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Bideford Regatta

It was hot and sunny for this years Bideford Regatta and the sun certainly shone on the Blues rowers. Not only did the club win the Billy Little cup which is presented to the Bideford club with the most points on the day but they also claimed Champions of the water. With three firsts, eight seconds and four thirds the club is going from strength to strength and certainly making a good start to the regatta season.

1st place
Ladies senior C fours A – Lorna Colwill, Kirsty Andrew, Becka Brown and Hayley Wilson
Masters handicapped fours Vet E – Colin Pennington, Steve Clements, Nigel Cann, Neil Pennington and Frank Branch (cox)
Mens senior C single sculls A – Declan Monaghan

2nd place

Ladies senior C fours B – Renata Dualibi-Wilson, Jo Moulder, Mandy Mills and Karen Curry
Mens junior 16 coxed quad fours – Tom Picilo, Jack Berry, Toby Evans, Charlie Wilson and Renata Dualibi-Wilson (cox)
Masters handicapped fours Vet D – David Burton, Dave Powe, Steve Cheel, Alistair Peake and Nell Gierke (cox)
Mens senior C fours – Matt Colwill, Declan Monaghan, Nick Dualibi-Wilson, Brian Andrew and Charlie Colwill (cox)
Ladies open double sculls – Charlotte Berry and Kayla Johnson
Ladies Junior 15 double sculls B – Hannah Evans and Nell Gierke
Mixed senior C fours – Hayley Wilson, Charlie White, Brian Andrew and Kirsty Andrew
Mens senior C single sculls B – Nick Dualibi-Wilson

3rd place
Ladies junior 16 coxed quad fours – Nell Gierke, Olivia Weston, Hannah Evans, Joanna Grigg and Renata Dualibi-Wilson (cox)
Ladies novice single sculls A – Charlotte Berry
Mens open double sculls – Charlie White and Nick Dualibi-Wilson
Mens senior B fours A – Declan Monaghan, Matt Colwill, Dan Talbot, Brian Andrew and Charlie Colwill (cox)

Plymouth Regatta

Crews from Bideford Blues travelled to Plymouth this weekend for the first regatta of the 2017 season. The regatta attracted over 200 crews made up from 11 clubs from across the region. The rain stayed away but the crews had to put up with windy conditions down the 1000m course.

For two young crews it was the first time competing in a regatta. The junior 13 and 14 crews made up of Casey Colwill, Harry Fanson, Barney Evans, Jamie Milsom, Harrison Beer and Immy Paiano put in great performances and really made the club proud, especially as they had to row up an age group.

The women’s junior 16 crew had an interesting start to the season. After a poor start to the race which resulted in clashes between crews and the race being scrapped and re-rowed at the end of the day they stormed through to secure 3 rd place.

It was the men’s senior C crew that must have had the race of the day, despite the trying conditions they held their cool and cruised through to win by a matter of feet.

Results of the day below:
1st place
Men’s senior C scull – Declan Monaghan
Men’s junior 18 fours – Jamie Norton, Jasper Beer, Alex Dualibi-Wilson and James Jordan
Men’s senior C coxed fours – Matt Colwill, Alex Dualibi-Wilson, Declan Monaghan, Brian Andrew and Charlie Colwill (cox)
Men’s masters coxed fours (E) – Colin Pennington, Steve Clements, Nigel Cann, Neil Pennington and
Frank Branch (cox)
Men’s novice scull – James Jordan

2nd place
Junior 13’s coxed fours – Harry Fanson, Immy Paiano, Jamie Milsom, Barney Evans and Matt Colwill(cox)
Men’s junior 15 double scull – Toby Evans and Charlie Colwill
Women’s junior 15 double scull – Charlie Smale and Nell Gierke
Mixed senior C coxed fours (A) – Becka Brown, Brian Andrew, Charlotte Berry and Alistair Peake
Men’s junior 18 double scull – Alex Dualibi-Wilson and James Jordan
Men’s masters coxed fours (D) – Steve Cheel, Dave Powe, David Burton, Alastair Peake and Nell Gierke (cox)
Junior 16 coxed fours – Nell Gierke, Jack Berry, Toby Evans, Charlie Colwill and Renata Dualibi-Wilson (cox)

