SATURDAY 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 B
SATURDAY 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 Men's 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 Men's Junior 15 Double to secure a third place. After helping out the men's 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 team mates to race against a strong field of six other crews containing the Totnes crew which have beaten them on the last two occasions. With the bit between their teeth and looking to avenge their recent disappointments, the girls dominated this race to win by two lengths securing title number two for the club.
The Blues, hoping to carry on the winning ways in the afternoon, had two crews competing in the Senior event. The fast improving Ladies Senior C Four of Holly and Kristy Webbe, Amy Alford, Kellie Edwards and cox Colin Pennington came second to Christchurch in the final.
The Composite Men's Over 40 crew of Colin and Neil Pennington, Nigel Cann, Glenn Wilkins and cox Holly Webbe came in third in their event.