Rowers from the Bideford Reds club made the long journey into Cornwall at the weekend to compete in the fourth round of the West of England Championship season organised by the Greenbank Falmouth club.

The event was held in ideal weather conditions at the Stithians Lake complex and attracted a large number of crews from all over the south west.

Top performers for the Reds were again their juniors, with the boys’ Junior 14 crew, and one girl in particular being the star turn.

With illness and unavailability among the squad, the Reds were forced to draft Libbie Willis and Alex Rowland into the A crew to link up with regulars Nick Wilson and Dan Crowther. They and cox Meegan MaCabe produced an impress performance to relegate their rivals from Dart Totnes and Plymouth into second and third places respectively.

Championship lead

The result edges the squad into a one point lead ahead of Totnes juniors in the race for the championship.

Wilson and Crowther then went on to record a fine double, by winning the corresponding Junior 14 double sculls race.

At the other end of the scale, the men’s Senior A crew of Chris Pascoe, Mark Fishleigh and father and son combination Glenn and Luis Wilkins and cox Jo Owen produced their best performance of the season to finish in second place, just behind the unbeaten crew from Dart Totnes in a five boat final.

Next weekend the championship season returns to North Devon when it is the turn of Appledore and Instow to host the fifth round of the 10-race season.

Gig success, too

ILFRACOMBE Pilot Gig Club crews put in strong performances against some of the best clubs in the South West at Paignton Regatta on Saturday.

There was strong opposition in all heats, with one of the best performances coming from Ilfracombe Ladies B crew Sue Luker, Amy Richardson, Cath Lake, Ros Cooke, Pat Dymond, Trudi Raby and cox Lisa Furborough, who fought back from four boat lengths behind Salcombe to be beaten in second place by just half a boat length.

Ladies Vets crew Gail Bennelick, Jane Bridges, Lisa Furborough, Mandy Turner, Cath Lake, Trudi Raby and Mens Vets crew Keith Barclay, Ian Halls, Dave Schiller, Jason Chubb, Graham Watson, Barry Turner both coxed by Martyn Hocking pulled out all the stops to also both come in second in their respective races.