The U14 crew was in action in Hayle on Sunday.

Ilfracombe Pilot Gig Club’s junior rowers stormed the U14 National Championships at Hayle this weekend to take the top prize.

The Waveriders’ U14 crew of Amie Hannah, Devon Mannering, Keegan Boudier, Joe Filer, Kerry French and Charlie Chamberlain were in action on Sunday along with cox David Waters.

The crew defeated Caradon and Brixham in the final, becoming only the third club outside of Cornwall to take the title in their first time at the championships.

The first of their four races saw the crew take on Charlestown and Fowey A, and after a tense battle to the half-way mark, the Waveriders pulled away to finish in three minutes, 59 seconds – the fastest time of any club all day.

The quarter-final saw the U14 crew battling Fowey again, along with Langstone.

It proved to be a close encounter with Fowey, with the two remaining level all the way to the finish line until Ilfracombe edged their noses in front.

The semi-final saw Charlestown and Coverack up against Ilfracombe in a tough race.

After a solid start, the Waveriders upped the tempo to take victory by six seconds, finishing in four minutes, 11 seconds.

The final saw Ilfracombe finish two boat lengths ahead of Caradon, crossing the line in four minutes, three seconds – 10 seconds ahead of their rivals from Cornwall.

The result shows great promise for Ilfracombe’s youngsters.

Their U16 crew finished second overall at their championships in Newquay last month.

Ilfracombe are in action again on Saturday August 27 in Appledore, with Torridge Pilot Gig Club hosting their annual regatta.