The weekend started on Friday night with gale force winds and a challenge to keep campsite tents, particularly the Solway’s, pinned to the ground, (although hotel roofs did not seem to be affected). Followed by strong headwinds for the paddlers to tackle on Saturday, and ended on Sunday with brilliant sunshine, plus a few regrets regarding lack of sunscreen, but lots of fun and plenty of tiddlywinks to take home.
Congratulations to all who participated in this month’s Nottingham National Sprint Regatta, (apologies if we have not named all of you); with Elmbridge getting a plethora of good results in all categories specifically: Girls A –with Amy Ward winning the 1000m, Rebi Simon the 500m and 200m and both girls winning all their K2 finals. The boys A included some exciting racing from Harry Archer. The boys B, C and D races were a great success for the club, with multiple victories from Kayne Wilkinson, Stefano Di-Gregorio, Eliot Solway (racing in Div C for the first time), Adarsh Heaton and Ross McMullen (racing in Div B for the first time) and coming 1st in his heat. Girls D proved a promising future for our female athletes with many 1st and 2nd places. Louise Thorogood joined Nottingham for the first time, enabling a full Elmbridge K4 crew to be reckoned with, including Roberta Lufkin, Rebekah Solway and Nicky Dawes. A wobbly start in the 1000m gave them 2nd place, but not so in the 500m where they took a convincing 1st place, with the commentator mentioning the prestigious training given at Elmbridge Canoe Club. Due to the conditions we only had one promotion, Kayne to Boys B, well done to him for his promotion. Thank you to all the organisers who make this event possible.
Authors: Ross McMullen and Eliot Solway