St. Neots Regatta 26th-27th August 2008

Saturday – 1000m

A glorious summer day and a well-run regatta with Leeds RC occupying prime spectator real estate near the finish….

Mens S4 IVs – After our success at York we had two crews in this category – One won their first round against Norwich but then came up against a strong Peterborough RC crew in the semi final and lost by a couple of lengths. The other – lost the other semi against another strong Peterborough crew.

Womens S4 IV – Beat Milton Keynes in their semi-final, then fought a nail-biting race against Lea RC in the final – no-one on the bank was sure who had won until the verdict came through of 1/2 canvas to Lee….ds !

Womens S4 1x – Maintained her winning form with convincing wins over scullers from Northampton and Bedford, followed by a closer race in the final against a Globe RC sculler whom she beat by 2 lengths.

Mens S4 1x – Beat a Globe RC sculler in the semi (despite some very wayward steering..) then beat a Peterborough RC sculler in the final (gaining some revenge on behalf of the mens’ squad!).

Womens S4 2x – Enjoyed a straight final against Cambridge 99, winning in style to round the day off.

Sunday – 500m

Started grey and overcast, became baking hot and ended with sharp showers, but the weather didn’t keep the Leeds supporters from the bank… :

Mens S4 IVs – The first crew set out with revenge on their minds against the same Peterborough crew that beat them the day before. With a much better start they found themselves up, but couldn’t quite match the other crew for length and lost by 1 length.
The second crew – also rowed better than the previous day but couldn’t match the power of a Beccles RC crew (despite rowing more tidily). Although both menÕs crews were rather disappointed, it is worth pointing out that the Peterborough crew that won S4 on Saturday went on to win S3 on Sunday too, and the two crews which beat Leeds on Sunday each won a further race before fighting a very close final, which Beccles won by 1/2 length.

Womens S3 IV – Raced bravely but lost by 2 lengths to Nottingham.

Womens S4 2x – 1st women’s double beat Northampton easily to reach the final but our new second doubles combination showed they would be no pushovers with a solid win over another Northampton double. The regatta ended with an ALL Leeds Final.

Thanks again to all those who supported from the bank.

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