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Bideford rowers brave Paignton’s choppy waters

16:43 13 August 2014

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Bideford Reds' senior B four (L-R) Adam Curtis, James Williams, Jon Lamont, Richard Prust and cox Chloe Pennington

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Good results for Reds and Blues

Bideford Blues' women’s novice fours crew after winning their trophyBideford Blues' women’s novice fours crew after winning their trophy

ROWERS from all of the local West of England clubs were on their travels again at the weekend, when the 10-race series moved on to the open waters at Paignton.

Bideford Reds were again strongly represented at the regatta and despite the difficult water conditions still managed to come away with five race victories to show for their efforts.

The course was only just row-able, particularly at the start which forced the umpires to shorten the 1000 metre course down to just 600 metres even before a race had been started.

Conditions worsened still further at the mid-point of the regatta which forced the cancellation of a number of junior races.

The junior 14 quad of Alex Dualibi-Wilson, Isaac Crowther, James Norton and Georgia O’Connor plus cox Abby Jones retained their 100 per cent unbeaten record and are now in an almost unassailable position in the race for the title with only three races remaining.

Young Dualibi-Wilson then braved the conditions in a single scull to record a fine win to add to his previous four race victories.

At senior level, the club’s senior B crew of Adam Curtis, James Williams, Jon Lamont and Richard Prust along with Chloe Pennington on the strings recorded their second consecutive win to dent Exeter’s race to the championship, while there was further success for the mixed novice four of Emma Prust, Dan Talbot, Drew MacKenzie and Kerry Pickett.

There was yet another twist in the race for the ladies’ junior 16 quad fours championship, with Dart Totnes upsetting the form book to beat the Bideford contingent and to move to within just two points of both the Reds and Blues who currently head the table with 13 points apiece. The Reds’ A ladies came home in second spot, with the club’s B crew in third.

They also picked up a trophy in the non-championship novice coxed quads.

Bideford Blues also recorded a string of strong results in the testing conditions.

The women’s novice fours of Jess Myers, Freya Heddison, Shelby May, Shannon Monaghan and Annie Cook (cox) put in a strong performance to come home with a convincing win.

Jess Myers and Freya Heddison teamed up with Annie Cook, Zoe Robertson with Tina Robertson (cox) for the women’s senior C fours. This time, the girls had to settle for second place.

Jess and Annie joined up with Dave Byrnes and Milo George for the mixed senior C fours and came a very respectable third.

A disastrous start for the women’s junior 16 fours meant the crew of Kirsty Snow, Shannon Monaghan, Jo Moulder, Shelby May and Zoe Robertson (cox) were two to three lengths down off the start, but the girls held their nerve and fought hard to get back in the race and sheer determination pulled them up the field as they narrowly missed out on third place.

It was second place for Declan Monaghan, who teamed up with rowers from Bideford Reds, Paignton and Totnes to form a composite crew in the men’s novice race.

Jo Moulder and Kirsty Snow took first place in the women’s junior 16 doubles while Jess Myers and Annie Cook teamed up again for the women’s senior C doubles coming home second.

In the men’s senior B sculling race it was first place for Milo George with Dave Byrnes coming home third.

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