A large group of Royal juniors headed to Wey Kayak Club, near Guildford, for the first event of the year. Wey Sprints, held on Saturday 16 March, is the first sprint competition of the year.
It’s a local event and is a great place to start to sprint, given the huge amount of racing crammed into a single day. The day started with 2 kilometre time trials to seed paddlers for head-to-head races over 1000 metres, 500m and 200m.
Royal had ten paddlers racing in total. Notably, it was the first ever event for Aisling Hogan and Erin Redjeb, who got a great introduction to the Lightning class (the entry-level for juniors) of racing. Erin managed a fantastic 2nd place in his 200m race and Aisling came in 3rd place.
Andrew Barton, Issy Madden, Ellen Slack, Lauren Avery and Molly Carter all did well to win their 1000m races. In the 500m races Jack Carter took 4th place with a time of 2.49 and Ed Hubbard took 2nd place in his race with a time of 2.59. Later on in the day, Edie King managed to clinch the win in his 200m race after a nail biting finish that involved a massive collision and the other participants veering off course.
Congratulations to all paddlers who took part, and showed off the Royal blue vest for an excellent start to the season.