It was a busy weekend for Bideford’s rowing clubs, with the Reds and the Blues taking part in back-to-back regattas at Paignton and Appledore.

More than half of the races in Paignton had to be cancelled on Saturday, due to bad weather and difficult rowing conditions.

The shortened programme still enabled the Reds to secure two class wins through the efforts of their men's junior 18 four and ladies' novice four.

The novice crew of Chloe Pennington, Hannah Vincent, Libbie Willis, Abby Jones plus cox Eloise Hunt continued their successful season by recording their second class victory of the year. Jones and Vincent were then joined by Emma Prust and Kayla Johnson to also finish in top spot in the same race on the Torridge the following day.

The Blues struggled slightly in Paignton, but it was a different story in Appledore on Sunday.

Here, they took an amazing 11 wins, while the junior Reds men accrued four victories of their own.

For the Blues, the wins came from the men's senior B four of Dave Bates, Dave Powe, Dave Burton and Alastair Peake. Lucas Wilson won the men's junior 15 sculls race, and next was the mixed senior B crew of Zoe Robertson, Annie Cook, Dave Byrnes, Milo George and Tina Robertson (cox). Annie Cook went on to win the women's senior C scull race.

The wins continued from the women's senior C fours crew of Charlotte Berry, Keeley Mills, Shelby May, Kirsty Snow and Tina Robertson (cox).

It was the first win of the season for the men's novice four crew, and two wins for James Jordan and Alex Dualibi-Wilson who won the men's J16 doubles race and the men's J15 doubles.

The men's senior A sculls race was won by Dave Byrnes. Kirsty Snow, Shelby May, Annie Cook, Zoe Robertson and Tina Robertson (cox) won the women's senior B fours race. Alastair Peake, Dave Bates, Mandy Mills and Sam Thompson (A crew) won the mixed open fours race.

As well as picking up another class win at junior 18 level to extend their lead in the championship to three points, the Reds' four of Ross Bennett, Nick Dualibi-Wilson, Alex Rowland and Steve Povey won in the men's senior C category.

Bennett and Dualibi-Wilson then went on to secure top spot in the junior 18 double sculls, as did Povey and Rowland in the corresponding novice race.