3rd place
Women’s junior 16 coxed fours – Nell Gierke, Sadbh Connor, Olivia Weston, Joanna Grigg and Renata Dualibi-Wilson (cox)
Men’s junior 15 scull – Jack Berry
Men’s senior B coxed fours – Matt Colwill, Dan Talbot, Declan Monaghan, Brian Andrew and Charlie Colwill (cox)
Women’s novice scull – Shannon Monaghan
Mixed senior C coxed fours (B) – Hayley Wilson, Jamie Norton, Kirsty Andrew and Dan Talbot

4th place
Women’s senior A coxed fours – Lorna Colwill, Kirsty Andrew, Becka Brown and Hayley Wilson

5th place
Junior 14 coxed fours – Barney Evans, Jamie Milsom, Harrison Bear, Casey Colwill and Matt Colwill (cox)

Taunton Half Marathon

Brendan Patton 2nd in 1:13:28, Keith Shapland 1:18:20, Jamie Blackman 1:21:14, James Jewell 1:22:58, Ashley Jewell 1:38:07, Candy Jewell 1:48:54, Lorrie Woolgar 1:50:48 (1st in category), Ali Apps 1:54:10, Mark Fundry 1:57:23, Karen Shapland 1:58:27, Phil Thomas 2:00:42, Gemma Steele 2:01:37, Jo Hedderly 2:08:22, Frank Dunlop 2:51:14
Bideford AAC were 1st male team

Junior Sculling Head, Dorney Lake

Two young crews travelled to London on Friday to take part in the Junior Sculling Head race held on Dorney Lake. Luckily the crews had good rowing conditions for the 1500m course and both put in fantastic performances, yet again making the club very proud.

Competing against crews from all over the country the women’s junior 15 crew of Nell Gierke, Charlie Smale, Sadhbh Connor and Joanna Grigg stormed through the field to finish in 20th place out of 71 crews.

The open junior 15 crew of Toby Evans, Charlie Colwill, Jack Berry and Tom Picillo also put in a solid performance and finished up in 40th place out of 63 crews.

A great day of rowing was had by all.

South Coast Rowing Championships

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.

Bideford Regatta

It was the perfect end to the rowing season for Bideford Blues. On their own water they claimed ten first positions, championship of the river and the all important Billy Little cup. This cup is given to one of the two local clubs, the Blues or the Reds and is won by the club with the most points on the day.
It was celebrations for Shannon Monaghan, Charlotte Berry, Shelby May, Kirsty Snow and Zoe Robertson (cox). Not only did they cruise through to win the ladies senior C but they went onto win the ladies junior 18 fours resulting in them winning the ladies junior 18 championship for the second year in a row and also securing their place in next week’s junior championship race at Herne Bay. Other crews that won the championship for their categories were the junior 14 quad crew, ladies novice, Alex Dualibi-Wilson in the junior 16 single scull, men’s junior 16 quad and men’s senior C. All these rowers will be joining the ladies junior 18’s at Herne Bay next weekend.

First place
Men’s junior 16 double sculls – Alex Dualibi-Wilson and James Jordan
Ladies senior C fours – Shannon Monaghan, Charlotte Berry, Shelby May and Kirsty Snow
Men’s novice fours – L Wilson, Dan Talbot, Charlie White and James Jordan
Ladies novice fours – Lorna Colwill, Kirsty Andrew, Kayla Johnson, Renata-Dualibi-Wilson and Charlie Colwill (cox)
Ladies senior B fours – Zoe Robertson, Annie Cook, Shelby May, Jess Myers and Hannah Myers (cox)
First place (continued)
Men’s junior 16 single sculls – Alex Dualibi-Wilson
Men’s junior 14 quad fours – Nell Gierke, Toby Evans, Charlie Colwill and Jack Berry
Ladies junior 18 fours – Shannon Monaghan, Charlotte Berry, Shelby May and Kirsty Snow
Men’s junior 16 coxed quad fours – Jamie Norton, Jasper Beer, Alex Dualibi-Wilson, James Jordan and Hannah Myers (cox)
Mixed open fours – Zoe Robertson, Annie Cook, Milo George, Charlie White and Tina Robertson (cox)

