Cup victory for Exmouth crew
PUBLISHED: 12:25 21 August 2008 | UPDATED: 09:32 10 June 2010
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FOUL weather put paid to the regatta at Paignton and another event to be hit was the Eddystone Endurance Challenge offshore event at Plymouth. The latter, a 28-mile open ocean event, was replaced though by the reserve event, the Tamar Challenge.
FOUL weather put paid to the regatta at Paignton and another event to be hit was the Eddystone Endurance Challenge offshore event at Plymouth. The latter, a 28-mile open ocean event, was replaced though by the reserve event, the Tamar Challenge. Whilst the Exmouth senior crew chose not to participate, some last minute phone calling saw the club put together a crew to take part.The Tamar Challenge involves a 20 mile row across Plymouth Sound and the full navigable length of the Tamar River, through Devonport, Torpoint, beyond Saltash, and return. Although a river, it is fully exposed to the elements and strong tidal flows creating water conditions comparable to the open sea, but making the event easier to control from a safety point of view.The Exmouth crew consisted of Sam Malloy, Chris Long, Jack Pearce and Charlie Angel, together with cox Les Norcliffe. The crew was equipped with a Yole 35 sponsored by Devon Signs of Exmouth.From the start they were flanked on each side by a collection of pilot gigs, most of which were left behind within the first quarter mile. Of the remaining gigs, one to the starboard side became troublesome in that, although it was matching Exmouth for pace, the heavy water conditions repeatedly threw it into the path of the Exmouth boat and so it needed an extra effort by the crew to 'get clear'. It then became a straight forward battle between the Exmouth boat and the crew from Bristol with the Exmouth boat winning to lift the cup.Devon Signs' sponsorship also played a key role in this latest Exmouth success.The crew is the product of Exmouth youth of which the town should be rightfully proud. They and all the membership are always happy to welcome and help anyone interested in the club on Sunday mornings, 10am onwards, at its premises behind the sea front lifeboat station.