Boston Rowing Club battle to second at regatta

BOSTON rowers claimed a second place at the Nottingham City Regatta.

Jeff Elms, Adrian Apletree, Will Campion and Jonathan De Smit teamed up with Lincoln University to create a composite eight team which beat off teams from Champions of the Thames, Warwick University and St Peters College, Cambridge, but could only finish runners up to Manchester University.

Elms and Apletree plus Campion and De Smit also formed two double sculling boats in the IM2 category.

Both crews did well in choppy conditions to make the semi-finals on the multi-lane regatta course, but could not progress further.

Campion and Harriet Housam competed in the National Schools Regatta event, also at Nottingham.

On Saturday, Campion entered the boys’ J17 1X single sculls and came 31st out of 44 of the country’s best 17-year-old scullers.

This is an impressive result considering most of those finishing ahead would be heavyweight scullers, and Will rows in a lightweight category.

On Sunday, Housam came 10th in the junior girls 16-years single sculls WJ16 1X.

Due to the strong winds, her race was changed to a time trial, and thus no lane racing took place.

New rowers have been taking to the water over the past couple of weeks on the River Witham.

The new Learn to Row sessions are proving successful, with the use of the four newly-launched Explore Rowing boats.

These more stable boats have provided the ideal platform for new recruits to gain confidence and progress, with two of the latest Learn to Row group already moving into the finer single sculling boats.