Masters National Championships - May 2014

Maidstone Veterans achieved their best results to date in the Masters National Championships with a tally of 2 Golds and 2 Silvers.

All medals came from the young vets, while the older vets put up strong performances in the face of some of the sternest competition we have seen in this event.

We were greeted for the second year in a row by a Holme Pierrepont course bathed in sunshine and with fairly placid conditions; although a continual crosswind plagued the boats in lanes 4, 5 and 6, and it was noticeable that a lot more wins came from lanes 1, 2 and 3 over the course of the day.

Brian Humphris and Richard Ridgway got gold in the Novice B2x Final with a comfortable 7 second victory.

Brian then went on to get silver in the Novice C1x event.

Lewin Hynes dominated his B1x event going through the heats easily and wining the final by 6 seconds.

Finally Lewin continued his longstanding doubles partnership with James Knight, winning silver in the B2x event, missing out on gold by just 1.5 seconds.

The rest of the 16 man squad put in some sterling performances, notably the G4x and B4x just missing out on medals.

Yet again, a very long and very tiring, but very satisfying day for the Vets.