It was essential that we scored well at this event in order to qualify for the National Final of the Hasler series. We were lying 3rd in the regional table, with Royal C.C. only 2 points behind. Only three clubs qualify from our London SE Region, so we were in a precarious position.

Congratulations to all our members who rallied round and supported the club in this crucial event and put up such amazing performances. Royal Canoe Club was also making an unprecedented effort at qualifying; they could see that it would not take much to swing the balance in their favour. Spectators were treated to a nail-biting climax to the regional season.

Ed Rutherford , mainly a GB Team sprinter, helped us out in Div1 but then Royal had also called in another GB sprinter Jon Boyton, so there was likely to be a fast pace set at the start. Also in this race were Luke, Ross and Phil. Ed and Jon set a good pace which meant that they led the race most of the way, and finished in that order, but Luke (Div 2 who started in 1 because there were no other entries in his race) hung onto the wash to the bitter end, finishing 3rd but still very much in contact only 2 seconds behind Ed. Luke got promoted to Division 1!

Tom and Oscar were 1st and 2nd in Div 2: Robert 4th in Div 5, just mentioning some of the higher scoring boats . Tobin Bowers and Zac Tarver, our new recruits this year, came 2nd and 11th in Div.9 (Tobin was promoted to 7)

Our Doubles paddlers excelled themselves! The top doubles division (which included Division 1/2/3/4) was won by George and Glenn with Elise and Stef 3rd.

Katie and Jo won Div 5. Wendy/Kelly won Div 7 with Amber/Brooke 4th Mary/Erica won Div 9 and were promoted.

The final score? Royal 226, Elmbridge 237.