BIDEFORD Regatta on Saturday once again marked the end of the West of England regattas. Already WEARA champions, Bideford Blues Ladies Under 16 Quad of Hannah and Jessica Myers, Annie Cook, Alice Jackson and cox Zoey Robertson tried hard to finish on a
BIDEFORD Regatta on Saturday once again marked the end of the West of England regattas.
Already WEARA champions, Bideford Blues Ladies' Under 16 Quad of Hannah and Jessica Myers, Annie Cook, Alice Jackson and cox Zoey Robertson tried hard to finish on a high note and to avenge defeat at the hands of Totnes at the previous regatta, but it wasn't to be as Totnes held a length lead from the start to the finish.
But there was no stopping Alice Jackson, who put the disappointment behind her to win the Ladies Under 16. She also had a row-over in the Ladies Under 18 Sculls to take both titles in the WEARA championship.
There was also victory for the Mixed Novice Four of Chris Glover, Beth Walters, Ashleigh Clayton and Jack Harty, who led all the way up the Quay and pulled away from Torquay and Exmouth to win by two lengths.
The composite crew of Neil Penninton, Nigel Cann, Glenn Wilkins, Colin Pennington and cox Holly Webbe were clear winners in the Men's Veteran Fours Over 40.
Blues gained victory again through their Mixed Senior C Four of Becky Jeffery, Adam Bewes, Chris Glover and Beth Walters.
Last to race was the Mixed Under 16 Quad crews. The Blues A crew Hannah Myers, Jack Harty, Ben Reeve and Annie Cook brought home another win, but only after a battle all the way against the B crew of Jessica Myers, Zoe Roberston, Owen Godwin and Ollie Roberts-Key, who took second.
There was also second place for the Men's Under 16 Quad and thirds for Men's veteran sculler Dave Byrnes, the Men's Under 18 four and the Ladies Senior C Four
The overall points gained enabled the Blues to take the local honours, lifting the Billy Little Cup for most points at the regatta between the Bideford Blues and Bideford Reds.
So close for Reds
It was a case of nearly, but not quite, for the Reds on their home water.
The club finished the day with two victories and seven second places - mainly through the efforts of their large squad of juniors.
The Ladies Senior A crew provided the Reds with their main successes, with the coxed four of Claire Spearman, Hannah Bright, Judith Atherton, Sarah Fellowes and cox Jon Lamont beating visitors from Poole into second place in the premier ladies race of the day. Claire and Hannah then combined to win the Ladies Double Sculls.
Just missing out on victory were the Reds' Junior 14 quad of Miles Lemmer, Alex Ferriday, Adam Crowther, Drew Mackensie and cox Connor Allsop. They just failed to overcome the Dart Totnes crew, but were delighted with their runners-up spot in the WEARA Junior 14 championship in their first season of competition.