Whitehead and Max Fisher coxed by Alan Baker had their best result of the season with a very convincing win. Both the ladies junior and men’s junior pairs saw good placings for Eastbourne’s crews with U16 starlets Lloyd Heathfield and Max Fisher getting through their heat to take home fourth in the final.

There were further second placings in the Men’s Novice Four of Tim Norwood, Dan Nicholls, Lloyd Heathfield and Max Fisher with the lightweight Joe Guppy coxing and then the Junior Senior crew of Alan Baker, Nick Norwood, Chris and Alan Warland. Eastbourne also took home the Bexhill Novice Aggregate Trophy for the most points earned in the novice events.