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2013 Events

South Coast Championships Deal Kent
The vets crew made the 580 mile round trip to Deal in Kent for  the South Coast Championships on Saturday the 14th of September . They raced there after winning the West of England veteran championship at Bideford Regatta previously that month. They were up against the champions and runners up from Hants and Dorset and the Coast associations to see who would become the champions of the South Coast. The crew rowed in coast boats which are shorter and much wider for the conditions the English Channel can present. The Blues came fifth in the final after lying fourth, they were a length behind second and third place up to 1500m mark where a couple of large waves stopped them dead in the water and nearly sinking them , after this it was just a case of making it to the finish line without sinking . The conditions deteriorated after this with only three more races before it was called off. The picture (left) shows the vets just after their race with men,s  junior four from the Reds 
 

BIDEFORD REGATTA - Saturday 31st August

Bideford regatta was the last regatta of the West of England 2013 season on Saturday 31st August. It turned out to be a good day for Milo George with him reaching four finals and taking three first places, he made his debut in the men's novice sculls the first time he has sculled on his own this season and winning easily. Next he joined Owen Godwin to win their heat and take first place in the men's novice double final. His last win came in the last race of the regatta with Megan Harty, Hannah Myers and Owen in the mixed senior four. There was disappointment for the ladies junior 16 quad claiming a third place, which give the Reds the championship which they took by winning the race. Silverware came to the ladies novice double of Annie Cook and Jessica Myers dominating the race from start to finish. There was a fifth place in the men's junior 16 sculls for Declan Monaghan, in the ladies junior 14 double there was a fourth place for Ellie Walker and Amy Cornish in their first season. The girls were then joined by Jessica Webber and Mya Bosher to claim a fourth in the junior 14 quad. The rowers also picked up a fifth in the ladies novice four, a fourth in the men's senior c four, and a fourth went to the mixed novice four. Back winning were the ladies novice coxed quad of Hannah  and Jessica Myers, Annie Cook, Zoe Robertson leading from the start line to the finish comfortably. Last to pick up a cup for the club was the men's master coxed  four of Nigel Cann, Steve Clements, Colin, Neil and cox Chloe Pennington. They pulled out a three quarters of length lead by the mid point  only for the Reds to push hard at the Blues all the way up the quay to reduce their lead, but the Blues held on to win by two feet in a cracking race in front of the crowd lining the quay.         

 

Picture below shows Nigel, Steve, Chloe (cox) Neil and Colin with their trophy.

DARTMOUTH REGATTA - Thursday 29th August

Thursday saw Bideford Blues descend on a warm sunny River Dart for the Poet of Dartmouth Royal Regatta, races started at nine third in the morning running until nearly six o'clock with the last race being the men's open eights. The blues were up against opposition from the normal West of England clubs  but also clubs from West Sussex, Hampshire, Berkshire, Oxfordshire and a first for Dartmouth Regatta two clubs from Australia being Cario Bay and Melbourne Rowing clubs. The day  started with a disappointment in the ladies junior 16 quad with the crew of Shannon Monaghan, Charlottie Berry, Kirsty Snow, Abie Lawson and cox Tina Robertson placing second and losing out to championship rivals  the Reds, this means it is all to row for at Bideford regatta on Saturday to reverse the positions and decide the champions. Winners on the day were the ladies novice double of Annie Cooke and Jessica Myers taking their final by five lengths from Plymouth. Also picking up silverware the mixed senior c four of Megan and Jack Harty, Oli Roberts-Key, Zoe Robertson and mum Tina coxing winning from Shoreham and Plymouth in the final. The club also picked up minor places in finals on the day after progressing through had heats , but there were disappointments with crews getting knocked out in their heats . The club are next racing on Saturday at the final West of England regatta at Bideford first race at 12:45.         

TORQUAY REGATTA - Sat. 24th August

Saturday 24th August was Torquay regatta at Hollicombe beach half way between Torquay and Paignton. The conditions were very sunny but a strong off shore wind blowing, this made the start area difficult for lining up in the early races. Not long into the programme of races the umpires shorten the course to 800m to take advantage of the shelter of cliffs at Livermead point. The Blues had a small squad completing with the ladies junior 16 quad of Shannon Monaghan, Charlottie Berry, Kirsty Snow, Abie Lawson and cox Colin Pennington racing first. They lined up with current championship leaders Bideford Reds and Plymouth, the Blues made a great start pulling out to half a length in the first 100m. They continued to row away from the Reds over the course and finished three lengths up on them. This has now put the two Bideford crews joint top of the championship with two regattas remaining. The girls had a quick turn around to next race in the ladies junior 16 doubles with Abie  joining Shelby May and Kirsty and Charlottie doubling together, with the latter finishing 2nd and the other  girls coming fifth. Next was the mens masters coxed four of Colin and Neil Pennington, Nigel Cann , Nick Cleasby from the Torquay rowing club and Chloe Pennington as cox , they were racing against Teign Scullers from Teignmouth. The Blues won quite comfortably with a easily verdict. Last out for the club was Declan Monaghan in the men's junior 16 sculls, with conditions now very choppy he managed a creditable 4th in a field of six. Next is Dartmouth Regatta on Thursday.  

APPLEDORE & INSTOW REGATTA - Sat. 17th Aug.

Appledore regatta started in  some of the best conditions for many years in almost flat tide with no wash. The Blues women's junior 18 double of Annie Cook and Jessica Myers picked up the first silverware for the club taking the race from the b crew. Race of the day for the club was the women's junior 16 quad of Shannon Monaghan, Charlotte Berry, Kirsty Snow, Abbie Lawson with cox Zoe Robertson with crew racing neck and neck all the way down the course with the championship leaders from the reds and just losing too them by a canvas at the finish but the reds were judged to have taken the Blues water and hitting them they were disqualified. The club also had seconds in the novice men's double , mixed open fours, women's novice quad and thirds in women's junior 14 quad, men's senior c four, and men's junior 16 sculls and women's novice quad.

PAIGNTON REGATTA - Saturday 11th August

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Bideford Blues crews made a great start to Paignton regatta on Saturday , having a 9:30 start so as to miss the wash off of the many pleasure boats that use the area where the course is rowed. It was the womens  junior 16 quad of Shelby May , Charlotte Berry, Kirsy Snow and Abie Lawson claiming their first victory of the season with a win over home town rivals the Reds. Keeping the club in winning ways on the day were the mixed senior b four of Hannah Myers, Alice Jackson , Milo George and Owen Winter who dominated their race winning from a strong Dartmouth four. Also picking up silver ware were the womens novice quad of Tina Robertson , Annie Cook, Hannah and Jessica Myers in a three boat final against Dart Totnes and the Reds. With conditions now getting choppy it was down to the the  mixed junior 18 quad to secure the clubs last victory on the day with Zoe Robertson , Charlie White, Declan Monaghan and Kirsty Snow coming home ahead of Paignton  to take this final. There were second places for the mens novice double scull and the mixed novice double scull , the club picked up more minor places on the day in single and double sculls, next the club are completing at Appledore and Instow regatta on Sunday 18th August.

EXETER REGATTA - Saturday 13th July 2013

Bideford Blues rowing section were competing at Exeter regatta on Saturday 13th July over the 400 m sprint course on the river Exe. Conditions were great on the day except for the temperatures in the late twenty degrees and touching thirty degrees, the racing started at 10:30 with races every 3 minutes until 18:30 the last race. The winner on the day was Annie Cook in the ladies novice scull keeping up her good form of late.Charlie White and Milo George were looking to win the mens novice double scull when lying in joint first place with Totnes just about to hit the finish line Milo clipped the dock side with his scull turning the boat over and being placed second by the line judge.

There were second places for Hannah and Jessica Myers , Annie Cook ,Zoe Robertson in the ladies novice quad losing to Dartmouth by a canvas, also placed second were the ladies junior 16 quad of Shannon Monaghan, Charlotte Berry, Kirsty Snow, Abbie  Lawson losing to the Reds by half a length. Annie and Jessica then teamed up together to place second in the womens novice  double sculls, Zoe and Hannah sat in with Mio and Oli Roberts-Key to came second in the mixed senior c four. Charlotte and Kirsty also picked up second in the ladies junior 16 double sculls.

The mens master D four of Steve Clements, Nigel Cann, Colin ,Neil and Chloe Penningtonwon their age final by a length and half from Totnes and Exeter, which then placed them in the masters row off final against Bideford Reds and Teign scullers which were competing at masters E an age category above them, which meant they had to give 3 seconds start to them and then try and catch them up. The Blues got off to a clean start catching Teign scullers  and passing them only to lose to the Reds by a canvas on the finish line . All the other crews on the day were knocked out in their heats    

WIMBLEBALL REGATTA - Sat. 29th June 2013

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, 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 but 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 stopping the race. The crews went back to the start line to race again but this time the Blues lost out by one foot.   

TOTNES REGATTA - 15/16th June 2013

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Bideford Blues have been to the two day regatta at Totnes this weekend. With the sprint races on Saturday over a 500m course and a full championship regatta on Sunday . Saturday 's racing saw Annie Cook in her normal class of novice sculls, winning this after her disappointment at Plymouth regatta. After this she was joined by Freyja Heddinson, Jessica and Hannah Myers with Tina Robertson as cox in the womens novice quad winning this event by a length. All the other crews racing on Saturday were knocked out in the semi finals after winning their heats. Sunday was the championship regatta racing over the 1000m course, Charlie White kicked off the day with a win in the mens  junior 14 sculls heat but was knocked out in the semi's after having steering issues.The girls junior 16 quad came second in the final , with b crew being knocked out in their heat The mens veteran d four also gained a second place losing out to their local rivals, all the other crews were knocked out in the semi finals.

 

PLYMOUTH REGATTA - Sat. 1st June 2013

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Bideford Blues rowing section kicked off the 2013 season on the river Plym  at Plymouth on Saturday. The club took a squad of mainly juniors to the event which they were greeted with a strong head wind on the course making rowing hard on the 1000m race course. First off was Annie Cooke fresh home from University in the women's Senior C sculls placing fourth, finding it hard going sculling up a category from her normal  novice class. The club then had the two men's  junior 16 scullers in the same heat of Charlie White and Declan Monaghan, with Charlie making the final and Declan just missing out in forth place. Charlie then teamed up with Lloyd Baron-Robinson of Plymouth to win the junior 16 double sculls. In winning this Charlie didn't have enough time to change boats for his single sculls and missed the final. The mixed novice four of Sophia Craddock, Freyja Heddinson, Oli Roberts-Key, Owen Godwin secured the clubs first win with a easy win in this race. Annie then joined by Jessica Myers also home from University to claim third in the women's novice double, later the girls teamed up with Hannah Myers and Zoe Robertson to finish fourth in the women's Senior C fours. Oli and Owen then rowed with Will Manners and Sophia Craddock to claim second in the junior 18 fours . With conditions deteriorating the regatta was shorten to 500m with the time table running behind by almost an hour and the Plymouth club worrying they would not finish with any water. The women's junior 16 quad of Shannon Monaghan, Charlotte Berry, Kirsty Snow, Abie Lawson gained a second place. With the course at 500m this suited the men's Masters D four of Stevie Clements, Nigel Cann, Colin and Neil Pennington and their birthday girl niece Chloe Pennington coxing, their ability to start quick let them take the early lead and they pull away to a length in front and maintained this to the finish, beating their home town National veteran title holders from the Reds. Shelby May and Jo Moulder claimed fourth in the women's Junior 16 double, also finishing fifth was the new women's Junior 14 quad of Ellie Walker, Amy Cornish, J Webber and Mia Bosher in their first race.

