Twice as nice! Twins Ruby and Jasmine taste success for Boston Rowing Club

Ruby and Jasmine receive their awards.
Ruby and Jasmine receive their awards.

Boston Rowing Club youngsters Ruby and Jasmine Latka won their double sculls event at the Peterborough Rowing Regatta this weekend.

The twins were two of seven rowers from the Boston club who competed.

Jasmine and Ruby were well ahead in their Saturday 1k race at Thorpe Meadows Rowing Course, when their race was ended as an oar snapped in half.

Undeterred, the sisters attempted the same distance on the Sunday as well in the WJ13 2x double sculls, after replacing their equipment.

And this time, without any damage, they stormed to victory in an incredible time of 4 mins 29.1 secs.

Their time was 30 seconds faster than the second place pair, and faster than many more senior crews in other races during the day.

Ruby and Jasmine took up the sport less than a year ago, after getting the bug watching London 2012.

They made their debuts for Boston in April, in the WJ132X double sculls, again at a Leicester regatta.

And they marked that by also finishing in first place.

Boston’s Lucie Scott reached the final of her WJ14 1x single scull, after finishing in second place in her heat (5 mins 08 secs).

Harriet Housam moved up a category into Intermediate senior women’s WIM2 1x single scull category.

This was to gain extra experience at that level, and she finished in a solid second place.

Mark and James Housam had a convincing heat win (4 mins 19.1 secs) but could not find the same form for the final.

Tom Nuttal, in the junior boys J15 1x single sculls, rowed very strongly and competitively during both days in a large division.

Although Tom did not make the finals, he can take away great experience knowing his heat times were faster than many other junior competitors.

Boston Rowing Club held their annual ball, with Olympic gold medal-winning coach Steve Gunn providing the entertaining after-dinner speech.

Gunn is now Great Britain’s World Class Start coach.

He was previously New Zealand coach, after taking the Searle Brothers to Olympic glory in 1992.

British Rowing also donated a commemorative photo of the GB Olympic Rowing team to Boston Rowing Club as appreciation for the contributions and efforts that the Carlton Road club plays for the organisation.

Each year, the Witham hosts the GB senior and junior trials.

British Rowing also provided a rowing kit - signed by Olympic gold medallists Helen Glover and Heather Stanning - as a raffle prize.