On 13th and 14th August a large contingent of Junior members with visiting athletes made their presence felt at Peterborough Summer Regatta on the 1000M course at Thorpe Meadows.
An IM2 double sculling composite crew with Jean Pierre Izart of Perpignan Aviron (France) and NRC’s Scott Smith broke the Regatta record in their early heat, by 3 seconds.
Next our WIM3 eight in a scratch order of mainly junior members won decisively after a re-row which was ordered following a clash with Putney Town RC whose rudder failed in the first 250M.The crew comprised Siena Hayes, Olivia Kay, Jenna Draycott, Martha Griffin, Sophie Eaves, Charlotte Brown Victoria Straw and Ella Kay. Making his debut in the cox’s seat, Theo Hayes in full voice.
20 mins later Jenna and Victoria made a quick change to join Megan Pepper and Priya Jenkins in the straight final of WIM 1 quads, to pull off another win in this higher level Senior event, in the strong tailwind conditions.
30 minutes later another Regatta record went when a composite WIM2 coxless four broke it by 3 seconds. This composite team effort by Phoebe Cook (Derby RC) Aerin Thompson (Notts and Union RC) plus Olivia Kay and Ella Kay, (unrelated members of Nottingham RC) came after only one preparatory outing on the River Trent at Derby. All members are lightweights, adding significantly to this achievement…
Sunday’s 500m regatta gave us a renewed list of wins in small boats and a successful renewed eight order.
Jenna Draycott and Aimee Richards won WIM3 doubles in grand style then Jenna added WJ16 doubles in a composite with Siobhan Samuels of Globe RC, London, too.
In the eight with 50% substitutions to meet the IM3 status points limit after yesterday’s win, the girls were convincing in their ability to row a winner without prior practice. Theo added more verbal zest from the cox’s seat in his second ever coxing race. In such a situation the cox is more than ever the mainstay of the crew’s control under race pressure.
Later in an exciting stormer of a WIM2 pairs race, Priya and Charlotte gave the team another win in the last 150M.
At the end of the day Scott then prevailed in a hard final to win J18 sculls by a foot, after a nip and tuck tussle with strong opposition from the very start.
Our French visitor JP Izart, in Perpignan Aviron colours, added classy J16 and IM3 singles wins to our combined tally, adding greatly to the whole team experience at this crowded regatta.
The eight (foreground) blasts off at 44 strokes/minute to win in the W IM3 event