PLYMOUTH HEAD RACE

Bideford Blues started their 2013 Head season with some great results at the Plymouth head. The crews of Zoe Robertson, Freya Heddinson, Annie Cook, Jess Myers  and cox Tina Robertson came first in the Ladies Novice four. Also gaining the same result was the ladies junior 16 quad of Abbie Lawson, Kirsty Snow, Charlotte Berry, Shelly May and cox Tony Lawson. But the best result of the day went to the mens novice quad four of Owen Godwin, Ollie Roberts-Key, Charlie White, Will Manners and cox Tina who won their race but also recorded the fastest time of the day in very trying waters .The junior ladies of Abbie Lawson, Kirsty Snow, Charlotte Berry, and Shannon Monaghan have all been selected to row at Nottingham in April at the inter regional regatta wishing them the best of luck

2012 Events

South Coast Championships, Bideford - Saturday 8th September 2012

The blues finished the season off at the south coast championships being held at Bideford for the first time since 2004. The club qualified three crews in the senior champs races. The men's vet four of Steve Clements, Nigel Cann, Colin &Neil &Chloe Pennington cox, the crew had a good row coming home in fourth place losing out to BTC Southampton by half a length, not a bad result considering the amount of boat time they had. The ladies junior championship crew of  Zoe Robertson, Alice Jackson, Annie Cook, Megan Harty who had qualified as runner up were next. This crew won the race by four lengths totally dominating the race from start to finish winning the clubs first senior championship since 1960 when they won the men's junior champs at Southampton.

(Winning crew with Olympic Gold medallist Helen Glover & Coach Tina Robertson - cox Nicky Dunn not in picture)

 

The crew were dominant after putting in a lot of hard work leading up to the champs under the coaching of Tina Robertson with double outings in the days.The crew then changed two rowers to compete in the ladies senior race swapping Zoe and Megan for Nicky Reed and Jessica Myers with Zoe coxing, this crew placed sixth in the race. There were also placings in the finals for the crews that had made it to the open race finals by qualifying from their heat. The men's open junior four of Tom Loka, Owen Godwin, Milo George, Oli Roberts-Key came sixth. Then it was the men's open novice four of Will Manners, Jack Harty, Milo & Oli who won their heat but finished fourth in the final. The second to the last race of the day was the ladies open junior four of Holly & Kristy Webbe, Debbie Norden, Hayley Syvret and cox Sophie Pearce gained third spot after inning their heat but losing out to a bad berth draw after leading for the first part of the race. On the second day of racing it was the turn of the juniors in the junior champs. Pride of place went to Charlie White in his first season by winning the men's junior 14 sculls by three lengths after winning his heat with ease. Freya Heddinson & Kat Keenan won their heat but just missed out on a medal by finished fourth in the final. Alice Jackson and Annie Cook raced in the ladies 18 sculls coming home in second and third spot. Charlie then teamed up with Owen Godwin to place 4th in the men's junior 18 double sculls. The men's junior 18 four of Will, Owen , Oli, & Jack medalled in third place, with the ladies junior 18 fours placing second and third to Totnes.

Dartmouth Regatta - Thursday 30th August

Bideford Blues headed to South Devon for the last regatta of the West of England season on Thursday the 30th of August on a windy river dart. The two womens senior c crews were draw in the same heat, both crews made it to the final with the a crew of N Reed, J Myers, A Jackson,H Myers  placing 2nd and the b crew of H Webbe, H Silvier,A Alford and K Webbe placing 3rd one foot behind their club members. The mens novice crew of W Manners, J Harty, O Roberts-Key, T Loka won their heat by a clear length taking them into to the  final placing  third. The same crew went on to row it the mens senior c but could only finish fourth in their heat.The club also placed 5th in the mens novice double sculls by C White, M George, then the mens junior 16 quad of A Loka, C White,F Heddinson, K Keenan placed 4th.The men's vet four came home in 3rd place having to much of a handicap to make up behind Totnes . The rowers saved the best to last with the ladies four of N Reed, A Jackson, A Cook, S Craddock winning the ladies novice fours then teaming up with Falmouth ladies in the open ladies eight to take this as well. 

Bideford Regatta - Saturday 14th July Bideford Regatta started off on a high note for the club with  the christening of a new coxed four for the club by the president Mr Barrie White. The boat was made possible by a grant from Bideford Bridge Trust, and it  was named after him. After this the regatta started at one in lovely sunshine. The Blues picked up three wins with the men's junior 18 four of Will Manners, Jack Harty, Oli Roberts - Key, Owen Godwin and cox Zoe Robertson. Next winners were the ladies junior 18 quad of Zoe Robertson , Freya Heddinson, Kat Keenan , and Hannah Myers who beat the a crew to take the prize. The last win for the club was the mixed junior 16 quad of Charlie White , Freya Heddinson, Kat Keenan, Abbie Loka, for Charlie this was a good day with placing second in the mens junior 14 sculls, his first race in a single scull and also picking up a second in the men's junior 18 double sculls with Owen Godwin. The club gained seconds in the men's masters four, ladies junior 18 quad, ladies open eights. Third in the men's novice four, ladies junior 16 double sculls and placings in many more evens. But the last race of the day saw the young men's eight take second place loosing out by two feet to local rivals the reds in a race running neck and neck all the way down the course. 

Totnes Regatta - Saturday 30th June 2012

Bideford Blues were at Totnes Regatta on Saturday with only  four crews , but came away with quite a successful day having two wins. The men's novice four of Will Manners, Oli Roberts-Key, Owen Godwin ,Jack Harty and cox Zoe Robertson started off the day with a good win in their heat which saw them up against strong opposition from visiting club Gloucester in the final. The Blues were beaten into second place by them but later were given the win when it was discovered that Gloucester were rowing out off status, this crew also rowed at senior c but were knocked out in the heat by a Plymouth crew who went on to win. The ladies senior c crew of Nicky Reed, Zoe Robertson, Jessica Myers, Alice Jackson and cox Tina Robertson made it to the final but were  just beaten into second place making this two seconds in a row. Finally the ladies novice  crew of Sophia Craddork, Ellen Davis, Alice Jackson, Annie Cook won  a strong three boat final taking their first win of the season ,next week the club are at Exeter on the short fast sprint regatta

Wimbleball Regatta - Saturday 23rd June 2012

Bideford Blues started their 2012 season at Wimbleball lake on Exmoor this weekend, a week after the cancellation of the Plymouth regatta the previous week due to bad weather. The club took a squad of mainly juniors to the lake, this regatta started off with the two ladies senior C crews of Holly and Kirsty Webbe, Amy Alford, Hayley Syvert and cox Colin Pennington and the B crew of Zoe Robertson, Jessica Myers, Alice Jackson Nicky Reed and cox Tina Robertson, the B crew came home with the second place and the A crew picking up 4th place both crews fighting off strong opposition and a nasty head wind. The Men's Novice double of Charlie White and Milo George were next to race taking 3rd place which was great having only jumped into the boat together that day. The mixed Novice crew of Sophia Craddock, Nicky Reed, Oli Roberts-Key, Owen Godwin placed 2nd losing out to Paignton crew. The Ladies Junior 18 single scull of Alice Jackson finished 3rd to a Plymouth and Totnes scullers, saying she found the going hard after not training of lately due to exams. Also gaining a 3rd place was the Ladies Junior 16 quad picking  up a 5th place finding the opposition to strong, following them were the Men's Junior 18 four who came home in 2nd losing to a  local crew from the reds. Saving the best to last the club picked up two 1st places. The first being the Masters Men's 4 of Colin and Neil Pennington, Nigel Cann, Stevie Clements and cox Holly Webbe placing first in front of two crews from local rivals the Reds winning by canvass, which is a great start for Stevie after coming back to rowing after a ten year lay off. The final victory was the Men's Novice 4 of Will Manners, Oli Roberts- Key, Owen Godwin, Milo George and cox Zoe Robertson who took the race in convincing style ahead of a five boat final, winning in very rough conditions with a driving head wind and torrential rain. 

British and European Indoor Rowing Championships

Congratulations to Charlie White and Alice Jackson who have both become British Champions at the above event (for their respective age groups)... WOW!

It has been a particularly busy few weeks for Charlie White the promising 15- year- old from club, who has produced some outstanding performances on the indoor rowing competition circuit. The North Devon youngster started with a brilliant display at the English Championships, held in Manchester and followed that up by also securing the gold medal at the South West Schools Indoor Rowing Championships in Plymouth, where he represented Bideford College. Charlie then produced his best performance at the British and European Indoor Championships at Nottingham, where he picked up another gold. He posted a distance of 1198 metres in the Junior 14 age category during his four minute effort which saw him finish well clear of the chasing pack.
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2011 Events
South Coast Championships - Saturday 10th Sept.

The Blues sent a Ladies Junior Four to the South Coast Championships at Dorney Lake, the home of the 2012 Olympic Regatta on Saturday 10th September.  The crew of: Annie Cooke, Alice Jackson, Hannah and Jessica Myers and their cox Alex Viney were hoping for a good day's racing after securing the Ladies west of England Championship for Novice Fours and gaining a joint runners-up spot in the Ladies Senior C Championship.  

The girls were going to find it a lot different to west of England rowing having to row 2000 metres in heats and finals and also competing in coastal boats which are shorter, heavier and much wider than the normal boats they compete in. 

 The girls were first race off in the senior champs programme in a heat of the ladies Junior Fours, they put in a great performance coming home in second place behind a crew from the Isle of Wight securing a place in the final.
 In the final the girls were placed a very creditable 4th but found the distance and the boats very difficult to row on the day.  They were cheered up by meeting Sir Steve Redgrave and having their photo taken with him and also having their hats autographed.

Bideford Regatta - Saturday 27th August

Bideford Regatta was held on Saturday, 2 days after Dartmouth.  The programme was to hold 46 races over nearly 4 hours of tide.  Out first for the Blues was the Woman's J18 Four of: Hannah and Jessica Myers, Alice Jackson and Annie Cook, winning from a Plymouth crew who had previously beaten them at Dartmouth.  Next was Freya Heddinson and Kat Crosslay in the Woman's J15 Single Sculls with Freya taking 2nd and Kat winning overcoming illness which kept her away from Dartmouth Regatta.

Blues sculler Dave Byrnes came 4th in the Men's Handicap Vet Sculls finding it hard going in the outside berth.  Also Blues sculler Annie Cook gained a creditable 2nd place in the Ladies Novice race after catching a crab and getting caught in some boat wash.  Annie then teamed up with fellow sculler Alice Jackson to compete in the Woman's J18 Double Scull which they duly won beating the much-fancied Totnes Double.  Alice continued by taking the Woman's J18 Sculls beating her fellow England team mate Emma Reiser into 2nd place making amends for Thursday's loss at Dartmouth.

The Blues Ladies Senior C Four of: Megan Harty, Zoe Robertson, Hannah and Jessica Myers with cox Tina Robertson won and in doing so gained the runner's up spot in the West of England Championship, finishing off a great season after commencing the season as a Novice crew.  There was a 3rd place for Zoe Robertson in the Woman's J16 Sculls, also 3rd for the Mixed Senior C Four and Mixed Novice Four.  A 4th place for Jack Harty and Milo George in the Men's Open Coxless Pair, 2nd for the men's J16 Quad and a 2nd for the Men's Veteran Four not being able to make up a 12 second deficit, also picking up a 5th place in the Woman's Novice Four with a scratch crew for the regatta.

Dartmouth Regatta - Thursday 25th August 2011

Thursday 25th of August the Blues were competing at the Port of Dartmouth Royal Regatta with racing starting at 10am through to 5.40pm.  A full programme of races lay ahead of them with competition from all West of England clubs plus a lot of clubs from outside the region.  In one of the first races were Oli Roberts-Key and Owen Godwin in the Men's J16 Double Scull gaining a 4th place.  next was the Men's J18 Coxed Four with: Jack Harty and Milo George joining Oli and Owen to secure a 2nd place.  Also gaining a 2nd place was the Woman's J18 4 of: Hannah and Jessica Myers, Annie Cook and Megan Harty. 

