June Nottingham Regatta Highlights

Now there’s windy and there’s super-windy. June 6th Nottingham Regatta – now that was diabolically windy, with white horses at 200m, so you can imagine what it was like at 1000m. Horrible.

With One Direction playing at Cardiff on 6th, Stephanie and team leader Erika were out of the picture for this one. Sabine stepped back into position. A small sprinkling of paddlers came up – good to have Sam K there, great to have you back on the water and what a storming win (1.43secs in front of the next boat) for you in the Under 23 Olympic Development Squad K4 they asked you stroke. Result!

Sam Newlands, our ‘borrowed’ Kiwi paddler, was up there dealing with the English weather. Terrific K2 race with another Kiwi, so close it required a photo finish and they were just edged into 2nd place by .04 of a second.

Sam Scowen completed our trio of Sams representing Reading and in her 500m K1 she came a tight third, while Duncan came a very respectable 2nd in his Men’s 200m sprint.

Sam Scowen waiting for her start at 200m
Sam Scowen waiting for her start at 200m

Laslo was up there for Sunday morning – impressive win in Master’s C K1 500m – easy. Surely time they put you up into Men’s B?

Fred in Boys C seemed to cope with the horrible wind at 1000m, pacing himself well to get into Final A for K1. A bit disappointed with his usual favourite – K1 200m. But he saved the best to last with his 500m K1 Final B on the Sunday. Explosive start (always), led the field, but by 200m had slipped to 6th. This time, however, he had left plenty in the tank and stormed through to a 1st place. That was soo exciting … but then I am his mum!

Hope to see many more of Reading Club members in July. And definitely at Interclubs in September. Remember you need to register by July 5th latest to be permitted to race in September. Ask Erika for details.

Fred in a K2 waiting to battle the waves at 1000m
Fred in a K2 waiting to battle the waves at 1000m

Thanks to Nikki Jacoby for the report.