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Mayflower Offshore Rowing Club enjoy Commonwealth and British success at Poole

MAYFLOWER Offshore Rowing Club enjoyed a tremendous weekend at the inaugural Commonwealth Beach Sprints and Bristol Coastal Rowing Championships held at Sandbanks in Poole.

Mayflower’s James Lovering was selected to represent England in the new Commonwealth Beach Sprints competition, which featured eight countries – England, Barbados, Canada, Namibia, Scotland, Wales, Uganda and Vanuatu.

He managed to pick up two bronze medals at the event in the men’s double and relay race.

The British Championship were held at the same venue, with the finals of that taking place on Sunday.

Mayflower’s women returned with two gold medals from the national event, which featured 58 crews and took place in bouncy conditions with one-metre swells.

Fiona Carmichael successfully defended her women’s single sculls title in the standout race of the championships. She was pushed all the way by Maria Pelven of Sweden’s Helsingborgs Roddklub, but managed to win by two seconds.

Mayflower dominated the coastal women’s coxed quad, taking the win by over a minute ahead of Exmouth Rowing Club and Tideway Scullers in bronze.

Carmichael, Phoebe Winter, Ruth Winter and Ania Wieczorek made up their winning quartet, with Lovering coxing.

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