Maidenhead Rowing Club girls were particualrly successful in Saturday’s Maidenhead Regatta with a clean sweep of wins in the three WJ14 events.
There was a great day’s racing with many close finishes and fierce local rivalries with clubs such as Marlow RC, Eton Excelsior RC, Reading RC and Henley RC which attracted huge support from the river bank.
The most successful club at the regatta was Marlow RC with 15 event wins, followed by home club Maidenhead RC with 11.
For Maidenhead RC, Jasmine Stockdale won the single sculls event, Ellen Gomersall and Dallas Thompson the double sculls, by just a canvas against another Maidenhead crew, and Ellen Gomersall, Abby Jones, Bethyn Roberts and Dallas Thompson, coxed by Christa Scott, the coxed quad final against Marlow.
The WJ13 double scull event was won by the Maidenhead crew of Rucha Potdukha and Sylvie Evans, beating Weybridge RC in the final.
Maidenhead masters crews were successful in the quads events, winning open masters E/F, mixed masters C/D – beating Bradford RC by one just one foot in an extremely close final – women’s novice masters D/E and women’s masters E (in a Maidenhead/Henley composite).
Other Maidenhead wins included the men’s veteran D single scull won by Mark Stockdale, despite steering into a moored boat on the course, the men’s veteran H single sculls won by Steve Janisch, open masters E double sculls, open masters D double sculls and the mixed para-rowing double scull.
The last two races of the day were won by Maidenhead RC, with the men’s veteran D (50-55) eight defeating rivals Marlow in the final, repeating last year’s victory, and the senior men’s coxless four, consisting of Maidenhead former or current juniors, defeating a composite Durham University/Weybridge crew, in two of the fastest races of the day.
The popular regatta was held in near perfect conditions over the traditional 500m upstream course downstream of the Sounding Arch.
Entries were up by a fifth this year with 229 crews from over 40 clubs from as far away as Taunton, Stratford-on-Avon, Bradford and York, taking part in 157 races.
The regatta included a number of para-rowing events as well as ‘Explore Rowing’ events in stable coxed quads for adult beginner crews.