Llanfdaff Regatta

Upton were well represented at Llandaff Regatta in Cardiff. They started strongly on the 1,000-metre course on the first day with Andrew Scott, in his first regatta in the masters F/G singles, beating his Ross opponent easily and then seeing off Evesham in the final by two lengths. Linda Scott, Pippa Riddle, Trish Scorer and Jo Hammett won their final over Gloucester in the women’s masters C/E quad, clearly extending their handicap of 14 seconds. James Oliver won the masters A/B single sculls, overcoming a two-second handicap to beat Bristol Ariel by three lengths. Hammett and Scott convincingly won their masters E/F doubles final with a handicap of 11 seconds in their favour over Llandaff. In the mixed masters B doubles, Sally Miles and Oliver lost to Gloucester by two-and-a-half lengths. The women’s masters B doubles saw Miles and Debbie Thompson beat Gloucester easily to reach the final against Bristol Ariel only for one of the latter’s blades to get caught in the weeds though they recovered to complete the course.

The 500m course the next day saw some strong rows from the junior squad. Archie Tyrell and Callum Dimmock lost their J15 singles heats to Monmouth with the former’s strong opponent winning the final. The new pairing of Taylor Mitchell, in his first regatta, and Dimmock lost their J15 doubles race to Llandaff. With no mixed categories, Tyrell and Daisy Haynes raced in the open J16 doubles and lost to two boys from Ross. Eleven-year-old Hugh Edney had his first J12 singles race and lost by only three lengths to older opposition from Cardiff and Vale Schools Rowing Academy. Willow Haynes, in the girls’ J12 singles, rowed her first contest against Ross and missed out by only half-a-length. The J16 double of Daisy Haynes and Annie Darwant lost their semi-final by one length to Avon County. Upton’s mixed masters B double of Stuart Edney and Thompson won their semi over Cardiff City by two lengths but fell in the final to City of Bristol by three lengths. Oliver and Chris Evanson had a two-second handicap against them in the masters A/B doubles and went down by two lengths to Bristol Ariel. Oliver lost his masters A 1x to Monmouth by two lengths. Miles and Thompson started badly in the women’s masters B/C doubles against Hereford and did not recover in defeat.