On the weekend of 18/19 October MAABC were represented by Fran Rawlins racing in a composite lightweight double with Charlotte Taylor of PTRC. After a solid time trial on the Saturday morning the double placing them in the A/B semi final they put in an outstanding race to be the only lightweight crew to make the A final beating the GB lightweight Squad 2x in the process who were forced into the B final.
As they were the only lightweight crew in the A Final they went into the race already assured of being crowned British Champions and took the race to the heavyweights. With competition including Frances Houghton, Victoria Thornley, Imogen Walsh, Katherine Copeland to name a few the girls put in an outstanding performance to finish 6th only loosing the 5th spot in the last 500m.
On Sunday it was the turn of the 4x comprising two MAABC representatives including Fran Rawlins and Anna Townsend alongside Charlotte Taylor of PTRC and Nicola Spencer of NRC.
Again another fantastic time trial saw the boat make the A/B semi final where they finished 2nd putting them into the A Final
By the time of the final the wind was not in their favour and the draw determined that they were always going to have to battle against the heavyweights again into a strong headwind. Holding 3rd spot through the 1500m mark the wind paid a heavy price and they were just pipped into 4th place by NRC finishing as the 2nd lightweight crew to WRC.
It is also worth noting that our very own Lisa Kallal also raced in a composite 8+ keeping it fairly quiet from the rest of her MAABC squad mates. Lisa was asked if she could help out and happily stepped into the fold and made the B Final.
Her composite crew had a great race and finished 5th just missing out on 4th spot by 0.33 seconds!
Well done to all putting in a great show for the club.
Next stop for Fran Rawlins will be GB Trials on the weekend of 16/17 November