Worcester Autumn Sprint Regatta 2014

The Accies put in a strong showing at the Worcester Autumn Sprint Regatta this year, entering three sweep boats into the WNOV 4+, WNOV 8+ and WIM3 4+ categories, and four sculls into the WNOV 2x, WMAS NOV 1x, WNOV 1x and MAS NOV 1x categories. In glorious sunshine, the WNOV 4+ boat (Nora Stappert, Jonna Vuoskoski, Claire Bratley and Emma Bowler, coxed by Brian Tang) got the sweep squad’s day off to a great start by beating Stratford-upon-Avon in a straight final to take their first points and lose their novice statuses. The winning continued with the double of Hannah Grainger-Clemson and Natasha Perks, who overturned Bewdly RC and Kings School Worcester on their way to claiming their pots. Due to a lack of opposition, the WNOV 8+ (Fiona Sanderson, Orlaith Burke, Agnieska Swiejkowska, Anna Stepashova, Sandra Binet, Lorna Henderson, Carolina and Boby, coxed by Shan Quah), in what was for most of them their first race outside of Oxford, were moved up to the IM3 category. They fought valiantly but were ultimately defeated by a more experienced Stratford-upon-Avon crew. Arthur Bullard in MAS NOV 1x came heartbreakingly close to winning his heat, but was knocked out by a sculler from Hereford RC. Having done so well in the same boat earlier, Hannah Grainger-Clemson and Natasha Perks then found themselves competing against each other. Having each fought their way through the WNOV 1x event, they made it an all Accies final, where Hannah eventually prevailed and won her second pot of the day. The day ended with Nora and Emma being roused from their naps to race again, this time joining Shan Quah and Jacqui Murphy for the WIM3 4+ event. Though they fought hard, they lost out to their opposition from Minerva Bath, who were on their way to winning the event overall. Congratulations to everyone who raced and especially those who won pots and points!

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