Pre-season wins for WBRC

The youth squad at Westover has been building on last season’s success with some tremendous pre-season performances.

btc-head-winnersWith winter training underway, WBRC took part in the Itchen Imperial Junior Regatta on Saturday 8th October, where Libby Perry coxed Dom Bihari, Ben Chesterman, Tom Cave and Nathan Prowles to victory in the J16 quad category. Ben Chesterman then secured a second victory for the club as he took first place in his J16 scull.


The squad then travelled back to the river Itchen on Saturday 15th October, where they took part in a head race hosted by Southampton based club, BTC. Libby Perry, joint winner of the Hants & Dorset ladies novice scull championship, picked up first place in the ladies river scull open. Charlie Ranson was also victorious in his river scull in the J16 category, and went on to pick up a second win with teammate Ben Chesterman in the men’s coastal double scull open. WBRC’s J16 coastal quad, made up of Dom Bihari, Connor Stone, Tom Cave and Nathan Prowles, and coxed by Reuben Tyler-Wilkinson, went on to make it four wins on the day for the club.

If you’re interested in joining Westover and Bournemouth Rowing Club, please contact coach Alvin Ranson on 07889424719.


WBRC launches new river quad

On Monday 20th June, Westover and Bournemouth Rowing Club launched their brand new river quad boat, which was purchased with a grant awarded by the Steven Bernard Foundation.


The boat naming ceremony took place at the WBRC’s new temporary boathouse in Iford, where Tony Bernard of The Steven Bernard Foundation unveiled the aptly named ‘Stevie B’.

Westover’s newly promoted Junior crew christened the boat, and have recently gone on to secure the boat’s first win while racing at Swanage. Westover and Bournemouth Rowing Club are very grateful to the Steven Bernard Foundation for their grant, which will provide young rowers with the opportunity to realise their true potential at the club.


Two days with two wins at Newport

On Saturday 18th June, Newport RC hosted the first day of their two-day regatta, which saw fours from clubs across the Hants & Dorset association competing along the straight stretch of river.


With no buoy turn, racing took the form of a straight sprint and Westover’s young junior rowers took to the water looking for their first win since being promoted. With a fantastic performance, Dom Bihari, Ben Chesterman, Charlie Ranson and Connor Stone were coxed to victory by Anna Nolan; proving they are serious contenders at the higher status.

The following day was reserved for small boats, and Libby Perry represented Westover in her single scull. Perry had a great row and secured first place, which means she has been promoted from novice to junior after two consecutive wins.


Perry wins at Poole

On Saturday 11th June, WBRC travelled to Poole to compete in the sixth race of the Hants and Dorset Season.


Westover put in some good performances across the board, but it was Libby Perry – Westover’s youngest senior sweep rower – who picked up her first novice win in her single scull. Libby will look to build on her success as Westover travel back to the Isle of Wight for the next regatta hosted by Newport, which sees racing split over two days. Also looking to pick up their first win after being promoted from novice will be Westover’s young junior rowers.


Westover Novices dominate at Ryde & Shanklin

WBRC travelled to the Isle of Wight for the second and third regattas of the season held by Ryde and Shanklin on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd of May, where their Novice rowers dominated with wins on both days.



After months of gruelling winter training, under the watchful eye of head coach Alvin Ranson, the hard work of these two young crews paid off as they were steered to victory by Libby Perry (cox). Winners at Ryde; Tom Cave, Nathan Prowels, Gabor Szilagyi and Robert Muhidorfer, and winners at Shanklin; Charlie Ranson, Ben Chesterman, Connor Stone and Dom Bihari, will be looking to build on their success at Lymington regatta where they face strong competition from local rivals Christchurch and Poole. Libby Perry also came second on both days competing in her single scull.


Southampton Coastal HORR 2016

After a fantastic start to the season with two wins at the Head of the Stour, WBRC’s J15 squad travelled to Southampton on Saturday 9th April to compete in the 5 kilometre race along the winding Itchen river and were victorious once again.

WBRC Winners

In the last of the head races before the Hants and Dorset season starts, the young men competed in both the Novice and Coastal Quad categories, picking up first place in both.

Rowing against men of all ages, the crew that won at Novice were coxed by Libby Perry (Bournemouth & Poole College) and was made up of Dom Bihari (Harewood), Ben Chesterman (Harewood), Charlie Ranson (Twynham) and Connor Stone (Harewood). And the crew that won in the coastal quad was coxed by Piers Anderson (Portsmouth Uni) and was formed of Tom Cave (Harewood), Ben Chesterman, Dom Bihari and Nathan Prowles (Arnewood). Other members of the young group of rowers formed a second novice crew that followed closely behind their winning teammates.

Westover and Bournemouth RC will be looking to convert these fantastic wins into more silverware and championships throughout the 2016 season, and welcome any new members at year 11 or school-leaver age from the area to come and join their expanding squad.


Head of the Stour 2016

The 2016 Head of the Stour race was held by Christchurch RC on March 12th, and Westover & Bournemouth Rowing Club were victorious in three categories. Congratulations to Michael Joscelyne and the J16 4+ and J16x+ winners.


Photo by Dan Angell-Collins



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