Lymington ARC have unfortunately been forced to cancel the attempted rerun of Milford Regatta this weekend.

Lymington statement: “After consulting the weather forecast, tide and wind direction we have made the very tough decision to cancel Milford Regatta. With wind speeds gusting at 26mph from the west (which is on shore for Milford) it seems that we have no choice but to make the call. It will not be re-held this year.”

Cancellation of Milford regatta means there is now just one regatta left to run which is Bournemouth in a weeks time.

The Men’s Junior and Ladies Senior sculls championships are currently still up for grabs at 4-4 and 3-2 respectively.

Dale Buckett of Ryde and Jack Rose of Christchurch are the two scullers leading the championship at men’s junior.

In the ladies senior sculls status, defending champion Jess Bull (Itchen) leads 3-2 over Poole’s Katie Crane.

The ladies senior sculls position is fairly straight forward. A win for Crane would take the championship to a row-off (loosely penciled in for the day after Bournemouth). A win for anyone else, or if the regatta was to be cancelled, then Bull would successfully defend her title.

Men’s junior is potentially more complicated. Rose and Buckett have been comfortably ahead of the field for the most part and one or the other should be able to secure the title outright in their final.

However the likes of Shanklin’s Harry Miselbach, Southsea’s Will Mahoney and Tom Stanley of BTC have all been snapping at their heels this season at various points.

Potentially rough sideways chop could change things as well and the two Alex’s might cause a problem. Alex Murphy from Poole showed a good turn of pace in the heats at the eventually cancelled Southsea and, dare-we-say-it, SCJ’s own Alex Barnes has been known to cause the odd upset in awkward conditions.

If anyone but Bucket or Rose win, or Bournemouth is cancelled, there would be a row-off situation. Both men are expected to decide the championship themselves, but with so many other variables, it's certainly worth a watch. 

4th August 2017