Bideford Reds and Blues travelled to Plymouth, where crosswinds on the Laira Embankment made for some challenging conditions on an otherwise beautiful day. Both teams started their respective seasons well, coming away with a host of podium finishes. The Reds took two first places, courtesy of the ladies junior 14s. The quad of Cassie Skene-Smith, Nell Davies, Tilly Tucker and Hazel Fowler, coxed by Emily Bracken, stormed through the field of five other crews to win by a distance. Davies and Tucker then teamed up for the ladies junior 14 double sculls, overcoming a strong challenge from Exeter and Greenbank Falmouth to secure top spot. The Blues junior 18 four of Charlie Colwill, Jack Berry, Tom Picillo and Toby Evans continued their good form from last season, taking first place. There were three second places for the Blues, with Harry Fanson and Ned Pettifer runners up in the mens junior 13 double. Lorna Colwill, Matt Colwill, Brian Andrew and Kirsty Andrew in the mixed senior C four, and the mens masters four of Colin Pennington, Steve Clements, Nigel Cann and Neil Pennington, coxed by Frank Branch, also taking second place finishes. The Reds recorded four second places courtesy of the mens senior B four, mens senior C four, ladies novice double and ladies junior 15 quad. There were also third places courtesy of the mens B crew in the senior B four, mens novice four and mens junior 16 double. The Blues had five third place finishes. Harrison Beer and Jamie Milsom were third in the junior 14 double, as well as in the coxed four with Sean Sykes and Barney Evans, coxed by Lorna Colwill. There were also third place finishes for the mens masters four, the mens novice double sculls and Barney Evans in the mens junior 14 single sculls. The season continues this Saturday at Exmoors Wimbleball Lake.