Berwick ARC headed to the River Tyne on Saturday for their first regatta of the season, proving to be an excellent warm up for the British Masters on May 19.
A newly formed crew of Lauren Adams, Jodie Fleming, Estelle Dodd, Sam Seaton and coxed by Charlotte Seaton were first on the Tyne in a heat of Women’s Novice Fours against Newcastle University. Although losing their heat, they gained valuable racing experience. Sam and Estelle got out of one boat and straight into an eight to join Alison Inglis, Hilary Cairns and crew members from Cambois RC. It was first win of the day for the composite crew against Newcastle University.
It was bad luck for Robin Morrison and Harry Black who competed in Masters E/F single sculls going out against Durham and Cambois. They then later teamed up with Alison Inglis and Hilary Cairns in Master C Coxless Quad where they finished second.
In the Masters F/G Coxless Quad, the home team of Tyne were no match against the Berwick crew of Ian Smith, Alan Robertson, Gordon Benton and Iain Boyd-Whyte, who won by a distance.
After a break from racing of four years, it was a fantastic winning comeback for Christopher Eke in Open IM2 single sculls against Tyne.
Alison Inglis and Hilary Cairns, in the Women’s double sculls, had a good win over their Tyne opposition.
Harry Black and Ian Smith were up against a Cambois/Durham composite crew and fellow club members Alan Robertson and Gordon Benton in a 3 boat final of the Masters F/G double sculls, with Alan and Gordon taking the win.