Exmouth Rowing Club ladies shine at sun-kissed national rowing championships

PUBLISHED: 09:06 25 August 2018 | UPDATED: 09:22 25 August 2018

Exmouth Rowing Clubs the ladies coxed quad who won a silver medal. Picture TOM HURLEY

Exmouth Rowing Clubs the ladies coxed quad who won a silver medal. Picture TOM HURLEY

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The sun-kissed sands of Sandbanks, Dorset played host to 57 crews at the British Rowing Offshore Championships that took place across the third weekend of August 18.

Exmouth Rowing Clubs Anna Childs on the podium to get her gold win in the double sculls. Picture: TOM HURLEYExmouth Rowing Clubs Anna Childs on the podium to get her gold win in the double sculls. Picture: TOM HURLEY

The sun-kissed sands of Sandbanks, Dorset played host to 57 crews at the British Rowing Offshore Championships that took place across the third weekend of August 18.

Exmouth Rowing Club (ERC) was one of the clubs taking part in the championships.

The racing begins in dramatic style; rowers stand by the boats in the water and, on the word ‘go’, rowers have to jump into the boat, quickly secure their feet, get their blades out and row; a slight error or delay can cost dearly.

The rowers then proceed to row a 6km course marked with buoys, finishing back on the beach where the bow person has to jump out and run over the finish line to complete the course.

The MORC and Exmouth ladies quad on the podium for the medal ceremony. Picture TOM HURLEYThe MORC and Exmouth ladies quad on the podium for the medal ceremony. Picture TOM HURLEY

The finals on the Sunday had a party vibe courtesy of the DJ on the beach. The racing was also tuned up to the bouncy sea conditions with a one metre swell and strong winds… perfect for coastal rowing!

In the men’s single coastal sculls, ERC’s William Loftus claimed fifth place in a valiant effort in a time of 37:47.59.

The coastal women’s coxed quad started neck-and-neck; the Exmouth ladies’ A team (Fiona Pink, Suzanne Isaacs, Morag Van Niekerk, Marie Guingouain; [cox] Anna Childs), who took silver in 2017, fought hard in the choppy waters and retained their title as British Silver medallists.

ERC’s ladies’ B team finished fifth, which was just reward for their hard training. In the men’s class, ERC unfortunately didn’t qualify due to a seat displacement at the start of their heat. Depsite a hard row to regain position, it wasn’t enough to see them through.

Exmouth Rowing Clubs ladies quad who won a silver medal. Picture: TOM HURLEYExmouth Rowing Clubs ladies quad who won a silver medal. Picture: TOM HURLEY

The last entry was in the women’s coastal double sculls. A composite crew of Anna Childs (Exmouth Rowing Club) and Judith Schulz of Tideway Scullers School) smashed the opposition with a powerful row to claim gold in 37:58.71 – three minutes ahead of the silver boat!

After an exhausting weekend, the crews now turn their attention to the second half of the South West Coastal Rowing League, which resumes on Saturday, September 15, at Teignmouth.

If you have read this article and are feeling inspired and wish to give rowing a try, then contact the club via email at exmouthrowingclub@googlemail.com

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