Multiple successes for Bideford rowers

Bideford Reds rowing club came away with an impressive total of 10 wins to end the year on a high in the final event on the local West of England rowing calendar on Saturday.

The day’s racing at Totnes was held over three separate divisions, all on a 3,000 metre stretch of the River Dart. Just about every West of England club had entries in the field of more than 250 crews.

It was very much a case of young and old rowers from the club doing well, with Veteran sculler David Byrnes securing wins in both the Masters C (over 43 years) and Masters D (over 50) single sculling events to add to the British Masters Indoor Gold he won the previous week in Cardiff.

There was double success for the Dualibi-Wilson family with 14-year-old Alex and 16-year-old Nick picking up medals in a number of events and in the process recording times faster than many older and more experienced rowers.

Elder brother Nick was a clear winner in the Men’s J16 single in division 3, where he finished 16 seconds ahead of his nearest challenger from Dart Totnes.

Younger brother Alex was equally successful in his junior 14 single finishing in 13mins 3secs. The promising junior started the race in 81st position and worked his way through the field to finish 38th.

Nick also teamed up with Dan Crowther in the junior 16 double scull where they finished seventh overall and first in their class in the first division.

Also picking up a well-earned class win was the junior 16 4x+ crew of Pete Williams, Alex Rowland, Ollie Gibbons and Ross Bennett, who along with cox Keeley Mills finished the day with a time of 11m 18s in the second division.

Last but not least of the junior boys’ successes were Isaac Crowther and Jamie Norton, who took the honours in the junior 14 double scull event.

The Reds girls also produced a series of excellent performances with wins in the junior 16 coxless four, the junior 15 coxed quad and also in the junior 14 double scull events to finish off a highly successful day for the Reds in South Devon.