It was a busy day of racing on the water of the River Torridge. The Blues' hard work in training paid off with six wins, eight second and four third place finishes. Those finishes ensured the Blues came away with the all-important Billy Little Cup, which is presented to either the Blues or Reds for the most points on the day between the two Bideford clubs. For the Reds it was a day of near-misses - they finished second on seven occasions. They did secure two first place finishes though. Luis Wilkins took first in the men's Senior C single sculls, and the ladies' novice crew of Grace Farrell, Hannah Dennis, Sadie Davies and Emily Bracken were also winners. The Blues' six wins came from all ages, from the junior 14 double scull of Harry Fanson and Immy Paiano, all the way up to the men's masters four of Andy Westcott, Dave Powe, Steve Cheel, Alastair Peake and cox Karen Curry. They were also successful in the mixed open fours, men's junior 18 fours, men's senior C fours and mixed senior C fours. The regatta was the sixth of 10 races in the West of England Championship season and the weather was ideal for the occasion, although a strong wind made for tricky starts. The overall gong went to Exeter, who won the Championship of the Torridge with 62 points. Among the highlights on a packed day of racing was the return of the Reds' John Hutchings to the water. The 69-year-old entered the masters' G race for over-65s, but a lack of other entries meant he was pitted in the novice single sculls instead. Despite racing scullers some 50 years younger, he battled through the heats to reach the final.