|Bideford AAC Rowing
|The Bideford AAC Rowing section is one of the
premier clubs in the West of England. We welcome rowers of all ages and
abilities so if you are interested in learning to row or maybe you are an
experienced rower looking for a club to join then look no further!
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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
REGATTA - Saturday 31st August
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.
below shows Nigel,
Steve, Chloe (cox) Neil and Colin with their trophy.
REGATTA - Thursday 29th August
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.
REGATTA - Sat. 24th August
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.
& INSTOW REGATTA - Sat. 17th Aug.
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.
REGATTA - Saturday 11th August
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.
REGATTA - Saturday 13th July 2013
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.
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
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
REGATTA - Sat. 29th June 2013
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.
REGATTA - 15/16th June 2013
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.
REGATTA - Sat. 1st June 2013
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.
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
Coast Championships, Bideford - Saturday 8th September 2012
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.
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.
Regatta - Thursday 30th August
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.
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.
Regatta - Saturday 30th June 2012
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
Regatta - Saturday 23rd June 2012
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.
and European Indoor Rowing Championships
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
striking gold at the British Championships was fellow Blues rower Alice
Jackson who, racing over the full 2000 metre distance in the Junior 18
section, recorded a time of 7 minutes 20.2 seconds. Jackson a pupil at
Kingsley School in the town, last year represented England at the Home
International Championships in Strathclyde, just
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
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
Regatta - Saturday 27th August
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.
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
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.
Regatta - Thursday 25th August 2011
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.
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.
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.
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.
Watersports Games - July 2011
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.
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.
Rower First International Vest
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.
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.
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.
Regatta - Saturday 20th August 2011
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.
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.
Cook was next out in the Womens J18 Sculls event but found the bay
conditions very hard but came home in 2nd place.
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.
& Appledore Regattas - Saturday/Sunday 6th & 7th August 2011
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.
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.
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
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.
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
were second places for the Masters 40+ Four and the Womens Novice Double.
Regatta - Saturday 25th June 2011
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.
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
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.
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.
Regatta - Saturday 11th June 2011
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.
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.
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.
Regatta - Saturday 4th June
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.
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.
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
- Saturday 11 September
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.
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.
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
Regatta - Saturday 4th September 2010
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Regatta - Thursday 26th August 2010
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.
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
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
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
Novice Four, L to R Colin Pennington,
Kristy Webbe, Kellie Edwards. Amy Alford and Holly Webbe
Junior Sculler, Alice Jackson
Junior 18 Squad, Hannah and Jessica
Myers, Alice Jackson, Annie Cook, Nicky Reed, Zoe Robertson and Megan
Regatta - Saturday 21st August
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.
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
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.
Regatta - Saturday 14th August
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.
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.
Ladies Senior C Four did not make the start having problems in raising a
& Instow Regatta - Saturday 7th August
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
Regatta - Saturday 24th July
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.
Regatta - Saturday 10th July
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Regatta - Sunday 20th June 2010
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.
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.
Junior 16 4x 2nd
Junior 16 4x 3rd
Senior C Coxed 4 3rd
Novice Coxed 4 2nd
Junior 16 1x 1st
Junior 18 1x 1st
Senior C Coxed Four did not make final
Lake - Saturday 12th June
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.
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.
Junior 16 4x 1st
Junior 16 2x 5th
Vet 40+ 4+ 1st
Novice 4+ 1st
Senior C 4+ 4th
Junior 16 4x 5th
Senior C 4+ 5th
Junior 16 2x 1st & 2nd
Junior 18 1x 1st
Junior 16 1x 1st & 5th
Regatta - Saturday 5th June
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.
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.
of The Torridge - Sunday 23rd May 2010
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.
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.
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.
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
of Bideford Regatta - Saturday 12th September 2009
a day!! It was just like yesteryear!!
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.
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.
only the fourth race of the day Jessica Myers and Nicky Reed started the
points rolling by winning the Ladies Under 16 double sculls.
they teamed up with fellow
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.
the youngsters it was the “old men’s” turn.
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.
the youngsters took over again.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
27th August 2009
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
22nd August 2009
a truncated Regatta held off
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.
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.
is the womens Under 16 quad sculls crew, with Tom Loka, taken previously.
Saturday 8th August, 2009
weekend we travelled to the south coast of
, 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 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.
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!!
week’s rest now before we travel, again to
, for Torquay regatta on the 22nd
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.
& Instow Regatta,
2nd August 2009
day to savour for all of our rowers on Sunday at Appledore & Instow
who went on the water in fours, doubles and sculls gained a top three
were the Mixed Novice crew of
students Bethan Waters, Ashley
Clayton, Tom Pugsley and Tom Loka with their coach, Tina Robertson, coxing
them to victory.
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.
a winner, in his first outing of the season, was Dave Byrnes in the mens
Novice single sculls.
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.
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
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
above is Tina’s daughter Zoe with Naomi Locke just taking to the water
before winning their Under 14 double sculls race.
