Strong end from Min­erva

Bath Chronicle - - SPORT -

Min­erva Bath Row­ing Club took four wins at the last re­gatta of the 2018 sea­son last week­end. The women’s masters E 4+ pro­vided the ex­cite­ment with a straight fi­nal against a younger crew who had an eight-sec­ond head start over the 750m course. The race ended in a dead heat with both crews hav­ing to re­turn to the start line im­me­di­ately and re­play the race. The Min­erva women held their nerve and pow­ered through to re­gain the eight sec­onds and take the win by half a length, gain­ing re­venge for a de­feat ear­lier in the sea­son. Mean­while, there were wins too for the mixed dou­ble, the mixed quad and the women’s E quad. The ju­nior squad also had a pres- ence at the re­gatta and while there were no wins, they braved some first ever rac­ing in sin­gles and quads with club pres­i­dent and Olympian Arnold Cooke’s grand­daugh­ter, Erica, steering her first race in a quad. Row­ing cap­tain Su­nita Berry said: “A great end to a great sum­mer; we’ve had crews at all the good re­gional races as well as the na­tional and highly pres­ti­gious ones like Not­ting­ham and Hen­ley. “I couldn’t be more proud of team Min­erva’s ef­forts, par­tic­u­larly many of our newer ju­niors and also masters who have re­turned to row­ing af­ter a con­sid­er­able break. “A great fi­nal race day for the re­gatta sea­son saw us pick up four more crew wins, so we’re very happy with that.”

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