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Wimbleball Regatta

It was a fantastic day of rowing for the Bideford Blues this weekend as they travelled the short distance to Wimbleball Lake for their annual regatta. Coming home with seven wins proves the club is going from strength to strength with rowers young and old putting in strong performances.

It was a well-deserved win for the men’s junior 16 crew who gained their first win of the season, the young crewof Tom Picillo, Jack Berry Berry, Toby Evans and Charlie Colwill have certainly put in the training and are nowstarting to reap the rewards.

Seven second positions and three thirds finished off a very successful day of rowing.

1st place
Ladies junior 15 2x – Sadbh Connor and Nell Gierke
Mens Senior C 4+ – Matt Colwill, Declan Monaghan, Nick Dualibi-Wilson, Brian Andrew and Charlie Colwill (cox)
Mens Junior 16 4x+ – Tom Picillo, Jack Berry, Toby Evans, Charlie Colwill and Nell Gierke (cox)
Ladies Novice 1x – Charlotte Berry
Mens Senior C 1x – Declan Monaghan
Ladies Novice 2x – Charlotte Berry and Kayla Johnson
Mens Novice 4+ – Lucas Wilson, Dan Talbot, Tim Henry, Alex Dualibi-Wilson

2nd place
Open Junior 13 4x+ – Casey Colwill, Harrison Beer, Barney Evans, Jamie Milsom and Matt Colwill (cox)
Mens Junior 18 1x – Alex Dualibi-Wilson
Ladies Senior C 4+ – Lorna Colwill, Kirsty Andrew, Becka Brown and Hayley Wilson
Mens Senior B 4+ – Dan Talbot, Declan Monaghan, Alex Dualibi-Wilson, Brian Andrew and Charlie Colwill (cox)
Mens Junior 15 1x – Toby Evans
Mens Masters 4+ – David Bates, Dave Powe, Brian Andrew and Alistair Peake
Mens Junior 15 2x – Toby Evans and Nell Gierke
Mixed Senior C 4+ – Kirsty Andrew, Dan Talbot, Alistair Peake and Hayley Wilson

3rd place
Mens Open 2- – Tim Henry and Nick Dualibi-Wilson
Mens Masters 4+ – Colin Pennington, Steve Clements, Nigel Cann and Neil Pennington
Mens Junior 15 2x – Tom Picillo and Jack Berry

Exeter Regatta

This weekend the Blues travelled to Exeter for their annual regatta. 234 crews competed in over 140 races which made a good day of rowing along the canal. The Bideford Blues had a tough day of competing in the 400m sprint races. It was first place for the ladies senior C crew who picked up their first win of the season, whilst the mens masters gained a first and second place in their races. With four wins, six seconds and six third positions the season is proving to be a successful one so far for the Blues crews.

1st place
Mens masters 4+: Dave Bates, Steve Cheel, Dave Powe, Alistair Peake and Jo Grigg (cox)
Ladies novice 2x: Charlotte Berry and Kayla Johnson
Ladies senior C 4+: Lorna Colwill, Kirsty Andrew, Becka Brown, Hayley Wilson and Nell Gierke (cox)
Mens junior 15 2x: Toby Evans and Charlie Colwill

2nd place
Mens senior C 1x: Declan Monaghan
Mens junior 16 4x +: Tom Picillo, Toby Evans, Jack Berry, Charlie Colwill and Nell Gierke (cox)
Mens masters 4 x +: Dave Bates, Dave Powe, Steve Cheel, Alistair Peake and Jo Grigg (cox)
Ladies junior 14 1x: Charlie Smale
Mens senior C 4+: Matt Colwill, Declan Monaghan, Nick Dualibi-Wilson, Brian Andrew and Charlie Colwill (cox)
Mens junior 15 2x: Tom Picillo and Jack Berry

3rd place
Mens senior C 1x : Nick Dualibi-Wilson
Ladies novice 1x : Charlotte Berry
Mens open 2- : Matt Colwill and Adam Curtis (Blues / Reds composite crew)
Ladies senior B 4+ : Lorna Colwill, Kirsty Andrew, Becka Brown, Hayley Wilson and Charlie Colwill (cox)
Ladies junior 16 4 x + : Nell Gierke, Sadhbh Connor, Charlie Smale, Hannah Evans and Jo Grigg (cox)
Mens senior B 4 + : Declan Monaghan, Alex Dualibi-Wilson, Matt Colwill, Brian Andrew and Charlie Colwill (cox)

Totnes Regatta

Perfect conditions welcomed crews for this weekend’s regatta in Totnes. Held over two days, rowers from Bideford Blues travelled down on Saturday to take part in the 500m sprint event, whilst Sunday hosted the 1000m Championship regatta.
It was a great day for the junior 13’s on Saturday who won their first regatta, the crew of Casey Colwill, Harrison Beer, Jamie Milsom and Barney Evans proved that all their hard work at training is paying off.
Saturday saw six first and two second places whilst Sunday resulted in two first, six seconds and two thirds. A great weekend of rowing for the Blues.

Saturday 1 July
1st place
Junior 13 fours – Casey Colwill, Harrison Beer, Jamie Milsom and Barney Evans
Mens master sculls – Ali Peake
Mixed senior C fours – Alex Dualibi-Wilson, Matt Colwill, Kayla Johnson and Lorna Colwill
Ladies novice double scull – Charlotte Berry and Kayla Johnson
Mens junior 16 double scull – Charlie Colwill and Toby Evans
Mens open double scull – Alex Dualibi-Wilson and Tom Enright (from Wimbleball Rowing Club)

2nd place
Mens junior 15 fours – Tom Picillo, Jack Berry, Toby Evans and Charlie Colwill
Mens junior 16 double – Tom Picillo and Jack Berry

Sunday 2 July
1st place
Mens junior 18 fours – Lucas Wilson, Jasper Beer, Alex Dualibi-Wilson and James Jordan
Mens senior C scull – Declan Monaghan

2nd place
Ladies senior C fours – Lorna Colwill, Kirsty Andrew, Becka Brown and Hayley Wilson
Mens junior 16 fours – Tom Picillo, Jack Berry, Toby Evans and Charlie Colwill
Mens master’s fours – Dave Bates, Dave Powe, Steve Cheel and Ali Peake
Mens novice scull  James Jordan
Ladies novice scull  Charlotte Berry
Mens junior 18 scull  James Jordan

3rd place
Mens senior B fours – Dave Bates, Dave Powe, Steve Cheel and Ali Peake
Mens senior C fours – Declan Monaghan, Matt Colwill, Nick Dualibi-Wilson and Brian Andrew

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