Blues sculler Dave Byrnes gained a 5th place in the Men's Senior C sculls finding conditions very hard, but he made up for that in the Men's Veteran Handicap Sculls coming home in 3rd.  the Women's J18 Scull with the promising Alice Jackson came home in 2nd place losing out to fellow England sculler Emma Reiser from the Totnes club. 

The Men's J16 Quad gained a 3rd place, this was also matched by the Mixed Senior C Four.  Also gaining 2nd place was Annie Cook and Alice Jackson in the Woman's J18 Double.

Top performance of the day went to the Men's Veteran Four of Colin and Neil Pennington, Nigel Cann and Alistair Peake with cox Tom Loka, having to sit on the start line for a 12 second handicap against Teign Scullers and Shoreham from the Sussex coast.  After setting off from the start line they caught the Scullers after 500 metres then chased down Shoreham which they did at the 800metre mark going on to win by a length and half.

Atlantic Watersports Games - July 2011

The Atlantic Watersports Games were held on the River Torridge in the final week of July.  This was against teams from 3 regions of France, Portugal, Spain, Cornwall and Devon.  The Club was represented in this by Team Manager and Organiser Tina Roberston and Juniors from the Club, including Zoe Roberston, Hannah and Jessica Myers, Oli Roberts-Key, Owen Godwin, Kat Crosslay, Alice Jackson, Annie Cook and Megan Harty. 

The Team were split into different rowing categories with the crews competing in Singles, Doubles, Quads and Eights over 3 days on the River.  Representing the Devon team they were placed 3rd in Junior Female Double, 3rd in Junior Female Eights, 4th in Junior Male Eights, 3rd in Junior Female Quads, 2nd in Cadet Female Quads, 5th in Male Junior Doubles and 1st in Junior Female Singles.

Blues Rower First International Vest

Blues junior woman sculler Alice Jackson has had a busy season so far with Great British trials at Boston, and Nottingham chasing a place in the team for the World Junior Championships at Dorney Lake, the home of rowing for the 2012 Olympic Games.  On her final assessment she missed out by a matter of seconds to be placed in the last 13 girls which were going to the Championships, this made for a long disappointing ride home from Nottingham to the west country.

Putting this behind her she competed at Exeter Regatta the following week but had a horrid day hitting a moored ferry whilst warming-up in the Double, then turning over in the single also whilst warning-up for her final.  She lost this race by half a length to an Exeter sculler.

The following weekend she went looking for a National title at Nottingham at the British Championships.  She raced in the J18 woman's singles against opposition from all over the country including the sculler from Exeter which had previously beat her.  Coming away from the start line she totally dominated the final winning by clear water to become National Champion.  This placed her in the England team for the Home International at Strathclyde, Glasgow up against Wales, Scotland and Ireland in a single scull.  She was placed 2nd losing by a hundredth of a second to the Irish sculler, saying she didn't go hard enough of the start line and had too much to make up down the course.  This was a great result for her England debut, hopefully with more to come.

Torquay Regatta - Saturday 20th August 2011

Bideford Blues crews found the conditions at Torquay regatta very challenging on Saturday at the start of the event.  The Womens J16 Quad of: Abbie Loka, Ellen Davies, Freya Heddinson and Kat Crossleigh were hoping to carry on their good form in the bay after winning at Paignton, but this was not to be.  They found the conditions too much for them finishing in 5th position. 

Next up was the ever-improving Womens SC4 of Hannah and Jessica Myers, Megan Harty and Zoe Roberston with mum, Tina coxing.  After securing their novice wins earlier in the season they have stepped up a division to Senior C level but this was not stopping them from improving, winnng this event from a strong Dartmouth crew.

Annie Cook was next out in the Womens J18 Sculls event but found the bay conditions very hard but came home in 2nd place.

Last crew on the water for the club was the Mixed Senior C crew of: Milo George, Jack Harty, Hannah and Jessica Myers with Zoe Robertson coxing, they had to settle for 2nd place behind a Dartmouth crew losing by 1 length.  the club have a busy week with Dartmouth on Thursday and Bideford on Saturday to finish off the local season.

Paignton & Appledore Regattas - Saturday/Sunday 6th & 7th August 2011

Bideford Blues crews have had a very bury weekend with two regattas taking place. The first was at Paignton on the south coast of Devon on Saturday with Appledore on the north coast on the Sunday.

At Paignton the conditions were very good for rowing in the bay.  This was to be a good day for the Womens Junior 16 Quad of: Ellen Davies, Kat Crossley, Sophia Craddock and Zoe Robertson, with mum Tina coxing gaining their first win in this event this season.  This set up a good day with the Ladies Novice Four of; Jessica and Hannah Myers, Megan Harty and Zoe Robertson winning this race by two lengths, and then it was the turn of the Womens Under 18 Double of: Jessica Myers and Annie Cooke taking this event with ease.

Sunday saw a bigger field of club rowers at Appledore with wins on their home water for the Womens Senior C Four of: Jessica and Hannah Myers, Megan Harty and Zoe Robertson.  Then came Dave Byrnes winning the Mens Veteran Sculls in very choppy conditions from a local sculler in second place, he then sculled in the Mens Senior C Sculls gaining a second place.

On the water next was the Womens Junior 18 Quad of: Hannah and Jessica Myers, Annie Cooke and Megan Harty and Zoe Robertson as cox, winning this event.  Carrying on from yesterday's victory was Kat Crossley and Sophia Craddock wining by a clear three lengths from Plymouth with the A crew placed in fourth position in the Womens Junior 16 Doubles.

The Mixed Senior C Four of: Milo George, Jack Harty and Hannah and Jessica Myers, coxed by Tom Loka winning this event by clear water.  The next two wins for the club came from Zoe Robertson in the Womens Junior 16 Scull and Annie Cooke in the Womens Novice scull which she had a row-over.

There were second places for the Masters 40+ Four and the Womens Novice Double.

Totnes Regatta - Saturday 25th June 2011

The Blues were competing at Totnes Regatta on Saturday having a busy day with the first race at 08.45 and a full programme running until 18.00 with races every 4 minutes.  The Women's Novice Coxed Four of Hannah and Jessica Myers, Megan Harty and Zoe Robertson were competing in the first heat of this event, which they won taking them straight through to the final.  Qualifying for the final put them in a strong position to win their third race in a row in this category, but it wasn't to be, only managing to come home in 2nd place.

Next was the Ladies Under 18 Single Sculls of Annie Cook and Jessica Myers in different heats, with Annie making the final and jessica just missing out.  Annie had a very strong final but lost out to first place securing a 2nd place finish.

The Under 16 Single Sculls was next with Lee Ingenohl competing in this event for only the second time this season.  He secured a place in the final, starting well and then began to pull out to command this race and taking his first victory.  This was the beginning of a successful day for him when he teamed up with his Mens Under 16 Quad crew of: Will Manners, Ollie Roberts-Key and Owen Godwin.  Winning their heat placed them in strong contention for the final which they went on to win.

There was disappointment in the Men's and Women's Doubles with crews failing to make the finals.  In the Women's 18 Junior Double event, Annie was missing her regular crewmate of Alice Jackson who was away at Nottingham National Watersports Centre trying to gain her GB vest at the final selection for the World Junior Champs at Windsor in August of this year.  Alice is in the final field of 22 ladies which now has to be reduced to 18 with tests to follow in Singles, Doubles and recorded times take on ergo's over a perod of 4 days.

Plymouth Regatta - Saturday 11th June 2011

Bideford Blues were at their second regatta of the season at a blustery Plymouth on the River Ply.  First out for the Blues were Jessica Myers and Nicky Reed in the Women's Junior 18 Scull, with Nicky placing 3rd and Jess not making the top three positions.  The Women's Junior 16 Double of Freya Heddinson and Kat Crossely gaining a 5th place when both heats were combined. Blues hopeful for a Great British vest in the Juniors, Alice Jackson went looking for stronger opposition in the Ladies Senior A Sculls race and managed a very creditable 2nd place. 

The Ladies Novice Four of: Hannah and Jessica Myers, Megan Harty and Zoe Robertson continued the great early season form by taking this event for the second weekend in a row. 

The Blues Men Junior 16 Double of: Oli Robert-Key and Owen Goodwin came home in 4th place which they were disappointed with after leading but caught a massice crab which stopped them in their tracks. The new Junior 16 Quad of: A Loka, E. Davies, K, Crossely and S. Craddock gained a 5th place in this event but are gaining valuable experience in their first season. The Club's Men's Junior 16 Quad with Oli and Owen in the crew made up for their earlier disappointment to come home 2nd. Women's Junior 18 Double of: Annie Cook and Alice Jackson carried on their good early form by taking this event again. Senior Sculler Dave Byrnes had a disappointing day having been squeezed out of the Men's Senior C Sculls but that wasn't the end of his bad luck when in the Men's Vet Sculls he broke a collar on his blade and was unable to finish.

Wimbleball Regatta - Saturday 4th June

Bideford Blues kicked off the 2011 West of England rowing season at a windy Wimbleball Regatta.  Before the rowing had even started the umpires were forced to change the course due to the weather conditions shortening it to just 500 metres.

Blues had three 1st places coming from the Ladies Novice Coxed Four of: Jessica and Hannah Myers, Megan Harty, Zoe Robertson and Ali Renny as cox.  Then the very impressive Ladies Junior 18 Double Scull of Annie Cook and Alice Jackson taking the second victory for the club.  Following up the course was the Mens Junior 16 Double Scull of: Oli Roberts-Keys and Owen Godwyn winning this race in convincing style.

The other Blues results were: 3rd Mens Junior 16 Quad, 4th Mens Vets Sculls and Senior C Sculls, 4th/5th and 6th in the Ladies Junior 16 Single Sculls, 4th in the Ladies Junior 16 Quads and 4th in the Mens Coxed Vet Four's

2010 Events

WEARA Championship - Saturday 11 September

Saturday 11th September saw the end of Bideford Blues rowing season at the South Coast Championships held at Wimbleball Lake high up on Exmoor.  The championships are split into two events with the Junior regatta in the morning and the Senior in the afternoon.  The Blues day kicked off with the Mens Junior 15 Quad, the Blues crew of: Will Manners, Zoe Roberston, Ben Reeve, Ollie Roberts-Key and cox Chris Daniel recorded a second place two lengths behind Plymouth.  Later in the morning, Ben and Ollie were to team up in the Mens Junior 15 Double to secure a third place.  After helping out the mens quad Zoe went out in the Ladies Junior 15 Sculls to race home in third place.  Pride of place in the Junior regatta must go to the Junior 16 Ladies squad of: Jessica and Hannah Myers, Alice Jackson, Annie Cooke and cox Zoe Robertson.  First Alice was racing in the Ladies Junior 16 Sculls against opposition from Poole and Exeter, she commanded this race from start to finish to record a four length win giving her a South Coast title.  She then jumped into the quad with her teammates to race against a strong field of six other crews containing the Totnes crew which have beaten them on the last two occasions.  With the bit between their teeth and looking to avenge their recent disappointments, the girls dominated this race to win by two lengths securing title number two for the club.

The crew of Holly and Kristy Webbe, Amy Alford, Kellie Edwards and cox Colin Pennington had to row a heat first to secure a place in the final, they gained this then had to wait for their final.  In their final they were up against strong opposition from the coast and Hants and Dorset crews.  The girls got away cleanly on the 2000metre course pushing out with a strong Christchurch crew running neck and neck to the 500metre mark, with both crews taking the lead, but it was the Cristchurch crew who started to take the lead and going on to win this event from the Blues.

