Posted by: berwickarc | 15/11/2017

Double delight for Chris and Andrew at Tees

Rowers from Berwick ARC were delighted to finally get some racing done at Stockton on Tees on Saturday.

High winds through October saw the cancellation of Berwick and Tyne Long Distance races and The British National Rowing Championships, due to be held at Home Pierrepont, Nottingham.

Chris Eke and Andrew Cairns were raring to go after falling victims to the afore mentioned cancelled racing.  Racing in open double sculls in a field of 6 boats, the pressure was on the Berwick men from City of Sunderland who had previously secured a good result earlier in the series.  Sculling the five kilometre technically difficult course with its twists and horseshoe bends is a demanding job but Chris and Andrew put in an impressive performance to finish fastest double scull of the day and 6th boat overall.  With an entry of over 150 boats.

Hilary Cairns teamed up with Catherine Bowman from Hexham in Ladies masters C double sculls.  Hilary and Catherine were very pleased with their strong performance winning Masters doubles and  2nd ladies double overall.

Ian Black and Robin Morrison competed in Masters C and F singles respectively.  Ian was very pleased with his scull finishing quickest masters C sculler however as it was a C-E race when the handicap was applied Ian was denied the win as he did not beat the E sculler by a big enough margin.  Experimenting with a different boat Robin found the technical course difficult to navigate and was not a quick as usual over the head course.

The afternoon saw a Small Boats Head race over the same course.  Chris Eke teamed up with Lee Fenton in open double sculls.  Lee put in a great scull in her first ever race over long distance.  Encouraged on by Chris they were delighted to win open doubles.

Ian Black partnered up with Dave Chappell from Tyne in Masters D double sculls.  Both Ian and Dave enjoyed being back in a boat together but after both having raced singles in the morning found they could not generate the boat speed needed for the win.

Andrew Cairns moved to open single sculls.  In his first race in a single for a few months Andrew was pleased with the boat speed he generated and took the win by over a minute from his nearest opponent.


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