ROYAL Chester Rowing Club members demonstrated the excellent progress they have made during the current season at the Ross-on-Wye Regatta.
Racing in the juniors' regatta, the Chester club's junior 15 and junior 14 boys squads, coached by James Carew, had mixed fortunes but all gained from their experiences.
In J15 double sculls, Patrick Stephens raced with the group's cox Luke Barratt and, despite sculling well, were underpowered against much larger opposition.
In J14 single sculls, Bishops' High pupil Tom Dodd had the race in his grasp, only to check out his opposition rather than racing through the finishing line.
The hard work put in by the squad was rewarded when the J15 quad scull of Oliver Laudler (Christleton High), Callum McGuicken (Christleton), Sam Jackson (Catholic High) and Marcus Longmins (Christleton), coxed by Elizabeth James (Birkenhead High), sculled with style to win their event comfor tably.
Royal Chester's senior men's development squad reaped the rewards of their endeavours during the season when the senior 4 coxed four of James Carew, Andy Adams, Ollie Cocklin and Rob Wellings, coxed by Amy Cox, comfortably won their events and with Ollie and Rob making it a double success by also winning senior 4 pairs.
* Young beginners at Royal Chester have enjoyed a successful annual summer school, with most of those attending showing considerable promise and already able to perform competently in racing boats.
There are, however, still spaces available for others and those entering Years 8, 9 and 10, both boys and girls, are invited to attend a further taster session tomorrow (11am at the Royal Chester boathouse, The Groves).
For further information contact Steve James on 07919 401624.
Anyone interested in joining the club can contact captain Ian Addin-sell on 07803 000056.