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West Norfolk Rowing Club scoop trophies at St Ives Regatta

West Norfolk Rowing Club were thrilled to come back from St Ives Regatta with senior trophies for the first time.

The club had 11 crews racing in various categories throughout the event, which saw 162 races in total, and their highlight was the men’s coxless quad being victorious in the last division of the day.

The club had had two juniors competing in single sculls, with Abi-Lou Page in WJ15.1x and Archie Bell in J17.1x.

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Abi-Lou was frustrated not to be able to show her full potential as she was thwarted by the testing course.

Bell was given a bye through to the second round of his event, where he raced against the eventual class runner-up.

In the men’s doubles, Simon Prior & Robert John had a very competitive race in the Open Masters C doubles semi-final, pushing the eventual winners of the class to a length-and-a half-margin.

Theo Bailey and Ant Hobbs finished runners-up in their class.

Alistair Mackie and Stuart Porter had a bye through to the final of the Open Masters F doubles, where they finished three lengths behind the winners.

Owen Lewis and Phil Holden had an issue at the start in their race in the Open Band 2 double semi-final and had to allow their opposition to row-over.

Doug McNeil and Bob Ward won their Open Masters E double semi-final by virtue of better coping with the navigation of the course.

Nix Marston, Doug McNeil, Liz Palmer and Bob Ward were in the Mixed Masters E coxless quad and Miranda Lam raced for the first time in a Women’s Masters E single scull.

Simon Prior raced his single in the Open Masters D 1x event, finishing runner-up.

West’s open coxless quad crew of Phil Holden, Mark Dawson, Owen Lewis and Robert John steamed down the river to win by four lengths in their boat Sluice Cannon.

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