IT'S Appledore and Instow Regatta on Sunday, signalling the start of a week of water-borne events. There will be action on both sides of the river. The regatta will start at 11am with sailing races from Instow and West of England Amateur Rowing Associatio
IT'S Appledore and Instow Regatta on Sunday, signalling the start of a week of water-borne events.There will be action on both sides of the river. The regatta will start at 11am with sailing races from Instow and West of England Amateur Rowing Association championship rowing events in the middle of the river.On the Appledore side there will be the village's famous greasy pole competition, plus the Miller and Sweep boat battle, a boating tug-of-war, salmon boat races and boys' and girls' swimming races. Boats are provided for willing competitors. On Appledore Quay there will be a variety of stalls and Instow beach at 1pm there will be a sandcastle competition followed at 2pm by childrens races.Events continue throughout the week and until August 5. Programmes are available giving full details of all the events.For a stall on Appledore Quay contact regatta secretary Peter Reveley on (01237) 470500.Wins at FalmouthA STRONG wind across the course meant difficult conditions for all the rowers at Falmouth Regatta at Stithians Lake, with several of the scullers shipping inches of water.Holidays and illness limited the entries from Bideford Blues, who only sent their Womens Under 14 coxed quadruple sculls crew of Holly Lake - in her first ever regatta - Alice Jackson, twin sisters Jessica and Hannah Myers and coach Tina Robertson as cox, plus novice single sculler Adam Bright.The girls made a good job of ploughing through the conditions to take their first win of the season. They then went their separate ways in the Womens Junior 14 double sculls with Alice and Hannah taking first place and Jessica and Holly coming second.Adam battled through the conditions in his heat to qualify for the final, but took in so much water and got so wet and cold that he suffered a touch of hypothermia and was unable to go out for his final.Bideford Reds picked up a solitary victory, their Junior 18 four of Karl Rowland, Jon Lamont, Steve Povey and James Martin, with cox Adam Curtis, gaining a surprise win.This was despite having to draft in two late replacements, including 15-year-old James Martin in his first ever sweep oared race. Their win gives them a six-point lead over local rivals Bideford Blues in the WEARA championship race.The Reds also picked up two second places through the efforts of their Junior 16 and ladies' Junior 14 crews, whilst Curtis and Povey added third places places in their single sculling events.