Bideford Reds were in action on both days of the Totnes Regatta at the weekend, with events on Saturday for Seniors and on Sunday racing for Masters and Juniors.
Their only victory on Saturday came in the Men’s Novice double sculls event, where Luis Wilkins and Matt Lamont went one better than their second place at Wimbleball the previous week and ran out convincing winners.
It was the juniors who picked up the major honours on Sunday, while the veterans had to settle for a second place in the fours where, once again, they were less than six feet behind the winning Totnes crew.
Victories came in the Women’s Junior 14 quad, in which Libbie Willis, Beth Gayson, Abbie Lawson and Jess Cox eased home ahead of the club’s B crew, with Paignton in third spot.
There was disappointment for the boys Junior 14, who failed to maintain their unbeaten record, trailing home a disappointing third. But the double combination of Nick Wilson and Eden Brittle made amends, becoming winners for the first time this year.
Special mention for Shannon Monaghan, who jumped in as a last minute replacement and ended up racing five times over the 1,000 metre course. She started as part of the boys’ Junior 14 B crew, was then drafted in to the girls Junior 16 crew and finally raced with her proper crew at Junior 14 level.
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Bideford Blues sent only four crews to Totnes, but came away with two wins.
The men’s Novice Four of Will Manners, Oli Roberts-Key, Owen Godwin, Jack Harty and cox Zoe Robertson started off the day with a good win in their heat, which saw them up against strong opposition from visiting club Gloucester in the final. They were beaten into second place, but later given the win when it was discovered that Gloucester were rowing out of status.
The ladies Senior C crew of Nicky Reed, Zoe Robertson, Jessica Myers, Alice Jackson and cox Tina Robertson made it to the final, but were just beaten into second place, making this two seconds in a row.
Finally, the Ladies’ Novice crew of Sophia Craddock, Ellen Davis, Alice Jackson and Annie Cook won a strong three boat final for their first win of the season.