BOSTON Rowing Club travelled to near neighbours and rivals Peterborough last weekend for the Peterborough City Rowing Regatta.
The event took place on the four lane Regatta Lake and Boston rowers competed over 1000m on Saturday and 500m on Sunday, gaining two wins.
Adam Berry and Will Campion were the first Boston crew on the water in the double scull (IM1 2X), but could not match the speed of Sudbury RC and Gravesend RC boats, thus exiting at the heat stage.
They recorded a creditable time of 4.06mins into a very strong head wind that lasted the whole weekend.
The Boston/Lincoln composite Eight (IM3 8+) which included Adam Berry at stroke (8 seat), Jeff Elms (7 seat), and Will Campion (5 seat), overcame an apprehensive start to convincingly win their heat and record the fastest heat time of the day in 3:31 mins.
Their subsequent final produced a fine spectacle of ‘eights’ rowing with all four crews finishing within six seconds of each other, Magdelene College RC taking the honours with Boston/Lincoln in fourth in 3:43 mins.
Harriet Housam (Boston RC) double sculled (WIM3 2X) with her East Midlands training partner Bethan Lloyd from Derby RC for their first competitive event together, and although younger than all other crews convincingly won their heat whilst recording an equal fastest heat time of 4:47, which again in the windy conditions was very solid.
The girls then needed to be patient at the start of their final as the boats were held for nearly an hour at the start due to the wind hampering the crews getting attached to the stake boats.
When the claxon sounded the double scull produced some outstanding sculling to beat their nearest rivals by 13 seconds in 4:49 mins, earning the duo double individual license points.
During Sunday, on the shorter course, Adam Berry single sculled his 500m final (IM2 1X) cautiously and recorded a safe fourth place.
The final event for Boston RC was in the mixed coxless quad (MX IM3 4X), two male and two females sculling for 500m flat out.
Boston again formed a composite with Lincoln with Adam Berry in the bow seat and Harriet Housam in the three seat (Glen and Maria from Lincoln in the stroke and 2 seat).
The crew blew their competition away from the start and by 250m had already opened up a three to four length lead.
The quad remained relaxed and strong for the remaining 250m and fininshed first in a superb 1:57 mins winning by around 80m.
Jeff Elms BRC captain and coach was quietly satisfied with the club’s achievements over the weekend and spoke positively about the future: “Our athletes have all performed well this weekend and gave everything they could.
“The eight may have been able to go faster in the final with slight adjustments, but with more practice we can achieve more regatta wins.
“The men gained valuable experience in their singles and doubles, the womens double against nine other crews was terrific, and to top the weekend off with such a convincing mixed quad composite win, shows some of our club strength with both genders and creates great relationships with other clubs.”