Talkin Tarn Rowers – success in the Scottish Sunshine
Now the “regatta season” is coming to a close, Talkin Tarn rowers took the opportunity last weekend to drive to the nearest regatta (and only event to the West), Nithsdale Regatta held in Dumfries. This is a smaller but friendly event, with crews attending from all over Scotland but only a few making it over the Border. Held over 750m downstream on the River Nith, the course is rather narrow and quite tricky to steer with deceptive bends from start to finish.
Conditions were excellent, with warm sunshine and light winds, there was little excuse not to have some good competition. In a different race to those normally offered, father & son Jon and Sam Britton took part in the “Generation Doubles” event, with resounding wins against a Castle Semple in the quarter-final, a different Castle Semple crew in the semi-final, and… a close but successful race for Tarn to win against another unlucky Castle Semple crew in the final!
Ben Norman took part in the correct age category of J16 in his single scull, and beat a rower from St Andrew boat club in Edinburgh by a clear margin. He then drew breath, turned around and headed back upstream to win the final also. To test his skills, he was also entered the J18 singles races (against rowers up to 2 years older), achieving a clear win against a Strathclyde Park rower in the heat and then going on to gain another medal in the final against a Clydesdale rower.
Talkin Tarn’s novice women’s coxed quad crew of Ann Kendrick, Rachel Dodsworth, Lyndsay Carigiet-Bell and Alison Clarricoats, coxed by Sam Britton, were overjoyed to win their semi-final against home club Nithsdale, but narrowly lost out in the final.
Jo Lewis competed in the women’s singles category, and rounded the day off nicely with a win against a rower from home club Nithsdale in a straight final.
The men’s Veterans doubles was a hard-fought competition, with two Tarn crews Jon Britton and Dudley Smith, and Alan Cook and Julius Deane coming cleanly through their respective heats against Glasgow and Castle Semple crews, and thus making an all-Tarn final. As these gentlemen normally row together in one “quad” boat, it was interesting to split up and compete against each other! Both crews were within feet of each other all the way down the river, until a steering infringement and clash of blades meant one crew was disqualified, and Jon Britton & Dudley Smith went on to pick up the medals after one of their closest ever races.
The women’s quad crew of Hannah Rigby, Linda Watson, Katie Robinson and Gill Houston, fresh from their three Gold medals at the Nationals the week before, got back into the boat and won against a Nithsdale / Stirling composite crew.
Saturday 6th July sees Talkin Tarn Amateur Rowing Club host their own annual regatta. This is an all-day event with races from 9am through often to 6pm, so all are welcome to come along and enjoy the spectacle.