Oliver capsizes but climbs back into boat - and wins race
- Credit: Hilary Bastone
Paignton Rowing Club hosted the fourth regatta of the West of England Amateur Rowing Association season over a 500-metre sprint course in Tor Bay.
The regatta was scheduled to use a 1,000-metre course but the strong offshore wind forced the club to shorten the course.
Even then the strong wind caused problems for crews with a few capsizing.
The regatta attracted 108 entries necessitating a programme of 39 races.
One of those to capsize was young Oliver Chalk of Paignton, who went over at the start prior to his open under-13 single sculls race - the first race on the programme.
He climbed back into his boat and sculled to win the race.
Top club of the day were Castle Dore but Dart Totnes were not far behind with 13 wins.
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Home club Paignton chalked up wins at men’s under-15 coxed quadruple sculls, men’s under-14 double sculls and open under-13 single sculls.
Paignton club captain Rob Harris, who is also chairman of the association, teamed up with association president Jo Virr, of Castle Dore, to win the mixed masters' double sculls.
Dartmouth's ladies' crew of Ellie Langman, Tess Preston, Nadine Smith, Ellie Malley, Lottie Cusack and cox, Nadine Smith, were competing in the event attracting the largest entry of the day, the ladies' senior C coxed fours.
They rowed to another superb win in testing conditions on the seaward of the course to move five points clear in the championship.
The next regatta in the West of England ARA calendar is Torquay on August 21 with Dartmouth quickly following on August 26.
Paignton Rowing Club had also on the previous day hosted the first gig regatta of the season with 12 clubs attending.
Paignton boated two ladies crews taking third place in the ladies C and also third place in in the ladies' super vets.
Brixham also boated a crew in the ladies C race and ran out winners.
Paignton Regatta results:
Men’s senior B coxed fours: 1 Bideford Reds, 2 Bideford Reds
Men’s senior C coxed fours: 1 Dart Totnes, 2 Paignton, 3 Exeter
Men’s novice coxed fours: 1 Plymouth, 2 Bideford Reds
Men’s under-16 coxed quadruple sculls: 1 Dart Totnes, 2 Paignton
Men’s under-14 coxed quadruple sculls: 1 Dart Totnes, 2 Bideford Reds, 3 Paignton
Men’s senior C single sculls: 1 Luis Wilkins – Bideford Reds, 2 Rob Harris – Paignton, 3 Ray Prithviraj – Plymouth
Men’s senior A single sculls: 1 Elliot Barton – Dart Totnes, 2 Mladen Mavanovic – Dart Totnes, 3 Maurice Dunn – Dart Totnes
Men’s novice single sculls: 1 Castle Dore, 2 Plymouth B
Men’s under-18 single sculls: not held
Men’s under-16 single sculls: 1 Robin Smith – Castle Dore, 2 James Burridge – Dart Totnes, 3 Harry Fanson – Bideford Blues
Men’s under-14 single sculls: 1 Will Hughes – Castle Dore, 2 Oliver Brew – Plymouth, 3 Sam Brueton – Paignton
Ladies' senior B coxed fours: 1 Castle Dore, 2 Bideford Reds
Ladies' senior C coxed fours: 1 Dartmouth, 2 Castle Dore, 3 Bideford Reds
Ladies' novice coxed fours: 1 Castle Dore, 2 Dart Totnes, 3 Exeter B
Ladies' under-18 coxed fours: 1 Castle Dore, 2 Castle Dore
Ladies' under-14 coxed quadruple sculls: 1 Plymouth, 2 Castle Dore
Ladies' senior A single sculls: 1 Jade Colton – Castle Dore
Ladies' senior B single sculls: 1 Sneha Suresh - Plymouth
Ladies' novice single sculls: 1 Ellie Fowlds – Dart Totnes, 2 Immy Vale – Castle Dore, 3 Jo Virr – Castle Dore
Ladies' under-18 single sculls: 1 Isobel Burridge – Dart Totnes, 2 Sophie Evans – Bideford Blues
Ladies' under-16 single sculls: 1 Harriet Crawford – Dart Totnes, 2 Grace Asquith – Castle Dore
Ladies' under-14 single sculls: all three entrants disqualified
Men’s masters coxed fours: 1 Dart Totnes, 2 Exeter
Men’s under-15 coxed quadruple sculls: 1 Paignton A, 2 Paignton B
Men’s open coxless pairs: 1 Plymouth A, 2 Castle Dore
Men’s open double sculls: 1 Dart Totnes, 2 Paignton
Men’s novice double sculls: 1 Bideford Reds, 2 Pignton
Men’s under-18 double sculls: 1 Dart Totnes
Men’s under-14 double sculls: 1 Paignton, Bideford Reds capsized
Ladies' novice coxed quadruple sculls: 1 Dart Totnes, 2 Plymouth
Ladies' under-15 coxed quadruple sculls: 1 Dart Totnes
Ladies' senior A double sculls: 1 Castle Dore, 2 Dart Totnes
Ladies' under-17 double sculls: 1 Plymouth A, 2 Plymouth B, 3 Bideford Blues
Ladies under-16 double sculls: 1 Plymouth, 2 Paignton
Ladies' under-14 double sculls: 1 Plymouth, 2 Castle Dore
Ladies' under-15 single sculls: 1 Plymouth
Mixed senior C coxed fours: 1 Castle Dore/Plymouth, 2 Bideford Reds 3 Bideford Reds
Mixed masters double sculls: 1 Paignton/Castle Dore, 2 Dart Totnes, 3 Dart Totnes
Open under-13 single sculls: 1 Oliver Chalk – Paignton, 2 Hatti Du Cross – Castle Dore.