YOUNGSTER Tom Roberts was the outstanding home success as York City Rowing Club staged their 150th annual York Summer Regatta.
The regatta attracted a record entry of 198 crews and scullers from across Yorkshire, the North East and Midlands and 14-year-old Roberts won the open novice single sculls event.
The York City Rowing Club member, who has only been sculling for a year, was competing against older and stronger competitors, beating an older junior from Oundle School in the semi-final and then winning an all-York final against Carl Barker, a member of the club's senior men’s squad.
In the final of the masters I quadruple sculls, the York crew, with an aggregate age of 300 years, were beaten by one and a half lengths by a Nottingham BC crew with an aggregate age of 302.
In the mixed eight event, two York crews contested the final, with a crew containing the stars of the York junior section was comfortably ahead half way but their opponents, members of the men’s and women’s sections, came back to win by less than a length.
The event was rounded off by a new event, the Challenge Fours Cup.
The 'A' final was won by the York City crew of Chris Wright, Gav Campbell, Ben Bollans and Dan Lewis, coxed by Andy Wilkinson, beating St Aidan’s College Durham by a length and half.
The crew will be representing York at Henley Royal Regatta next week.
Bollans and Campbell also won the IM3 double sculls event and Lewis and Wright the IM1 double sculls.
Among other notable wins for the host club was a win in men’s IM3 coxed four, stroked by Luke Cooper and backed up by Micah Cooper, Sebastian Reid and Paul Wainwright at bow, who beat Durham University’s Trevelyan College by two lengths in the final.
The women’s section gained success with a win for Jo Brehaut and Sam Fowler in women’s masters 'A' double sculls.
The junior section captured four wins.
The impressive junior crew of James Turton, Tom Marshall, Chris Burgess and Ed Hunter won the open men’s IM3 quadruple sculls.
The J16 single sculls event was split into two divisions. Both divisions were won by York scullers, Alec Bruce in one and Will King in the other.
Other York junior wins were the WJ14 coxed quad of Hannah Batten, Isobel McLaughlin, Emma Turton and Eleanor Ferguson, coxed by Holl-Ann Laborevics, and the J14 coxed quad of Theo Lordan, Luca Machado, Alto Van Outerstep, Conor McGahon, coxed by Emily Whitaker.