Crews from Bideford Blues made the long journey to Herne Bay in Kent this weekend for the 60th South Coast Rowing Championships and 11th South Coast Junior Regatta. It was the first time the Blues coastal boat had been used in a regatta, but the boat sponsored by the Bideford Bridge Trust and By the Ford butchers certainly didn’t let the crews down.
A very impressive first place went to the young under 14 quad. The crew of Charlie Colwill, Jack Berry, Toby Evans, Nell Gierke and cox Tina Cox stormed home to win their first ever attempt at this level. It was certainly a good result for Toby who travelled back from Germany to attend the regatta.
It was third place for Matt Colwill, Brian Andrews, Nick Dualibi-Wilson, Declan Monaghan and cox Charlie Colwill in the men’s junior championship. They put in a very good performance to gain their third place as once again it was their first time in competing in such high standards of rowing.
Declan Monaghan stepped out of the boat for Dan Talbot to join the crew and take part in the men’s junior / senior championship race. This time, despite an excellent performance the crew settled for fifth place. A very good performance in both races.
It was also fifth place for the ladies junior championship crew. The crew of Charlotte Berry, Kirsty Snow, Shannon Monaghan, Shelby May and Charlie Colwill cox fought hard in what was a very tight race.