SUNDAY saw the start of the spring and summer regatta season for Grantham members of Newark Rowing Club with the Leicester Regatta.
The youth division of the club had an excellent start, winning the victor ludorum cup for the most successful juniors on the day. The regatta is a knock-out competition, with the the rowers competing in pairs down the narrow mile straight of the Grand Union Canal in the heart of the city.
Rowena Price and Molly Zalas, both Year 11 at KGGS, rowed as a double in the women’s J16 event and finished second overall. They then raced individually and Molly came second in the WJ16 singles race against Nottingham.
Luke Wren (King’s School) and George Mitchell (Ruskin Priory Academy) finished second in their J16 doubles event, but each went on to take first place in separate quad races. Luke, along with Grantham College students Oli and Chris Dove, and Will Bowmar, won the J18 quad race and George, with Jack Smith, Robbie Goodwin and Max Bradley (King’s School) won their J16 quad race.
Ashley Cowley, who also attends King’s, and Jack Smith, who will be competing for the East Midlands in the Junior Inter-Regionals Regatta tomorrow, won the J15 double race by a very convincing margin. Ashley also raced as an adult in the singles race and at the age of 14, came second to a 21-year-old GB hopeful in a very close final race.
The club’s race of the day, however, was Gabrielle Price’s WJ13 (Year 8) singles race. Having won her heat race against Derwent RC to gain a place in the final, 13-year-old Gabrielle (KGGS), the youngest Newark rower, had to wait patiently in her boat in torrential rain and extreme cold for half an hour before the competitors were able to row up to start.
Despite such adverse racing conditions, Gabrielle rowed strongly and won the race against Trent RC, taking her first trophy of the season.