Torquay host fourth coastal rowing regatta of league

Torquay Rowing Club’s Men’s and Ladies’ Quads crews.

Torquay Rowing Club’s men’s and ladies’ quads crews. From left, Kevin Weyman, Stuart Williams, Michael Williams, Kevin Bowers, Barbara Mears, Michele Sandhu, Jane Nicholls, Hannah Guest. - Credit: Hilary Bastone

Torquay Rowing Club hosted the fourth event in the FISA coastal rowing regatta calendar of the Southwest Coastal Rowing League.

The Thatcher Rock Offshore racing was scheduled to be rowed over 6k and 4k but an early morning inspection of the course ruled out any circumvention of Thatcher Rock with massive seas.

A quickly re-arranged course in Tor Bay was contrived with races over 5k and 3k.

Needless to say that as the racing progressed the rainy and rough sea turned to calm and sunshine. 

First race of the day was the men’s quad with the Torquay crew of Stuart Williams, Kevin Bowers, Kevin Weyman, Michael Williams and cox, Stuart Williams, taking a creditable sixth place. River Teign Rowing club’s A crew were first and their B crew seventh. 

In the ladies' quads, Torquay’s crew of Michele Sandhu, Barbara Mears, Hannah Guest, Jane Nicholls and cox, Ian Wilson, were fifth. 

Torquay’s masters double sculls crew of Maurice Dunn and Ian Wilson, who had no opposition, raced with the masters single sculls boats.

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They completed the course despite the fact that the boat filled up with water because they had neglected to put the stopper in! 

Thatcher Rock Offshore Coastal Regatta results

Men’s quads: 1 Teign Scullers A, 2 Exmouth A, 3 Mayflower B, 4 Mayflower A, 5 Carrick, 6 Torquay, 7 Teign Scullers B, 8 Exmouth B

Ladies' quads: 1 Jurrasica, 2 Carrick, 3 Exmouth A, 4 Mayflower A, 5 Torquay 

Mixed quads: 1Teign Scullers A, 2 Carrick, 3 Exmouth, 4 Mayflower, 5 Exmouth B, 6 Mayflower B

Masters' quads: 1 Jurassica, 2 Carrick, 3 Exmouth A, 4 Mayflower A, 5 Bideford Blues

Men’s doubles: 1 Mayflower, 2 Carrick

Mixed doubles: 1 Carrick

Men’s singles: 1 Will - Exmouth, 2 Til - Barbarians, 3 Piers - Exmouth 

Men’s masters singles: 1 Tim - Barbarians, 2 Bob - Barbarians, 3 Dave - Bideford Blues, 4 Jan

Men’s masters doubles: 1 Torquay

Ladies' singles: 1 Marie - Exmouth, 2 Fiona – Exmouth.

Torquay Men’s Quad racing

Torquay men’s quad racing - Credit: Hilary Bastone

Torquay Men’s Quad racing

Torquay men’s quad racing - Credit: Hilary Bastone

River Teign Rowing Club’s men’s quad. From left, Mel Dyke (cox), Brian Malone, Andy McCready, Brian Court, Mark Eastman

River Teign Rowing Club’s men’s quad. From left, Mel Dyke (cox), Brian Malone, Andy McCready, Brian Court, Mark Eastman - Credit: Hilary Bastone

Torquay Rowing Club’s Ladies Quad

Torquay Rowing Club’s ladies' quad - Credit: Hilary Bastone