Exmouth boats claim gold

PUBLISHED: 15:36 03 July 2008 | UPDATED: 09:12 10 June 2010

EXMOUTH Rowing Club took part in two regattas last weekend and did themselves and the town proud with some tremendous peroformances. On Saturday a small squad attended the Totnes Regatta to row in the latest round of the West of England Championships.

EXMOUTH Rowing Club took part in two regattas last weekend and did themselves and the town proud with some tremendous peroformances.On Saturday a small squad attended the Totnes Regatta to row in the latest round of the West of England Championships. The events took place over a 1000 meter sprint course, and attracted a record entry from clubs, with Exmouth represented by Mike Drew, Rob Williams, Sam Malloy, Chris Long, Charlie Angel and Jack Pearce.Exmouth's two victories of the day came from veteran Mike Drew in his single skull. Pearce and Angel also took a win in the Junior 18 Double Skull. On Sunday a larger contingent from the club went to compete for the Townsman's Challenge Trophy in Minehead, an offshore rowing event staged on a rotational basis between Plymouth, Watchet, Exmouth and Minehead. Sam Malloy, Rob Williams, Loris Hayward and talented newcomer Mick Mullholland represented Exmouth. Rachel Tarr, new to this role, coxed them. Despite a number of difficulties with steerage and one particulary heavy wave, they managed to reign in the ten length lead the front boat had, to eventually take the lead some 100 metres from the line and they held it to claim first place. The ladies' boat with Jill Lees, Rachel Tarr, Allie Giles, Anna Childs and cox Bob Board suffered similar problems to the mens being hit by a big wave, but they too overcame adversity to power to a win.In the mixed event, Exmouth were represented by Jill Lees, Allie Giles, Bob Board, Les Norcliffe, and coxed by Rob Williams. By the first turn the Exmouth boat had pulled out a two length lead, but was being shadowed by a non-competing boat.The inevitable 'collision' took place and, by the time the collided boats had been 'untangled', the rest of the race had passed them by, but they rowed on and took third spot behind Minehead and Plymouth.After the racing the host club laid on a magnificent barbeque and the presentations were made by Derek Richard, the West of England ARA President. All had had another great day and Exmouth had come home with two of the three trophies being contested.Exmouth are now looking forward to staging an Offshore Regatta of their own, with it set to take place on September 21 2008.

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