Posted by: berwickarc | 29/05/2017

Cambois Regatta

Berwick rowers travelled to their neighbouring club Cambois at Ashington for their annual regatta.  In a day that saw many changes in the weather the Berwick rowers had much to be proud of.

Chris Eke and Andrew Cairns opened racing for Berwick in Open Pairs.  Chris and Andrew put on a good performance against a very experienced Hexham/Tarn crew.  Berwick pushed hard to the bridge but could not quite match the experience of the composite crew.  Hexham/Tarn went on to win the event and commented that their hardest race had been against Berwick.

Hilary Cairns and Catherine Bowman (Hexham) ladies masters C/D double sculls lined up a straight final with Durham.  After allowing a 6 second handicap start the Berwick/Haxham ladies had to work hard to close the gap.  By the bridge there was an overlap where a slight touch of blades caused a stop.  After the re start Hilary and Catherine sculled confidently to win.  Hilary and Catherine joined up with Kevin Oates and Ian Black in open mixed quad sculls.  After a very strong start Berwick/Hexham saw off St Johns College with a smooth controlled row.  The final against Tyne United was a battle to the line.  Berwick/Hexham took an early lead but Tyne United fought back to a half length lead.  Going into the bridge Berwick/Hexham pushed hard and were exhausted but delighted to take the win by half a length.

Andrew Cairns J18 and Open single sculls had an indifferent race in J18 and was disappointed to loose to Queen Elizabeth.  Andrew put in a much stronger performance in open sculls but could not match the boat speed of the very talented Chester Le Street sculler.

Ian Black and Hilary Cairns racing mixed double sculls had a comfortable win over Durham to set them up in a final against their Quad scull partners from Hexham.  Hilary and Ian made a quick start but could not maintain the boat speed needed to keep up with the well drilled Hexham pair who took the win by 2 lengths.

Robin Morrison Masters F single sculls also had a difficult day and could not get ahead of Tyne United who went on to comfortably win the event.

Chris Eke raced during the deluge of rain that hit the regatta.  Rain was not to dampen Chris spirit as he sculled strongly to take a clear water win over Durham.

By the time Amy Faragher and Andrea Little took to the river for ladies B double sculls the sun was shining brightly.  Not having the best of starts Amy and Andrea had work to do, the ladies showed great determination to row through their City of Sunderland opponents in the last 200m to set themselves up into the final with Queen Elizabeth.  The final saw Amy and Andrea make a much better start and in a race where neither crew took clear water advantage it was a battle to the line.  On this occasion Queen Elizabeth took the victory by half a boat length.  In their first race together Amy and Andrea have much to be pleased about.

Yet again Lee Fenton had to wait until the very end of the day before racing ladies B single sculls.  Following her victory at Durham Lee was keen to repeat her success.  In the first race against City of Sunderland she showed her strength and took a clear water win.  This then set Lee up for the final against another City of Sunderland sculler.  Lee did not have the best of starts which meant she had to push hard for the whole of the 850m course.  Into the closing stages Lee was closing hard on her opponent but the line came before she could overhaul City of Sunderland who took the win.

Berwick have some very promising new competitors with Lee, Amy and Andrea all reaching the final of their respective events.

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