The last crew to compete for the club was the Composite Mens Over 40 crew of: Colin and Neil Pennington, Nigel Cann, Glenn Wilkins and cox Holly Webbe against opposition from Poole, Herne Bay and Bexhill.  Not getting away to the best of starts the Blues were left behind at the start and failed to get back on terms with the leading crews but came in in a third position.

Bideford Regatta - Saturday 4th September 2010

This was the last of the West of England Regattas held in Bideford.  Bideford Blues had a strong squad hoping to gain some wins at their home regatta, First race of the say was the Ladies Under 16 Quad of Hannah and Jessica Myers, Annie Cook, Alice Jackson and cox Zoey Robertson.  They were trying to avenge their loss to Totnes at the previous regatta, but it wasn't to be. The Totnes crew pulled out a length lead from the start and maintained this to the finish.  Out next was the Mixed Novice Four of Chris Glover, Beth Walters, Ashleigh Clayton and Jack Harty leading all the way up the Quay the crew pulled away from the Torquay and Exmouth crews to win by two lengths.  Right behind them was the Mens Under 18 four of Milo George, Adam Bewes, Tom Loka, Steven Povey with cox Nicky Reed coming in third, this same crew then came fourth in the Novice Mens Four.

Out next in their first race was the Ladies Under 14 Quad of Jessica French, fFeya Heddinson, Katharine Crossley, Abbie Loka with cox/coach Tina Robertson coming a creditable fifth place. Alice Jackson was next in the Ladies Under 16 Sculls hoping to put the disappointment of the quad race behind her, she took this race and had a row-over in the Ladies Under 18 Sculls to take both titles in the WEARA championship.

Race 22 saw the Mens Veteran Fours Over 40 with the composite crew of Neil Penninton, Nigel Cann, Glenn Wilkins, Colin pennington with cox Holly Webbe taking this race with an easy verdict over the Exmouth Four.  Making his first appearance of the year was the Mens veteran sculler of Dave Byrnes who came home in third position. 

The next victory for the club was the Mixed Senior C Four of Becky Jeffery, Adam Bewes, Chris Glover and Beth Walters.  In the Mens Under 16 Quad of Will Manners. Ollie Roberts-Key, Owen Godwin, Ben Reeve recording a second place.

In race 40 was the newly elected crew of Holly and Kristy Webbe, Amy Alford and Emma Raffe taking the place of absent Kellie Edwards, in her first race to claim a thirs place just half a length down on the second place crew from Exeter, but just ahead of the Blues A crew of Kate Wilson, beth walters, Ashleigh Clayton, becky Jeffery in the Ladies senior C Four.

Last to race was the Mixed Under 16 Quad crews of , A crew: Hannah Myers, Jack Harty, Ben Reeve, Annie Cook and the B crew: Jessica Myers, Zoe Roberston, Owen Godwin and Ollie Roberts-Key.  these two crews battled for the lead all the way to the finish line with the A crew finishing first and the B second, this with all the other placings throughout the day enabled the Blues to lift the Billy Little cup from the Reds for gaining the most points at the regatta between the two Bideford clubs.

Dartmouth Regatta - Thursday 26th August 2010

The Blues sent one of its strongest squads to Dartmouth on Thursday to race against crews from all over the west of England and crews all the way up the south coast to Shoreham in Sussex.  First out was the Senior C Ladies crew of Becky Jeffery, Nicky Reed, Ashleigh Clayton and Kate Wilson securing a third place in their heat, they went through to the final but were out-rowed in this race placing sixth.  Next was the young crew of Annie Cook, and Megan Harty in the Woman's Under 16 Double Scull, they placed second in a strong field of seven crews.  Following straight on after her quad crew mates was the in-form young sculler Alice Jackson who was first competing in the Woman's Junior 18 Sculls which she won by a half length verdict from the Exeter sculler.Then in the Woman's Junior 16 Quad with her teammates: Jessica and Hannah Myers, Annie Cook and cox Zoe Robertson who had secured the championship at Torquay on Saturday.  The crew were left a little bit behind at the start by their strong opposition of Totnes, but failed to get back to challenge them and lost out by a one length verdict.  Alice's next race was the Woman's Under 16 Sculls, after the disappointment of the quad race she totally dominated this one winning by two lengths from Jenner of Exeter, this victory and the win in the Under 18 event has all but secured both championships for this promising sculler.

The Mens Junior 16 Quad crew of :Ollie Roberts-Keys, Jack Harty, Ben Reeve, Owen Godwin and cox Chris Daniels came home in a strong second position.  On the river next was the Mens veteran Masters crew of: Neil Pennington, Nigel Cann, Glenn Wilkins, Colin Pennington and cox Holly Webbe, up against strong opposition from crews from Totnes, Shoreham and Bexhill.  The experienced crew were left a length down at the start line by the two coastal crews due to a very suspect startline having to play catch-up.  The crew rowed back through Bexhill and were catching Shoreham eventually only losing first place by 6 foot to the away crew.

The Ladies Novice Four followed of: Holly and Kristy Webbe, Amy Alford, Kellie Edwards and cox Colin Pennington, the ladies had to row through a heat to make their final in this event.  They made light work of this race commanding from gun to gun with a three length vistory, this placed them on the outside in the final which would give the advantage to the inside crews at the start.  Getting off the line with a good start they were behind at the 400 metre mark, but pushing hard at the midway point the crew started to overhaul the leading boats picking each off in turn to win the race by two lengths, in doing so gaining their last novice win and having to move up a category to Senior C for their home regatta at Bideford.

The Men's Under 18 crew of: Tom Loka, Steven Povey, Adam Bewes, Milo George and cox Chris Daniels had a strong second place in their race behind the title favourites Totnes.  Adam and Tom joined Ashleigh and Becky with cox Chris Daniels to row in the Mixed Senior C Four placing third in the final.  Steven also teamed up with Milo in the Mens Senior C Double Scull to record

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Novice Four, L to R Colin Pennington, Kristy Webbe, Kellie Edwards. Amy Alford and Holly Webbe

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Junior Sculler, Alice Jackson

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Junior 18 Squad, Hannah and Jessica Myers, Alice Jackson, Annie Cook, Nicky Reed, Zoe Robertson and Megan

Torquay Regatta - Saturday 21st August

Bideford Blues have secured the West of England Under 16 Ladies Quad championship at Torquay Regatta.  The crew of Hannah and Jessica Myers, Alice Jackson and Annie Cook with cox  Zoe Robertson winning their race in great style from Plymouth by 3 lengths.  This putting them 8 points clear in the race for the title from Totnes who failed to secure any points at Torquay. 

Alice Jackson went out again in the Under 16's Singles, after leading for the main part of the race only to steer too far off course, she failed to correct herself enough for the finish line just losing out to the sculler from Exeter.

The Men's Junior 16 Quad were out next hoping to keep up with the winning girls but just lost out to come in second.  Last out was Megan Harty and Annie Cook in the Under 16 Double Sculls.  With conditions deteriorating the girls had a hard race with the Exeter crew with each crew taking the lead at pionts down the course, but after closing in at the finish they hit some bad wash and lost a scull which gave the advantage to Exeter who went on to win by 2 lengths.

Paignton Regatta - Saturday 14th August

Bideford Blues sent four crews to the English Riviera this Saturday for Paignton Regatta.  Scheduled to row in Torbay was a Ladies Senior C Four, a Ladies and Men's Junior 16 Quad and a Mixed Junior 16 Quad.  Conditions in the bay were very good for a change, the Ladies Junior 16 Quad of: Jessica Myers, Annie Cooke, Alice Jackson, Megan Harty continued in their great winning form carrying on from Appledore last week in this event.  Also this week the Totnes Quad were aginst them after missing last week, but the Blues went out and showed they still have the bit between their teeth and won by a commanding 2-3 lengths.

Next was the Mens Junior 16 Quad: Chris Daniels, Jack Harty, Ben Reeve and Will Manners who came in a creditable second place.  Mixing these two crews to form a Mixed Quad containing: Zoe Robertson, Jack Harty, Ben Reeve and Hannah Myers went out and won this event in great style.

The Ladies Senior C Four did not make the start having problems in raising a crew.

Appledore & Instow Regatta - Saturday 7th August

Saturday saw the Blues competing on home waters at the Appledore and Instow Regatta.  There was a strong wind blowing making launching from Instow very difficult.  The regatta kicked off at 2pm and was running to 7.40pm, young Zoe Robertson started the proceedings in the Ladies Junior 16 sculls rowing against a strong incoming tide and wind but gained a creditable second place.  Next was Christopher Daniels, Ben Reeve, Will Manners and Jack Harty with coach and cox Tina Roberston steering the Men's Junior 16 Quad, also coming in a creditable second place.  On the water next came the Blues Composite Men's Veteran Four of: Glen Wilkin, Alistair Peake,Nigel Cann and Neil Pennington with cox Holly Webbe. This four were made to fight all the way down the 1200m course with the composite Torquay Four, with both crews taking the lead at different stages of the course but the Blues just pulling out to a canvas victory at the post.  The Ladies Junior 16 Quad were next racing down the course hoping to take advantage of the no-showing Totnes quad who are challenging them for the championship.  The Blues Quad of: Megan Harty,Annie Cook, Hannah and Jessica Myers and cox Zoe Robertson went out and stamped their authority on this race winning by a 2 length victory, placing them 4 points in the lead of the championship.  With conditions deteriorating now, the decision was made to just row the championship four's races left in the programme.  The club had two Ladies Senior C crews on the water, with crews coming in third and fourth positions.  The third place crew having just stepped up from Novice to Senior C.  Also left was the Men's Senior C Four who also gained a creditable fourth place.

Falmouth Regatta - Saturday 24th July

Bideford Blues were in action at Falmouth Regatta held at Stithian's lake, they sent a small party of rowers due to holidays and work commitments.  The Junior section kept the flag flying for the club with two crews, this was Annie Cook and Jessica Myers in the Ladies Junior 16 Double placing third in this final.  They were then joined by Megan Harty and Hannah Myers with cox Nicky Reed in the Ladies Junior 16 Quad, rowing in gusting winds making conditions very difficult for them, but putting down a strong performance they came away with a great victory getting back to winning ways.  The club now have a weekend off but will be racing on home waters next at Appledore on August 7.

Exeter Regatta - Saturday 10th July

Saturday 10 July saw Bideford Blues compete at the City of Exeter regatta, over a short 500 metre course with just 3 crews abreast.  A lot of the crews had to race in heats to make it to their finals.  Ladies Junior 16 Quad were first on the water against a strong Totnes Quad which they had already met this season, results going both ways.  The crew of : Megan Harty, Alice Jackson, Annie Cooke, Zoe Robertson and cox Nicky Reed were fighting all the way on  the sprint course, but the result went the way of the Totnes crew winning by half a length knocking the Ladies crew out of this event.  Up next was the Mens Junior 16 Quad of: Ben Reeve, Jack Harty, Ollie Goodwin, Owen Roberts-Key and cox Chris Daniels, they knocked out Exeter in their heat but could only come second to Totnes in the final.

The Mens Senior C Four were knocked out in their heat by a strong Totnes Four.  The Mens Composite Masters Four of: Colin Pennington, Glen Wilkins, Nigel Cann, Neil Pennington and cox Holly Webbe, were against a composite  Four from Dartmouth, Reds and Totnes recording a one length victory over this crew. 

Performance of the day must go to the new Ladies Novice Four of: Holly and Kristy Webbe, Amy Alford, Kelly Edwards and cox Colin Pennington drawing the home club of Exeter in their heat.  They recorded a victory over them  by a canvas winning them a well deserved place in the final.  The final they met Bideford Reds and Exeter B which they beat won convincingly to bag their second win in this category this year.

