This Sunday was the Hasler Finals being hosted by Southampton Canoe Club on a tidal estuary. The three highest finishing clubs from the Eastern Region were able to attend this year: Leighton Buzzard, Norwich and Chelmsford.
First on the water were the 12-mile, 3 lapped course. In the division 1 singles Charlie Smith came 2nd while in the division 2 singles race the newly promoted Max Pickering came 19th.
Next on the water were those on the 4-mile course and in division 7 singles Sam Legg led the race home to win and highly likely earn promotion to the next division for the coming season. He was followed home by Leon Dixon in 7th, Russell Campkin in 8th and Magnus Gravell in 14th.
In division 7 doubles the new pairing of Paul Murphy and Fiona Barber came 2nd, with Joseph Galliers and Ollie Power in 11th, Elie Mae Bennett and Maggie Rae in 17th and Hayley Crocker and Charlotte Creamer in 20th. In division 8 doubles Mandy Hussey and Janka Szocs came 14th while in the division 9 doubles race Catherine Sanderson and Catherine Guy led the race home in 1st. They were followed by Will Perkins and Francesca Davis in 3rd.
Next on the course was the under 12 paddlers in the lightening races over 2 miles. In the under 12 boys race George Rae came in 2nd while Daniel Murphy came in 8th. In the under 12 girls race Megan Pickering came 2nd, Kayleigh Dixon 5th, Nicola Kear 8th and Jessica Pickering 11th. In the under 10 boys race Theo Aldous came 8th while in the under 10 girls race Ruby Perkins came 2nd.
On the 8-mile course in division 4 singles Ben Stratford came 12th while Adam Baker came 23rd. In the division 4 doubles race Jodie Barrell and Paul Stenning came 14th. In the division 5 doubles Jack Rayment and Charlotte Ellis came 7th, Reggie Elliott and Beth Goodlad came 9th, Josh Power and Katy Dixon 10th, Gary Bennett and Dale Crocker 21st, Adam Kear and Charlie Toosey 22nd and Amanda Morris and Bryan Handsley 34th.
Overall the lightening paddlers were in second place going into the Hasler Finals for the Geoff Sanders Trophy but with double points for all paddlers finishing at the Hasler Finals there was everything to race for. The lightenings paddlers raced phenomenally well and won the Geoff Sanders Trophy for the second year in a row. This national trophy, when competing against significantly larger clubs is due to the determination of the under 12 paddlers, the dedication of their coaches and their parents taking them to races.
In the overall trophy for all of the other paddlers this was based on the clubs best 3 doubles race results and best 6 singles race results and the club came in a joint 6th place which is again a huge achievement when considering the size of the club.