Herne Bay Amateur Rowing Club kick started this year’s summer regattas on Saturday, competing against other clubs from the South Coast at Folkestone's Viking Shield Regatta.

The only win of the day was by our veteran 50+ fours crew led by Liz Taylor in stroke position, Steve Tupper, Sally Watkins (both from Folkestone Rowing Club) and John Cox. They took on two other crews in the cold April waters to finish in first position!

The first race for the club started with George Holness, taking position for the men’s junior sculls heats. After a strong row by George, he qualified for the finals, where he came third overall, followed by Luke Towner, captain of the rowing club in the senior sculls race, who fought through seven other rowers to finish a commendable third place.

Other crews who did exceedingly well were ladies Junior fours Emily Noyes, Kaye Sullivan, Scarlett Bates and Natasha Tricks, coxed by John Cox, who came in a close second place, an impressive jump from last year’s races. Later on in the day the same crew went on to race the senior category, where they again came a tiring second out of five crews. Again the girls should be very proud of themselves for their improvements in technique, speed and power.

The Bay’s ladies novice fours had a great start, Jasmine Amos, Georgia Shelton, Zoe Tyler and Elizabeth Ling also improved on their racing abilities by finishing second place.

And last but not least, Scarlett Bates and Elizabeth Taylor came in third place in the ladies double sculls race. These two make a great crew on the water – their power and determination really push them through to the end, working really well as a team.

All in all, a very successful day for the club. We'd like to say a massive thank you to Dover and Folkestone rowing club for the loan of their equipment and huge congratulations to Luke Towner for surviving his first regatta as captain!

composite vet 50 crew at Viking Shield Regatta