On Sunday 7th May the club had the pleasure of naming two new boats that were recently purchased to enhance rowing at our club and provide more opportunities for people to get on the water.
Firstly, we would like to take this opportunity to thank UK Sport for the huge grant we received, which enabled us to buy a new river four and will allow the club to be competitive in terms of boat quality. The four we bought was a WinTech interchangeable four, this effectively is two boats in one and makes it possible to row the boat as a coxed four or quad and a coxless four or quad, the adaptability is perfect for a club like Itchen where space is a highly sought after thing. Further to this the committee decided that the boat would be named 'James Foad' for his achievements at international level rowing.
The second boat we were lucky enough to purchase was a river single scull, again also from WinTech. This boat was bought with a grant from Southampton City Council and with the huge help of The Round Table, so the club would like to thank you both for your support. With limited single sculls at the club, the boat is already being used regularly and has been used by our Junior members to race at the Junior Inter-Regioanal Regatta at Holme-Pierre Pont in Nottingham. The committee decided that this boat was going to be named 'Jessica Bull'. Despite Jess only being in her early 20's, she has achieved a significant amount and is undoubtedly the clubs most successful female rower, winning many Hants & Dorset Championships and South Coast Championships, with hopefully more to come in the future.
It was great to see everyone at the club for the naming of these two boats and then welcome the start of the 2017 Hants & Dorset Season (which begins this coming weekend on the Isle of Wight), with afternoon tea in the club lounge.