Results & report coming soon …
Thanks to Alex Dodd for these pics and the report is taken from http://www.thisissouthdevon.co.uk
Clubs made the trip down in heavy Easter traffic from Appledore, Caradon, Cattewater, Paignton, Rame, Rock, Salcombe, Swanage, Tamar & Tavy, Teign, Torridge and Weymouth.
Boats were welcomed and launched from the newly renovated Higher Ferry Slip without a hitch, and then rowed down to moor off the Dartmouth Yacht Club.
The Embankment was packed with holidaymakers as well as club members and spectators who thoroughly enjoyed the fabulous spectacle of these beautiful boats tackling the 3,000m course in such superb conditions.
The ladies’ B race was first on the programme. The Teign crew of Felicity Rawlings, Catherine Lovell, Sarah Free, Cindy John, Ali Bland, Tracy Sharam and cox Paul Walton, in the club’s new gig Morgan, got trapped behind the rest of the fleet on the start but powered through to win by a fraction of a second in just over 14 minutes.
The Dart Ladies’ B crew of Peta Chivers, Jane Naish, Liz Moseley, Gillian Skuse, Karen Marshall, Julie Knight and cox Dave Morralley in Volante rowed a gutsy race to finish eighth.
Paignton were attending the Dart Regatta for the first time in their own wooden gig Top Catch. The club’s ladies’ B crew of Grace Panter, Kath Dodd, Gill Knight, Helen Burns, Sarah Tingle, Trista Tinsley and cox Nick Burns finished ninth.
The men’s B crews were next away with Teign’s Kevin Mason, Harry Oliver, Jon Haytread, Ed Rawlings, Paul Walton, Ivan Tabbernor and cox Kate Barczok finishing third (13:32) behind Caradon (12:29) and Rock (13:07).
The Dart men’s B crew of Tony Rendle, Steve Marshall, Freddie Prettyjohns, Chris Jay, Wez Jones, Chris Wallace were sixth.
Paignton’s men’s B crew of Paul Tucker, Lee Marshall, Tim Colliver, Ash MacInally, Alex Pedley, Simon Pedley and cox Jeff Wills were jammed in a pile-up at the start but finished a commendable ninth.
With insufficient junior crews entered to run a race for them, the ladies’ A crews were next off.
The Teign crew of Rachel Holgate, Kelly Inness, Lucy Barczok, Kate Barczok, Kerrie Potter, Sue Heath and cox Andy Forte battled well. Caradon won in 13:33, Rock were second in 14:04 and Teign were six strokes behind in 14:14.
The Dart Ladies’ A crew of Nina Lloyd, Sarah Jane Chick, Jo Wallace, Emma Burnell, Halina Brown, Jayne Patten and cox Colin Brown had a great start and finished seventh.
The Paignton Ladies’ A crew of Charlie Martin, Ana de la Fuente, Amy Plowman, Helen French, Morna O’Halloran, Tracey Wester and cox Dean Farrell struggled for clear water on the start line and finished tenth.
The men’s A crews had an eventful race. Teign’s crew of Graham Hill, Rich Wickenden, Simon Putt, Simon Hounsell, Dave Schiller, Rupert Holliday and cox Andy Forte rowed strongly from the start and chased the race leaders Caradon and Rock hard.
They pulled ahead of Devon rivals Cattewater shortly after the final turning mark and were chasing Weymouth for third place.
As Caradon and Rock crossed the finish line, it was announced that they were both disqualified for rowing the wrong side of an Admiralty buoy, so as Weymouth crossed the line, they were cheered as the winners with Teign in second place.
The Dart men’s A crew of John Whitlock, Dave Morralley, Rob Hitchin, Barry Woodgate, Andy Thomas, Colin Brown and cox Nina Lloyd rowed well despite the confusion to finish in a good third place.
Paignton’s Shaun Pedley, Dean Farrell, Jeff Wills, Mark Palk, Nick Burns, Tony Bateman and cox Alex Pedley were seventh.
The ladies’ veteran crews were next to row. The Dart ladies’ vets crew of Gail Woodgate, Clare Thorp, Sandra Dring, Deborah Gillard, Paula Hine, Alex Worthington and cox John Whitlock got away to a fantastic start to finish third, with Rock first.
Teign’s crew of Julie Cranwell, Jacky Forte, Lisa Pash, Ann Holliday, Sue Thulborn, Donna Bell and cox Rachel Holgate were fifth. And Paignton’s ladies’ vets crew of Tracey Western, Sarah Tingle, Amy Plowman, Gill Knight, Helen Burns, Sandra Pedley, and cox Simon Pedley were sixth.
The men’s veteran crews also had a good race. Teign’s Bob Higgs, Mick Cranwell, Jon Haytread, Mike Izzard, Paul Walton, Ivan Tabbernor and cox Andy Forte pulled well together as Rock and Caradon pulled up into the leading places.
Teign, and Dart’s Chino Collins, Ian McMasters, John Whitlock, Matt Atkins, Andy Thomas, Freddy Collins and cox Dave Morralley, fought for third place, with Dart winning that battle over the final 200 metres.
Paignton’s men’s veteran crew of Simon Pedley, Paul Tucker, Jeff Wills, Tim Colliver, Nick Burns and cox Alex Pedley were sixth.
The penultimate race was for mixed crews of three ladies and three men.
Teign’s Ian Donoghue, Suzannah Cranwell, Simon Putt, Rich Wickenden, Kerrie Potter, Kate Barczok and cox Andy Forte looked strong from the start and pulled well throughout the race.
Caradon were unmatchable at the head of the fleet and Cattewater were not far behind, but Teign made a great impact, passing Paignton to finish third.
Paignton’s mixed crew of Charlie Martin, Shaun Pedley, Alex Pedley, Helen French, Dean Farrell, Ana de la Fuente, Shaun Pedley and cox Lee Marshall were fourth.
A Dart mixed crew of Ali Shillabeer, Jane Naish, Wez Jones, Johnny Holmes, Maggie Trubshaw, Phil Vickery and cox Tony Rendle had a collision resulting in clashing paddles and broken pins.
The last race of the day was for C crews.
Teign’s ladies of Grace Pimlott, Jane Avery, Sharon Sanger, Donna Bell, Lisa Pash, Julie Hill and cox Rachel Holgate won their category.
The Dart crew of Chino Collins, Ian McMasters, Vince Southern, Darren Hopley, Matt Atkins, Freddie Collins, and cox Colin Brown, were second in the men’s C class.
Paignton, the only mixed C crew rowing, with Jess Martin, Julia Nelson-Smith, Peter Scoble, Denise Stickley, Robin Barr, Jo Dury and cox Jeff Wills, were the last gig over the line but ‘won’ their race, receiving two bottles of champagne at the prize-giving.
Clubs are now looking ahead with keen anticipation to the World Championship event on the Isles of Scilly over the May Day Bank Holiday weekend.