December 13 2013 Latest news:
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Rowing crews from across the region and across the Channel gathered last Saturday for this year’s Exmouth Rowing Club annual 8K regatta.
Joining a big turnout from Jersey RC were rowers from Plymouth Mayflower, Teign Scullers, Torquay, Totnes, and Devil’s Elbow.
Especially welcome – another first for Exmouth – were two boats from the newly-established Sidmouth Gig Rowing Club, plus transatlantic rower Justin Adkin, who pitched his self-designed single scull Sea Saver against 10 other crews in the men’s event.
But it was the women’s event which launched the day’s racing.
In near-perfect conditions and bright autumnal sunshine, nine crews headed out towards the Fairway buoy under the careful supervision of three safety boats.
Plymouth Mayflower led the race from start to finish but the Exmouth crew – Anna Childs, Fiona Pink, Sarah Pappin, and Kate Hurley under cox Mike Drew – fought through to a well-earned second place.
The men’s event developed into a lung-busting duel between Exmouth and the top Jersey crew, with ERC snatching line honours barely metres ahead of the Channel Islanders.
Charlie Angel, Jack Pearce, Ed Pearce and Tim Pearce, plus cox Ian Ladbrook, stepped up to take the men’s plate.
Jersey Rowing Club and Teign Scullers were second and third across the line.
The last race of the day was for mixed crews over a shorter 4K course.
Teign Scullers medalled in first place, with Exmouth second and Plymouth Mayflower third.
A total of seven other crews competed.
Exmouth’s Les Norcliffe, who organised the event, was delighted by the huge turnout and by the results.
“This was easily our best-ever regatta”, he said. “Seeing so many boats on the water was fabulous. Everything worked out perfectly – even the weather – and it was a real pleasure to host such lovely people.”
The Jerseymen agreed. They’d chosen Exmouth for one of their rare outings to the mainland, and they weren’t disappointed.
Club captain Clive Russell said: “We really had a great time with you guys and we learned a lot. Maybe we could sort out some kind of twinning arrangement for years to come.”
ERC president Graham Hurley said: “As ERC prepares to move premises, this comes as a real vote of confidence in the club’s direction of travel.”