Andrew Bassant back with a bang for Folkestone Rowing Club
ANDREW BASSANT was back with a bang for Folkestone Rowing Club as he returned to the sport with his first win in 15 years at the Herne Bay Regatta.
Bassant joined Mark Simmonds, Stewart Harries and Steve Tupper in the open veterans 40+ crew, Maddie Whybrow was coxing, to come from behind to win their race.
The crew didn't have a great start, rowing to the turns on the outside where conditions were more challenging, but they settled into it and eased ahead finishing several lengths up on the next crew.
Simmonds and Tupper both rowed in the senior sculls race after a long and cold day with the former coming home in fifth.
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The seniors ladies crew of Sophie Watkins, Isabel Smith, Maddie Whybrow and Sally Watkins, with cox Marc Alderman, got off to a flyer and maintained their lead to the buoy turns.
Another crew rowed into them coming out the turn but they kept their composure and raced away, increasing their lead by several lengths from the Bexhill crew to take a well-deserved first place.
The novice men's crew of Paul Davey, Alex Ruffhead, Nigel Hughes and Brian Smith, with cox Alderman, had a poor start but settled down during the row and managed a good third place. They later rowed in the junior event to take fifth.
In the senior men's pairs two crews - Mark Simmonds and Jamie Leppard and Andrew Bassant and Steve Tupper - both rowed a good course, finishing in fourth and sixth places respectively.
Youngsters Edward Fairclough, Noah Hawkins, Billy Graham and Tom Crowther rowed in the under-16 quad sculls but more experienced crews took the first few placings.
They later rowed in the novice men's race where they surprised everyone by keeping up with the much older rowers and held their own to finish in fifth.
The club look forward to the next regatta at Eastbourne on July 7, followed by Shoreham the following day.