Young Alice Jackson was out next in her single scull competing in the Ladies Junior 16 and 18 event.  She was hoping to put her disappointment behind her of missing out on a England vest in a home international where she missed selection by 0.3 of a second! She won the Junior 18 Scull by an easy verdict but had to fight in the Junior 16 final all the way to the line settling for a dead heat.

The Ladies Junior 18 Double Scull were out next but got knocked out in their heat.  Next the Junior 16 Double Scull went one better making the final and placing second.

Totnes Regatta - Sunday 20th June 2010

 is held over a 1000m course on the upper reaches of the River Dart. Crews started racing at 09:30 in the morning running through to 4 o' clock in the afternoon with a race every 5 minutes sometimes even less. All the Blues crews had to race in heats to make their way to the three boat finals. Having successfully made their finals, the Ladies Junior 16 Coxed Quad of Hannah & Jessica Myers, Annie Cook, Alice Jackson and Zoe Robertson made their final but were up against strong opposition in the form of the home club, this was to be their undoing losing to Totnes in a very tight race breaking their 100% record for this event from the previous two regattas. This was not to deter Alice who went on to compete in the Ladies Junior 16 Sculls and Ladies Junior 18 Sculls taking both of these events and making up for the earlier disappointment with the quad.  Sculling in his first race was young Chris Daniels in the Mens Junior 16 Coxed Quad with Ben Reeve,Oliver Roberts-Key,Owen Godwin coming through their heat to make it to the final but losing out to the more established crews coming home in third place. 

  

Next was the Novice Ladies crew of Holly & Kirsty Webbe, Amy Alford, Kelly Edwards and cox Colin Pennington hoping to continue on from last weeks first outing at Wimbleball regatta where they won. But it wasn't to be, being pipped to the post by the Exeter ladies crew. Last of the Blues crews to make it to the finals was the Mens Senior C Coxed Four, who won their heat but were placed third in the final. The Ladies Senior C Coxed Four didn't make it out of their heat, but found it hard going after having a last minute crew change due to unavailability.

Ladies Junior 16 4x 2nd

Mens Junior 16 4x 3rd

Mens Senior C Coxed 4 3rd

Ladies Novice Coxed 4 2nd

Ladies Junior 16 1x 1st

Ladies Junior 18 1x 1st

Ladies Senior C Coxed Four did not make final

 

Wimbleball Lake - Saturday 12th June

The second round of the West of England rowing calendar was at Wimbleball Lake, high up on Exmoor, home of this year's South Coast rowing Championship in September.  Bideford Blues had a good squad out with 4 Four's, 2 Quads, 2 Doubles and 2 Sculls competing for the club. 
First out was the Ladies junior 16 Coxed Quad of: Hannah and Jessica Myers, Annie Cook, Alice Jackson and cox Zoe Robertson, hoping to continue the great start to the season they had last week at Plymouth.  This week they were made to fight all the way to the line by a Dart-Totnes crew, just pulling off the win by half a canvas.  Alice continued the winning ways by, yet again, securing the Ladies Junior 18 Sculls and Junior 16 Sculls with her teammate Zoe Robertson coming home in 5th place in this event.  Not to be outdone by their teammate Alice, her crew members had a great race in the Ladies Junior 16 Doubles fighting all the way to the line with the A Crew of: Jessica Myers and Annie Cook, just pipping the B Crew of Zoe Robertson and Hannah Myers to the finish.
Pride of the day must go to the newly formed Ladies Novice Coxed Four of Kelly Edwards, Amy Alford, Kristy Webbe and Holly Webbe, coxed by Tina Robertson winning their first race, dictating from the start to finish to record an impressive victory.  Also recording their second success of the season was the Composite Men's Vet Coxed Four of: Neil Pennington, Nigel Cann, Glenn Wilkins and Colin Pennington coxed by Chris Daniels beating the home crew of Wimbleball and Exmouth in the process.
The Ladies Senior C Coxed Four were competing but coming home in Fourth place, also gaining a 5th place were the Men's Senior C Coxed Four, Junior 16 Coxed Quad and Men's Junior 16 Double.

Ladies Junior 16 4x 1st

Mens Junior 16 2x 5th

Mens Vet 40+ 4+ 1st

Ladies Novice 4+ 1st

Ladies Senior C 4+ 4th

Mens Junior 16 4x 5th

Mens Senior C 4+ 5th

Ladies Junior 16 2x 1st & 2nd

Ladies Junior 18 1x 1st

Ladies Junior 16 1x 1st & 5th

Plymouth Regatta - Saturday 5th June

Plymouth Regatta took place on Saturday 5 June racing starting at 10am in perfect conditions on the upper reaches of the River Plym.  Competing first for the Blues was the woman's junior 16 coxed quad of: Hannah and Jessica Myers, Annie Cook, Alice Jackson with cox Zoe Robertson.  The crew were in the first heat against opposition from Dart Totnes, Paignton and Exmouth with just 3 crews qualifying from this heat into the final.  The Blues crew achieved a very good first place booking their place in the final.  This was to be a very rewarding day for young Alice, after 25mins. she was at the start line racing in the women's junior 16 single winning this in very convincing style.  Next ws the men's junior 18 coxed quad with Milo George, Oliver Roberts-Key, Ben Reeve and Steve Povey with Tina Robertson cox.  Racing a tight race with the Dartmouth quad, all the way down the course but just losing out by a matter of feet at the finish.  On the water next was the women's junior 16 double of Zoe Robertson and Jessica Myers but they failed to make the final from their heat.  Following behind was the Blues composite vet coxed 4 having a row over after their opposition failed to turn up at the start.  Straight after the vets were senior C men's coxed 4 finishing in 4th position in a well fought race for the minor places with Bideford Reds and Dartmouth after Dart-Totnes pulled away to win easily. The final of the women's junior 16 coxed quad 4 having rowed well in their heats their expectations were quite high. Not letting us down the girls sculled their final to win making this medal No2 for Alice.

After resting for just over an hour Alice was racing once again in the women's junior 18 singles against a sculler from the home club. From the start to finish she dominated this race taking medal No3. A great end to the day.

Head of The Torridge - Sunday 23rd May 2010

Bideford Blues began their West of England season on Sunday the 23rd of May at the Head of the Torridge, their local river. The race was from Halspill near Weare Giffard to the police station on the upper reaches of the Torridge. It was a perfect day for rowing, flat water and very warm.

The race was divided into two divisions, the first going off against a incoming tide and the second division on the out going tide. In the first race the Blues had four crews racing, the top crew were the men's junior 18 coxed four of Tom Pugsley, Milo George, Jack Harty, Tom Loka with cox Chris Daniels recording the fastest time of 16 mins. 36 secs. Next came the women's junior 16 coxed quad posting a time of 18mins 29 secs followed by the men's junior 16 double in a time of 20mins and the women's junior 18 coxed quad. In the second Division there were 7 crews competing for the club. The fastest crew in this division was the composite men's vet coxed 4 of; Neil Pennington, Nigel Cann, Glen Wilkins and Colin Pennington, coxed by Chris Daniels posting a time of 14mins 39secs coming second to a quad from Castledore. First place was lost by 8 secs.

Next was a men's senior C coxed 4 in a time of 15mins 3secs, followed by the men's junior 16 coxed quad in 15mins 5 secs.

Alice Jackson was next taking the women's junior 16 singles in a time of 18mins 50secs beating her teammate Zoe Robertson to this title. Also in this division was the women's junior 16 double posting a time of 18mins. 51 secs.

2009 Events

Port of Bideford Regatta - Saturday 12th September 2009

What a day!! It was just like yesteryear!!

Crowds lined the riverbank of the Torridge, water conditions were perfect, the sun shone, and the noise coming from those crowds certainly made for a great atmosphere at the final West of England regatta of the season.

With six wins, five second places and a third-place as well it all added up to a great day for the club, and what made it even more special, with the points accrued from those placings, the club also took the Billy Little Cup, competed for by the Blues and Reds at the regatta, for the first time in seven years.

In only the fourth race of the day Jessica Myers and Nicky Reed started the points rolling by winning the Ladies Under 16 double sculls.

Later they teamed up with fellow Kingsley School students Hannah Myers and Alice Jackson, with 16-year-old “birthday boy” Chris Daniel as cox to win the Ladies Under 16 quadruple sculls event as well and the points gained meant they shared second place in the WEARA championship as well.

After the youngsters it was the “old men’s” turn.

Colin Pennington, Dave Byrnes, Nigel Cann and Neil Pennington with Chris Daniel again coxswaining, winning the Men’s Veteran fours beating local rivals Bideford Reds in the process.

Then the youngsters took over again.

Oli Roberts-Key and Owen Godwin won the Mens Under 14 double sculls and, not to be outdone by the boys, Zoe Robertson and Naomi Locke followed that up by winning the Womens Under 14 double sculls event as well.

To round off the winning day, the penultimate event saw the Mixed Novice four of Bethan Waters, Ashley Clayton, Tom Pugsley and Chris Glover, with Chris Daniel completing a hat-trick of wins in the coxswain’s seat, taking a three-length win to secure the final points.

In between all these wins cam a second-place finish for the Women’s Senior C four of Kate Wilson, Hayley Wilson, Bethan Waters and Becca Jeffery with Sophie Pearce coxswaining.

After going their separate ways in their respective double sculls events a mixed crew of Zoe Robertson, Naomi Locke, Owen Godwin and Oli Roberts-Key, with coach Tina Robertson as cox, having to compete in the Mens Under 14 quadruple sculls race, also took a runners-up spot.

The final three runners-up positions were for Alice Jackson in the Womens Under 16 single sculls and the two points gained meant that she came runner-up in the respective WEARA championship, and two for Dave Byrnes, to finish off his busy day, in the Mens Senior C single sculls and then, finally, the Mens Veteran single sculls.

The third-place finishers were the Mens Under 16 quadruple sculls crew of Milo George, Jack Harty, Oli Roberts-Key and Owen Goodwin, with Tina Robertson as their cox.

Also competing on the day were Bethan Waters and Becca Jeffery in the Ladies Open double sculls, Milo George and Jack Harty in the Mens Under 16 double sculls and the Ladies Novice fours crew of Kate Wilson, Ashley Clayton, Maria Clements and Bethan Waters with Sophie Pearce as cox.

Above are the celebrating rowing members of the Blues pictured with their winners trophies after this weekend’s Bideford Regatta held in glorious sunshine - a fitting end to the West of England 2009 regatta season.

The Port of Dartmouth Royal Regatta, Thursday 27th August 2009 .

The penultimate regatta of the 2009 West of England Amateur Rowing Association’s (WEARA) season took place on the River Dart in dry weather!!! The previous days had seen driving rain and gale-force winds so we were indeed fortunate on the day.

Winners!!

Showing that they had lost none of their competitive spirit the mens Veteran C crew, in their first regatta of the season, showed the youngsters how it should be done.

Colin Pennington, Dave Byrnes, Nigel Cann and Neil Pennington, with Chris Daniel as coxswain, came home in first place against older and younger crews in their event.

Half-an-hour later Dave Byrnes took to the water again in the mens Veteran single sculls and again came home a winner beating four other scullers in the process.

Second-place finishers.

Of the younger members of the club the mens Under 18 fours crew of Tom Loka, Tom Carlyon Milo George and Tom Pugsley, with Chris Daniel again as cox, gained a highly commendable second place against the unbeaten and WEARA championship-winning crew of Dart-Totnes.

Alice Jackson, in the womens Junior Under 16 single sculls dead-heated for second place and the points gained keeps her in second place in the WEARA championship.

Third-place finishers.

The womens Junior Under 16 quadruple scullers of Hannah Myers, Jessica Myers, Alice Jackson and Nicky Reed, with Chris Daniel continuing his busy day as a coxswain, took third place in their event and cemented their third position in the respective WEARA championship.

