Paignton's Under 14 coxed quadruple sculls crew

Boat load of top performances in Totnes Regatta

Torbay Weekly

Totnes & Bridgetown Royal Regatta, held over two days, attracted 105 entries requiring 62 races on Saturday and 64 entries requiring 32 races on Sunday.

Conditions over the 1,000 metre course on the Saturday for the West of England ARA Championship races were smooth but with a gusting wind, which calmed on the Sunday, when racing took place over a 500 metre course for non-championship competition, with the weather and conditions superb.

Dart Totnes produced the outstanding results over the two days with 13 wins on Saturday and 19 wins on Sunday, which gave them the points trophy on each day. In the Championship races, Dartmouth had a good win in the Ladies Senior C coxed fours and Paignton won the Men’s Under 14 coxed quadruple sculls.

Paignton’s Club Captain, Rob Harris, said: “Congratulations to the J14 Quad who won their race at Totnes and lead the championship. A packed programme saw some close, exciting racing. Other notable results for Paignton included:

– Mens Novice 4+ won their heat and finished 3rd in the final, missing out on 2nd by a canvas.

– Mens Masters 4+ had a close fought race with Totnes but ultimately finished 3rd

– Mens J18 4+ finished second to Totnes.

“All of these crews are currently sharing the lead in their respective championships,” added Harris.

“The MJ16 Quad finished second in their race. In the junior singles categories, Yuri Allasia qualified from his heat and took third in the final of the MJ16 and Eva Birchell did brilliantly in her first race to finish as the tide turned and the wind picked up in the WJ14.”

Torquay’s Harrison Green, fresh from his win in the Men’s Under 16 single sculls at Paignton Regatta, came second to James Burridge of Dart Totnes in his heat and Burridge went on to win the final.

On Saturday, there is a full programme of racing at Wimbleball, a lake high in the hills of Exmoor.