THERE were three wins each for Bideford Reds and Bideford Blues at an Appledore and Instow Regatta bathed in sunshine and blue skies. Blues' rower Adam Bright, who suffered hypothermia in the previous week's racing in Cornwall, revelled in the ideal cond
THERE were three wins each for Bideford Reds and Bideford Blues at an Appledore and Instow Regatta bathed in sunshine and blue skies.Blues' rower Adam Bright, who suffered hypothermia in the previous week's racing in Cornwall, revelled in the ideal conditions at Appledore and gained his first victory in the men's novice single sculls.He then teamed up with Tom Carlyon, Tom Pugsley and Chris Glover, with Tina Robertson as cox, to come second behind championship leaders Paignton in the fours event, pushing them all the way and leaving the rest of the field in their wakes.A first place finish was also recorded by the men's veteran four of Colin Pennington, Dave Byrnes, Nigel Cann and Neil Pennington, with Sophie Pearce as cox. It came in the men's senior A fours event as there was no veteran opposition for them. The veterans came from behind to defeat a younger Dartmouth crew in a very tight race. In the ladies' under-14 coxed quad scull, twins Hannah and Jessica Myers, Holly Lake and Nicky Reed, with Tina Robertson as cox, were left with no opposition when their opponents failed to make the start in time, so only had to row the course to take the cup.The men's senior B four of Nick Blight, Adam Kelly, Matt Colwill and Andrew Wilson, with Michelle Lewis as cox, gained their first championship point of the season when they came third.The ladies senior C four of Sarah-Jane Lee, sister Jessica, Becka Jeffery and Vicky Bushby, with Sophie again as cox, gained two more points in their championship when they secured second place. Ladies leadTop performers for the Reds were their ladies' senior C four of Hannah Bright, Claire Spearman, Judith Atherton and Carol Kepple-Compton, whose victory pushed them into a six-point lead in their class. Having finished in the minor places at the first four regattas this season, junior 16 single sculler Steve Povey finally made it to the top spot and pushed himself to within four-and-a-half points of the leading sculler from Dart Totnes.Another Reds' win came in the mixed senior C fours, in which James Williams and Andy Maynard linked up with Hannah Bright and Judith Atherton to finish ahead of another Reds crew and Dartmouth.There was disappointment in the boys' junior 18 race, with the Reds' championship leaders Matt and Jon Lamont, Adam Bewes and Steve Povey having to settle for second place. But they maintain top spot in this section and lead by 10 points as the WEARA season moves on to Exeter this weekend.