Competing for the first time since the end of June because of holidays, the Junior Under 14 quadruple scullers Zoe Robertson, Naomi Locke, Owen Godwin and Oli Roberts-Key, with Tom Loka this time as cox, competing in the mens event took a third place finish.

The mixed Senior C four of Tom Loka, Bethan Waters, Becka Jeffery and Tom Pugsley, with coach Tina Robertson as cox, fought their way to a third place finish as the wind started to get up, chopping up the water, later in the day.

Also competed.

The womens Senior C four of Kate Wilson, Hayley Wilson, Bethan Waters and Becka Jeffery, with Sophie Pearce as cox, got through to the final of the their event but were unable to take a podium finish.

Twin-sisters Hannah and Jessica Myers in the final of their event, the womens Junior Under 16 double sculls, also failed to take a podium finish.

Torquay Regatta, Saturday 22nd August 2009 .

In a truncated Regatta held off Hollicombe Beach in Torbay the only crew to take to the water for the Blues was the womens Under 16 quadruple sculls crew of twins Hannah and Jessica Myers, Alice Jackson and Nicky Reed with their coach Tina Robertson as cox.

In very lumpy conditions they secured a very impressive second place. Not long after their race the regatta was cancelled altogether because of the worsening weather conditions.

Pictured is the womens Under 16 quad sculls crew, with Tom Loka, taken previously.

Paignton Regatta, Saturday 8th August, 2009 .

This weekend we travelled to the south coast of Devon , and the beach at Paignton, for the latest in the series of the West of England ARA championship regattas.An early morning start saw fairly flat water for most of the regatta before the pleasure boats started vying their trade causing the water to chop-up a bit later in the morning, but not enough to cause too many problems for the crews.Zoe Robertson and Naomi Lock followed up their win at Appledore last weekend with another this week in the womens Under 14 double sculls, but this time they had to share the honours when they dead-heated with local rivals – Bideford Reds.The womens Senior C four crew of Kate Wilson, Bethan Waters, Hayley Wilson and Becka Jeffery, with Chris Daniel as cox, led for most of the way in their event but just lost out at the finish, taking second place, after hitting some heavy wash not long before the finish.

During the womens Under 16 coxed quadruple scull event the screams of seagulls were heard – or was it Zoe Robertson screaming out on the water?! –  as the crew of Zoe, twins Hannah and Jessica Myers and Nicky Reed, with their coach Tina Robertson in the coxswains seat, taking yet another podium finish, this time a third place.

In the mixed Senior B fours race Becka Jeffery and Hayley Wilson joined forces with Milo George and Tom Loka to take a second place finish, behind local rivals, Bideford Reds, with whom their crew-mate, Bethan Waters, had stepped in to help them out when they were one crew member short!!

A week’s rest now before we travel, again to South Devon , for Torquay regatta on the 22nd August.

Pictured above is the Womens Senior C four taken at last weekend’s Appledore  Regatta showing crew members, from left, Kate Wilson, Hayley Wilson, Bethan Waters, Becka Jeffery and Sophie Pearce.

Appledore & Instow Regatta, Sunday 2nd August 2009 .

A day to savour for all of our rowers on Sunday at Appledore & Instow Regatta.

Everyone who went on the water in fours, doubles and sculls gained a top three position.

Winners were the Mixed Novice crew of Kingsley College students Bethan Waters, Ashley Clayton, Tom Pugsley and Tom Loka with their coach, Tina Robertson, coxing them to victory.

Not to be outdone by mum, Tina’s daughter Zoe teamed up with Naomi Locke to take first place in the womens Under 14 double sculls event.

Also a winner, in his first outing of the season, was Dave Byrnes in the mens Novice single sculls.

A second place finish was recorded by the mens Under 18 fours crew of Tom Loka, Milo George, Tom Pugsley and Chris Glover with Chris Daniel as cox.

Taking third place finishes in their respective events were the Ladies Senior C four of Kate Wilson, Bethan Waters, Hayley Wilson and Becka Jeffery with Sophie Pearce as coxswain and the Ladies Under 16 coxed quadruple scullers Zoe Robertson, twins Hannah and Jessica Myers and Nicky Reed with Tom Loka coxswaining.

Also taking a third place position was the Mixed Senior C four of Hayley Wilson, Milo George, Chris Glover and Becka Jeffery with Chris Daniel as cox.

Pictured above is Tina’s daughter Zoe with Naomi Locke just taking to the water before winning their Under 14 double sculls race.

Pictured above is the winning Mixed Novice crew of Bethan Waters, Ashley Clayton, Tom Pugsley and Tom Loka, with coach Tina Robertson in the coxswain’s seat.

Greenbank Falmouth Regatta, Stithians Lake , Saturday 25th July 2009 .

With holidays taking their toll of crew members Bideford Blues were not able to send too many crews to this fifth regatta of the West of England Amateur Rowing Association’s season – the half-way point – held on Stithians Lake in Cornwall .

In the womens Junior Under 16 coxed quadruple sculls event the crew of Nicky Reed, Jessica and Hannah Myers with Zoe Robertson, deputising for regular crew member Alice Jackson and Chris Daniel as cox gained yet another podium finish when they took third place in their event.

Zoe then teamed up with Naomi Locke in the womens junior Under 16 double sculls to take a fine second place.

As is allowed under WEARA Rules that girls can row/scull with boys in junior events, providing it is in the mens(!), in the mens Junior Under 16 double sculls event, because his usual male partner was not available, Milo George was joined by Jessica Myers and although they competed to the best of their ability against all boys they were unable to gain a medal position.

This coming weekend the action is on the River Torridge with the Appledore & Instow Regatta taking place on Sunday.

Wimbleball Regatta, Saturday 18th July 2009 .

Conditions were near perfect at Wimbleball Lake on Exmoor on Saturday for the fourth West of England ARA regatta of the season, held over the Olympic-length course distance of 2000 metres – a long way!!

Gone were the heavy rains and high winds of Friday and the only thing the rowers in the championship events had to contend with was the unusually long course - the Wimbleball club using this opportunity as a rehearsal for next year’s (2010) South Coast Rowing Championships which are to be held there.

First on the water for the Blues, making his first appearance of the season, was single-sculler Neil Pennington, competing in the men’s Veteran single sculls. Fortunately this race was only held over 1,000 metres, but unfortunately he was unable to secure a podium finish, as was the case when he also competed in the Novice single-sculls event.

Young Kingsley School student Alice Jackson was a busiest of our competitors on the day. First she took part in a heat of the womens Junior Under 16 single sculls - which she won. Then after a break of about three-quarters of an hour she teamed up with fellow Kingsley School students, twins Hannah and Jessica Myers and Nicky Reed, with Chris Daniel as cox to compete in the womens Junior Under 16 coxed quadruple sculls securing a third place finish.

Than, after another short break, she went out again for the final of her single sculls event and came home not far behind the winner in second place.

The womens Senior C four of Kate Wilson, Maria Clements (her first competitive row of the season), Hayley Wilson and Becca Jeffery, with Chris Daniel again coxswaining, had to wait until the penultimate event of the day at 5.30 in the afternoon before they took to the water and, following on from last week’s podium finish, they this week came home in third place after competing over the long course!

This coming weekend we go to the other end of the South West, Stithians Lake in Cornwall.

 

The 2009 West of England Amateur Rowing Association regatta season held its third regatta at Exeter, following on from Plymouth and Dart-Totnes.

Bideford Amateur Athletic Club – the Blues – had varying fortunes over those three regattas.

Plymouth

At Plymouth the Womens Junior Under 16 coxed quadruple sculls crew with the Kingsley School students of twins Hannah and Jessica Myers, Alice Jackson and Nicky Reed, with Chris Daniel as coxswain, came first in their event taking home the Sangwell Trophy. The same crew couldn’t repeat that success at Totnes where, unfortunately, they did not make it through to the final but at Exeter a determined performance gave them a second place finish, and they now share joint first place in the championship table.

At Plymouth , also, Alice Jackson took home the Dragon Trophy by winning the Womens Junior Under 16 single sculls race, and then she teamed up with crew mate Jessica Myers to take a second place in the Womens Junior Under 16 double sculls event.

Dart-Totnes

At Totnes a mixed crew of Junior Under 14 scullers, again mostly made up of Kingsley School students, having to compete in the Boys Junior Under 14 event, came home in second place - an improvement of one position from Plymouth , were they came third. The crew comprised Zoe Robertson, Naomi Locke, Owen Godwin and Oli Roberts-Key, with Chris Daniel as cox.

These four crew members then went their separate ways in the Junior Under 14 double sculls events. Owen and Oli claiming a second place at both Plymouth and Totnes which was matched by Zoe and Naomi in the corresponding girls event at Plymouth .

Exeter

At Exeter , in only their second competitive row together, the Womens Senior C four of Kate Wilson, Bethan Waters, Hayley Wilson and Becca Jeffery, with Sophie Pearce as cox, had a very commendable second place finish.

The Mixed Novice crew of Milo George, Bethan Waters, Ashleigh Clayton and Tom Loka, with Chris Daniel again coxswain, secured third place finishes at both Totnes and Exeter .

Others competing so far this season have been the Mens Novice four of Milo George, Chris Glover, Tom Carlyon and Tom Loka, Womens Novice single sculler Ashleigh Clayton and the Womens Novice double scullers Bethan Waters and Becca Jeffery.

This weekend, Saturday 18th, the fourth regatta will be held on Exmoor at Wimbleball Lake .

2008 Events

Exeter Small Boats Head Race  

Competing at the recent Exeter Small Boats Head race the students from Grenville/Blues took to the water in what is probably the last time they will row under that name.

In the New Year Grenville College and Edgehill College are combining to form the new Kingsley College and thus there will be a change of name to Kingsley/Blues.  

A new young crew of Junior Under 14s competing in the quadruple sculls took first place in their event and the crew of Zoe Robertson, Ben Reeves, Owen Godwin and Oliver Roberts-Keys with coach Tina Robinson in the cox seat are to be congratulated. Also winners on the day were the Junior Under 16 double scullers Milo George and Angus Gaskell. Unfortunately not all the students had competition in their respective classes, but they all had good times nevertheless.

Womens Junior Under 15 quad scullers Megan Harty, Rosie Klymow, Nicky Reed and Emma French with Hattie Hill as cox; Womens Junior Under 15 double scullers, twin sisters  Hannah and Jessica Myers;

Also, last month, Alice took the gold medal in the Junior Under 15 age group at the Welsh National Indoor Rowing Championships in Cardiff and then the very next day travelled to Monmouth to scull in, and win, the Womens Novice single sculls event.

52nd South Coast and Open Championships and 3rd South Coast Junior Regatta –

Friday and Saturday 12th and 13th September, 2008 .

Glorious weather and ideal rowing conditions greeted everyone attending the 52nd South Coast Championship and Open Regatta and the 3rd South Coast Junior Regatta held on the River Plym at Plymouth on Friday and Saturday this last weekend – and two winning performances for members of Bideford Amateur Athletic Club – the Blues.

For the first time the Regatta was held – owing to tidal constraints – over two days, and the Blues can be proud of the achievements of those members taking part.

On the Friday a winning Championship performance at the Junior Regatta came from the Ladies Under 14 coxed quadruple sculls crew of Hannah Myers, Nicky Reed, Jessica Myers and Alice Jackson, coxswained on the day by Tom Loka, who stormed to their best performance of the season, leaving the other crews in their wake, winning by more than five lengths. On a busy afternoon for Alice she then sculled her way to a second place finish in the Ladies Under 14 single sculls event before joining forces with Jessica to take third place in the Ladies Under 14 double sculls race. Ashleigh Clayton and Bethan Waters, although winning their heat of the Ladies Under 16 double sculls, just missed out in the final coming home in fourth place. The boys didn’t get completely left behind!!

