Exmouth Rowers end campaign on a real high

PUBLISHED: 19:08 28 September 2011

Exmouth Rowing Club ended its summer season on a high after securing an overall point's win at last weekend's Paignton Offshore Regatta.

The pairing of Charlie Angell and Chris Long secured a convincing win in the men’s pairs, and, although that was the only win, a number of other

podium finishes throughout the team, secured sufficient points to see Exmouth to overall victory.

The club’s ladies fours secured second and third and the men’s masters’ crew, a further second.

The previous weekend the club successfully staged its 2011 Offshore

Regatta, attracting record numbers of entrants from the region and

beyond, including Plymouth, Teignmouth, Paignton, Torquay, Exeter, and Leicester.

The club also welcomed a crew of Royal Marines, all wounded Afghanistan veterans, who had recently completed a 150mile row along the River Thames raising money for charity. The event was also supported by Olympian, Guinn Battan, who represents Offshore Rowing within the British Rowing organisation, she was pleased to get an unexpected row with a scratch ladies crew, and went on to later present the awards to winning crews.

The weather as often played its full part, the forecast was most unfavourable with gale force winds being predicted, casting some doubt over the event. As the day arrived a strong westerly wind blew across the bay, but not quite as strong as forecasted, and the sea state was adjudged by the race committee to be safe.

Exmouth delivered to the full, giving participants the rowing environment they crave, waves, wind, and rain, and bucket loads of fun. The first two events were rowed over an 8-kilometer course starting in the area of 10 buoy, proceeding along the deep water channel and turning westward to a mark of Langstone Rock.

Turning on this mark the participants returned to the finish line on a reverse course. The first event to launch was the ladies race, the flotilla quickly spread out with three boats leading the way in close competition. As the event turned westerly toward Langstone Rock they were greeted by strengthening winds, and driving rain as a squall past through, all however completed the course safely with the Plymouth crew of Laura Roberts, Fiona Carmichael, Gail Taylor and Kim Tapper taking the honours in a time of 49.00. Exmouth crews claimed second and third berths. The men’s event was the next to launch and experienced identical weather conditions. The two leading boats engaged in a close run competition with the Torquay crew of Ian Wilson, Nick Cleasby, Chris Akers and Jamie Dawe taking first in 41.01, with the Plymouth crew coming a close second in a time of 41.06. Teignmouth took third. The weather conditions and sea state continued to affect the event, resulting in the course being shortened for the remainder of the day, turning on Fairway Buoy.

The first junior event to be launched at the event attracted four crews, the composite Exmouth and Plymouth crew of Joe Willey, Greg Medlock, Dean Taylor and Michael O’Reilly, took first in 22.08 with Paignton taking second and third.

The master’s event, for rowers aged 40 plus, was won by the Exmouth crew of Steve Ker ridge, Peter Todd, Steve Crook and Michael Crawford in a time of 19.45, and the final mixed event by the Exmouth crew of Charlie Angell, Chris Long, Allie Giles and Kim Tapper.

The after event social and prize giving was held at the Exmouth Cricket

Club, to whom the organizers thank for their kind support.

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