Berwick Explore Rowers have continued in their monthly challenge competitions. Sunday 3rd June saw the crew of Martin Zigmantavicius, Shelley Aitchison, Holly Freebairn and Ewan Brewis coxed by Hilary Cairns take on the skills course at Stockton on Tees.
The skills course combines the skill of sculling together with square blade sculling, 360 degree turns, backing onto a buoy, emergency stops and rigger dips. The crews navigate the course twice and are against the clock. Berwick put in a storming performance in their first round setting what is believed to be a new course record. The second round was not quite so clean, but with a great aggregate score the Berwick crew won the competition and extended their lead in the overall series league.
Sunday 24th June then saw the crew of Martin Zigmantavicius, Shelley Aitchison, Lauren Adams and Ewan Brewis Coxed by Will Dalgleish travel to Tynemouth on a gloriously sunny day, Probably just as well as the crew had to wade into the sea to get into their boats!
In a head to head sculling race over 400 metres in what was described as challenging sea conditions the Tynemouth crew used their local advantage to beat Berwick in their first race. From then on Berwick got the measure of the conditions and stormed to victory in the next three races. Again winning the competition and further increasing their lead on the overall league standings.
Berwick now need to polish their rowing skills for the next round of competition at Durham on 5th August.