The crew of Tom Pugsley, Thomas Carlyon, Chris Glover and Tom Loka, coxed by Chris Daniel, on his birthday, gained a podium finish by coming third in the Mens Under 18 coxed fours event. All of these Blues youngsters, apart from cox Chris Daniel, are Grenville College students and are coached by Tina Robertson. Both the College and Club are proud of their achievements under her guidance this season.

On Saturday, in the main events of the weekend, the first race of the day saw that same crew of Tom Pugsley, Thomas Carlyon, Chris Glover and Tom Loka, again coxed by Chris Daniel, record a half-length win in their heat of the Mens Novice fours before just missing out in the final by finishing second - in spite of a broken rudder!!

But the best was yet to come!!

The “old” men of the club took to the water for the Mens Veteran Over 40 coxed fours race for the Sidney De Haan Cup, originally sponsored by SAGA!!

Blues members Colin Pennington, Nigel Cann and Neil Pennington joined by Alastair Peake, “borrowed” for the race from our neighbours Bideford Reds, as is allowed in this competition, then proceeded to burn up the course winning the event in convincing style recording a one-and–a-half length winning margin in the process

Two Championship winning crews

The winning BAAC Ladies Under 14 coxed quadruple sculls crew of, from left, Grenville College students Alice Jackson, Jessica Myers, coxswain Tom Loka, Nicky Reed and Hannah Myers with their trophy and winners pennant. The Mens Veteran Over 40, composite, winning crew of, from left, Colin Pennington, Alastair Peake, “borrowed” rower from the Reds, coxswain - birthday-weekend boy - Chris Daniel, Neil Pennington and Nigel Cann

Port of Bideford Regatta Saturday 6th September 2008

With his younger daughter being married in the afternoon Colin Pennington, along with brother Neil, Dave Byrnes and Nigel Cann, the Mens Veteran fours crew were in the first race on the water for Saturday’s final West of England Regatta of the season on the River Torridge. Although having to give away an 11-second start they had to settle for a second place finish as they just failed by a quarter-of-a-length distance in their pursuit of the winners.

The club’s only winner on the day was young Alice Jackson in the Ladies Junior Under 14 single sculls. But podium finishes were recorded by several of the other younger club crews.

In the championship fours events the Ladies Junior Under 14 quadruple sculls crew of Nicky Reed, Hannah, and twin sister Jessica, Myers and Alice Jackson were second and so confirmed their runners-up position in that championship. The Mens Under 18 fours crew of Tom Pugsley, Thomas Carlyon, Chris Glover and Tom Loka, with Chris Daniel as cox, came third on the day and so took fourth place in that championship, as well as sharing the same place in the Mens Senior C championship, although not competing in that event on the day.

The Mens Senior B  four of Andrew Wilson, Matt Colwill, Adam Kelly and Nick Blight with Michelle Lewis as cox – and the same crew – with Adam Bright replacing Andrew Wilson – also competed in the Senior C event, but in both cases were unable to mount the rostrum!!

Unfortunately, the Ladies Senior C crew of Sarah-Jane Lee, Becca Jeffery, Jessica Lee and Vicki Bushby, with Chris Daniel again as cox, failed to finish as one of the girls was taken ill in the boat. In the “fun!!” Mixed fours events there were second place finishes for both the Senior C crew of Nick Blight, Adam Kelly, Vicki Bushby and Becca Jeffery and the Novice crew of Tom Carlyon, Tom Loka, Ashleigh Clayton and Bethan Waters.

In the pairs and double sculls events Jessica Myers and Alice Jackson took second place in front of third placed Nicky Reed and Hannah Myers in the Ladies Junior Under 14 double sculls and the two Toms, Pugsley and Loka, came third in the Mens Open Pairs.

Double scullers Bethan Waters and Ashleigh Clayton competing in the Under 16 age group made a valiant effort in their event but just failed in their quest for a high finish. Probably the unluckiest club oarsman was Adam Bright competing in the Novice single sculls. Whilst leading the event Adam looked to be on his way to his second first-place finish of the season when another sculler collided with him causing him to be relegated to the back of the field.

Pictured here are the Ladies Junior Under 14 quadruple scullers, along with cox Tom Loka, after their second place finish at Bideford Regatta. Also pictured is sculler Adam Bright as he makes his way to the start of his event. (click on photos to enlarge)

Club Races – Sunday 31st August 2008

With the West of England rowing season drawing to a close, and a free weekend with a timely tide, the Rowing Section held their Club Races for the prestigious Ridge Shield and the Muriel Dymond Cup for sweep-oared fours racing, and for the BAAC Shield for quadruple scullers on the River Torridge on Sunday 31st August.

With crews drawn “out of the hat” it is always a keenly contested event with all rowers wanting to add their names to those already engraved on the Ridge Shield from years gone by and many a club WEARA Championship winner has failed in the quest.

This year three crews lined up at the start in the senior event with varying age ranges and experience in all three boats. In one boat, for example, there was 18-year-old Becca Jeffery stroking and 62-year-old granddad Barrie White in the bow. In the middle seats sat Adam Kelly and Jon Hare and the crew was coxswained by Hannah Wilson in the “Frank Parkhouse.” But this mixture of youth and experience was not enough!! They just failed in their chase of the other two boats. Eventual winners were the crew of stroke Andrew Wilson, Nigel Cann (now there is experience!!), Ricky Syvret ( a “Reds” rower, but able to row in the race because he is also a Blues club member) and the “stunning” Sarah-Jane Lee in the bow seat with Sophie Pearce as cox in the “Bideford Bridge Trust.”

Runners-up were Vicky Bushby, Dave Byrnes, Matt Colwill and Adam Bright with Chris Daniel as cox in the “Bob Kelly.”

Before this event the younger quadruple scullers took the stage with the crew of Vicky Bushby, Adam Bright, Jessica Myers and Sarah-Jane Lee with Chris Daniel as cox, in the “Smiles,” just getting the better of Alice Jackson, Becca Jeffery, Rikki Kelly and Hannah Myers with Michelle Lewis as cox in the “John Uren” in a very close contest, and so take the BAAC Shield.

Dartmouth Royal Regatta – Thursday 28th August 2008

After the weather of recent weeks it was a change to have the sunshine out at Dartmouth for the penultimate West of England Regatta of the season. But there was no change in the points scorers for the Club.

Once again it was the younger rowers who led the way.

The best performance of the day came from Tom Pugsley, Thomas Carlyon, Tom Loka and Adam Bright, with Chris Daniel as cox, who came first in their heat and then gained a highly commendable second placed finish in the final of the Mens Senior C fours against older and more experienced rowers. Also gaining a second place finish were the Womens Junior 14 quad sculls crew of Hannah and Jessica Myers, Nicky Reed and Alice Jackson, with coach Tina Robertson as cox, which guaranteed their runners-up position in the respective WEARA championship.

Other club crews reaching finals but unable to gain a podium finish were the:

Womens Senior C fours: Sarah-Jane Lee, sister Jessica, Becca Jeffery and Vicky Bushby, with Sophie Pearce as cox; Mens Veteran fours: Colin Pennington, Nigel Cann and Neil Pennington, again coxed by Chris Daniel, with the inclusion of Glen Wilkins from the Reds; Mixed Senior C fours: Becka Jeffery, Adam Kelly, Nick Blight and Sarah-Jane Lee, with Sophie Pearce again as cox; Also: Novice single sculler Adam Bright.

The second, more experienced Senior C four of Geoff White (his first competitive regatta for many years), Nick Blight, Adam Kelly and Matt Colwill, with Michelle Lewis as cox, were drawn in a very tough heat and just failed to make the final of that event.

Torbay Royal Regatta – Saturday 23rd August 2008

After the cancellation of Paignton Regatta last week, due to adverse weather conditions, we travelled to Torbay this weekend for the Torbay Royal Regatta, held of Hollacombe Beach , to far better rowing conditions.

Unfortunately, we only had three crews competing – the Ladies Senior C four, the Ladies Junior Under 14 quadruple sculls and a Ladies Junior Under 14 double scull. But that did not stop us providing two winners.

First was the Junior 14 quad scull of Hannah and Jessica Myers, Nicky Reed and Alison Jackson, with Tina Robertson as cox. Then Jessica and Alice combined to take the Junior Under 14 double sculls event. The Ladies Senior C four of Sarah-Jane Lee, sister Jessica, Becca Jeffery and Vicky Bushby, with Chris Daniel as cox, missed out in a very good race in the most contested event of the day when seven boats lined up at the start.

This week (Thursday 28th) sees us travelling for the Dartmouth Royal Regatta, the penultimate event of the West of England season, before the final regatta at Bideford on September 6th.

Exeter Regatta - Saturday 2nd August 2008

This week’s Regatta was one tinged with sadness after the tragic death, on Friday, of the West of England Amateur Rowing Association’s President, Derek Rickard of Plymouth , in a boating accident on the River Plym. In a packed programme of over 100 events with heats and finals it was not a very successful weekend for the club with only three podium finishes.

The Mens Veteran fours crew Colin Pennington, Nigel Cann and Neil Pennington, coxed by Chris Daniel, with the inclusion of Glen Wilkins from the Reds, deputising for the unavailable Dave Byrnes, were the club’s only winners defeating an experienced Dart-Totnes crew in the final by a canvas. The Mixed Senior C four of Becka Jeffery, Adam Kelly, Adam Bright and Vicki Bushby, with Sophie Pearce coxswaining, came a close second to a more experienced crew from Dartmouth .

The club’s final podium placing was a third place for the Womens Junior 14 quad sculls crew of Hannah and Jessica Myers, Nicky Reed and Zoe Robertson who was competing in only her second regatta, with mum Tina as cox. The club’s other competitors on the day, including single sculler Adam Bright, who cycled all the way to Exeter to compete, and back, in preparation for a European cycling holiday failed to gain a place in the final. They were the Mens Senior B four of Adam Bright, Matt Colwill, Adam Kelly and Andrew Wilson, with Michelle Lewis as cox and the Ladies Senior C four of Tracey Wilson, Jessica Lee, Becka Jeffery and Vicki Bushby with Sophie Pearce as cox.

Appledore & Instow Regatta – Sunday 27th July 2008

What a difference a week makes!!

After last weekend’s cold and wet regatta at Stithians Lake , Sunday’s regatta at Appledore & Instow could not have been more contrasting. Sunshine, blue skies, flat water and very warm!!

And Adam Bright, who last week suffered a touch of hypothermia, really revelled in the ideal conditions. He gained his first ever win in the Mens Novice single sculls defeating two local rivals from the Reds in the final. He then crewed up with Tom Carlyon, Tom Pugsley and Chris Glover, with Tina Robertson as cox, to gain a very commendable second place against current championship leaders Paignton, pushing them all the way and giving them a real fright in the process, with both these crews leaving the others in the race in their wake.

A first place finish was also recorded by the Mens Veteran four of Colin Pennington, Dave Byrnes, Nigel Cann and Neil Pennington, with Sophie Pearce as cox, masquerading as a Mens Senior A four on the day to ensure that they had a race as there was no Veteran opposition for them, defeating a younger Dartmouth crew in a very tight race after coming behind to beat them.

The Mens Senior B four of Nick Blight, Adam Kelly, Matt Colwill and Andrew Wilson, with Michelle Lewis as cox, gained their first championship point of the season when they came third in their event.

The Ladies Senior C four of Sarah-Jane Lee, sister Jessica, Becka Jeffery and Vicky Bushby, with Sophie again as cox, gained two more points in their championship when they secured second place in their race.

The same crew with Kelly Pearce replacing Sarah-Jane took to the water for the Ladies Under 18 fours race but, unfortunately, half-way down the course one of the girls was taken ill so they were unable to finish.

