Sebastian Steele, James Hale, Sam Pile and Jasper Mallet with the Men’s Novice Fours trophy and race to victory with Cox Emma Oliver.

Submitted for publication in the Dover Express

It was a winning return to competition for the Dover Rowing Club, who claimed two victories in the first CARA regatta of the season, held in Folkestone.

Sebastian Steele’s four male novices, Sam Pile, James Hale, Jasper Mallet helmed by Emma Oliver got off to a good start and established a good lead early on.

After the buoy turn their lead had increased to over 100 meters and the crew continued to pull away as they charged towards the line for a comfortable victory.

The second novice crew of Kevin and Brendon Ulyatt, Eddie Briggs and Adrian Callard helmed by Cameron Mackintosh were overwhelmed at the turn and could not finish.

Steele, Hale and Mallet were joined by Bo Corby in the J16 men’s quad with Oliver at Cox. In the shorter 1km race, the young crew took a lead in the first half of the race to see them cross the line in first place.

In the J14 men’s quad, Corby was joined by Josh Everington-Nee, Beau Grassby and Alex McArdle helmed by Oliver. They worked hard to chase their rival crew in the straight 1km race and came back in second.

The four junior boys saw Cameron Mackintosh, Matt Barnett, Briggs, Jon Cook helmed by Tony Burrows recover from a bad start to move into second on the turn. On the way back, they failed to eliminate the lead crew and finished second.

The four junior girls of Maria West-Burrows, Canelle Ulyatt, Heather Corby, Krista Davies helmed by Oliver would be against, as the three crew members were novices in their first race.

They got off to a good start and were doing well. As time went on, the stronger opponents had emerged, leaving the Dover crew still in the points in sixth.

In the women’s four-novice race, new rowers Heather Corby, Canelle Ulyatt, Emeline McArdle and Davies, helmed by Chris Price, worked hard to gain vital experience. The crew pushed hard and managed to score a point, finishing sixth.

In the veteran races Ulyatt, Barnett, Briggs, Cook, helmed by Oliver, raced in the Vet 40 plus.

A bad start left them in a hole chasing the peloton, working hard to close the gap. The veterans were fifth and couldn’t improve on their place when they crossed the finish line.

Nick Bailey finished fourth in the Veteran 50 plus as he raced in a scratch team made up of four different clubs.

In the novice sculls, Mackintosh worked in vain to try to score points for the club, coming back to eighth place.

Dover Rowing Club is based in Dover, Kent.

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