Written by Ryan Epps
Congratulations to James Campbell who had the honour of christening the new four boat in his name.
Jim then drew the lucky numbers for the 100 club draw, and in-line with his reputation as a ‘ladies man’, he drew Alison Holness £75, Tracy Campbell £50 and Suzanne Cox £25.
Assuming I remember to take the numbers with me on Saturday, the next draw will be sometime after the regatta.
Regattas – Shoreham
There was a mixed bag of results for the Herne Bay rowers when they competed at the double header of Shoreham and Brighton regattas. The racing started with a solid third place finish in the Veteran's 40+ Fours race this was followed by the Veteran's 50+ crew of John Cox, Mark Davies, Stuart Webb and Liz Taylor, Jacob Webb (cox) who went one better just being beaten into second place. The Men's Senior Four race saw the Herne Bay crew of George Holness, Tom Walton, Stuart Webb and Will Campbell, get off to a great start to lead the field but much to their disappointment, a foot plate broke in their boat, leaving them to come home in 3rd place. They achieved another third place finish at the Sunday regatta. One of the closest finishes of the weekend was in the Ladies Novice Four race where the Bay crew of Natasha Tricks, Megan Dover, Scarlett Bates and Jasmine Amos, Adam Taylor (cox) rowed well to pull up level with the leading Deal crew as the finishing line approached only to be beaten by half a canvas. The same crew finished third on the Sunday. There was a third and fourth place finish over the two days for the Ladies Double Scullers Scarlett Bates and Liz Taylor and two third places for the Junior/Senior crew of Manuel Marques, Adam Taylor, James Dawkins and Luke Taylor. John Cox then finished the regatta off with a second place in the Veteran's Sculls
The highlight of the Eastbourne regatta came in the ladies Novice Fours where our crew of Natasha Tricks, Tracey McAlpine, Kaye Sullivan and Emily Noyes , John Cox (cox) got off to a slow start in the high seas, but soon found their rhythm to row through the pack to a tremendous victory of 7 boat lengths. George Holness had a strong row in the Junior Sculls with a third place finish and the Junior/Senior Men's crew of Manuel Marques, James Dawkins, Adam Taylor and Luke Taylor also finished third. The other ladies race of the day for Herne Bay saw Liz Taylor and Scarlet Bates in their Double Scull also finished third after just being beaten to the line. The unluckiest oarsman of the day was James Dawkins in his Novice Single Sculls race. He led from the start and was well on his way to victory when a sculler from Dover got caught up on a large wave and crashed into the bay sculler, causing James to capsize within 25 metres of the finish line.
You thought you had heard it all
There have been many excuses for not finishing a race, but we have recently been given one which nobody had come up with before. One of our young lads was leading his Scull race only to turn back. His club mates on the beach were wondering what the problem might be, only to be told on his return, that after visiting the bathroom and washing his hands, he obviously didn’t rinse properly because his hands got all soapy on contact with the sea water and the blades kept slipping from his grasp! To save embarrassing him I will not give his name but at least we know that Jim and Tracy Campbell brought him up to wash his hands.
Dover regatta produced some of the best results for Herne Bay so far. John Cox started the day with an easy win in the Veteran's Single Sculls, followed by Will Campbell in third place in the Senior Sculls. The Ladies Novice Fours of Natasha Tricks, Tracey McAlpine, Kaye Sullivan, Emily Noyes and John Cox(cox) followed up their win at Eastbourne with a tremendous win, thus promoting them to Juniors. The Veteran's 40+ of John Cox, Mark Davies, Stuart Webb and Liz Taylor, Jacob Webb (cox) secured a convincing victory, which was matched by the Senior Four crew of Ryan Hosking, Tom Walton, Dan Richie and William Campbell, Georgia Monroe (cox) to achieve Herne Bay's fourth win of the day. Unfortunately the sea conditions then became too rough to row and the rest of the regatta was postponed.
At the time of writing I haven’t had the full results from Southsea, but I do know our Mens Senior Four crew won the Pompy Grand by a good distance, so congratulations to the crew!
A reminder it is the Herne Bay regatta this Saturday with a start time of 1pm.
Following the 10 hour sponsored 'ergo - thon' organised by John Cox, members of HBARC gathered at the boat house recently to present a cheque for £255.00 to Demelza Children's Hospice. HBARC has supported Demelza for several years now with club members very happy to donate to such a good cause because we all know they provide such an invaluable service.
Club House Maintenance
I have been reliably informed that the new fire escape has now been installed, our thanks go to Paul Monroe and Stuart Webb also I believe site foreman Jeff Hutton! This means that over the past couple of years we have re-pointed the brickwork, installed new fascias and soffits, re-decorated the interior, new carpet in the bar area, new fire escape and even a new notice board on the outside wall. This on top of the new four boat and boat trailer shows it’s been a busy time recently so a big thank you to all those who have supported the club during this period.
This is a wonderful action shot of one of our lads having slight boat control issues.
Again I am not going to give his name to save embarrassing him, let’s call him ‘Tim’.
by Friday evening or in writing on Saturday.