In the Ladies Under 14 coxed quad scull the crew of twins Hannah and Jessica Myers, Holly Lake and Nicky Reed, with Tina, again as cox, were left with no opposition when their opponents failed to make the start in time so they just rowed-over the course to take the cup.

Greenbank Falmouth Regatta, Saturday 20th July 2008

What should have been the fifth West of England ARA regatta of the season, hosted by Greenbank Falmouth Rowing Club at Stithians Lake , situated between Falmouth and Redruth in Cornwall was, in fact, the fourth as Exeter Regatta the previous weekend was postponed because there was too much water running down the course!!

That regatta, Exeter , has now been re-arranged for Saturday 2nd August. So to last weekend’s event at Stithians.

It was nearly a case of that being cancelled as well, as a strong wind blowing across the course made it very difficult for all crews and scullers with several shipping inches of water.

So, because of that, the organising committee shortened the course for the Junior events.

Because of holidays and illness the club were only able to send the Womens Under 14 coxed quadruple sculls crew of Holly Lake - in her first ever regatta - Alice Jackson, twin sisters Jessica and Hannah Myers with coach Tina Robertson as cox, and Novice single sculler Adam Bright.

The girls made a fantastic job of ploughing through the conditions to take their first
first-place finish of the season in their event.

They then went their separate ways in the Womens Junior 14 double sculls where Alice and Hannah took first place with Jessica and Holly coming in second. Not so fortunate was Adam.

Although battling through the conditions, on the full course, in his heat to qualify for the final of his event, he took in so much water and got so wet and cold that he suffered a touch of hyperthermia and was unable to go out for his final. This coming weekend we are closer to home with the Appledore & Instow Regatta being held on Sunday.

Let’s hope for better weather!!

 

Dart-Totnes Regatta - Saturday 28th June 2008

On a long day of racing – fifteen minutes short of eight hours - at the Totnes and Bridgetown Royal Regatta, held on the River Dart, and 122 races to fit in in that time frame, it was a hectic schedule for all competitors. Of all our club crews pride of place this week goes to the Blues’ Mens Under 18 fours winners. Thomas Carlyon, Carl Hoepner, Christopher Glover and Tom Loka, with Chris Daniel as cox, had a tremendous race against their local rivals, the Reds, in probably the best race of the day, according to the race commentator, and pipped them to win by a one length margin. 

(Pic of winning crew attached) – Left to right “Birthday boy” Tom Loka, Carl Hoepner, Chris Daniel (cox), Chris Glover and Tom Carlyon. It was a double celebration for Tom Loka, as it was also his birthday weekend, and the chocolate birthday cake was shared around after the race. The other podium finishers on the day were, once again, the Mens Veteran fours crew and the Womens Under 14 coxed quadruple scullers. The Veteran crew of Colin Pennington, Dave Byrnes, Nigel Cann and Neil Pennington, with Chris Daniel again as cox, came up against a very strong crew from Greenbank Falmouth and lost first place by just half-a-length. 
The Womens Under 14 scullers, namely Alice Jackson, twin sisters Jessica and Hannah Myers and Nicky Reed, with coach Tina Robertson as cox, secured their third second place finish of the season. The club’s other competitors on the day, unfortunately, failed to get into the finals of their events.   They were: The Womens Senior C four of  Becka Jeffery, Sarah-Jane Lee, Bethan Waters and “old-timer” Tracey Wilson, with Sophie Pearce as cox; The Mens Senior B four of Nick Blight, Adam Bright, Matt Colwill and Andrew Wilson, with Michelle Lewis as cox; Mixed Novice double scullers: Becka Jeffery and Angus Gaskell; Tom Loka and Bethan Waters; Mens Senior B coxless pair: Nick Blight and Matt Colwill; Mens Novice single sculler Adam Bright; The Under 16 single scullers Bethan Waters and Angus Gaskell.

Wimbleball Regatta - Saturday 21st June 2008

So to the second of this season’s West of England regattas held on Exmoor .

No Johnny Kingdom to welcome everyone, no prowling “beast” - just the long distance of flat water which is Wimbleball Lake . Fortunately the weather was not as bad as had been forecast and it stayed dry, thankfully. The wide open spaces there do not afford much shelter from the elements.

To the rowing.

As at Plymouth last week, Dave Byrnes gained first place in the Mens Veteran single scull after securing a third place in the “younger” Novice event earlier in the day.

Again, as last week, he then joined forces with brothers Colin and Neil Pennington and Nigel Cann, with Chris Daniel cox, to compete in the Mens Veteran fours event. This time though, because of handicapping, they had to give away a 20 second start to a very good Dart-Totnes crew, and the time gap proved to be just a little bit too much and they had to settle for a close second place finish, but ahead of third placed Wimbleball.

The Womens J14 quad sculls crew of Alice Jackson, twin sisters Jessica and Hannah Myers and Nicky Reed, with Chris Daniel cox, secured another second placed finish in that event as they did last week.

The four girls then went their separate ways to compete in the Womens Junior 14 double sculls where Alice and Jessica, again, took first place and Hannah and Nicky came third.

The only other crew competing on the day, because of absences in the other mens crews, was the Womens Senior C four of Vicky Bushby, Becka Jeffery, and sisters Jessica and Sarah-Jane Lee, with Sophie Pearce as cox, who just failed to secure the podium finish they had last week.

Next weekend (28th) we travel to South Devon for the Totnes and Bridgetown Regatta taking place on the River Dart

Plymouth Regatta – Saturday 14th June 2008 .

The first regatta of the new West of England Amateur Rowing Association season, hosted by Plymouth A.R.C., took place on the River Plym in conditions just about ideal for all competitors.

First on the water on the day for the club was Dave Byrnes competing in the Mens Veteran single sculls, who obviously loved the conditions, because he romped to a comprehensive win over the other three scullers in his race. Then later in the day Dave teamed up with Neil Pennington, Nigel Cann and Colin Pennington, with Chris Daniel as coxswain, to also win the Mens Veteran fours event defeating a strong Dartmouth crew.

The club’s other winners were Grenville College students, whose members now row under the banner of the “Blues” on the West of England circuit, Jessica Myers and Alice Jackson in the Womens Junior 14 double sculls event.

They also joined forces with fellow students Nicky Reed and Hannah Myers to take a creditable second place in the Womens J14 quad Sculls. Nicky and Hannah were also placed third in the Womens Junior 14 double scull.

Not to be outdone the College men students of Tom Pogsley, Thomas Carlyon, Christopher Glover and Tom Loka, took second places in both the Mens J18 fours and the Mens Novice fours events with their coach Tina Robertson coxswaining one race and Womens Junior 16 sculler, Bethan Waters who came third in her event, coxswaining the other.

The other third placed crew were the Womens Senior C four of Sarah Lee, Jessica Lee, Becka Jeffery and Vicki Bushby, with Sophie Pearce as cox.  

The Mens Senior B four of Nick Blight, Adam Kelly, Matt Colwill and Andrew Wilson, with Michelle Lewis as cox, were unable to gain a podium finish.

Exeter Regatta, Saturday 14th July, 2007

After days of rain, everyone packed for a wet day for the short-sprint regatta on the River Exe at Exeter on Saturday for the fourth of this season’s West of England ARA regattas.

But wet-weather gear was not required as a dry, hot day ensured ideal conditions for racing.  

In a tough day of racing with 96 events of heats and finals it was going to be a long day, and this time the younger rowers put the older, more senior rowers in the shade.  

The Blues Ladies Junior Under 18 crew of Vicki Bushby, Jessica Lee, Rebecca Jeffery and Hayley Wilson, with Sophie Pearce as cox, took first place in their category with a win over local rivals the Reds.

 

Pictured here are the winning Ladies Junior 18 crew with their trophies.

Left to right: Hayley Wilson, Sophie Pearce (cox), Rebecca Jeffery, Vicki Bushby and Jessica Lee.

 

Not content with that Hayley and Rebecca combined with Nick Blight and Adam Kelly to win a very good race by a length to win the Mixed Novice fours as well. Pictured, again with their trophies, are the winning Mixed Novice crew of (left to right) Adam Kelly, Nick Blight, Hayley Wilson, Sophie Pearce (cox) and Rebecca Jeffery.

As for the seniors that were competing on the day, several missing because of holiday commitments, the Men’s Senior B crew of Adam Bright, Jon Hare, Chris Davis and Andrew Wilson, with Hannah Wilson as cox, took a very good second place against strong opposition.  
Wimbleball Regatta, Saturday 30th June 2007.
After the disappointing results at the previous week’s regatta at Totnes, the Club along with the rest of WEARA, made the journey to Exmoor and Wimbleball Lake for the third regatta of the season. A wet and blustery day greeted everyone and the first crew from the club to take to the water where the Men’s Senior C four of Dave Byrnes, Adam Kelly, Shaun Wilson and Matt Colwill with Chris Daniel as coxswain in his first regatta.Unfortunately, not long into the race they experienced boat problems and were forced to stop rowing, eventually crossing the line in fifth place. Next on the water were the crew of Sarah-Jane Lee, Jessica Lee, Rebecca Jeffery and Hayley Wilson, with Sophie Pearce coxswaining, in the Ladies Senior C fours but they could not keep up with the older and more experienced crews from South Devon and Cornwall . The Men’s Novice fours crew of Nick Blight, Adam Kelly, Shaun Wilson and Matt Colwill, with Chris Daniel again coxswaining managed a creditable third place, but this was bettered by the Men’s Senior B four of Adam Bright, Jon Hare, Chris Davis and Andrew Wilson, with Hannah Wilson as coxswain, who took second place. Dave Byrnes again took to the water, but this time in a sculling boat, in the Men’s Novice single scull, and along with Colin Pennington sculling in the same category, both qualified for the final of that event but neither of them were able to secure a points finish. But it was different in the Men’s Veteran fours, where Dave - in his fourth event of the afternoon, in his first regatta - and Colin, along with Neil Pennington and Nigel Cann were beaten by just a few feet into second place. The men and women joined together in the Mixed Senior C fours and the crew of Jessica Lee, Adam Bright, Shaun Wilson and Sarah-Jane Lee - Hannah Wilson, cox – came third just two feet in the front of the other club crew of Vicki Bushby, Adam Kelly, Nick Blight and Hayley Wilson, with Sophie Pearce as cox. The Ladies Junior Under 18 crew of Hayley Wilson, Rebecca Jeffery, Jessica Lee and Vicki Bushby, Sophie Pearce again as coxswain, picked up a third place in their category.
Plymouth Regatta – Saturday 9th June 2007.  
The first regatta of the new West of England Amateur Rowing Association season, hosted by Plymouth A.R.C., took place on the River Plym on a glorious sunny day, but with a slight breeze that picked up a bit later in the day making the water a little bit more choppy for the later competitors.  
With no Junior rowers competing for the Club on the day it was left to the “elder statesmen” to show the way.  Colin Pennington showed the youngsters in his event the way to do it when he took first place in the Men’s Novice single sculls, winning by a two-feet margin.  Later in the day he teamed up with younger brother Neil Pennington, Nigel Cann and  Glenn Wilkins from the Reds to register first place in the Men’s Veteran fours defeating a composite Plymouth/Mayflower crew.
In the Men’s Senior B fours Adam Bright, Chris Davis, Adam Kelly and Andrew Wilson, with Hannah Wilson as cox  came third in that category.  Fourth-placed finishes came from the Men’s Senior C crew of Nick Blight, Matt Colwill, Adam Kelly and Shaun Wilson with Vicky Bushby coxswaining, and  the only women competitors for the club on the day Sarah-Jane Lee, Jessica Lee, Becka Jeffery and Hayley Wilson and Sophie Pearce as cox in the Womens Senior C category.