Second place
Masters handicapped fours – Dave Bates, Dave Powe, Dave Burton and Alistair Peake
Men’s senior C single sculls – Declan Monaghan
Ladies junior 14 quad fours – Joanna Grigg, S Connor, Ellie Carter and Nell Gierke
Men’s senior B single sculls – Milo George
Senior A fours – Matt Colwill, Nick Dualibi-Wilson, Dave Burton, Alistair Peake and Charlie Colwill (cox)
Men’s junior 16 single sculls – James Jordan
Men’s senior C fours – Declan Monaghan, Matt Colwill, Nick Dualibi-Wilson, Brian Andrew and Charlie Colwill (cox)
Men’s junior 14 double sculls – Toby Evans and Jack Berry
Men’s junior 18 single sculls – Alex Dualibi-Wilson

Third place
Colin Pennington, Glenn Wilkins, Nigel Cann, Neil Pennington and Chloe Pennington (cox)
Men’s novice single sculls – Lucas Wilson
Men’s senior B fours – Dan Talbot, Matt Colwill, Nick Dualibi-Wilson, Brian Andrew and Charlie Colwill (cox)
Ladies junior 14 single sculls – Ellie Carter
Men’s junior 14 single sculls – Charlie Colwill
Ladies junior 14 double sculls -Joanna Grigg and S Connor

Dartmouth Regatta

It was excellent conditions for this year’s Dartmouth Royal Regatta. Four firsts, six seconds and three thirds for the club was a fantastic result at the regatta which play host to crews from as far a field as Bexhill, Oxford and Shoreham.

First place
Women’s junior 18 fours – Shannon Monaghan, Charlotte Berry, Shelby May, Kirsty Snow and Zoe Robertson (cox)
Men’s junior 16 scull- Alex Dualibi-Wilson
Women’s novice fours- Lorna Colwill, Kirsty Andrews, Renata Dualibi-Wilson, Jo Moulder and Charlie Colwill (cox)
Men’s junior 16 double sculls- Alex Dualibi-Wilson and L Wilson

Second place
Men’s senior C scull – Declan Monaghan
Women’s senior C fours – Shannon Monaghan, Charlotte Berry, Shelby May, Kirsty Snow and Zoe Robertson (cox)
Men’s senior B fours – Declan Monaghan, Dan Talbot, Brian Andrew, Nick Dualibi-Wilson and Charlie Colwill (cox)
Men’s junior 18 double sculls – Nick Dualibi-Wilson and Alex Dualibi-Wilson
Women’s junior 14 quad sculls – Nell Gierke, S Connor, Ellie Carter, Joanna Grigg and Zoe Robertson (cox)
Men’s junior 16 quad sculls- Jamie Norton, Jasper Beer, Alex Dualibi-Wilson, Lucas Wilson and Zoe Robertson (cox)

Third place
Men’s junior 14 double sculls – Toby Evans and Jack Berry
Men’s junior 14 quad sculls – Nell Gierke, Charlie Colwill, Toby Evans and Jack Berry
Mixed senior C fours – Rebecca Brown, Hayley Wilson, Dan Talbot and Tim Henry

Appledore Regatta

After returning from Paignton Regatta on the Saturday, the wins continued on Sunday at Appledore regatta with eight firsts, six seconds and three thirds.

