Searson on course for beach sprint title

Natacha Searson Picture: C J TAYLOR PHOTOS

ROWING star Natacha Searson is on target to become the Women’s Four Nations Beach Sprint champion, following a silver at the Welsh championship.

This overall competition is comprised of four events, hosted in each of the four nations.

Jersey held the first contest in mid-April at St Aubin’s Bay.

From each regatta, rowers score points based on their finishing position – one point for first place, two for second and so on.

At the conclusion of the series, the performer with the lowest overall points across all four races will be crowned champion.

Searson currently lies top of the leaderboard after claiming gold at Jersey’s Regatta last month, followed by silver at the English championships two weeks later in Bournemouth.

The Welsh leg of the series was hosted at Fishguard in Pembrokeshire. The rowers were met with calm conditions for the 500m race, slaloming out to sea and back around buoys.

After time trials and a series of knock-out rounds, the 21-year-old university student was narrowly beaten in the final and claimed her second consecutive silver medal.

Searson now has one more event in the series, hosted at East Sands in St Andrews, on Saturday to stake her claim and be crowned overall winner.

Searson said: “I had a good day of racing and learnt lots, and I am looking forward to the Scottish Champs in St Andrews this weekend.”

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