The biggest crowds for decades watched the action on the water and events on the riverside at Appledore and Instow Regatta on Sunday.

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Thirty rowing races took place on the river, with six West of England rowing clubs all having a share in the trophies.

Leading the way were Plymouth with 12 wins, followed by Bideford Reds with eight, Bideford Blues and Paignton with three each and Torquay and Castledore with two apiece.

Championship

The Reds also picked up a host of minor places and only just failed to catch Plymouth in the race for the Championship of the River trophy by just two points.

Their Junior 14 crews were again in prominence, with both the girls and boys quad fours winning their races.

The girls crew of Libbie Willis, Hannah Vincent, Abby Lawson and Kirsty Snow had to fight every inch of the course to edge past Paignton on the line by just three feet. This result sees the girls establish a five point lead in the chase for the WEARA championship.

Securing their second win in successive regattas, the boys J14 crew of Nick Wilson, Alex Rowland, Matt Harris and Eden Brittle now have a four point lead ahead of both Dart Totnes and Plymouth in their championship.

The Senior A race was dominated by the Reds, who provided all three crews. Their A crew of Chris Pascoe, Luis Wilkins, Mark Fishleigh and Glenn Wilkins secured a one length win ahead of the club’s veterans crew, who were in turn three quarters of a length in front of the C crew.

This result leaves the A crew four points behind Dart Totnes and with an outside chance of winning the premier championship and, hopefully, a place in the regional team at the forthcoming South Coast Championship regatta, which is being held at Bideford on the 8th of September.

Other Reds’ victories came in the Veteran Fours, the boys Junior 14 double - where Nick Wilson and Eden Brittle stormed home well clear - and through Drew Mackenzie in the J16 single sculls, Ali Peake and Dave Byrnes in the Senior B double sculls and Miles Lemmer and drew McKenzie in the Junior 16 double sculls.

Hat trick

Bideford Blues gained a hat-trick of wins in the ladies Junior 18 Quads, Ladies Senior C fours and in the Mixed Senior B fours.

The Instow side of the river was the venue for the sailing events, based at the North Devon Yacht Club.

Sam Heaton won two of the four main events, the Billy Mills and Jimmy Johnson cups for Dart 15s and fast handicap catamarans respectively.

The Dymond Challenge Cup for the open event went to Hugh Kingdon and the Regatta Shield for cadets to Lisa Thomas.

FOURS: Senior A 4+ - 1, Bideford Reds A; 2, Bideford Reds B; 3, Bideford Reds C. Senior C 4+ - 1, Plymouth; 2, Bideford Reds A; 3, Bideford Reds B. Novice 4+ - 1, Paignton; 2, Bideford Reds A; 3, Plymouth. Junior 16 4x+ - 1, Bideford Reds; 2, Plymouth. Masters 4+ - 1, Bideford Reds A; 2, Bideford Reds B. Mixed Senior B – 1, Bideford Blues; 2, Torquay. Mixed Novice 4+ - 1, Plymouth; 2, Paignton. Ladies Senior C 4+ - 1, Bideford Blues; 2, Paignton; 3, Bideford Reds. Ladies Novice 4+ - 1, Paignton; 2, Bideford Blues; 3, Bideford Reds B. Ladies Junior 18 4x+ - 1, Bideford Blues A; 2, Bideford Blues B. Ladies Junior 16 4x+ - 1, Plymouth; 2, Bideford Reds. Ladies Junior14 4x+ - 1, Bideford Reds ; 2, Paignton DOUBLES: Senior B – 1, Bideford Reds; 2, Torquay. Senior C – 1, Plymouth; 2, Bideford Reds. Novice – 1, Plymouth; 2, Bideford Reds B; 3, Bideford Reds A. Junior 16 – 1, Bideford Reds; 2, Paignton; 3, Plymouth. Junior 14 – 1, Bideford Reds A; 2, Bideford Reds B; 3, Plymouth A. Ladies Senior C – 1, Torquay; 2, Dartmouth A. Ladies Junior16 – 1, Plymouth; 2, Bideford Blues; 3, Bideford Reds. Ladies Junior 14 – 1, Plymouth; 2, Bideford Reds B; 3, Bideford Reds A.

SINGLES: Senior A – 1, Torquay; 2, Dart Totnes. Senior B – 1, Plymouth B; 2, Plymouth A; 3, Totnes. Senior C – 1, Plymouth A; 2, Plymouth B. Novice – 1, Plymouth B; 2, Plymouth A; 3, Paignton A. Junior 16 – 1, Bideford Reds; 2, Plymouth. Junior 14 - Plymouth row over. Ladies Novice – 1, Plymouth; 2, Dartmouth. Ladies Junior18 1x – 1, Castledore; 2, Bideford Blues; 3, Plymouth. Ladies Junior16 1x – 1, Castledore; 2, Dartmouth; 3, Plymouth. Ladies Junior 14 1x – 1, Paignton A; 2, Plymouth; 3, Paignton B.

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