Worthing’s rowing season gets underway

Worthing's novice four crew of Emily Gurney, Gemma Stevens, Jordan Simper, and Elise Piggott
Worthing's novice four crew of Emily Gurney, Gemma Stevens, Jordan Simper, and Elise Piggott

THE Coast Amateur Rowing Association season got underway earlier this month with a double regatta at Bexhill.

In perfect weather, Worthing started the weekend with an exciting J16 girls’ quad race in which their crew of Emily Gurney, Jordan Simper, Elise Piggott and Gemma Stevens, coxed by Gill McLean, were pipped at the post by Bexhill.

The J14 mixed quad of Lucy Reynard, Ben Illsley, Alex Davies and Olivia Ingram rowed their maiden voyage and finished fourth.

The J16 girls’ quad crew rowed again, with Emma Rees coxing, in the adult novice section and, again, were leading until near the end when they were beaten into second place by Shoreham.

A newly-formed junior men’s crew of Seb Day, Craig Graney, Tom Adams and Danny Diaz Rivas, three of whom are still novices, had a nerve-racking race where they were in third for most of the course but managed a big push at the end to row past Folkestone to secure second place.

The most exciting and rewarding race of the day for Worthing was the senior ladies race. The crew of Rees, Brianne Considine, Aisling O’Leary, Lucy Guest, with McLean as cox, were level pegging with Shoreham and Bexhill into the turns.

A bad turn lost them ground but Worthing pushed hard and pulled away to win the race.

Worthing also had crews in the novice men’s, ladies doubles and pairs and junior single sculls races.

On the second day of the regatta, Worthing had a depleted squad but still managed two second-placed finishes in the novice and senior ladies, a third in the J16 girls’ quad and a second in the veteran 50 race, where Martin Holden subbed in the Shoreham veteran 50 crew.

After two regattas, Worthing lie sixth in the grand aggregate table, fifth in the CARA League and have one championship point towards the senior ladies championship.

Worthing are next in action in their own regatta this weekend, when they have a big entry and hope to move up a few places in the tables.