It was a disappointing day on Saturday for the Blues rowers who travelled to Paignton and only managed a few 2nd and 3rd positions before the regatta was cancelled because of high winds and rough sea conditions.
It was a different story on Sunday when the crews travelled back to home territory and took part in the Appledore and Instow regatta notching up eleven wins, four second positions and three thirds.
The wins came from the men’s senior B fours race with Dave Bates, Dave Powe, Dave Burton and Alastair Peake who won by quite a distance. Lucas Wilson won the men’s junior 15 sculls race, next was the mixed senior B crew of Zoe Robertson, Annie Cook, Dave Byrnes, Milo George and Tina Robertson (cox). Annie Cook went on to win the women’s senior C scull race.
The wins continued from the women’s senior C fours crew of Charlotte Berry, Keeley Mills, Shelby May, Kirsty Snow and Tina Robertson (cox).
It was the first win of the season for the men’s novice four crew of James Yeo, Brian Andrew, Dave Bates, Lucas Wilson and Charlie Colwill (cox).It was two wins for James Jordan and Alex Dualibi-Wilson who won the men’s junior 16 doubles race, they also went on to win the men’s junior 15 doubles. The men’s senior A sculls race was won by Dave Byrnes. Kirsty Snow, Shelby May, Annie Cook, Zoe Robertson and Tina Robertson (cox) won the women’s senior B fours race. Alastair Peake, Dave Bates, Mandy Mills and Sam Thompson (A crew) won the mixed open fours race.
The second positions came from the B crew in the mixed open fours race of Chris Michael, Dave Powe, Dave Burton and S Dolby. Alastair Peake and Dave Byrnes were second in the men’s senior C doubles race and Lucas Wilson was second in the men’s junior 16 sculls race. The women’s senior C fours B crew of Chris Michael, M Mills, S Dolby, S Thompson and Dave Powe (cox) were also second.
It was third place for the women’s novice fours crew of Chris Michael, M Mills, S Dolby, S Thompson and Dave Powe (cox). Third for the mixed senior C fours crew of Shelby May, Brian Andrews, James Yeo, Hayley Wilson and Charlie Colwill (cox) and third for Charlotte Berry and Kirsty Snow in the women’s junior 18 doubles.
The club narrowly missed out on the championship of the river to Plymouth Rowing Club. All in all a very successful day of rowing for the club.
Photo showing the winning men’s novice crew of James Yeo, Brian Andrews, Dave Bates, Lucas Wilson and (Charlie Colwill, cox)