A few of our rowers had another opportunity to try out racing in the salty stuff a few weeks ago at Deal, Walmer and Kingsdown Amateur Rowing Club’s home regatta. Again, our many thanks to Herne Bay ARC for allowing our rowers to integrate with some of their crews!
It was the very first time our very own Lewin Hynes had a go at a coastal regatta (turns included) and in Deal’s case, he had two to contend with! Integrated in a Junior/Senior 4+ crew with fellow clubmate Mark Latymer and two HBARC lads, they finished 3rd, not too far from the experienced Shoreham crew who came 2nd. Our part-coastal/part-river rowers, twins Lewis and Bradley Perry-French formed HBARC’s A-crew in the same event, together with captain Manuel Marques and HBARC rower Luke Taylor, winning the race and securing a championship win in this category for HBARC. The same crew raced in the senior event as well, coming a few lengths behind Deal’s A-crew who won it.
The Perry-French twins continued to assert their dominance in the sculling and pairs events, coming 2nd in the senior pairs category, and with Bradley also coming second in the Junior single sculls event, followed by Lewis in 3rd. Manuel and his trusty stroke Luke Taylor finished last in the senior pair event, after battling very challenging conditions on the outside lane (and afterwards being asked whether they had brought any duty free from France, as the offshore winds kept pushing the outside crew out to sea during the race).
While it was not the first time that our new recruit Billy Baxter had rowed in coastal conditions (having done plenty of gig rowing back in the south west), it was the first time for him racing in this format. Billy partnered with Mark Latymer, and two other HBARC lads, racing in both Novice and Junior category. They came 2nd in the Novice 4+ category, which helped HBARC secure the novice aggregate trophy for this event. Sadly, the crew never managed to finish the Junior 4+ race, as HBARC stroke Tom Self suffered an injury just before the first turn and the crew had to abandon the race.
We wish Tom a speedy and full recovery, and we again thank HBARC for the opportunity provided to race at this event. And, obviously, our thanks to Deal for organising an event that went so smoothly, bar the challenging weather towards the end!
Some photos of the racing (photo credits: M Bowerman/J Dinning)