Success for town rowers

Lucie Scott and Holly Saunston.
Lucie Scott and Holly Saunston.

Boston Rowing Club members have claimed a handful of victories at the St Neots Regatta, held in in Cambridgeshire over the weekend.

Members representing the Carlton Road Boathouse began well on Saturday, which was over a 1,000m course.

Boston Ladies' four.

Boston Ladies' four.

The men’s IM2 8+ composite joined rowers from Lincoln, Durham, Star and Putney for the fastest race of the day, with the composite crew being nudged out by Mossbourne, a London based talent centre.

The IM2 4+ was also a tight race, with Boston losing the final by approximately six feet.

The womens IM3 4+ was only put together last week.

However, with four class scullers the team of Harriet Housam, Tilly Ireland, Emma Feerick and Polly Summerfield, coxed by Saffy Summerfield, caused a serious upset as they romped to victory by clear water.

Sunday’s racing was held over 500m.

The girls’ J14 2x of Lucie Scott and Holly Saunston had a real back breaker of a semi-final, but their hard work paid off as they destroyed Bedford Girls’ School in their final.

The double of Oliver Tunnard and Jacques Gavey had to race up at J15 level to get any competition, and they really made the older boys work for it, going down by a canvas.

Tilly Ireland made the final of the JW 18 1x, but came unstuck on the many narrow boats parked along the course, leaving her unable to finish.

This impacted upon Dingo Summerfield in the boys’ J14 1x, as he was unable to use his usual boat, but he still gave his all and was only pipped on a photo finish.

Ruby and Jasmine Latka rocketed down the course for victory in the JW 13 2x.

The mixed IM2 4x of captain Jeff Elms, head coach Adam Berry, Emma Feerick and Tilly Ireland destroyed Northampton to set up a final with Star, a performance club in Bedford.

Despite the Bedford crew being made up of junior triallists, the Boston crew pushed them the whole way, with victory being awarded to Star by 30cm.

The Boston four were back in action for a mixed IM2 8+, joined by coach James Searle, Harriet Housam, and rowers from London.

The eight came down the course in 1 min 20 secs but lost out to the home crew of St Neots.