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
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
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.
then teamed up with Naomi Locke in the womens junior Under 16 double
sculls to take a fine second place.
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
coming weekend the action is on the River Torridge with the Appledore
& Instow Regatta taking place on Sunday.
18th July 2009
were near perfect at
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!!
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
coming weekend we go to the other end of the South West, Stithians Lake in
2009 West of England Amateur Rowing Association regatta season held its third regatta at
Exeter, following on from Plymouth
Amateur Athletic Club – the Blues – had varying fortunes over
those three regattas.
the Womens Junior Under 16 coxed quadruple sculls crew with the
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
a determined performance gave them a second place finish, and they now
share joint first place in the championship table.
, 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
Totnes a mixed crew of Junior Under 14 scullers, again mostly made up of
students, having to compete in the Boys Junior Under 14 event, came home
in second place - an improvement of one position from
, were they came third. The crew comprised Zoe Robertson, Naomi Locke,
Owen Godwin and Oli Roberts-Key, with Chris Daniel as cox.
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
and Totnes which was matched by Zoe and Naomi in the corresponding girls
, 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.
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
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.
weekend, Saturday 18th, the fourth regatta will be held on
Small Boats Head Race
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
In the New Year Grenville College and
are combining to form the new
and thus there will be a change of name to Kingsley/Blues.
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
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;
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.
and Open Championships and 3rd
Junior Regatta –
and Saturday 12th and
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
on Friday and Saturday this last weekend – and two winning
performances for members of Bideford Amateur Athletic Club – the Blues.
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.
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
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!!
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
students and are coached by Tina Robertson. Both the College and Club
are proud of their achievements under her guidance this season.
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!!
the best was yet to come!!
“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
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
Championship winning crews
winning BAAC Ladies Under 14 coxed quadruple sculls crew of, from left,
students Alice Jackson, Jessica Myers,
coxswain Tom Loka, Nicky Reed and Hannah Myers with their trophy and
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
6th September 2008
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.
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.
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.
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!!
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.
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.
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.
here are the Ladies Junior Under 14 quadruple scullers, along with cox Tom
Loka, after their second place finish at Bideford Regatta. Also
is sculler Adam Bright as he makes his way to the start of his event.
(click on photos to enlarge)
Sunday 31st August 2008
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.
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.
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.”
were Vicky Bushby, Dave Byrnes, Matt Colwill and Adam Bright with Chris
Daniel as cox in the “Bob Kelly.”
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
Royal Regatta –
28th August 2008
the weather of recent weeks it was a change to have the sunshine out at
for the penultimate West of England
Regatta of the season.
But there was no change in the points scorers for the Club.
again it was the younger rowers who led the way.
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.
club crews reaching finals but unable to gain a podium finish were the:
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.
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.
23rd August 2008
the cancellation of Paignton Regatta last week, due to adverse weather
conditions, we travelled to
this weekend for the Torbay Royal
Regatta, held of
, to far better rowing conditions.
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.
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.
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.
2nd August 2008
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
, in a boating accident on the River
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.
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
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
to compete, and back, in
preparation for a European cycling holiday failed to gain a place in the
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.
& Instow Regatta –
27th July 2008
a difference a week makes!!
last weekend’s cold and wet regatta at
, Sunday’s regatta at Appledore & Instow could not have been more
Sunshine, blue skies, flat water and very warm!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
20th July 2008
should have been the fifth West of England ARA regatta of the season,
hosted by Greenbank Falmouth Rowing Club at
, situated between
and Redruth in
was, in fact, the fourth as Exeter Regatta the previous weekend was
postponed because there was too much water running down the course!!
, has now been re-arranged for
Saturday 2nd August.
So to last weekend’s event at Stithians.
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.
because of that, the organising committee shortened the course for the
of holidays and illness the club were only able to send the Womens Under
14 coxed quadruple sculls crew of
- 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.
girls made a fantastic job of ploughing through the conditions to take
first-place finish of the season in their event.
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.
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.
hope for better weather!!
28th June 2008
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.
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.
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.
21st June 2008
to the second of this season’s West of England regattas held on
to welcome everyone, no prowling “beast” - just the long distance of
flat water which is
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
weekend (28th) we travel to
for the Totnes and Bridgetown
Regatta taking place on the River Dart
14th June 2008
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.
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
club’s other winners were
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
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
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.
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.
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.
14th July, 2007
days of rain, everyone packed for a wet day for the short-sprint regatta
on the River Exe at
on Saturday for the fourth of this
season’s West of England ARA regattas.
wet-weather gear was not required as a dry, hot day ensured ideal
conditions for racing.
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.
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.
here are the winning Ladies Junior 18 crew with their trophies.
to right: Hayley Wilson, Sophie Pearce (cox), Rebecca Jeffery, Vicki
Bushby and Jessica Lee.
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
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.
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.
Regatta, Saturday 30t
the disappointing results at the previous week’s regatta at Totnes, the
Club along with the rest of WEARA, made the journey to
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
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
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.
9th June 2007.
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.
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.
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.
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.