Saturday 29th June saw the Blues head to Wimbleball Lake, high up on Exmoor. Competing for the Club was a strong junior and novice squad.
First out was the mixed novice four of Oli Roberts-Key, Owen Godwin, Sophia Craddock and Freyja Heddinson with cox Zoe Robertson, placing second behind Castledore. Junior 16 sculler Charlie White was next out also picking up a second place behind a sculler from Exeter.
Oli and Owen then teamed up with Jack Harty and Milo George, both home from university, to row in the men’s novice four and they also picked up a second place. The ladies’ novice quad of Zoe Robertson, Annie Cook, Hannah and Jessica Myers also placed second for their efforts. Annie and Jessica then went out in the novice double but also missed out on a victory, gaining second.
The newly formed men’s junior 16 quad of Charlie White, Declan Monaghan, A Batley and J Ireland with cox Tina Robertson raced to a third place in their maiden outing. Also placing second was the ladies’ junior 16 quad of Shannon Monaghan, Charlotte Berry, Kirsty Snow and Abbie Lawson, Jo Moulder in the ladies junior 16 scull and Megan Harty, Hannah Myers, Jack Harty and Milo George in the mixed senior c four.
The men’s novice double of Owen and Charlie were placed second but not before having to re-row after racing all the way down the course neck-and-neck with Dart Totnes for the lead only to be washed out by a returning umpires boat just off the finish line which stopped the race. The crews went back to the start line to race again but this time the Blues lost out by one foot.