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South Coast Championships 2013

14/09/2013 @ 12:00 am - 5:00 pm

The 57th annual South Coast Championships took place in Deal on Saturday 14th September, with crews representing the 6 counties making up the entire south coast of the UK (Kent, Sussex, Hampshire, Dorset, Devon and Cornwall) racing each other for the prestigious title of South Coast Champions 2013.

Overcast skies, drizzle and decidedly chilly temperatures were not the most promising start,  however it it was going to be a fantastic day for Shoreham Rowing Club. Up first was the junior regatta, and with only a few gently rolling waves the under-14 and under-16 quads made the most of the day’s best conditions. Chloe Buchanan, Imogen Mercer, Charlotte Rose and Amelia Balthazor qualified easily in their heat, and went on to finish a very respectable third in their final later in the day.

The start of the main regatta also heralded an increase in wind-speed and sea conditions commenced a slow descent into mayhem. Shoreham Ladies Junior Four, racing in the open event, started their championship campaign well by winning their heat and qualifying for their final easily.

For Shoreham the main event of the day was always going to be the Ladies Senior Fours Championship race. With expectations high (and the waves higher) the club spread out down the 2 kilometre course to cheer the girls battling the roughest sea they’ve raced on this season. Shoreham’s four – Sally Hills, Gemma Stoner, Sarah Povey and Sarah Bareham, coxed by Becky Povey, led from the start, and despite two huge troughs in the waves bringing the boat to a grinding halt 30 strokes from the finish, the girls gritted their teeth, dug deep and rowed to a convincing length and a half victory to become Shoreham’s first ever Senior Ladies champions. Winning the CARA Senior Ladies Fours and the CARA Senior Ladies  Pairs Championship this year, their win at the South Coast Championships was the culmination of a year of hard training and determination, bolstered by fantastic support from all Shoreham club members.

As the sea conditions worsened Shoreham crews racing in the later events were facing a tough task. Shoreham’s Open Junior Men’s crew unfortunately didn’t even make the start line, as waves swamped their boat, disabled their rudder and forced an early exit…and a long, wet, two kilometre walk back to the finish. As all clubs struggled to get their boats in and out of the crashing waves, Shoreham’s Junior Ladies were lining up at the start. After much debate on the beach as to the future of the regatta, the chaotic sea conditions meant the girls had the dubious pleasure of being the last race of the day, before the Championships came to an early end. For a crew in their first racing season and inexperienced on rough water Chartlotte Utting, Charlotte Pigg, Rocky Addison and Harriet Chavasse, coxed by Debbie Hills kept their cool to come a very respectable third place. With a little less water in their boat off the start (bailing with their shoes being only slightly effective) we’re sure the girls would have been a force to reckon with. All very encouraging for next season’s racing.

An eventful, historic and successful day for Shoreham but throughout great sporting spirit from all the clubs competing, as rowers threw themselves into helping crews into and out of the water, no matter what club.

Results:

South Coast Championship 2013
Event Winners 2nd 3rd 4th
MENS  SENIOR  FOUR CHAMPIONSHIP Itchen Deal Bexhill
MENS  J/SENIOR  FOURS CAMPIONSHIP NOT ROWED
MENS  JUNIOR  FOURS CHAMPIONSHIP Ryde Herne Bay Lymington
VETERAN FOURS CHAMPIONSHIP Coalporters Folkestone Poole
LADIES SENIOR FOURS CHAMPIONSHIP Shoreham Christchurch Itchen
LADIES JUNIOR FOURS CHAMPIONSHIP NOT ROWED
MENS SENIOR FOURS OPEN NOT ROWED
LADIES SENIOR FOURS OPEN NOT ROWED
MENS JUNIOR FOURS OPEN Newport BTC Southampton B
LADIES JUNIOR FOURS OPEN Poole Shoreham Itchen
MENS NOVICE FOURS OPEN Shanklin Ryde Herne Bay
LADIES NOVICE FOURS OPEN Itchen B Itchen A Deal
VETERAN 40+ FOURS OPEN Herne Bay Bexhill
VETERAN 50+ FOURS OPEN
MENS  U/16  QUAD SCULLS Herne Bay Shanklin Bexhill
LADIES U/16 QUAD SCULLS Herne Bay Deal Bexhill
LADIES U/14 QUAD SCULLS Herne Bay Deal Bexhill
MEN U/14 QUAD SCULLS Ryde A Deal Folkestone

Details

Date:
14/09/2013
Time:
12:00 am - 5:00 pm
Event Category:

Organizer

Deal Rowing Club
Phone:
01304 373409
Email:
info@dealrowingclub.co.uk‎
Website:
www.dealrowingclub.co.uk/‎

Venue

Deal Rowing Club
The Marina,
Deal , Kent CT14 6NG United Kingdom
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Phone:
01304 373409
Website:
www.dealrowingclub.co.uk/‎
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