Bideford Reds just failed to secure the Grimes Perpetual Trophy for the Championship of the Torridge at Bideford Regatta on Saturday, finishing in second place behind the powerful Dart Totnes club

The Reds did, however, have the satisfaction of picking up the Billy Little Cup for the Bideford club gaining the most points, ending the day with 44 points to the Blues’ 23.

The two local clubs produced an exciting finale to the day’s racing when their two eights crews battled neck and neck all the way down the course before the Reds finally took the verdict by just two or three feet.

The Reds gained six other victories through the efforts of their masters and junior rowers.

The veteran four of Ali Peake, Dave Byrnes, Dave Powe and Dave Bates reversed the win by the Blues at Wimbleball earlier in the season while Byrnes and Peake also picked up gold for their efforts in the Senior C double sculls.

Although being disqualified for being late to the start in the Men’s Novice Four, the Junior 16 quad of Alex Ferriday, Adam Crowther, Drew Mackenzie and Miles Lemer held off a strong challenge from two Totnes and a Plymouth crews to win their championship race, with Lemer and Mackenzie also beating a strong field of seven crews in the corresponding double sculls.

There was a similar result in the Ladies Junior 14, with the A crew of Libbie Willis, Jess Cox, Beth Gayson and Abby Lawson again picking up a fine win, with the Abby Lawson and Charlotte Berry duo picking up a fine win in the double sculls.

Bideford Blues picked up three wins at their home regatta.

There was victory for 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 their A crew to take the prize.

The final win for the club was the mixed junior 16 quad of Charlie White, Freya Heddinson, Kat Keenan and Abbie Loka.

Charlie White also came second in the men’s junior 14 sculls, his first race in a single scull and also second in the men’s junior 18 double sculls with Owen Godwin.

The Blues also gained second places in the men’s masters four, ladies junior 18 quad and ladies open eights and third places in the men’s novice four, ladies junior 16 double sculls.

Bideford Regatta started off on a high note for Bideford Blues, with the christening of its new coxed four boat by club president Barrie White.

The boat, which was named after Barrie, was bought with the help of a grant from Bideford Bridge Trust.