The Reds and Blues were both in action in Torbay on Saturday

Bideford Reds' senior B four (left to right) Jon Lamont, Jess Giddy,  Chloe Pennington (cox), Libbie Willis and Luis Wilkins.Bideford Reds' senior B four (left to right) Jon Lamont, Jess Giddy, Chloe Pennington (cox), Libbie Willis and Luis Wilkins.

The penultimate round of the West of England Amateur Rowing Association Championships took place in Torbay on Saturday.

Both the Reds and the Blues were back on the water at the Torquay Regatta, where a number of championship title pictures became a bit clearer.

None more so than in the men's junior 16 four, where Tom Picillo, Jack Berry, Toby Evans and Charlie Colwill secured the championship victory, coxed by Nell Gierke.

They did so with a second place finish on the water on Saturday.

The Blues' juniors have performed well all season, and there were a couple of vitories in Torquay for the young rowers.

Colwill and Evans rowed to first place in the men's junior 15 double sculls.

There was also a first win of the season for the ladies' junior 16 four crew of Gierke, Olivia Weston, Sadbh Connor, Charlie Snake and cox Renata Dualibi-Wilson.

A somewhat depleted squad of rowers from Bideford Reds were in action but still managed to secure three race wins in championship events.

Due to holiday commitments and unavailability the club were forced to reduce their level of entries and also a number of crew changes, particularly in the men's Senior C race where James Williams and Alex Rowland were drafted into the four along with Adam Bewes and Steve Povey, plus cox Chloe Pennington.

They recorded a fine win and keep them in the championship picture with just one race remaining.

Young Rowland was also a member of the winning men's senior B four where he linked up his brother Karl and Adam Curtis and Ross Bennett along with cox Jess Giddy to another win for the championship winning squad.

Still to be beaten this year are Libbie Willis and Giddy. Although there was no double sculls race, they picked up another victory in the mixed senior B fours where they linked up with Luis Wilkins and John Lamont and cox Chloe Pennington to finish well clear of Dartmouth and Castledore.

One area of disappointment was the Senior A four of Lamont, Wilkins, Bennett and Curtis, who had to settle for second place behind the crew from Greenbank Falmouth despite leading in the first 400 metres and will now have to win at the final race at Dartmouth on Thursday, August 24, if they are to pick up the regions premier men's title.