First place
Men’s junior 18 doubles – Charlie White and Alex Dualibi-Wilson
Men’s vet open fours – Dave Bates, Dave Powe, Dave Burton, Alistair Peake and Kirsty Snow (cox)
Men’s junior 16 quads – James Jordan, Toby Evans, Alex Dualibi-Wilson, Jamie Norton and Charlie Colwill (cox)
Men’s junior 14 quads – Toby Evans, Jack Berry, Charlie Colwill, Nell Gierke and Tina Robertson (cox)
Men’s senior C Fours – Brian Andrew, Matt Colwill, Nick Dualibi-Wilson, Declan Monaghan and Charlie Colwill (cox)
Men’s junior 16 doubles – Alex Dualibi-Wilson and James Jordan
Ladies novice fours – Jo Moulder, Kirsty Andrew, Verity Foracre and Lorna Colwill
Men’s junior 16 sculls – James Jordan

Second place
Ladies senior C fours – Shannon Monaghan, Charlotte Berry, Shelby May, Kirsty Snow and Charlie Colwill (cox)
Ladies junior 14 quads – Nell Gierke, Charlie Smale, Joanna Grigg, Ellie Carter and Tina Robertson (cox)
Men’s veteran open fours – Matt Colwill, Brian Andrew, James Yeo, S Chields and Hayley Wilson (cox)
Ladies junior 14 doubles – Nell Gierke and Charlie Smale
Ladies junior 14 sculls – Charlie Smale
Men’s junior 14 doubles – Charlie Colwill and Jack Berry

Third place
Mixed senior C fours – Hayley Wilson, Rebecca Brown, James Yeo, Milo George and Verity Foracre (cox)
Men’s senior B Fours – Dave Bates, Dave Powe, Dave Burton, Alistair Peake and Kirsty Snow (cox)
Men’s junior 16 sculls – Jamie Norton

Paignton Regatta

It was a fantastic weekend for the Bideford Blues rowers this weekend, with sunshine, lots of wins and a birthday celebration thrown into the mix.
On Saturday the club travelled to Paignton for their annual regatta returning back to home waters on Sunday for the Appledore regatta.
Conditions were surprisingly good for Paignton with the sun shining all day, the club came away with six first places and even had time to celebrate the club’s President, Barrie White’s, 70th birthday.
It was success for the Colwill family with Dad Matt winning his first senior C race of the season at Appledore whilst Mum Lorna and son Charlie had two wins each over the weekend.

First place
Women junior 18 fours – Shannon Monaghan, Kayla Johnson, Shelby May, Kirsty Snow and Charlie Colwill (cox)
Men’s junior 16 fours – Jamie Norton, Alex Dualibi-Wilson, Toby Evans, James Jordan and Charlie Colwill (cox)
Women’s novice fours – Lorna Colwill, Kirsty Andrew, Rebecca Brown, Hayley Wilson and Charlie Colwill (cox)
Men’s junior 14s quads – Nell Gierke, Charlie Colwill, Toby Evans, Charlie Smale and Renata Dualibi-Wilson (cox)
Men’s junior 16s scull – Alex Dualibi-Wilson
Men’s junior 16s doubles – Alex Dualibi-Wilson and James Jordan

Second place
Women’s junior 14s fours – Nell Gierke, Ellie Carter, Charlie Smale, Joanna Grigg and Renata Dualibi-Wilson (cox)
Men’s junior 16s scull – Jamie Norton
Women’s senior C fours – Shannon Monaghan, Jo Moulder, Shelby May, Kirsty Snow and Charlie Colwill (cox)

Third place
Men’s senior C fours – Milo George, Matt Colwill, Brian Andrew, James Yeo and Charlie Colwill (cox)

Falmouth Regatta 2016

A group of rowers from Bideford Blues travelled to Falmouth on Saturday to take part in the annual regatta. They managed to bring home four wins despite the conditions being wet and windy.
First place
Under 18s junior ladies of Kirsty Snow, Charlotte Berry, Shelby May, Shannon Monaghue with Tina Robertson (cox).
Under 16s men’s quad – Jasper Beer, Lucas Wilson, Jamie Norton and Toby Evans. It was a great performance by Toby who stepped up from the under 14’s to fill in.
Junior 14s quad – Jack Berry, Toby Evans, Charlie Smale, Nell Gierke and Tina Robertson (cox).
Men’s under 16 scull – Jamie Norton.

Third place
Ladies senior C – Kirsty Snow, Charlotte Berry, Shelby May, Shannon Monaghue and Tina Robertson (cox)
Under 14 scull – Charlie Smale
Under 13 scull – Ellie Carter
Under 14 girls quad