Bideford Reds enjoyed their most successful day of the season on the water on Sunday.
The Reds and Bideford Blues were both competing close to home at the Appledore and Instow Regatta, with the Reds topping the points table at the end of the day.
They took first place in six races, with two second place and five third place finishes.
The Blues’ young crews also performed well as the club enjoyed two wins, six second and three third place finishes.
The tone was set for the Reds with the first race of the day as their two Senior B crews battled their way down the course. It was the crew of Ross Bennett, Alex Rowland, Adam Bewes and Adam Curtis, along with cox Jess Giddy, who would finish first.
Rowland went on to secure his first ever win in the sincle scull, winning the men’s novice race.
The ladies’ junior 14 quad of Hazel Fowler, Tilly Tucker, Nell Davies and Cassie Skene-Smith won their fifth race in six starts to open up a championship lead of seven points.
Tucker and Davies then maintained their unbeaten record in the double sculls where they won ahead of Dart Totnes.
There was also success for Libbi Willis in the ladies’ senior B singles and for Ross Bennett and Luis Wilkins in the open coxless pairs.
The Blues’ youngsters put in plenty of excellent performances, including a one-two in the junior 14 quads.
The A crew of Harrison Beer, Jamie Milsom, Barney Evans and Sophie Evans finished first, with the B crew of James Evans, Immy Paiano, Ned Pettifer and Harry Fanson taking second place.
There was also a first place for the men’s novice foursome of Jack Berry, Tom Picillo, Charlie White and Toby Evans with cox Charlotte Berry.
The junior 14 double of Beer and Milsom took second place, as did Barney Evans in the junior 14 scull.
The junior 16s also performed well, with Olivia Weston, Sadhbh Connor, Hannah Evans, Nell Gierke and cox Hayley Wilson finishing second in the ladies’ race and Cody Pincombe, Jack Berry, Picillo, Evans and cox Fanson taking second in the men’s.
The senior C four of Renata Dualibi-Wilson, Kirsty Andrew, Becka Brown, Hayley Wilson and cox Karen Curry also earned a second spot.