Next stop Henley Regatta! Talented rowers taste success in Nottingham

Saffy (near) and Polly (far) Summerfield
Saffy (near) and Polly (far) Summerfield

It was a family affair on Sunday, as Boston Rowing Club headed to Nottingham Sprint Regatta.

The regatta is held under Trent Bridge in Nottingham city centre, and is 750m long which a club spokesman said makes it perfect for younger and less experienced crews.

Boston had sent seven crews in total, and the day got off to a flying start when Dingo Summerfield and Jacques Garvey both came through their heats of the J14 1x to face each other in the semi final.

There has been little between these two boys in the past few weeks training, and it was as tight as ever with Dingo just edging past Jacques.

Dingo required far less work to win his final and collect another pot to add to his collection.

Next up were Dingo’s twin sisters, 16-year-old Polly and Saffy. Composed as ever, they swept to victory in their J16 2x, with not a hair out of place.

The Summerfield family have long been intergral members of Boston RC, and all three were following in their elder siblings footsteps and collecting a fine haul of silverware.

Following in the family vein, twins Ruby and Jasmine who sailed to victory in their J13 2x.

Dad Phil was in the hot seat of the mens Cox fours who were edged out by Derby in a great race.

Joining Phil in that crew was Robert Parker, whose son Tom collected his first pot alongside Ted Pitman in the mens J13 2x.

Finally it was the turn of Lucie Scott, with dad Jason in charge of transport and logistics, and mum Sheli providing unrivalled support and cheering.

Lucie breezed through her heat and semi to meet Burton Leander in the final.

The Burton girl had a straight bye to the final, meaning a fresh set of legs.

Lucie tore off from the start, however the extra energy saved by Burton, meant she had the advantage on the line, with Lucie valiantly going down by no more than a few feet.

No matter though, as it gives dad time to extend the trophy cabinet for the upcoming events

Next up for Boston RC is the highlight of the rowing calendar, as Emma Feerick and Tilly Ireland head to the prestigious Henley Regatta.